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PBA star Tommy Jones dedicates Korea Cup victory to his late father

Defeats fellow PBAer Parker Bohn III for 30 million Korean Won top prize

2011KoreaCupParkerBohnTommyJones_small.jpgAn emotional Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, S.C., dedicated his victory in the DSD Samho Korea Cup International Open at Homeplus Asiad Bowling Center Friday to the memory of his father, who died five days earlier after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jones, seeded fouth, won four consecutive matches on his way to the title. In the championship match, he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (l.) of Jackson, N.J., 237-225, to pocket 30 million South Korean Won (approx. USD26,325).

Korea (2011 World Bowling Tour #6)


Jeong Seung-Joo comes from behind to win Daejeon International Bowling Tournament

Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea (Aug. 8-26, 2011)

2011DeajeonJeongSeungSoo2_small.jpg2011DeajeonKimYoungKwan3_small.jpg In an all-Korean TV Stepladder final, third seeded Jeong Seung-Joo (l.) won three consecutive matches to claim the title in the World Bowling Tour's Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, Friday afternoon in Daejeon, Korea. In the title match, Seung-Joo defeated Korea Professional Bowlers Association member Kim Young-Kwan (r.), 229-188, to earn 50 million Korean Won or approximately USD46,000.



Kim Young-Kwan earns No. 1 seed for all-Korean finals at Daejeon International

Smith, Koivuniemi miss stepladder finals in 7th and 8th place

2011DeajeonKimYoungKwan_small.jpgKim Young-Kwan (KPBA) posted an 8-4 won-lost record in match play en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the TV stepladder finals in the Daejeon International Bowling Tournament Friday at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea. Young-Kwan had the 15th 300 game of the main event and the 36th overall en route to 8886 pinfall total including 240 bonus. The TV finals will be an all-Korean affair as Robert Smith, United States, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, and Japanese bowler, Sasaki Tomoyuki, missed the cut to the top 6.



Korean woman leads top 12 into round robin match play in Daejeon International

Smith falls to fifth place; Koivuniemi rolls back-to-back 300s to leap to ninth place

2011DeajeonJeonGueAe_small.jpgJeon Gui-Ae (pictured), Korea, posted the highest six-game series in the Round of 48 en route to lead the top 12 players into round robin match play in the Daejeon International Bowling Tournament in Korea. Gui-Ae had 1553 including handicap to leap from fifth to first place with 5876 24-game total. 18-game leader Robert Smith, United States, fell to fifth place with 5815, while Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, made the cut in ninth place thanks to back-to-back 300 games. The top 6 after 12 games round robin advance to the TV stepladder finals.



Kim Kyung-Min takes over second round lead in Daejeon International

PBA champions Koivuniemi, Smith in second and third heading into the final round before the cut to top 48

2011DeajeonMikaKoivuniemi2_small.jpg2011DeajeonRobertSmith_small.jpgKim Kyung-Min of Korea averaged 241 in the second round of the finals to overtake the lead in the Daejeon International Bowling Tournament Tuesday in Daejeon, Korea with 2926 total and an average of 243.83 for 12 games. With the final six games before the cut to the top 48 to go on Wednesday, PBA champions Mika Koivuniemi (l.), Finland, and Robert Smith (r.), United States, sit in second and third place with 2917 and 2905, respectively.



Mika Koivuniemi sets the pace in the finals of the Daejeon International in Korea

PBA Player of the Year averages 252.50 to take first round lead

2011EBT11MikaKoivuniemi_small.jpgReigning PBA Player of the Year and World Bowling Tour men's ranking leader, Mika Koivuniemi, total 1515 pins and averaged 252.50 to overtake the lead after the first round of the finals in the Daejeon International Bowling Tournament. The field of 225 players was split into three squads to bowl three rounds of six games at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea before the cut to the top 48. Kim Min-Seon currently holds the 48th and last place to advance with 1363 and an average of 227.17 including handicap. The finals continue Tuesday with Round Two.



