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World Bowling's scoring system to debut at ABF Tour Macao

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans in Asia will witness the debut of World Bowling's new scoring system at the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Macao leg on June 27, 2016 in Macao, China, which will be broadcast live in Malaysia and in China. The new scoring system was proposed by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry experts.



Tomoyuki Sasaki, Mirai Ishimoto win 50th Japan All-Star Invite

2016NHKCupMiraiIshimotoTomoyukiSasaki_small.jpg Japan national team captain Tomoyuki Sasaki (l.) of Kanagawa and women's national member Mirai Ishimoto (r.) of the Intercollegiate Bowling Association of Japan won the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 50th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships at Shinsayama Grand Bowl to earn Japan's most prestigious individual bowling titles. It was the third victory in the Japan All-Star Championships for Sasaki and the first for reigning World Youth Masters champion Ishimoto.

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Sam Cooley, Sharon Koh conquer ABF Tour Thailand leg

2016ABFT01SamCooleySharonKoh_small.jpg Aussie Sam Cooley and Sharon Koh of Malaysia remained undefeated to win the men's and women's titles in the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg Monday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok. Cooley (l.) averaged 265.25 over four games and cruised to his third career ABFT title with a near-perfect 295-216 win against local favorite Yannaphon Larpapharat. Koh (r.) captured her her first ABFT title with a 227-213 victory over team mate Hee Kar Yen.



Kim Bolleby, Yanee Saebae win Thailand Open from top seed

2016ThailandOpenKimBollebyYaneeSaebae2_small.jpg Kim Bolleby and Yanee Saebae gave Thailand a clean sweep Open Masters titles in the 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Bolleby (l.) sealed his second victory after 2014 by defeating Alex Liew of Malaysia for the men's title, 248-191. On the women's side, Saebae (r.) fell to Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the first game, 209-199, but rebounded with big 251-189 win in the decisive game to capture the title.

ABF Tour News


Alisports to be the Official Partner for the 2016 ABF Tour

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgFor the first time since 2004, when the ABF Tour became the official Tour of Asian Bowling Federation, an official partner, Alisports, will be involved with the 2016 Tour commencing April when the ABF Tour -Thailand will be held on April 18 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Established September 9th, 2015, Alisports will take care of the TV production and media exposure through their media platform for six of the legs of the 2016 ABF Tour.

United Arab Emirates


Naif Oqab bags 4th DIBC Open Masters title

2016DIBCOpenNaifOqab_small.jpg Top seed, Naif Oqab of the UAE lived up to seeding expectations to bag the Open Masters title of the 4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE. Oqab (center) fought a closely contested match against HRH Prince Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, needing a spare and strike in the 10th frame to shut out the Prince and to win the title match, 214-200. Oqab bagged the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800.



Paeng Nepomuceno named coach of Philippine bowling team

Republished courtesy of Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star; March 22, 2016)

USBCGoldCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno, the only bowler in history to win the World Cup four times, has been tasked to put the Philippines back on the right lane. The Philippine Bowling Congress has announced the appointment of the great bowler as head coach of the national team. Nepomuceno's contract, according to PBC executive vice president Steve Robles, has been forwarded to the Philippine Sports Commission for approval. There shouldn't be any problem with the PSC giving its stamp of approval.



Shinbata, Takebe emerge as Masters champions in 54th All Japan Bowling Championships

Aichi prefecture men win seventh consecutive Minister's Cup and eighth overall; Chiba women earn their third Minster's Cup

2016JBCYuhiShinbataKimieTakebe_small.jpg Japan National Team member Yuhi Shinbata of Tokyo prefecture and Kimie Takebe of Osaka emerged as men's and women's Masters champions in the MEXT Cup All Japan Bowling Championships. The 54th edition of the prestigious event was held from March 17-20 at Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa-Shi, Aichi-Ken, the biggest bowling center in the world with 116 lanes on one floor. The Championships drew 519 bowlers, 315 men and 204 women, from 50 local associations.



Stunning victory for 17-year-old Ahmed Al-Awadhi in Bahrain

Bahraini youth bowlers leads qualifying, earns the No. 1 seed and defeats two-handed star Osku Palermaa in the deciding game to win his first World Bowling Tour title and $25,000

Ahmed Al-Awadhi (pictured), a 17-year-old youth bowler from Bahrain, won his first World Bowling Tour title when he defeated two-handed star Osku Palermaa of Finland in the decisive game, 240-220, to win the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday Funland Bowling Center in Manama. The top-seeded Bahraini, who received seven pins youth handicap per game, had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat.



Field set for the final day at Bahrain Championship

Two-time PBA player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland led the remaining six players of Tuesday's Round 2 and 3 into the final day of competition of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama. Koivuniemi (pictured), who had a 1371 series in Round 2 to make the second cut in third place, used high games of 278, 265 and 256 and three games between 211 and 235 to lead the third round with 1469 total and an average of 244.83.



Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads top 30 into finals at 14th Bahrain Championship

Bahrain's youth bowler averages over 240 to pace the 103-player field from 19 countries with 2970 including handicap; Squad E & F leaders Kent, Simonsen crack the top 5; Thomas Larsen takes last spot with 2646 (220.50 average)

Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, won the qualifying of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship with 2970 including 7 pins handicap per game, an average of 240.50 for 12 games, to lead the top 30 out of 103 players from 19 countries into the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Al-Awadhi, who led the local qualifying which took place at Funland Bowling Center in Manama in the week before the international qualifying, had six-game series of 1471 and 1499.



