Asian Bowling News Overview

2015 ABF Tour #6


Michael Mak, Veronica De Souza unstoppable in ABF Tour Macau leg

2015ABFT06MichaelMakVeronicaDeSouza_small.jpg Hong Kong's Michael Mak (l.) and local favorite Veronica De Souza (r.) posted big games in the finals of the 2015 ABF Tour Macau leg to win the men's and women's title Monday in Macau, China. Mak started the men's championship match against De Souza's cousin, Zoe Dias Ma, with the front five strikes and finished with three strikes in the 10th frame for a 246-184 victory. De Souza threw eight strikes on her way to the women's title easily defeating Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 235-147.

2015 ABF Tour


2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour features 10 legs and a TOC finale


The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, 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 2015 season will qualify for the ABF Tour TOC March 2016 in Kuwait.



One proves to be the lucky number in Macau China International Open

Defending men's champion Tomoyuki Sasaki (Japan) and Lee Young Seung (Korea) win the open division titles from No. 1 seed; it marks the seventh consecutive win for the men's No. 1 and the sixth out of seven for the women's No. 1

2015MacauOpenLeeYoungSeungTomoyukiSasaki2_small.jpgThe number 1 again proved to be the lucky number in the Macau China International Open as both, Tomoyuki Sasaki (r.) of Japan and and Korea's Lee Young Seung (l.) won the seventh edition of the event from No. 1 seed Monday at COTAI bowling center. Defending men's champion Sasaki fired a huge game to defeat Korea's Baek Jong Yun, 279-224, to win his second consecutive title in Macau and the 70,000 Macau pataca top prize (approx. US$8,760).

Macau, China


Wu Siu Hong, Tracy See lead by 39 pins after the first round of the finals in Macau

Hong Kong's Siu Hong averages 247.67 to pace the men's division; Singapore's See leads the women with 232.67 average; players return Monday for the second block before the cut to the top 6 for the stepladder finals

2015MacauOpenWuSiuHong_small.jpg2015MacauOpenTracySee.jpgHong Kong bowler Wu Siu Hong (l.) and Singapore's Tracy See (r.) took a 39-pin lead after the first round of the finals in the men's and women's open division in the 2015 Macau China International Open Sunday at COTAI Bowling Center. Siu Hong averaged 247.67 over six games to lead the 40 men with 1486. See averaged 232.67 to pace the 30 women with 1396. All players will return Monday for the second block before the cut to the top 6 for the finals.

Macau, China


Korea's Hwang Sung Hyun, Lee Young Seung win qualifying in 2015 Macau International Open


Korea's Hwang Sung Hyun and Lee Young Seung (r-l) finished the qualifying in the 2015 Macau China International Open atop the men's and women's open division leaderboard to lead 40 men and 30 women into the finals Sunday and Monday at COTAI Bowling Center in Macau, China. Hwang posted three-game series of 791 and 772 to lead the men's overseas pool with 1563 total (260.50 average). Lee was the lone woman who bowled two series over 700 to win the qualifying with 1471 (245.17).

2015 SEA Games


Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Jazreel Tan conclude 28th SEA Games with victory in Masters

Muhd Rafiq Ismail (MAS) and Daphne Tan earn the silver medal; Adrian Ang (MAS) and sixth-place Tannya Roumimper (INA; by SEA Games rule) get bronze

2015SEAGYannaphonLarpapharat4_small.jpg2015SEAGJazreelTan4_small.jpgYannaphon Larp-apharat (l.) of Thailand and Singapore's Jazreel Tan (r.) captured the gold medals in the men's and women's Masters finals in the 28th Southeast Asian Games which concluded the bowling competition of the Games Sunday afternoon at Orchid Bowl in Singapore. In the title match, Larp-apharat defeated No. 1 seed Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 414-381, while Jazreel flew past compatriot Daphne Tan, 516-353.

2015 SEA Games


Jazreel Tan, Muhd Rafiq Ismail set the pace in SEA Games Masters after first block


2015SEAGMastersMenBlock1Top3_small.jpgThree-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Muhd Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and three-time runner-up Jazreel Tan from the host country Singapore paced the men's and women's Masters competition of the 28th edition of the SEA Games after the first block on medium oil Saturday at Orchid Bowl. The top 3 after 16 games will advance to the stepladder finals.

