2014 BWC

10/30/14

Starting this Week: Live Coverage of the 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

158 players from 88 countries, 86 men and 72 women, are expected to bowl in Wroclaw, Poland (Nov. 1-9, 2014); leading the list of favorites are six-time World Champion Chris Barnes and World Cup champions Caroline Lagrange, Aumi Guerra, Michael Schmidt and Syafiq Ridhwan

2014BWCLogo2_small.jpgThe 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from November 1-9 in Wroclaw, Poland. As of October 28, 158 players from 88 countries, 86 men and 72 women, are expected to bowl in the 50th anniversary edition which makes the tournament the biggest event in the sport of tenpin bowling in regard to participating countries. BowlingdigitalLogo_mini.jpgBowlingdigital will report live from Wroclaw commencing Monday, Nov. 3rd with the opening ceremony all the way throug to the stepladder finals on Sunday 9th.

PBA News

10/30/14

Chinese bowlers make historic debut in PBA World Series of Bowling VI

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A group of six bowlers from mainland China (pictured) made history this week as the first players from their country ever to bowl in professional competition. They earned the right to enter the World Series by recording averages of 200-plus in a "PBA Pioneer League" program initiated by Frank Zhao (c.). The Chinese aren't competitive, yet, but their appearance at WSOB VI may be a preview of the significant impact China may have on the world of bowling in the years ahead.

2014 PBA Tour #11

10/30/14

Wes Malott takes 125-pin lead into final Match Play Round in PBA World Championship

Mike Fagan finishes strong to move into second place; top 5 after 52 games will return on Jan. 11 for the live ESPN finals

2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBMikeFagan_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, won 11 of his 16 matches Wednesday and will take a 125-pin lead into Thursday's final round of match play in the PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Center. Malott led by more than 200 pins going into Wednesday night's final match against fellow Texan Mike Fagan (r.) of Fort Worth. Fagan, after rolling a 300 a game earlier, defeated Malott, 276-204, to cut Malott's lead in half.

2014 PBA Tour #10

10/29/14

Michael Haugen Jr. earns top berth in PBA Scorpion Championship

England's Barrett heads field as 24 PBA World Championship qualifiers set for match play

2014EBT16MartinLarsen2_small.jpg2014PBA10MichaelHaugen_small.jpgThree-time PBA titlist Michael Haugen Jr. (l.) of Phoenix jumped from sixth to first in the final game Tuesday night to capture the top berth in the PBA Scorpion Championship in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Tuesday with 3,213 14-game total and an average of 229.50. In the ESPN finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, Haugen will be joined by Scott Newell of Daytona, Florida, Sweden's Martin Larsen (r.) and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.

Industry News

10/28/14

John Harbuck named President of Strike Ten Entertainment

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John Harbuck, who has been involved in licensing and consumer promotions for nearly three decades, has been named president of Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the sponsor-activation arm of the bowling industry that serves industry sponsors, partners and more than 2,100 member bowling centers. Harbuck (pictured) joined STE in 2012 as vice president of activation and fulfillment and was named STE interim president on July 1. He replaced Frank DeSocio, who took over as executive director of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

USBC News

10/28/14

Kerry Painter looking to repeat at ITRC Super Senior Classic

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Kerry Painter (pictured) of Henderson, Nevada, won the inaugural International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic last year, and he'll be back at the ITRC this week looking to retain the crown. The 2014 event gets underway Wednesday as the 61-year-old right-hander and a field of more than 30 of the top United States Bowling Congress members age 60 and older visit the home of Team USA to battle for an estimated top prize of $4,000. Every round of the event will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

2014 PBA Tour #9

10/28/14

D.J. Archer leads PBA Chameleon Championship field into ESPN Finals

Ronnie Russell paces PBA World Championship qualifying after three of four rounds

2014PBA09DJArcher_small.jpgD.J. Archer (left) of Friendswood, Texas, a 34-year-old, 12-year veteran who is still trying for his first PBA Tour title, fought through the emotional memories of his mother's death in September on his way to the top qualifying position in the Chameleon Championship television finals. Joining Archer in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas are Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois; and J.R. Raymond Bay City, Mich., who will make his ESPN debut.

2014 Asian Bowling Federation Tour #8

10/27/14

Sharon Limansantoso, Mike Chan victorious in ABF Tour Indonesia leg

Indonesia's Limansantoso uses her second victory this season to win the 2014 women's point ranking; Hong Kong's Chan earns his first career title on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour

2014ABFT08MikeChanSharonLimansantoso_small.jpgSharon Limansantoso (r.) of Indonesia and Hong Kong's Mike Chan (l.) of Hong Kong captured the titles in the Asian Bowling Federation Tour's Indonesia leg Monday at Jaya Ancol bowling center in Jakarta. Limansantoso topped her fellow Indonesian national squad member Nadia Pramanik in the women's title match, 202-163. Chan survived a low-scoring encounter against Sonny Njoto, Indonesia, 183-181, to win his first career title on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour.

2014 ABF Tour

10/27/14

2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of nine legs, five in the Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2014 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Kuwait.

