American Bowling News Overview

IBMA Awards

04/09/14

Liz Johnson, Jason Belmonte selected as 2013 IBMA Bowlers of the Year

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201213PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgWins in major events propelled Liz Johnson (l.) and Jason Belmonte (r.) to major accolades as they were selected 2013 Bowlers of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association. Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., captured the top spot in the women's voting in large part because of her victory in the U.S. Women's Open. Belmonte, a two-handed thrower from Australia, led the men's voting thanks to winning the USBC Masters.

IBMA News

04/07/14

Thomas Larsen claims March Bowler of the Month

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Thomas Larsen (pictured) of Denmark has been chosen as the March 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Larsen defeated Dom Barrett, England, 208-205, to win the World Bowling Tour's 11th Kuwait International Open for his second WBT/PBA title. He won his first WBT/PBA title in the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in December 2013. His other top finishes were in the 2012 PBA WSOB V, a 16th place finish in the PBA Scorpion Championship and a 24th place finish in the PBA World Championship.

IBMA Awards

04/04/14

Hero Noda named 2014 Luby Hall of Fame recipient by International Bowling Media Association

2014LubyHallofFameAwardHeroNoda_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) announced Hero Noda, Ibaraki, Japan, as their 2014 recipient of the Luby Hall of Fame Award. A proprietor himself, Mr. Noda is best known as a "volunteer fixture" at International Bowl Expo and the mid-winter Bowling Summit where he takes thousands of photographs of the events as well as of many international tournaments. He will be recognized during the special awards luncheon at International Bowl Expo, Tuesday, June 24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

IBMA Awards

03/13/14

IBMA to honor Lee Evans with Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award

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The man whose dream over 50 years ago has resulted in a tournament involving many nations that has lasted for over 50 years is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association of America Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Lee Evans, the late non-bowling pioneer, dreamer, and risk-taker who founded the Tournament of The Americas, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling.

IBMA News

03/12/14

Jason Belmonte repeats as February Bowler of the Month

2014PBA02JasonBelmonte4_small.jpgJason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been unanimously chosen as the February 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte defeated E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Indiana, 221-177, for the USBC Masters title, for his ninth career and third major PBA title. He is only the third bowler to repeat as Masters champion; the first almost nearly a half-century. Belmonte joins USBC Hall of Famers Dick Hoover and Billy Welu as the only back-to-back winners of the USBC Masters.

IBMA News

03/12/14

Augie Karcher, IBMA Hall of Fame member, dead at 91

20140221IBMAAugieKarcher_small.jpgAugust "Augie" W. Karcher, a bowling media fixture for years, passed away Feb. 21, 2014 in Winona, Iowa. He was 91. Karcher was born in Germany in 1923 and emigrated to the U.S. a year later with his mother and two sisters to join his father in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and in 1943 began his newspaper career at the Toledo Chronicle. He earned numerous awards for writing and service to the sport of bowling including the Mort Luby Distinguished Service Award from the Bowling Writers Association of America.

IBMA Awards

03/07/14

Steve James named 2014 IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient

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The International Bowling Media Association has announced that Steve James has been named as the IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient for 2014. James, of Fox Point, Wis., devoted his career to promoting the sport and those who competed in it through several positions in the bowling industry over a career that spanned nearly four decades, highlighted by induction to the ABC Hall of Fame in 2005. In the international arena, James served as Deputy Secretary General of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)

Canada

03/02/14

Caroline Lagrange, Dan MacLelland named Canadian Bowler of the Year

2013BWCCarolineLagrange2_small.jpg2013WGDanMacLelland_small.jpg Caroline Lagrange and Dan MacLelland, both long-time members of the adult national teams programs, have been named female and male Canadian Bowler of the Year by the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF). Lagrange has been named female Bowler of the Year eight different years. Youth Bowler of the Year honors went to Brittany Crawford (Girls) and Mitch Hupe (Boys), both from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

United States

02/14/14

Alex Aguiar wins $20,000 top prize in 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals

German-Swiss Tanya Cuva becomes first 1st TAT Ladies champion; Robert Lewis catures inaugural Seniors title; 18-year-old David Krol wins TAT Roto Grip Challenge

2014TATNationalsAlexAguiar_small.jpg Alex Aguiar from Dartmouth, Mass., (center) won the title and the $20,000 top prize in the 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Aguiar, who came from the 35 & Under Division, was throwing the ball incredible all the way through the finals averaging 273 for five games. Mexican Angel Hernandez just couldn't keep pace with Aguiar in the final match coming up 15 pins short to land in second place for $10,000.

IBMA News

02/05/14

Jason Belmonte named Kegel January Bowler of the Month by IBMA

2014PBA01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte (pictured) of Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been chosen as the January 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. He defeated Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 219-218 in the championship match, to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions for his eighth career and second major PBA title. Belmonte continues a winning streak of the IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month honor by capturing the award in each of the last four years.

IBMA News

01/25/14

Lucy Sandelin, Pete Weber named IBMA Senior Bowlers of the Year

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201213PBA16PeteWeber2_small.jpgInternational Bowling Media Association (IBMA) President Joan Romeo has announced Lucy Sandelin (l.), Tampa, Fla., and Pete Weber (r.), St. Ann, Mo., have been elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2013 by a vote of members of the bowling media group. Sandelin garnered 210 points in a 5-3-1 voting system with 5 points being given for a first place vote. Weber won Male Senior Bowler of the Year by one point (175-174) over Walter Ray Williams Jr.