2015 SEA Games


Malaysia sweeps the titles in men's and women's Team event at 28th SEA Games

Malaysia earns gold medals No. 4 and 5 to take the lead in the medal tally; Ryan Lalisang (INA), Jazreel Tan (SIN) finish atop the All-Events standings to lead the top 16 men and women into the Masters

2015SEAGTeamMalaysia_small.jpgThe Malaysian men and women (pictured) swept the Team titles Friday at Orchid Bowl in Singapore to earn gold medals No. 4 and 5 en route to take the lead in the overall medal tally at the 28th Southeast Asian Games bowling competition. The men toppled 6238 pins, an average of 207.93, to beat out Indonesia for the gold medal by 172 pins. The women chalked up 6067 (202.23) to lead reigning Asian Games Team champion Singapore after six games by 55 pins.

2015 SEA Games


Singapore, Malaysia win their third gold medal at 28th SEA Games in Trios event

Singapore's Shayna Ng and Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang lead in All-Events which serves as qualifier for the Masters

2015SEAGCherieTanShaynaNgBerniceLim_small.jpg2015SEAGTimmyTanAhmadMuazMuhdRafiqIsmail_small.jpg For the third event in the row, Singapore and Malaysia shared the gold medals at the 28th Southeast Asian Games bowling competition. Singapore's Cherie Tan, Shayna Ng and Bernice Lim (l.) averaged 220.17 to win the women's Trios title, while Timmy Tan, Ahmad Muaz and Muhd Rafiq Ismail (r.) of Malaysia captured the men's gold averaging 205.61.

2015 SEA Games


Malaysia, Singapore win second gold medal in Doubles at 28th SEA Games

Bowling on the medium lane conditioning pattern, Sin Li Jane, Esther Cheah cruise to the women's title with brothers Howard and Keith Saw taking the men's title

2015SEAGKeithSawHowardSaw_small.jpg2015SEAGEstherCheahSinLiJane_small.jpgAfter sharing the gold medals in Singles at the 28th SEA Games, the host country Singapore and its neighboring country Malaysia also shared the gold medals in Doubles Tuesday at Orchid Bowl. Malaysia's Sin Li Jane and Esther Cheah (l.) led the women's field with 2651, while brothers Howard and Keith Saw of Singapore (r.) paced the men with 2653.

2015 SEA Games


Muhd Rafiq Ismail (MAS), Daphne Tan (SIN) start 28th SEA Games with victory in Singles

Malaysian beats out Annop Arromsaranon (THA) for the gold medal by three pins; Singaporean women finish 1, 2 and 3, but the bronze medal goes to Malaysia due to SEA Games rule

2015SEAGMuhdRafiqIsmail_small.jpg2015SEAGDaphneTan_small.jpgMuhammad Rafiq Ismail (l.) of Malaysia and Singapore's Daphne Tan (r.) started the bowling competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games with victory in Singles Tuesday at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club in Singapore. Tan rolled the field-best 1368 series (228 average) in the women's division while Tan had 1308 (218) to pace the men's field.



Inaugural Bowling World Open to be contested on "Tokyo" lane conditioning pattern

Organizing committee releases technical information for the 48 million Yen (currently 386,000 USD) World Bowling Tour "major" tournament; Japan Bowling Congress has invited bowlers from 52 countries and regions; as of today, 78 men and 40 women are registered for the preliminaries

2015WBOLogo3_small.jpgThe Organizing Committee of the inaugural Bowling World Open, to be held July 9-12 in Tokyo, Japan, has released some technical information for the event including the lane conditioning pattern and the number of bowling balls which are allowed during the whole tournament. The BWO is a "major" tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and the richest event on the schedule featuring a total prize fund of 48 million Yen, currently 386,000 U.S. Dollar.

World Bowling Tour News


Registration for Bowling World Open is underway

World Bowling Tour "major" event will be held July 9-12 in Tokyo, Japan; 48 million Yen or 400,000 U.S. Dollar at stake with 10 million Yen ($83.145) going to the men's and to the women's champion

2015WBOLogo4_small.jpgRegistration for the preliminaries of the inaugural Bowling World Open is underway. The BWO, the 13th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "major" tournaments, will be held from July 9th to 12th in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. It is the richest event on the 2015 WBT schedule featuring a total prize fund of 48 million Yen or approximately 400,000 U.S. Dollar with 10 million Yen (approx. $83.145) each going to the men's and women's champion.