2014 PBA Tour #8

10/27/14

Connor Pickford wins No. 1 berth for PBA Viper Championship finals

Fourth-year pro from North Carolina to make national television debut

2014PBA08ConnorPickford_small.jpg2014PBA08DomBarrett_small.jpgConnor Pickford (pictured left) of Charlotte, North Carolina, who has never finished higher than 14th in his abbreviated four-year PBA Tour career, will make his national television debut as the top qualifier in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI's Viper Championship. Joining Pickford in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, are Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, England's Dom Barrett (r.) and Finland's Mika Koivuniemi, who lives in Hartland, Michigan.

Coming in December

10/26/14

Live Coverage of the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE

52 countries have registered for the event; registration is still open

2014MWCLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships will be held from December 4 to 15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 52 countries have registered for the event which counts as a "major" on the 2015 World Bowling Tour. However, this number might change as registration is still open. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpgBowlingdigital will cover the event live from Abu Dhabi commencing Dec. 4 with the Opening Ceremonies.

Indonesia

10/26/14

Top-seeded Bernice Lim, Jeong Tae Hwa win 12th Indonesia Open in decisive second game

Top 16 Asian men and women advance to Monday's Asian Bowling Federation Tour Indonesia leg

200910PBAJeongTaeHwa_small.jpg2014INAOpenBerniceLim2_small.jpgTournament leaders Bernice Lim (l.) of Singapore and Jeong Tae Hwa (r.) of Korea had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat and both managed to seal victory in the 12th Indonesia International Open Bowling Championship with the second game. Lim defeated Alisha Iman Cheong of Malaysia 248-245, to claim the women's title. Hwa topped Cheong's teammate Adrian Ang, 245-214, for the men's title.

2014 PBA Tour #7

10/26/14

Dick Allen earns No. 1 seed for PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder finals

Liz Johnson makes women's bowling history as she becomes the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals

2013DanKondasMemorialDickAllen2_small.jpg2014PBA07LizJohnson_small.jpgDick Allen (l.) of Columbia, South Carolina, averaged 244.36.71 for 14 games Saturday to earn the top qualifying berth for the stepladder finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship which will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 1. Liz Johnson (r.) of Cheektowaga, New York, completed a charge out of 24th place at the end of the first round to finish fourth and become the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals.

PBA News

10/25/14

Hall of Famers Monacelli, Williams lead field of PBA Challenge finalists

PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women's Regional representatives advance to ESPN special event

2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpg2014PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, advanced to the finals of the PBA Challenge, a made-for-ESPN special event, as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI got underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center. Monacelli (l.) and Williams (r.) finished one-two in an eight-game match play qualifying event for the 2014 season's top PBA50 Tour players, earning berths in the Nov. 2 PBA Challenge TV finals.

United States

10/24/14

Team USA squad for Men's World Championships selected

2014MWCLogo_small.jpg Team USA will send six of the best bowlers in the world to represent the United States at the 2014 Men's World Championships December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in December. Chris Barnes, Mike Fagan, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Bill O'Neill and Sean Rash (Montgomery, Illinois) have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff to compete in the event.

World Bowling News

10/23/14

New Scoring System for competitive bowling to be unveiled during World Bowling Tour Finals

International task force develops fast-paced, easy-to-understand format for match play competition

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans around the world will be introduced to a proposed new scoring system for competitive bowling during the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Men's and Women's Finals in Las Vegas on November 2. The new scoring system is the result of the work done by an all-star panel of international bowling experts. The new system was developed in order to make the sport more attractive and easier to understand for casual bowling fans, the news media and the competitors.

Japan

10/23/14

Host prefecture Nagasaki leads Bowling Point Ranking at 69th National Sports Festival

Nagasaki also receives the Emperor's Cup as the overall point leader in all sports; Tokyo defends the Empress' Cup as the overall female point leader

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The bowling team of the host prefecture of Nagasaki (pictured) led both the overall and the women's point standings in the bowling competition of the 69th Japanese National Sports Festival, which was held from Oct. 13-16 at Nagasaki Lucky Bowl in Nagasaki, Japan. At the conclusion of the 2014 Festival, the Emperor's Cup for the overall point leader of all sports went to Nagasaki, while Tokyo defended the Empress' Cup for the prefecture with most points in the women's division.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #39

10/23/14

Mike Edwards replaces Ron Mohr in PBA Challenge's PBA50 tour field

PBA Regional Summary: Venezuela's Richard Leon wins twice in Reno

2014PBA50MikeEdwards_small.jpg2012PBASRonMohr_small.jpgMike Edwards (l.) of Tulsa, Okla., has replaced Ron Mohr (r.) of Las Vegas in the field of eight players who will compete for the PBA50 Tour's berth in the made-for-TV PBA Challenge telecast during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The eight-player, eight-game match play qualifying events for PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional players will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Philippines

10/22/14

Nepomuceno concludes USBC Silver Certification Seminar in Manila, Philippines

20141019SilverSeminarManila_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Gold-level coach, instructor and international ambassador Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno has concluded a Silver certification seminar from October 17-19 at Paeng's Midtown Bowl at Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It was the third coaching seminar conducted by Nepomuceno so far this year. The current group of Silver-level coaches (pictured) either earned Bronze-level coaching validation through Paeng a few years ago or in last year's seminar.

2015 World Bowling Tour

10/21/14

2015 WBT Schedule features 15 tournaments in Arabia, United States, Asia and Europe

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour features 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (5), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including four "majors" and 11 regular tournaments. The WBT kicks off its fifth season with the PBA World Championships in October 2014 and concludes with the U.S. Open (date and venue tbd). Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals in November 2015 in Las Vegas.

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