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Khaled Al-Dubyyan sets the pace in semifinals 5th Kingdom International Open

10 survivors meet top six qualifiers in double-elimination match play finals

2011KSAOKhaledAlDubyyan_small.jpg2011KSAORonnieRussell_small.jpgKhaled Al-Dubyyan (l.) of Kuwait rled the semifinal round of the 5th Kingdom International Open. Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Al-Dubyyan topped the field of 28 players with 1838 and an average of 229.75 en route to lead the top 10 players into the double-elimination match play finals. The top six qualifiers bypassed the semifinal and will be seeded 1-6 in the opening round. PBA exempt player Ronnie Russell (r.), United States, was a distant second with 1769.

Saudi Arabia


PBA's Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III win qualifying in fifth Kingdom International Open

Lead total 34 players into the finals on Tuesday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh

2011KSAOParkerBohnSeanRash_small.jpgPBA Tour champions Sean Rash (r.) and Parker Bohn III (l.), both United States, finished the qualifying of the fifth Kingdom International Open atop the leaderboard when qualifying concluded Monday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Rhe fifth Kingdom International Championship is open to male bowlers only and drew mere 72 players from 15 countries. A total of 34 players advanced to the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30. Top prize is $25,000. 



49th All Japan Bowling Championships conducted as Great Tohoku Earthquake Charity Event

Aichi men and Chiba women claim Minister's Cup; Takemoto, Mukotani win Masters titles

2011JBCMasaakiTakemotoMisakiMukotani_small.jpgJust a week after a great earthquake followwed by gigantic tsunami attacked the Northeast region of Japan on March 11, the Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) conducted the MEXT Cup 49th All Japan Bowling Championships as scheduled, but as the charity event for the victims. Masaaki Takemoto (l.) of Osaka emerged as the men's Masters champion: while Misaki Mukotani (r.) of Chiba claimed the women's Masters title. The MEXT Cup went to the Aichi men and the Chiba women.



Kyohei Akagi steps down as JBC President after serving for 16 years

Becomes Honorary President and Director of International Relations

2011JBCHonPresidentKyoheiAkagi_small.jpg2011JBCPresidentTsutomuTakebe_small.jpgFormer WTBA president Kyohei Akagi (l.) has announced today that he will step down as President of the Japan Bowling Congress effective April 1, 2011. Akagi, who led Japan's amateur bowling organization for the past sixteen years, will become JBC Honorary President and will continue to serve as Director of International Relations. He will attend future international championships and meetings to support the new president, Tsutomu Takebe (r.).

Kuwait (2011 World Bowling Tour #5)


Chris Loschetter wins 8th Kuwait International Open from top seed

Helen Johnsson wins women's stepladder finals and finishes fourth in Open

2011KOChrisLoschetterHelenJohnsson_small.jpgPBA exempt player Chris Loschetter (l.), United States, defeated Tore Torgersen, Norway, 255-186, in the title match of the 8th Kuwait International Open Tuesday afternoon at Cozmo Bowling Center en route to claim the $25,000 top prize. Sweden's Martin Larsen and Helen Johnsson finished third and fourth with Osku Palermaa, Finland, fifth. Johnson (r.) defeated compatriot Sandra Andersson, 266-212, to win the women's extra stepladder final.



It's down to 15 in 8th Kuwait International Open

Eight survivors of Final Day One meet top seven qualifiers in Round Five

2011KOTimMack_small.jpgThe first day of the finals in the 8th Kuwait International Open featured three rounds of six games each which trimmed the field to 15 players who will battle it out for the title and the $25,000 top prize Tuesday. Tim Mack (l.) led the last round Monday with 1466 (244.33). Another four players, Tore Torgersen, Sayed Ibrahim, Osku Palermaa and Yannaphon Larp-apharat surpassed the 1400-mark. Two women, Helen Johnsson and Tannya Roumimper. survived the fourth cut. Paul Moor took the last place to advance.



