World Bowling News

12/18/14

World Bowling announces host cities for 2017-2020 World Championships

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe World Bowling Tenpin Executive Board has announced the host cities for the World Bowling Championship events for the years 2017-2020. The decision to elect the following host cities was announced Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, where the Executive Board has met following the completion of the Men's World Championships. "We are pleased that we could accommodate for all the bidding cities and I believe this reflects on the global reach of our sport," World Bowling President, Kevin Dornberger, commented.

2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

12/17/14

4th Men's World Championships concludes in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Video 10 - Review the highlights of the 2014 Men's World Championships

2014MWCKhalifaBowlingCenterAbuDhabiUAE_small.jpg Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was the center of the bowling world December 4-15, when the best male bowlers in the sport competed in the 4th Men's World Championships at Khalifa International Bowling Center. The 9-day event concluded Sunday afternoon with the Masters competition and capped off with a victory banquet on the rooftop of the Aloft Hotel. 272 players from 49 countries competed for medals in Singles, Doubles, Team of Five, All-Events and Masters.

2014 MWC Masters

12/14/14

Kang Heewon claims fourth gold medal for Korea in Masters at Men's World Championships

Defeats Team USA's Mike Fagan in the title match; top-seeded Koreans Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo have to settle for bronze

2014MWCMastersKangHeewon4_small.jpg2014MWCMastersMikeFagan_small.jpgKang Heewon (l.) of Korea struck three times in the 10th frame of the title match at the 2014 Men's World Championships to defeat Team USA's Mike Fagan (r.), 213-198, and to capture the gold medal in Masters Sunday afternoon Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fagan received the silver medal, while top-seeded Koreans Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo had to settle for bronze.

2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

12/14/14

"Class of 1999" celebrates their 15-year reunion in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2014MWCVerbruggenShaheenTorgersen_small.jpgThe 2014 Men's World Championships marks the event's first visit to Abu Dhabi and the Khalifa International Bowling Center since 1999. Several of the men's medalists of the at that time combined World Championships are still active, either as player, coach or team manager. The "class of 1999" celebrating their 15-year reunion is spearheaded by World Champions Patrick Backe of Sweden, Ahmed Shaheen (c.) of Qatar, Gery Verbruggen (l.) of Belgium and Tore Torgersen (r.) of Norway.

2014 MWC Teams, All-Events

12/13/14

Korea beats USA by a whisker to win the prestigious five-player Team title

Sweden and Australia share the bronze medal

2014MWCTeamGoldKorea_small.jpg In the title match of the five-player Team event Saturday evening at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Korea outduelled three-time Men's World Championships Team champion United States, 1097-1088, to capture their first gold medal in the prestigious event. The U.S. Team, which has won the gold medal in 2006, 2008 and 2010, received the silver medal. Australia and Sweden, who lost in the semifinals, shared the bronze medal.

USBC News

12/12/14

Bowlmor AMF becomes title sponsor for 2015 Bowling's U.S. Opens

Partnership includes television production, hosting for women and men

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg 2015WUSOLogo_small.jpg Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, has made a commitment to host and provide television sponsorship for Bowling's U.S. Open and Women's U.S Open in 2015. The tournaments will be conducted in AMF and Brunswick centers with more than $250,000 in funding for broadcast television production. Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000 and will be operated by USBC.

2014 MWC Trios

12/11/14

Denmark stuns USA to win gold medal in Trios at 2014 Men's World Championships

Danish anchor doubles in the 10th frame to give Denmark its first ever gold medal at World Championships; USA takes silver, Korea and Australia share bronze

2014MWCTriosChampionsDenmark_small.jpgIn a title match between the top-seeded teams, Denmark's Carsten Warming Hansen, Frederik Øhrgaard and Thomas Larsen (pictured with coach Michael Bai) defeated Team USA's Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent and Sean Rash (right, l-r) in classic come-from-behind fashion, 647-638, to win the gold medal in Trios in the 2014 Men's World Championships at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #45

12/11/14

PBA visits 130 cities in 39 States across America during 2014 season

Extensive Xtra Frame coverage on tap for new year; Tim Foy Jr. becomes eligible for PBA Tournament of Champions

201112PBALogo_small.jpgOver the course of the past 12 months, the PBA conducted tournaments for PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional players in a total of 130 cities in 39 states. As part of the PBA tournament program, PBA host proprietors conducted a total of 123 pro-am events, which allowed grassroots amateur league bowlers, from kids to seniors, an opportunity to bowl alongside some of the greatest players in the sport.

2014 MWC Doubles

12/09/14

Korea's Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo claim gold in Doubles

Japan earns silver, Finland and Korea share the bronze

2014MWCDoublesGoldChoiBokeumParkJongwoo2_small.jpgKoreans Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo (pictured left, l-r) defeated Daisuke Yoshida and Shusaku Asato of Japan in an exciting title match that went down to the last frame, 410-396, to claim the gold medal in Doubles at the Men's World Championships Tuesday afternoon at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Japanese earned the silver medal. Kimmo Lehtonen and Joonas Jehkinen of Finland and Korea's Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon shared bronze.