Ryan Lalisang, Mike Chan set the pace in Squad E & F after the first block

Indonesian and Hong Kong bowler average 237 and need a repeat performance in Monday's block 2 to crack the top 5 in the overall standings; Bahrain's Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads with 247.50 (incl. hdcp)

Ryan Lalisang (pictured) of Indonesia averaged 237.50 Sunday at the penultimate qualifying day of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship to lead the 48 bowlers of squads E & F after the first block with 1425 total. Lalisang rebounded from a slow start with 267 and a near-perfect 299 game before he closed with 247 and 219 to beat Mike Chan of Hong Kong for the high series on Monday by three pins.



Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads Bahrain qualifying heading into the last three squads

Bahraini youth bowler paces the 81 player field with an average of 240.50 for 12 games; Squad B leaders Ramirez, McEwan and Squad C leaders Jones, Allen round out the top 5

2016BHRAnggieRamirezDanielleMcEwan_small.jpg Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, who led the local qualifying of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship with 2970 total and an average of 240.50, retained his lead after the conclusion of the first two international qualifying squads. Al-Awadh was followed by A squad leaders Anggie Ramirez (l.) of Colombia and Danielle McEwan (r.), United States, who leaped into second and third place, resp., with 2921 and 2874, including handicap.



Anggie Ramirez paces international field in Bahrain

Colombian posts 1449 series to lead day one qualifying in the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship, runner-up Osku Palermaa shoots the first 300 game; Bahraini youth bowler Ahmed Al-Awadhi finishes atop the local qualifying with 2970 (240.50)

2016BHRAnggieRamirez_small.jpg2016BHROskuPalermaa_small.jpg Anggie Ramirez (l.) of Colombia averaged 234.50 in the opening squad B of the international qualifying to pace the field after the first of two six-game blocks with 1449 total, including seven pins handicap each game. Ramirez finished 21 pins ahead of five-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa (r.) of Finland, who rolled the tournament's first 300 game in his fourth game of the 1428 series to earn a 1,000 Dollar bonus.



Danielle McEwan shoots two big games to win the H.H. Emir Cup 2016

PBA member earns $20,000 for her first WBT title but does not get credit for a PBA title because she used the handicap pins

2016HHEmirCupTop4_small.jpg Danielle McEwan, USA, fired games of 258 and 266 scratch and added eight pins women's handicap each game to fly past Yousif Falah of Bahrain, 540-416, to win the World Bowling Tour's H.H. Emir Cup 2016 Wednesday afternoon at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. McEwan received the 20,000 Dollar first prize. Falah pocketed $12,000 for second place while Marshall Kent, United States, and Daphne Tan, Singapore, got $6,000 apiece for third and fourth place, resp.



It's down to 12 in H.H. Emir Cup

Swede Martin Larsen leads the 8 players standing after Tuesday's Round 1 & 2 into a third-round clash with the top 4 qualifiers; Bernice Lim, Marshall Kent and Jazreel Tan bring the number of 300s to 10

2016HHEmirCupMartinLarsenOskuPalermaaRobertAndersson_small.jpg Martin Larsen (l.) of Sweden averaged 248.50 for eight games to pace the second round of the finals in the H.H. Emir Cup with 1988 total and to lead the top 8 players into a third-round clash with the top 4 qualifiers Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center. Shayna Ng was one of two Singaporean women who survived the cut in second place with 1946. Larsen's team mate Robert Andersson (r.) was third with 1930. Fourth place belonged to Osku Palermaa (c.) of Finland with 1919.



Daphne Tan wins qualifying in H.H. Emir Cup

Singaporean leads 32 players into the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday; Squad C's Thomas Larsen, Tommy Jones and Danielle McEwan crack the top 4

2016HHEmirCupRound1Finalists_small.jpgSingaporean women's star Daphne Tan won the qualifying of the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 and leads a group of 32 players into the finals Tuesday and Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Tan, who averaged 242.56 for 16 games and posted a 4009 series in squad A, including eight pins handicap each game, remained unchallenged in squad B and C to lead the field of 95 players, including 12 women, from 22 countries by 80 pins and more. The picture shows the Round 1 finalists.



Daphne Tan holds commanding lead in H.H. Emir Cup

Tan leads the 85-player field from 21 countries by 232 pins over Kuwait's Mostafa Almousawi

2016HHEmirCupDaphneTan_small.jpgSquad A leader Daphne Tan (pictured) continued to hold a commanding lead in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 after the 36 B squad bowlers have completed their 16-game qualifying Sunday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. The Singaporean standout averaged 242.56 to lead the 85-player field from 21 countries with 4009 total. Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait used high games of 299 and a pair of 279s in the second 8-game block Sunday to overtake second place with 3773 and an average of 235.81, 236 pins behind leader Tan.



Daphne Tan shoots 300 to take the lead in H.H. Emir Cup 2016 after Squad A

Four Singaporean women in the top 8 after the first of three 16-game qualifying rounds in Qatar

2016HHEmirCupSaeedAlHajriDaphneTan_small.jpgLong-time Singaporean women's national team member Daphne Tan rolled her first career 300 game on the way to take the lead in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 after the conclusion of squad A Friday in Doha, Qatar. Tan, who achieved perfection in the first game of her first block, earned the Day 1 High Series Award worth 200 Dollar. She followed the 2054 with 1955, including handicap, to lead the field of 50 bowlers with 4009 total and an average of 242.56 for 16 games.



Lucas Wiseman, the main voice of BowlTV, leaves USBC after 13 successful years

2014WCAbuDhabiLucasWiseman_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Public Relations and Social Media Manager Lucas Wiseman has left USBC and will be moving into a new career outside the bowling industry later this month. Wiseman, who worked at USBC for 13 year and was the main voice of BowlTV, covered his last event at the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this week. As a pioneer of BowlTV's live streaming, Wiseman helped usher in a new era of bowling fans being able to watch the sport.

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