IBMA News

01/07/14

Dominic Barrett repeats as December Bowler of the Month

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Dom Barrett of Colchester, Essex, England, has been chosen as the December 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Barrett (pictured) captured the 13th Qatar Bowling Open by defeating Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 515-467, in a two-game total pins match. This was Barrett's eighth European Bowling Tour and third PBA title. The British bowler continued his hot streak from November, when he captured his first major, the PBA World Championship.

IBMA News

12/09/13

Dominic Barrett dominates as November Bowler of the Month

201213PBA22DominicBarrett_small.jpg Dom Barrett (pictured), Colchester, Essex, England, has been chosen as the November 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Barrett captured the PBA World Championship, the major title included in the PBA World Series of Bowling V, defeating Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, in the title match, 238-235. It is his second PBA title, after winning the PBA Viper Championship at last year's PBA World Series of Bowling.

Colombia

11/24/13

Andres Gomez, Rocio Restrepo conclude National Championships with victory in Masters

Gomez sweeps all gold medals in the men's division; Restrepo wins three out of six titles

2013COLNCAndresGomezRocioRestrepo_small.jpgLong-time Colombian national team members Andres Gomez and Rocio Restrepo (l-r) of Bogotá emerged as the Masters champions to conclude the 2013 Colombian National Championships at Alberto Galino Sport Unit Bowling Coliseum in Cali. The Championships drew 89 players from eleven departments, who bowled for medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Teams, All-Events and Masters. Gomez swept all gold medals in the men's division, while Restrepo won three out of six titles.

Canada

11/14/13

2014 Team Canada roster for international events finalized

Canadian Tenpin Federation High Performance division selects two men and two women to complete the 2014 National Team

CTFLogo2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation High Performance division has made the choices of the two men and women who will complete the rosters of Team Canada for 2014. The top six men and six women from the Canadian National Championships will be joined by Danielle Lemoine of Winnipeg, MB, Miranda Panas of St. Catharines, ON, Francois Lavoie from Quebec City, QC, and Dan MacLelland of Montreal, QC. Tyrel Rose of Montreal, QC, is men's Head Coach while Mike Boroskae of Winnipeg, MB, will coach the women.

Canada

11/13/13

Canadian Tenpin Federation creates Youth Scholarship Program

CTFLogo2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation Youth Committee has announced the creation of a CTF Scholarship Program. With approval coming from the National Board of Directors and the CTF Executive, the scholarship program is the first of its kind for the Canadian Tenpin Federation. In the first year, the CTF Scholarship Program is pleased to provide two deserving CTF Youth bowlers - one male and one female - with a $1,000 scholarship each.

IBMA News

11/12/13

Mika Koivuniemi finishes as October Bowler of the Month

201213PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Michigan, has been chosen as the October 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. The Finnish native capped off the month by capturing the World Bowling Tour 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Vienna, Austria, by defeating fellow Finn Pasi Uotila, 258-237. It is Koivuniemi's third PBA title this year and twelfth career crown. In addition, Koivuniemi finished second in the WBT Thailand Open.

2013 PABCON Senior & Super Senior Championships

11/04/13

Champions crowned at 2013 Pan American Senior and Super Senior Championships

Bowling Center Cariari in San Jose, Costa Rica (October 20-26, 2013)

2013PCSrLogo_small.jpg The 3rd Pan American Senior Championship and the 1st Pan American Super Senior Championship took place from October 20-26 at Bowling Center Cariari in San Jose, Costa Rica. Carlos Castro of Mexico and Mariela Alarza of Venezuela (Senior) as well as Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela and Lucrecia Lopez Jove of Argentina (Super Senior) concluded the championships with victory in the men's and women's Masters match play competition.

PABCON News

10/24/13

Pan American Bowling Confederation elects new Executive Committee for 2013-2017

Martin Faba Castro of Costa Rica becomes the new PABCON President

2013PABCONPresidentsMartinFabaCastroJoseGuandique_small.jpgThe Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) has elected a new Executive Committee on October 19 during the Ordinary Congress in San José, Costa Rica. Martin Faba Castro (l.) of Costa Rica has been unanimously elected as the new PABCON president by the delegates from 17 countries. Martin Faba Castro replaces Jose Guandique (r.) of El Salvador, who retires after eight years as president of the WTBA American Zone. Guandique was unanimously appointed PABCON Honorary Life President.

Costa Rica

10/16/13

Champions crowned in 35th Torneo Internacional de LA RAZA

Bowling Dent and Bol Cariari in San José, Costa Rica (October 5-12, 2013)

2012LaRazaLogo_small.jpg392 bowlers, 88 women and 304 men (176 in the regular open division and 128 seniors), from 14 countries participated in the 35th Torneo Internacional de LA RAZA at Bowling Dent and Bol Cariari in San José, Costa Rica, from October 5-12, 2013. Men and senior men bowled in four-player event (12 games), Doubles (4 games) and Singles (4 games). Women competed in Doubles (12 games) and Singles (8 games). All divisions awarded titles in All-Events and concluded with an "Exhibition Stepladder" final.

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