2014 MWC Singles

12/07/14

Canadian Dan MacLelland starts Men's World Championships with victory in Singles

No. 4 seed defeats UAE's Shaker Al-Hassan in the title match, 256-212; Tommy Jones (USA) and Sam Cooley (AUS) share the bronze medal

2014MWCDanMacLelland4_small.jpg2014MWCShakerAlHassan_small.jpgDan MacLelland (l.) of Canada finished the title match against Shaker Al-Hassan (r.), United Arab Emirates, with nine consecutive strikes to start the Men's World Championships with victory in Singles Sunday at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. MacLelland defeated the local favorite, 256-212, to claim the gold medal. Al Hassan took the silver medal. Tommy Jones, United States, and Sam Cooley, Australia, shared bronze.

Industry News

12/04/14

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2014 ABF Tour #9

12/03/14

Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Al Dolijan wins season-ending ABF Tour event in Riyadh

Shaker Al-Hassan (UAE) and Sharon Limansantoso (INA) win the 2014 ABFT men's and women's point ranking

2014ABFT09AbdullahAlDolijan_small.jpg Local favorite Abdullah Al Dolijan (pictured) won his first career Asian Bowling Federation Tour title in the Saudi Arabia leg Wednesday, December 3, at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh as he flew past Khaled Al Dubyyan of Kuwait, 223-147, in the title match. Shaker Al-Hassan, United Arab Emirates, emerged as the men's point ranking leader while Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia finished atop the women's ranking. The top 16 men and women qualified for the Tournament of Champions.

2014 ABF Tour

12/03/14

2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consisted 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 earned ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women qualified for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions March 17-18, 2015 in Kuwait.

Russia

12/03/14

Maria Bulanova, Alexey Fedin sweep the titles for Nizny Novgorod in Russian Championships

2014RUSNCAlexeyFedinMariaBulanovaSergeyStarchenkov_small.jpg Maria Bulanova (c.) and Alexey Fedin (l.), both from team Alliance from Nizny Novgorod and both coached by Sergey Starchenkov (r.), emerged as women's and men's champions in the Russian National Championships which were held from November 28-30 at 32-lane Sibiryak Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. The center hosted the 49th QubicaAMF World Cup in 2013. 41 men and 19 women qualified from 13 regions in Russia for the three-day event.

USBC Youth

12/03/14

Under 12 and Under 15 youth teams earn titles in USA BOWLING regional events

2014USABowlingRegionalTournamentLogo_small.jpg More than 550 youth bowlers took part in eight USA Bowling regional tournaments that were held throughout the country this fall with 16 teams – one Under 12 team and one Under 15 team at each regional – claiming titles. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus. The program launched the USA Bowling Regional tournaments last year as the first step in the development of a premier event for youth team competition.

2015 World Bowling Tour #4

12/02/14

Marshall Kent wins Masters event in 8th Kingdom International Open

Kent earns his first PBA title with 257-206 victory over Swede Martin Larsen; Craig Nidiffer wins his second 5,000 Dollar in check in Day 1 Shootout

2014EBT19MarshallKent2_small.jpg2014EBT19MartinLarsen2_small.jpgHeading into its first adult World Championship, PBA rookie Marshall Kent (l.), United States, defeated three-time World Champion Martin Larsen (r.) of Sweden, 257-206, to win the Masters event in the 8th Kingdom International Open Tuesday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kent, who owns two European Bowling Tour titles, earned $10,000 for the victory. Larsen received $7,000 for second place.

2015 World Bowling Tour

12/02/14

2015 WBT Schedule, Champions, Men's and Women's Ranking Winners

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

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour currenly 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.

2015 European Bowling Tour

12/02/14

Multiple changes in 2015 European Bowling Tour Schedule

Tour now features 21 tournaments in 15 countries, three Platinum, four Gold, three Silver and 11 Satellite tournaments

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg Just six weeks after the release of the 2015 schedule the European Bowling Tour released a revised version including multiple changes. One of the two tournaments in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar International in Octover, is off the schedule. The Brunswick Italia Challenge, which was added to the 2015 Tour without approval by the Italian Bowling Federation, is also off the list. This spot will be filled by the Polish Open. The 2015 EBT now features 21 tournaments in 15 countries.

Saudi Arabia

12/02/14

Craig Nidiffer emerges as Day 3 champion in 8th Kingdom International Open

U.S. bowlers paces the 93-player field after 18 games of qualifying with an average of 235.67; leads the top 36 players into Tuesday's Masters finals

2014KIODay3Top4_small.jpgCraig Nidiffer, United States, defeated four-time PBA champion Mike Fagan, 239-228, to win the Day 3 Shootout in the 8th Kingdom International Open Sunday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Nidiffer earned $5,000 for the victory and Fagan received $3,500 for second place. Nidiffer finished qualifying atop the 93-player leaderboard with 4242 total and an average of 235.67 for 18 games to lead the top 36 into Tuesday's Masters finals.

Industry News

12/01/14

Qubica legacy partners acquire full ownership of QubicaAMF

After nearly a decade since the creation of QubicaAMF, the company will operate under a single private ownership

QAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the world's largest manufacturer of bowling products, is shaking things up once again. The industry leader has announced that the Qubica legacy partners, Roberto Vaioli, Luca Drusiani, Emanuele Govoni, Guido Sorba, Pat Ciniello, Frank Mascadri and Rich Albright, have finalized a transaction with Bowlmor AMF to acquire their ownership in the company. After nearly a decade since the creation of QubicaAMF, the company will operate under a single private ownership.

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