Asian Bowling News Overview

Thailand

04/17/14

Kim Bolleby, Angkana Netrviseth victorious in 40th MWA Thailand International Open

2014EBT04KimBolleby_small.jpg2012ABFTToCAngkanaNetrviseth_small.jpgKim Bolleby (l) of Sweden and Thailand's Angkana Netrviseth (r.) won the men's and women's Open Masters titles at the 40th MWA Thailand International Open in Bangkok Wednesday. Bolleby defeated Vincent Lim of Singapore in the deciding game, 244-222, to capture the 300,000 Baht (approx. US$9,300) top prize. Netrviseth topped compatriot Benchawan Poungthong, 205-193, to win the first women's title for Thailand in the tournament history.

Japan

03/25/14

Daisuke Yoshida three-peats as Men's Masters champion 52nd All Japan Bowling Championships

Misaki Mukotani wins Women's Masters title for the third time in her career; Aichi prefecture wins fifth consecutive Men's MEXT Cup; Chiba women bring home MEXT Cup for the second time

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Japan National Team members Daisuke Yoshida (l.) from Aichi prefecture and Misaki Mukotani (r.) of Chiba captured the coveted men's and women's Masters titles in the MEXT Cup All Japan Bowling Championships. The 52nd edition of the prestigious event was held from March 12-15 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 531 bowlers, 317 men and 214 women, from 46 associations.

2013 ABF Tour

03/17/14

Surasak Manuwong, Sharon Limansantoso finish 2013 ABF Tour with victory in TOC

ABFTourLogo_small.jpgSurasak Manuwong of Thailand and Indonesia's Sharon Limansantoso finished the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour with victory in the Tournament of Champions Monday in Kuwait. In the men's title match, Manuwong posted the highest game of the day to defeat Wicky Yeung of Hong Kong, 226-191. Limansantoso captured her second women's crown after 2010 by defeating Hong Kong's Milki Ng, 199-178. Manuwong pocketed the US$20,000 top prize. Limansantoso received $10,000.

2013 ABF Tour

03/17/14

2013 ABF Tour - Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2013 ABF Tour consisted of nine legs, five in the Middle East with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earned ranking points based on how they finished in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2013 season qualified for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions scheduled for March 16-17, 2014 in Kuwait.


ABF Tour

03/16/14

Putty Armein, Hussain Al-Suwaidi earn No. 1 seeds for 2013 ABF Tour TOC finals

Men's and women's field is down to the top 8 players who will determine the champions in single-elimination bracket finals on Monday

2013WCPuttyArmein_small.jpg2013WCHussainAlSuwaidi_small.jpgIndonesia's Putty Armein (l.) and Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, finished atop the women's and men's qualifying leaderboard to earn the No. 1 seeds for the single-elimination bracket finals of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Tournament of Champions Monday at Cozmo bowling center in Salmiya, Kuwait. Monday's finals feature one-game matches. The men's champion receives the US$20,000 top prize while the women's champion gets US$10,000.

2014 ABF Tour #2

03/16/14

Mahmood Al-Attar wins his first Asian Bowling Federation Tour title in Kuwait

2014ABFT02MahmoodAlAttar_small.jpg UAE national team member Mahmood Al-Attar defeated local favorite Khaled Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait, 217-184, to claim his first career Asian Bowling Federation Tour title Saturday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. The top 16 Asian bowlers in the 11th Kuwait International Open 2014 qualified for the second leg of the 2014 ABF Tour. In the title match, 23-year-old Al-Attar, who won the 2013 Dubai Open, pulled away with a four-bagger in frames 2-5 and never looked back.

2014 ABF Tour

03/16/14

2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour features nine legs and a TOC finals

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 World Bowling Tour #9

03/14/14

Thomas Larsen wins his second PBA title in 11th Kuwait International Open 2014

Top-seeded Larsen defeats England's Dom Barrett in the title match to claim the $25,000 top prize; Shannon O'Keefe (USA) captures the women's title; Aseel Al-Roomi (KUW) takes revenge in Youth final

2014KuwaitOpenThomasLarsen3_small.jpgDenmark's Thomas Larsen (pictured) defeated Dominic Barrett of England, 208-205, to win his second PBA International title in three months in the 11th Kuwait International Open Friday at Cozmo Bowling Center. The top qualifier sealed the victory in the first game of the championship match after Barrett suffered a split in the ninth frame which resulted in an open. Larsen, whose previous PBA title came in the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in December 2013, received the $25,000 first prize.

