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Columbia 300's Jakob Butturff Claims 2017 QubicaAMF World Cup
HERMOSILLO, Mexico - The United States and the Philippines both have found great success at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, and the two countries added to their legacies Saturday by claiming the titles at the 2017 event.
Team USA's Jakob Butturff was victorious on the men's side, using the experience of a recent live TV appearance as motivation, while Krizziah Lyn Tabora quietly outdistanced a talented field to claim the women's title.
The semifinals and finals were broadcast live from Bol 300 on Hermosillo's Telemax (Channel 6) as well as BowlTV, and a center full of bowling fans helped celebrate the event's return to Hermosillo for a record third time.
On the way to win, Butturff struck on 17 of 21 opportunities across his two matches.
The 23-year-old left-hander defeated Colombia's Oscar Rodriguez in the finale, 246-201, as he was able to calmly continue the momentum of a near-perfect 266-176 semifinal victory over Malaysia's Ahmad Muaz.
"To be a world champion in something I love to do, I couldn't ask for more than this," said Butturff, who successfully defended the QubicaAMF World Cup title Derek Eoff won for the United States at Bol 300 in 2008. "The incredible support I have behind me, and the pride of being able to compete for my country, is indescribable. This really is an incredible feeling."
Butturff opened his semifinal with nine consecutive strikes, before leaving the 6-7 split in the final frame. Rodriguez earned his spot in the championship match with a 232-193 win over top-seeded Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela.
"The semifinal was exciting, but I feel the momentum and mindset might've been a little different if I ended up shooting 300," Butturff said. "I was able to win the match, which is the most important thing, and then I was able to stay focused and bowl another solid game."
Butturff's win is the 11th men's title for the United States at the World Cup and a record 19th overall for Team USA in the event's 53 years. Chris Barnes was the last to win, doing so in Poland in 2014.
The victory also serves as a bit of redemption for Butturff, who flew to Mexico almost immediately after a heartbreaking loss to former Team USA member Rhino Page in the championship match of the U.S. Open, an event Butturff led by more than 600 pins through 56 games.
Butturff was able to use the loss as motivation and the experience of his first live TV appearance as a benefit heading into Saturday's live telecast, which he almost wasn't a part of.
With one game to go in Friday's round-robin match play, Butturff was in fifth place, 35 pins out of a spot in the semifinals. Knowing it would take a strong mental and physical effort after a long two weeks, he was able to regain his composure and fire a 277 game to catapult himself into the show.
"This week, I was able to bowl some big games, and I bowled OK games when I needed to, but the main thing is to never get upset or give up, especially when it comes to those last-minute games," Butturff said. "On the U.S. Open show, being my first live show, I could definitely feel the nerves kick in. I feel like the nerves and being in that situation took away some of the pressure when I came here, and I was able to prevail with some of the best shots of my career to win a title for Team USA."