Park Geun-Woo leads top 125 qualifiers into the main event at Daejeon International

Six 800 series and more than twenty 300 games rolled in qualifying

2011DeajeonOpenLogo.jpg Park Geun-Woo of Gyeongsangbuk-Do won the qualifying in the World Bowling Tour's Daejeon International Bowling Tournament currently underway at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, South Korea. Geun-Woo had the most consistent three-games series of all competitors with 800, 799 and 794 to lead a field of 325 Korean bowlers with 2393 total and an average of 265.89. The top 125 qualifiers will join a group of one hundred seeded players in the finals.



2nd All Japan Primary School Bowling Tournament features record 196 boys and girls

Coaching session prior to the tournament attracts 305 players

2011PSTBoys6thgrade_small.jpgAfter the great success of the inaugural national bowling tournament for primary school students in 2010, the second edition was held August 8-9, 2011 in the same venue, Inazawa Grand Bowl, Aichi, Japan, the biggest bowling center in the world with 116 lanes on one floor. This year's tournament was organized by the Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) in cooperation with other member organization of the Bowling Council of Japan (BCJ). 196 boys and girls qualified from all over Japan for the event.



Park Kyung-Shin shoots 812 three-game series to leap into second place in Korea

Park Geun-Woo continues to lead qualifying field of 320 Korean bowlers

2011DeajeonOpenLogo2.jpg Professional bowler Park Kyung-Shin rolled the third 800 series of the Daejeon International Bowling Tournament Thursday at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea. Kyung-Shin chalked up 812 and added 799 and 747 for 2358 nine-game total, an average of 262, to leap into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Park Geun-Woo of Gyeongsangbuk-Do continued to lead the field of 320 players - all from Korea - with 2393.



Park Geun-Woo widens his lead in Daejeon International Bowling Tournament

Adds 799 series to lead field of 303 with 2393 nine-game total (265.89)

2011DeajeonOpenLogo2.jpg Park Geun-Woo widened his lead in Daejeon International Bowling Tournament Wednesday at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea, when he added a 799 three game series to his high series of 800 and 794. Geun-Woo leads the field of 303 Korean bowlers with 2393 nine-game total and an average of 265.89. Two Korean women sit in second and third place in the current standings. Qualifying for the international participants runs from Aug. 18-20.

South Korea


Daejeon International Bowling Tournament is underway in Korea

Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea (Aug. 8-26, 2011)

2011DeajeonOpenLogo.jpg The Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, the sixth stop of the inaugural World Bowling Tour, is underway at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea. The tournament organized by the Korea Professional Bowling Association (KPBA) offers total prize money of 200 million South Korean Won or approximately 186.720 U.S. Dollar with 50 million going to the winner. After ten days of qualifying for local bowlers, Park Geun-Woo leads the field of 297 Korean bowlers with 2388 nine-game total and an average of 265.33.



Champions crowned at 35th All Japan Junior High and High School Championships

2011JPNHSChampions_small.jpgFor the 35th year, the Japanese Junior High School Championships and High School Championships were contested during the summer holidays in July. The JOC Cup 35th All Japan High School Championships was held from July 25-26 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo. Toshiki Kudo (l) from First High School attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology and Mitsuki Okamoto (r.) from Fukuoka Daiichi H.S. both set new records en route to win the titles.



Japan Bowling Congress targets to get Bowling in the Olympic Program for 2020

Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Games could offer another chance for Bowling to be included in the Summer Olympics

2011100thAnniversaryShintaroIshihara_small.jpg In conjunction with 100th anniversary of the Japan Sports Association and the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly was held in Tokyo. Among the attendees was IOC president Count Dr. Jacques Rogge (r.). During the ceremony Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan City (center), has announced that Tokyo will bid to host the Summer Olympic Games in the year 2020, which could offer another chance for bowling to get into the Olympics.