Kuwait

03/13/14

It's down to 15 in 11th Kuwait International Open 2014

2014KuwaitOpenStuartWilliams_small.jpgFifteen players remained in the hunt for the title and the $25,000 top prize in the 11th Kuwait International Open 2014 heading into the final day at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. In three six-game rounds on Thursday, the field was trimmed from 31 to eight players, who will meet the top seven qualifiers in Round Five on Friday. PBA champion Stuart Williams (pictured), the first player from England to win a PBA Tour title, led the top eight players into Friday's Round 5 with 1436 and an average of 239.33.

Kuwait

03/13/14

Sean Rash wins qualifying in 11th Kuwait International Open 2014

Defending champion leads a field of 38 players into the finals on Thursday and Friday; five-time world champion Shannon O'Keefe is the only woman who survives the first cut

2014KuwaitOpenSeanRash_small.jpg2014KuwaitOpenShannonOKeefe_small.jpgDefending Kuwait Open champion Sean Rash (l.), United States, averaged 242.80 for 15 games to win the three-day qualifying in the 11th Kuwait International Open 2014. The 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year leads a field of 38 players into the finals on Thursday and Friday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. Five-time world champion Shannon O'Keefe (r.), United States, is the only woman who survived the first cut in 31st place with 3212 including handicap.

2014 ABF Tour #1

03/09/14

Shaker Al-Hassan starts 2014 Asian Bowling Federation Tour with victory in Bahrain

2014ABFT01ShakerAlHassan_small.jpgShaker Al-Hassan (pictured), UAE, defeated local favorite Mohammed Janahi, 200-199, to start the 2014 Asian Bowling Federation Tour with victory in the Bahrain leg Saturday at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain. It was the second title in two days for the Emirati, who captured his first World Bowling Tour title and the $25,000 top prize in the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship on Friday. The top 16 Asian bowlers qualified for the ABF Tour leg.

2014 World Bowling Tour #8

03/07/14

Shaker Al-Hassan wins 12th Kingdom of Bahrain Bowling Championship from No. 1 seed

2014BAHShakerAlHassan3_small.jpg Shaker Al-Hassan (pictured), UAE, topped John Szczerbinski, United States, by two pins, 231-229, to win the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain Bowling Championship Friday at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain. Al-Hassan, who earned the No. 1 seed and the advantage that his opponent had to defeat him twice to win the title, won his first World Bowling Tour title and the $25,000 top prize. He does not receive credit for a PBA International Tour title because he isn't a PBA member.

Bahrain

03/07/14

PBA bowlers dominate Final Round 3 at Bahrain International Championship

Fagan, Loschetter, Angelo and Barnes survive Thursday's finals; also advancing to Final Round Four are local bowler Mohammed Sultan and Hong Kong's Michael Mak

2014BAHLoschetterFaganAngelo_small.jpgFour PBA bowlers, one Bahraini and one bowler from Hong Kong survived Thursday's Final Round 2 & 3 at the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain Bowling Championship to meet qualifiers 7-12 in the fourth round Friday at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain. The PBA stars dominated Round Three. Mike Fagan (center) led the round with 1402 and an average of 233.70. Chris Loschetter (l.)was a distant second with 1326 (221.00) and Brad Angelo (r.) was third with 1308.

Bahrain

03/06/14

England's Paul Moor wins qualifying in 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Championship

Moor averages 229.83 to lead a field of 30 players into the finals on Thursday and Friday

2014BAHPaulMoor_small.jpg2014BAHJohnSzczerbinski_small.jpgPaul Moor (l.) of England averaged 229.83 for twelve games to win the qualifying of the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra Mall, Bahrain. The 13-time European Bowling Tour champion had six game series of 1365 and 1393 to lead the top 30 of 128 players into the finals on Thursday and Friday. Team USA's John Szczerbinski (r.) was 44 pins behind in second place with 2714.

