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Biboy Rivera wins qualifying at 4th Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia

Rivera, Frawley, Healey, Zulkifli bypass the semifinal round on Wednesday

2009PHIOpenBiboyRivera_small.jpg2010KSAOAndrewFrawley_small.jpgBiboy Rivera (l.), Philippines, finished qualifying in the 4th Kingdom International Open Bowling Championship atop the leaderboard and led a field of 32 players into the finals on Wednesday and Thursday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Rivera posted a 1778 8-game series, an average of 222.25, in the third of eight qualifying squads to lead Andrew Frawley (r.), Australia, by 10 pins. Mohammad Al-Rageeba, Kuwait, hit the cut for 26th place with 1628.

Saudi Arabia


Biboy Rivera sets the pace in qualifying of 4th Kingdom International Open

Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (April 3-8. 2010)

2010KSAOBiboyRivera_small.jpg2010KSAOAndrewFrawley_small.jpgBiboy Rivera (l.), Philippines, leads a field of 33 players in the 4th Kingdom International Open Bowling Championship as the qualifying at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has reached its halfway mark. Rivera set the pace with 1778 8-game total, an average of 222.25, and leads Andrew Frawley (r.), Australia, 1768, by ten pins. Qualifying continues on Monday and Tuesday and ends with the Desperado Squad on Tuesday around Midnight.



Osku Palermaa wins 7th Kuwait International Open in overtime

Beats Zulmazran Zulkifli in two-frame roll-of, 60-48

2010KuwaitOpenOskuPalermaaSheikhTalal_small.jpgFinnish two-hander Osku Palermaa walked away the winner in the 7th Kuwait International Open Wednesday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait, and took home the 25,000 U.S. Dollar first place check (pictured left). In the title match, top seeded Palermaa struck on his fill ball to tie No. 3 seeded Zulmazran Zulkifli, 225-225, then reeled off four consecutive strikes in 9th and 10th frame roll-off to shut out the Malaysian and to wrap up the title, 60-48.



Vintage Paeng tops MBA Open Masters

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star (March 30, 2010)

20100330PaengNepomuceno_small.jpgSix-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno (pictured) may have aged, but he's still as sharp and deadly as before when he was the most dominant force in the local bowling world. The 53-year-old lefty and only four-time winner of the prestigious World Cup proved this last Sunday by beating his younger rivals to bag the MBA Open Masters bowling championship at Paeng's Midtown Bowl at Robinson's Place Manila. It was Paeng's 120th career victory.



Aichi (men) and Hokkaido (women) win MEXT Cup 48th All Japan Bowling Championships

Aoi Yamamoto, Haruka Matsuda capture men's and women's Masters titles

2010JBCAoiYamamotoHarukaMatsuda_small.jpgThe Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Cup 48th All Japan Bowling Championships were held March 19-22 at the world's largest bowling center on one floor, Inazawa Grand Bowl. Aoi Yamamoto (l.) from Ehime and Haruka Matsuda (r.) from Hokkaido claimed the Masters title.s Matsuda helped her prefecture Hokkaido to win the Minister's Cup for the best women's team. The Minister's Cup for the best men's team went to the host prefecture, Aichi.



Mubarak Al-Muraikhi remains undefeated to win H.H. The Emir's Cup 2010

2009BWCMubarakAlMuraikhi2_small.jpgMubarak Al-Muraikhi (pictured), one of two Qatari in the finals of the H.H. The Emir's Cup 2010 in Doha, Qatar, won three two-game matches decided by total pinfall en route to win the title and the 75.000 Qatari Riyal top prize (approx. $20,600). Al-Muraikhi, who won the Emir's Cup in 2007, defeated Naif Oqab in the championship match, 449-413. Oqab received 40.000 QAR for second place, Mansoor Al-Awamy, Qatar, pocketed 20.000 for third and Remy Ong, Singapore, garnered 10.000 for fourth.