Swede Martin Larsen wins qualifying in 8th Kuwait International Open

Europeans dominate men's and women's division

2011KOMartinLarsen_small.jpg2011KODominicBarrett_small.jpgEuropean players dominated the qualifying in the 8th Kuwait International Open currently underway at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Swede Martin Larsen (l.) averaged 232.44 over 18 games to lead the field with 4184 pinfall total. Trailing Larsen by 80 pins to land in second place was reigning European ranking champion Dominic Barrett (r.), England, with 4104. Total 38 players including four Swedish women advanced to the finals.



Dominic Barrett wins The Emir Cup 2011 in Doha, Qatar

Ends Mubarak Al-Muraikhi's winning streak to earn the QAR 75,000 top prize

2011EmirCupMubarakAlMuraikhiDominicBarrett_small.jpgReigning European Bowling Tour ranking champion Dominic Barrett (r.), England, skipped the third stop of the 2011 European Bowling Tour in Tilburg to participate in The Emir Cup 2011 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. In the title match over two-games decided by total pinfall Barrett defeated local favorite and two-time defending champion Mubarak Al-Muraikhi (l.), 527-470. to earn the 75,000 Qatari riyal top prize (approx. US$20,600 or 14.720 Euro).



Al-Hassan defeats top seed Healey twice to win 2nd Dubai International

Dubai International Bowling Center in Dubai, UAE (Feb. 20-26, 2011)

2011DubaiOpenPatHealeyShakerAlHassanRebeckaLarsen_small.jpgShaker Al-Hassan (c.), UAE, defeated PBA champion Patrick Healey Jr. (l.), United States, 213-177 and 211-178 to win the 2nd Dubai International Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Dubai, UAE, and the 60.000 AED (approx. $16,330) top prize. Al-Hassan, seeded second, topped the sole woman in the stepladder final, Rebecka Larsen Jr. (r.), Sweden, 217-209, for the right to bowl top seed Healey for the title.



Robert Smith wins one million Pesos in 8th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge

Top seeded PBA champion defeats Aussie George Frilingos in the championship match

200910PBARobertSmith_small.jpg2008BWCGeorgeFrilingos_small.jpgFormer PBA Touring professional Robert Smith (pictured left), United States, defeated Australia's George Frilingos (right), 243-228, in the championship match of the 8th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge Saturday at Pearl Bowling Center in Malate, Manila, Philippines to capture the title and one million Philippine Pesos (approx. US($23,040). Frilingos received PHP 500,000 for second place.

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Paeng claims 122nd Masters stories

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star (Feb. 8, 2011)

20110208PaengNepomuceno122ndtitle_small.jpgSix-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) whipped Jeff Carabeo in the best-of-three finals Sunday at the Playdium Center in Araneta Avenue to rule the fifth Henrich Cup Bowling Masters for his 122nd career victory. The lefty Nepomuceno, the only four-time winner of the prestigious World Cup, triumphed 236-167 and 256-220, in the finals after finishing second in the 10-game eliminations with 2386. The legendary bowler took home the top prize of P100,000.



Kyoto Prefectural Toryo, Toyokawa High School win MEXT Cup

17th All Japan Inter-High School Championships draws 101 High School teams

2010JPNIHSCChampions_small.jpgDaichi Kaibara and Hiroki Nishikawa (r.) of the Kyoto Prefectural Toryo High School and Yumi Morot and Sara Watanabeo of the Toyokawa High School (l.) won the Boys and Girls title in the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup - 17th All Japan Inter-High School Championships which were held at Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan, from Dec. 17-19, 2010.



This bowling icon rides a 4x4 classic By Kap Maceda Aguila

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star (Dec. 15, 2010)

2010PaengNepomucenoToyotaLandCruiser_small.jpgIn May 1978, Delta Motors Corporation arranged a unique showdown between two Bowling World Cup champs: our own Paeng Nepomuceno and lefty Norwegian Arne Stroem. The victor would take home a Toyota Crown, and the loser a Toyota Corolla. Paeng finally prevaile and did something strange – swapping the more premium Crown de Luxe for a Land Cruiser. Just recently, Paeng Nepomuceno added another trophy to his already considerable one. Nope, it wasn't for another bowling win.

