Putney aims for second title at 10th World Cup

EDGEWORTH’S Ann-Maree Putney is chasing the perfect 10 in Poland this week at the tenpin bowling World Cup.

The 42-year-old, who won the 2007 event in Russia, is representing Australia at a World Cup for the 10th time.

Putney started her campaign last night (AEST) and will bowl 20 games over four days in the hope of making the cut into the top 24.

From there, the surviving competitors bowl eight games, with the top eight progressing to the next stage. Eight games are then played to decide the final top three, who play  off  for the title.

Putney, who arrived in Poland last Wednesday, is aiming for a top-three finish but feels in similar form to when she claimed the title five years ago and finished second the following year.

‘‘I’m bowling well at the moment, I’m happy,’’ Putney said. ‘‘I’ve had good practice sessions over here and it’s going well.’’

She booked her place at the Poland event when she finished with the highest average score at the annual Vic 150 qualifying tournament in Melbourne last Easter.

She followed that performance with a semi-final showing at the AMF Australian Masters last month in which she knocked out world singles champion Kelly Kulick.

Putney is teaming with debutante Victorian Ben Coupland at the tournament.  The pair will compete against bowlers from 93 countries.

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