2015 ABF Tour #5


Kuwait's Mohannad Ebrahim cruises to the title in ABF Tour Egypt leg

2015ABFT05MohannadEbrahim_small.jpgMohannad Ebrahim (pictured) of Kuwait flew past Ayman Hashem of Egypt, 217-145, in the title match of the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Egypt leg to win his first career ABF Tour title Friday, May 1st, at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt. Ebrahim earned a $1,000 bonus for the victory and received 75 ranking points to leap into third place in the men's ranking after five out of ten events with 113 points. Naif Oqab of the United Arab Emirates leads with 137 points.



Frederik Øhrgaard, Sara Gamal capture men's and women's title in 17th Sinai International Open

2015SinaiOpenSaraGamalFrederikOhrgaard_small.jpgDane Frederik Øhrgaard (l.) and Sara Gamal (r.) from the host country Egypt topped their opponents in the championship matches in two-games, total pins format to capture the men's and women's title in the 17th Sinai International Open Thursday at International Bowling Center in Cairo. Øhrgaard defeated Yousef Al-Jaber of Qatar, 502-478, to pocket the $7,500 top prize. In the women's finale, Gamal stunned Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 441-406.



Malaysians Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Nora Lyana Natasia sweep Thailand Open titles

2015THAOpenNoraLyanaNatasiaMuhdRafiqIsmail_small.jpgMalaysian national team members Muhd Rafiq Ismail and Nora Lyana Natasia swept the men's and women's titles in the 41st MWA Singha Thailand International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2015 Thursday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Ismail (r.) topped compatriot Muhd Nur Aiman in the deciding game, 256-216, to seal the victory worth 300,000 Baht approx. US$9,200. Natasia (l.) topped fellow countrywoman Esther Cheah in the first game, 247-214.

2015 ABF Tour #4


Lee Tak Man (MAC), Korngunya Aree (THA) triumph in ABF Tour Thailand leg

2015ABFT04KorngunyaAreeLeeTakMan2_small.jpgLee Tak Man (right) of Macau and Thailand's Korngunya Aree (left) remained undefeated in the single-elimination matches Friday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok to capture the men's and women's titles in the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg. Lee defeated Sam Cooley of Australia, 225-213, to win his second Asian Bowling Federation Tour title. In an all-Thai women's finale, Aree edged Yanee Saebe, 184-183, for her first Tour victory.

2015 AYC


Malaysia's Natasha Roslan, Muhd Rafiq Ismail sweep gold medals in Girls and Boys Masters


Natasha Roslan (l.) and Muhd Rafiq Ismail (r.) of Malaysia swept the gold medals in stepladder finals of the Girls and Boys Masters competition, which concluded the 18th Asian Youth Championships Tuesday afternoon in Macau, China. Rosland defeated Emily Rigney of Australia in the decisive game, 244-204, to win her first gold medal. Ismail made quick work of Billy Muhammad Islam defeating the Indonesia in one game, 203-183, to claim his fourth gold medal in the fifth event.



Paeng bags 129th Masters crown

Republished courtesy of (March 30, 2015)

20150329PrimaPastaEyeBowlPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Six-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno (pictured) flashed his usual deadly form anew as he ruled the 6th SCTBA Prima Pasta Eye Bowl for his 129th career Masters title last Sunday night. "I'm happy to have been able to hold my own against Philippine team members who are half my age," said the 58-year-old Nepomuceno after he subdued top qualifier Kenneth Chua, 2-0 (236-221, 217-199) in the final match. Nepomuceno earned a shot at Chua by knocking out Paulo Darroca in a one-game shootout, 224-216.

2015 AYC


Muhd Rafiq Ismail hopes to win his fourth gold medal in Boys Masters

Malaysian earns the No. 1 one seed for the stepladder finals; Billy Muhammad Islam (INA) and Enzo Hernandez (PHI) meet in the semi-final match starting at 4.10 p.m. CST

2015AYCBoysMastersBlock2Top3_small.jpgMuhd Rafiq Ismail (center) of Malaysia is hoping to win his fourth gold medal in the fifth event at the 18th Asian Youth Championships as he leaped four spots in the second block on long oil to earn the No. 1 seed in the Boys Masters stepladder finals. Ismail, who won the titles in Singles, Doubles and All-Events, finished match play with 3873 total. Enzo Hernandez of the Philippines was second with 3832 and meets Billy Muhammad Islam (3788) of Indonesia in the semi-final match.

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