Remy Ong leads top 8 into Single Elimination finals at H.H. Emir Cup 2010

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Feb. 25 - March 4, 2010)

2009BWCRemyOng2_small.jpgWorld and Asian Games champion Remy Ong (pictured), Singapore, led the top 8 players into the single-elimination finals in the H.H. The Emir's Cup 2010 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Ong will meet No. 8 Yousif Falah, Bahrain in the quarterfinal over two games decided by total pinfall. The field will be cut to 4 then 2 players who will battle it out for the title and the top prize of 75.000 Qatari Riyal or approx. $20,600. The tournament drew 114 players from 17 countries.



PSA to honor sports greats, colleagues By Cedelf P. Tupas

Among the honorees is legendary bowling coach Angel "Pappy" Nepomuceno

AngelandPaengNepomuceno2_small.jpgThe Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) will pay tribute to sports luminaries and its own colleagues who passed away last year in its Annual Awards Night presented by Coca-Cola on March 1 at the Manila Hotel. Among those who will be honored are two-time basketball Olympian Eduardo Pacheco, Philippine Basketball Association founding commissioner Leo Prieto and legendary car racer Pocholo Ramirez Jr. and Angel "Pappy" Nepomuceno, winningest coach in Philippine bowling history (right) and father of six-time world champion Paeng (left).



The Year 2009 in Review

Watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe Tenpin Bowling Year 2009 was filled with action, record-breaking performances, great comebacks as well as stunningly surprising or long-overdue breakthroughs. The PBA pros went globe-trotting and Asians, Americans and Europeans tested their skills in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. Spearheaded by Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno, the international USBC silver coaches have certified numerous bronze coaches all over the world. To watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year 2009 click here



Tokyo Horikoshi, Osaka Prefectural Fujiidera win MEXT Cup

16th All Japan Inter-High School Championships draws 98 High School teams

2009JPNIHSCBoysChampions_small.jpg2009JPNIHSCGirlsChampions_small.jpgThe boys from the Osaka Prefectural Fujiidera Technology High School (pictured left) and the girls from the  Horikoshi High School (right) won the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup - 16th All Japan Inter-High School Championships which were held at Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan, from Dec. 18-20, 2009.



Paeng hits Turkey bowling tilt by storm by GMANews.TV

Raises 'modest sum' for Ondoy victims

2009BWCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgLegendary Filipino bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno (pictured) proved to be a big hit at a diplomats' bowling tournament in Turkey helping raise a "modest sum" for victims of recent typhoons back home. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Nepomuceno was the center of attraction in two bowling tilts last December 5 and 6, highlight of the celebration of six decades of RP-Turkey ties. The multi-titled kegler said he was pleased to have taken part in the Ankara and Istanbul tournaments and be able to contribute in efforts to support victims of Ondoy. 

2009 AIG


Korea earns No. 1 seed for men's and women's Team Final at 3rd Asian Indoor Games

Saturday's finals to conclude bowling competition in Vietnam


Korea earned the No. 1 seed for the Asian Indoor Games women's and men's Team finals on Saturday. Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young Seon, Jang Dong-Chul and Kim Tae-Young posted a field-best 2749 series on short oil to jump from fourth to first place with 5405 six-game total (225.21). The Korean women, Son Yun-Hee, Gang Hye-Eun, Jeon Eun-Hee and Hwang Sun-Ok, who led after the first block (2593), also posted the highest block on short oil (2592) to earn the No. 1 seed with 5185 (216.04).



Paeng's dad, coach Angel Nepomuceno, dies at 81

AngelandPaengNepomuceno2_small.jpgAngel "Pappy" Nepomuceno (on the left with Paeng after his fourth victory in the Bowling World Cup) , the winningest coach in Philippine bowling history and father of six-time world champion Paeng, died last Saturday (October 31) due to a lingering illness. He was 81 years old. Under Pappy's coaching, Paeng bagged six world titles in three different decades and 119 other tournament crowns and set three Guinness Book of World Records, which have remained unbroken.



Tenpin Bowling scores record $100,000 sponsorship

2010AUSMastersSponsorshipDeal_small.jpgAustralia will be home to one of the richest purses in tenpin bowling in the world from next year. The AMF Bowling CEO Jordan Rodgers (pictured left) announced a record $100,000 sponsorship for the 2010 Tenpin Bowling National Masters at the opening of the Rachuig Tournament in Brisbane on Tuesday. The AMF National Masters, as it will be known from 2010, will be a highlight of the 2010 National Championships which will be held at the new AMF Bowling Rooty Hill, NSW in October.