2014 WBT #7

02/28/14

Chris Barnes strikes out in 9th and 10th frame to win The H.H. Emir Cup 2014

Barnes beats Singapore's New Hui Fen by 10 pins to capture his 17th PBA title, his third World Bowling Tour title and the $25,000 top prize

2014HHEmirCupChrisBarnes_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured), United States, defeated Singapore women's national team member New Hui Fen in two games total pins, 493-483, en route to win The H.H. Emir Cup 2014 Friday evening at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Barnes, who turned 44 three days ago, made himself a belated birthday present pocketing 25 Grand for the victory. It was his second PBA international title and the 17th PBA title of his illustrious career as well as his third title on the World Bowling Tour.

Egypt

02/04/14

Russians Sergey Starchenkov, Polina Kosiakova win Hurghada 2014 Friendship Tournament

2014HurghadaSergeyStarchenkovPolinaKosiakova_small.jpgTop seeded Sergey Starchenkov and Polina Kosiakova of Russia (l-r) won the Hurghada Open International Friendship Bowling Tournament 2014 which concluded Sunday at Bounce Bowling in Hurghada, Egypt with the men's and women's stepladder finals. In the men's finals, Starchenkov held off Dmitry Shilkin's run for the title, 245-217, to claim the $4,000 top prize. Kosiakova defeated compatriot defeated Maria Bulanova, 225-198, to win the women's title worth $2,000.

Australia

01/06/14

Australian standout Ann-Maree Putney strikes out

2012BWCAnnMareePutney_small.jpg Long-time Australian national team bowler Ann-Maree Putney (pictured) today announced the end to her elite sporting career. "The time feels right", Putney said today to her Newcastle coach of 23 years, Geoff Bowness. After 29 years in the sport which has taken her to more than 20 different countries and two World Championships victories, the 44-year-old mother of two says she has no regrets. Along the way, Putney eclipsed 88 career titles and 15 300 games.

Oman

12/29/13

Naif Oqab ends 12th GCC Championships with victory in All Events and Masters

Oqab propels Emirates Bowling to the top of the medal tally

2010MWCNayefOqabShakerAlHassan_small.jpgIn an all-UAE affair between Doubles champions Naif Oqab and Shaker Al-Hassan (l-r), All Events winner Oqab ended the 12th Gulf Cooperation Council Bowling Championships with 279-232 victory to propel Emirates Bowling to the top of the medal tally with three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. Six countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the host country Oman, participated in the Championships, which were held from December 22-29 at Oman Bowling Center in Al Khuwair, Muscat.

Asian Bowling Federation (ABF)

12/27/13

World Champions Son Yun Hee, Cho Young Seon dominate 2013 Asian Point Ranking

2013ChoYoungSeonSonYunHee_small.jpgSon Yun Hee and Cho Young Seon (r-l), the 2013 World Championships women's and men's Masters champions and currently the best couple in the sport of tenpin bowling, dominated the 2013 Asian Point Rankings. Asian bowlers could earn ranking points based on how they finished in Asian international tournaments, ABF Tour, Asian Games, Asian Championships, SEA Games, East Asian Games, East Asian Pacific, GCC Championships as well as WTBA World Championships and World Games.

Malaysia

12/26/13

Keith Saw, Victoria Chin win boys and girls title in 14th MILO International All-Stars

Hee Kar Yen wins "The Masters" finals

2013MiloAllStarsKeithSaw_small.jpgKeith Saw of Singapore (pictured) and Malaysia's Victoria Chin emerged as boys and girls champion for juniors age 21 and under in the 14th MILO International All-Stars Bowling Championship 2013 at Sunway Mega Lanes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saw and Chin reveived 25,000 Ringgit (approx. $7,570) and 18,000 Ringgit (approx. $5,450), respectively. Hee Kar Yen of Malaysia captured the title in "The Masters", which was open for men and women, en route to walk away with the 35,000 Malaysian Ringgit top prize (approx. US$10,595).

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