Yannaphon Larp-apharat, New Hui Fen roll 192 games to win 9th Indonesia Open

Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia (July 19-25, 2011)

2011INAOpenNewHuiFenYannaphonLarpapharat_small.jpgYannaphon Larp-apharat (r.) of Thailand and Singapore's New Hui Fen (l.) both rolled a 192 game en route to win the men's and women's open masters titles in the 9th Indonesia Open Monday at Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Yannaphon earned 150 million Indonsian Rupees for his second victory in three weeks while Hui Fen pocketed 50 million Rupees for her first career international title. The top 16 Asian men and women advanced to Tuesday's final leg of the 2011 Asian Bowling Federation Tour.

Hong Kong


Robert Smith, Shayna Ng claim the titles in 37th Hong Kong International Open

2011HKGOPenShaynaNgRobertSmith_small.jpgTop seeded Robert Smith (r.), United States, and Shayna Ng (l.) of Singapore made quick work of their opponents to win the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 37th Hong Kong International Open Sunday at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China. Smith, a seven-time PBA champion and the 200 U.S. Open winner, who lives in Hong Kong, topped No. 3 Shaker Al-Hassan, 216-208, to wrap up the men's title. Ng flew past No. 5 Zoe Tam, Hong Kong, to claim the women's title.



Paeng Nepomuceno wins 40th Philippine International Open Masters

Extends Guinness World Record to 123 career titles

2011PHIMastersRiveraNepomucenoCarabeo_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines defeated former 2006 World Masters Champion Biboy Rivera, 195-184, to capture the masters title of the 40th Philippine International Open Championships June 25 at Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines. The USBC silver level coach, a living legend in his country, won the Philippine Masters for a record eighth time in his illustrious career and extended his own Guinness Book World Record to 123 international titles. Nepomuceno received 250,000 Philippine Pesos (approx. US$5,800).



Kulick, Al-Hassan win the titles in 44th Singapore International Open

Orchid Bowl at Orchid Country Club in Singapore (May30 June 4, 2011)

2011SINOKellyKulickShakerAlHassan_small.jpgKelly Kulick (l.) of the United States and UAE's Shaker Al-Hassan (r.) walked away the winners in the women's and men's Open Masters division of the 44th Singapore International Open at Orchid Bowl in Singapore. PBA exempt player Kulick topped BWAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, in the decider, 226-210, to win the women's title worth 6,000 Singapore Dollar. Al-Hassan defeated tournament leader Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, twice to earn the S$20,000 top prize.



Echigo, Takekawa victorious at NHK Cup 45th Japan All-star Invitational Championships

College students win Japan's most prestigious individual titles from top seed

2011NHKCupTakumaEchigoHikaruTakekawa_small.jpgCollege students Takuma Echigo (l.) and Hikaru Takekawa (r.) captured the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 45th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships which were held from May 13-15, 2011 JFE Chiba River Lanes in Chiba-Shi, Chiba-Ken, Japan. The event is the most prestigious individual championships in Japan. This year's championships were held as a charity event for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami victims and drew 245 players.



Paeng Nepomuceno is the No. 1 of the "Kings of Cool"

The Rogue Magazine names 10 "coolest" Filipino athletes of all time


The Rogue Magazine in the Philippines came out with its sports edition issue for the month of April (pictured left is the cover). Instead of asking who is the "greatest" Filipino athlete of all time author Bill Velasco identifies the 10 "coolest" Filipino athletes of all time. With all due respect to the other nine athletes, Velasco has positioned bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno (right) on top of his list.



Koreans sweep men's and women's titles in 37th MWA Thailand International Open

2011THAOpenLeeIkKyu_small.jpg2011THAOpenLeeNaYoung2_small.jpgThe men's and women's Open Masters finals of the 37th MWA Thailand International Open were an all-Korean affair. In the men's final, No. 1 seed Lee Ik-Kyu (l.) topped Koo Seong-Hoi, seeded second, 190-172, to wrap up the title worth 300,000 Baht (approx. $10,000). In the women's championship match top seeded Lee Na-Young (r.) flew past No. 2 Kim Ji-Hye, 233-148, to capture the title and 100,000 Baht (approx. $3,000).

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