Chinese Taipei


Taiwan bowlers claim Open Masters titles in 11th Chinese Taipei International Open

Asian Olympic Bowling Alley in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei (Nov. 25 - Dec. 5, 2010)

CTBALogo_small.jpgTop-seeded Chang Te-Ming and Tang Ya-Chun, both Chinese Taipei, claimed the men's and women's Open Masters titles of the 11th Chinese Taipei International Open Bowling Championships. Chang needed a second chance to defeat defending champion Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, in the decider, 234-193, to win the men's title and 200,000 New Taiwan dollars (approx. USD6,600). The women's finale was a strike fest in which Tang edged No. 3 seed, Tan Yan Ling, Singapore, 278-268, to win NT$70,000 (approx. USD2,310).



Paeng Nepomuceno receives his own star on "Walk of Fame Philippines"

2010PaengWalkofFame_small.jpg Filipino bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno (pictured left) received his own star on the "Walk of Fame Philippines," the country's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, in Quezon City yesterday. The "Walk of Fame Philippines" was initiated by Walk of Fame Founder, Mr. German Moreno, in December 2005 to pay tribute to both living and departed actors and actresses and other celebrities who have given exemplary contributions to Philippine show business. Paeng is only the second athlete to be included in the Philippines' Walk of Fame.



Baby on the way for Shalin Zulkifli By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Star, Malaysia (Dec. 2, 2010)

20101202ShalinZulkifli_small.jpgMama-mia! Top national bowler Shalin Zulkifli is eight weeks pregnant but she's not planning to slow down just yet. After all, the pregnancy did not stop the 32-year-old iron lady of bowling from competing in the Asian Games in Guangzhou recently. Still at it: Shalin Zulkifli is eight weeks pregnant but she is not planning to slow down just yet. For now, Shalin will be competing in the All-Star Classic at the Sunway Mega Lanes from Dec 18-19 and the Asian Championships in January.



Big payday for Wendy Macpherson; wins more than $157,000 in 34th ABS Japan Open

Shoots 300 on TV in the title match en route to her 8th JPBA title

2010ABSJapanOpenWendyMacpherson_small.jpgWendy Macpherson (pictured) of Henderson, Nev. made history on the Japanese Professional Bowlers Association Tour when she captured the women's title of the 34th ABS Japan Open by rolling a 300 game on TV in the title match. Macpherson earned 3,000,000 Yen (approx. US$36,000) for her third JPBA title of the year and the 8th of her career and pocketed 10,000,000 Yen (approx. $121,000) as a bonus for the 300 game.



Nagasaki wins Prime Minister's Cup at 39th All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships

Masters champions Yukio Kato, Mari Kimura were awarded the MEXT Cup

2010JPNIPCPMCup_small.jpg 2010JPNIPCMEXTCup_small.jpgThe Prime Minister's Cup & Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships were held from November 3-6, 2010 in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi-Ken. The Prime Minister's Cup went to Nagasaki prefecture (l.) while Yukio Kato, Tottori and Mari Kimura, Tokushima earned the MEXT Cup. 



Qatar ends the 10th GCC Bowling Championship atop the medal tally

Magic Planet Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (Oct. 1-9, 2010)

2010GCCLogo_small.jpgQatar is leading bowling country in the Arabic world as its national team led the medal tally in the 10th Gulf Cooperation Council Championship held at Magic Planet Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 1-9. Yousef Al-Jaber, Fahad Al-Emadi, Abdulla Haroon, Khalid Al-Doseri, Salem Al-Marzooqi and Haseem Al-Merekhi won three gold medals including All Events, Doubles and five-player team. UAE won two gold medals in Singles and Trios while Kuwait earned one gold medal in Masters.

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Japanese Emperor and Empress attend 65th National Sports Festival bowling competition

Osaka prefecture emerges as Bowling President's Cup winner

2010NSFEmperorandEmpress_small.jpgThe National Sports Festival is Japan's largest annual multi-sports meeting. The 65th edition was hosted by Chiba-Ken. The Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) led by president Kyohei Akagi was involved as the organizer of the bowling competition, which was held from September 26-29 at Chiba River Lanes in Chiba. It became a historic event as their Majesties. the Japanese Emperor and the Empress (center), attended a bowling competition for the first time in the Japanese bowling history.

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