Malaysian bowlers take the first three spots in Jakarta Super Classic

Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 20-23, 2009)

2009WRMZulmazranZulkifli_small.jpgMalaysian bowlers dominated the stepladder finals of the 2009 Jakarta Super Classic Friday at Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the championship match, Zulmazran Zulkifli (pictured left) defeated Shalin Zulkifli, 212-200, to win the title and 75 million Indonesian Rupiah (approx. 8,000 U.S. Dollar). In the opening match of the 4-player shootout, Shalin, who is not related to Zulmazran, eliminated Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 195-174, and went on to defeat compatriot Muhd Nur Aiman, seeded second, 246-233.



Frilingos, Zulkifli win 2nd Ancol International Open from top seed

Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 8-17, 2009)

2008BWCGeorgeFrilingos_small.jpg2009WUSOShalinZulkifli2_small.jpgBoth men's and women's top seeds, George Frilingos (l.), Australia, and Shalin Zulkifli (r.), Malaysia, captured the Open Masters titles in the 2nd Ancol International Open Bowling Championships. Frilingos was forced into the deciding second game by defending champion Adrian Ang, Malaysian, and sealed the victory, 225-212. Zulkifli made quick work of Park Jin Hee, Korea, to win the women's title, 202-172. The top 16 Asian men and women advanced to the final ABF Tour leg.



Fukuoka emerges as overall champions in 64th National Sports Festival Bowling Competition

Round 1 Stadium in Niigata and Grand Bowl Kurosaki, Niigata-Ken (Sept. 26-30, 2009)

2009NSFOverAllChampionFukuoka_small.jpgThe National Sports Festival is Japan's largest annual multi-sports meeting. The Prefectures (Ken) alternate in hosting the annual event cooperating with each of the participating sport organization. The bowling competition was held from September 26-30 and featured Singles, Doubles and 4-player Team events for Men and Women as well Singles and Doubles for Boys and Girls.For the second consecutive year, Fukuoka Prefecture (pictured) emerged as the overall champion.

Hong Kong


Chan Shuk Han, John Nolen win Hong Kong International Open from top seed

Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (Sept. 24 - Oct. 3, 2009)

2008HKGOpenChanShukHan_small.jpg200910PBAJohnNolen_small.jpgTop seeded Chan Shuk Han (pictured left), Hong Kong, and USBC Masters champion John Nolen (right), United States, made quick work of their opponents to win the women's and men's 35th Hong Kong International Open Masters title Saturday at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China. Shuk Han defeated team mate Vanessa Fung, 224-178 to win the women's title while Nolen made quick work of Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, to cruise to the men's title, 233-197.

Hong Kong


Al-Suwaidi, Joh Six lead men's and women's qualifying in 35th Hong Kong International Open

Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (Sept. 24 - Oct. 3, 2009)

2009WUSOSaraVargas_small.jpgCurrent Asian Bowling Federation ranking leader Hussain Al-Suwaidi finished the qualifying in the 35th Hong Kong International Open atop the men's leaderboard with 1017 4-game total, an average of 254.25, to lead 36 men into the next round. On the women's side, reigning ABF Tour Tournament of Champions winner Tang Joh Six, Malaysia, led Colombia's Sara Vargas (pictured) by 32 pins, 941 to 909. A total of 36 men and 28 womenadvanced to the next round.



SHALL WE DANCE? - Paeng Nepomuceno and Lina Basas

20090630PaengNepomuceno_small.jpgLast Sunday Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno (pictured) was the star guest on a TV show called "Shall We Dance?" which is the Philippine version of "Dancing with the Stars". "This is the first time that I did something like this," said Paeng, a 3-time record holder of the Guinness Book of Records. The show representative called Paeng twice to invite him to be the guest in the show and Paeng politely turned down the invitation as he wanted to concentrate on the Philippine Bowling World Cup National Finals.

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