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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.

Asian News


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.

Hong Kong


Zulkifli, Al-Suwaidi capture Open Masters titles in 36th Hong Kong International Open

Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (Sept. 9-18, 2010)

200910PBAWSShalinZulkifli_small.jpg2009BWCHussainAlSuwaidi_small.jpgShalin Zulkifli (l.), Malaysia, and Hussain Al-Suwaidi (r.), UAE, claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 36th Hong Kong International Open Saturday at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China. In the men's title match, No. 1 seeded Al-Suwaidi topped Zulmazran Zulkifli, 221-182, to wrap up the title worth HK$ 55,000. Zulkifli, seeded fourth, defeated No. 1 seed, Zandra Aziela twice to win the women's title, and HK$ 28,000.



Jason Belmonte beats Sean Rash to win 2010 KPBA Korea Cup

Wins the 30 Million South Korean Won top prize

2010KoreaCupJasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte of Australia, the 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated fellow PBA star Sean Rash, 210-191, in the title match to win the KPBA 2010 Korea Cup and the 30 Million South Korean Won top prize or approximately 25,750 U.S. Dollar (pictured). 4-time PBA champion Rash climbed the ladder, defeating 13-time PBA titlist Tommy Jones, Cho Young Seon and Jung Tae Hwa, both Korea, to advance the title match. A total of 13 PBA stars competed in the 2010 Korea Cup, which drew a field of 204 players.



Jason Belmonte earns the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in Korea Cup

Sean Rash meets Tommy Jones in the opening match

2010PBCPIAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year, Jason Belmonte (pictured) of Australia, averaged over 250 in round robin match play to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in the 2010 KPBA Korea Cup. Second and third place belonged to Koreans Jung Tae Hwa and Cho Young Seon. In the opening match of the five-player stepladder finals, 4-time PBA champion Sean Rash and 13-time PBA champion and 2005-06 Player of the Year, Tommy Jones, will square off.



Jung Tae Hwa leads top 36 into Round Four in KPBA Korea Cup

10 out of 13 PBA pros survive qualifying cut

200910PBASeanRash_small.jpg2010SINOpenTimMack_small.jpgKorea PBA member Jung Tae Hwa posted the field-best 1437 six-game series to maintain the pole position in the Korea Cup and to lead the top 36 qualifiers into the next round. Jung felled 4349 pins and averaged 241.61 over 18 games to hold a 31-pin lead over 4-time PBA champion Sean Rash (l.), who was second with 4318 pins. 10 out of 13 PBA pros including defending Korea Cup champion Tim Mack (r.) survived the first cut.



Ronnie Russell shoots two 300 games on Day Two Qualifying in KPBA Korea Cup

Sean Rash falls one pin short of the lead after 12 games

2010KoreaCupRonnieRussell_small.jpgA number of the PBA professionals including are currently competing in the Korea Professional Bowling Association's 2010 Korea Cup including Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Mika Koivuniemi, Tommy Jones, Wes Malott, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Jason Belmonte, Mike Fagan, Kelly Kulick, Tim Mack and Ronnie Russell. Russell (pictured) set the highlight in the second round of qualifying on Tuesday when rolled two 300 games in a six-game block. After 12 games Rash trails leader Jung Tae Hwa by one pin. 



Emirates Bowling Federation postpones 21st Asian Championships to January 2011

EBTLogo_small.jpgThe Asian Bowling Federation has informed its member federations that due to the uncertainty of the finishing date of the Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and also the Formula One car race being held in the third week of October in Abu Dhabi the Emirates Bowling Federation will postpone the 21st Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, originally scheduled for Oct. 3-11, to January 2011.



Paeng, Bata among most trusted Filipinos By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Republished courtesy of (Sept. 4, 2010)

20100330PaengNepomuceno_small.jpgTwo athletes have made the top 10 in a nationwide poll conducted some time ago on the Philippines by Reader's Digest. In the poll where the names of 80 Filipinos from different walks of life were submitted to individuals across the country in a survey to determine levels of trustworthiness, four-time world bowling champion Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno (pictured) finished No. 6 and "The Magician" Efren "Bata" Reyes, the greatest pool player of all time landed in the No. 10 spot.

USBC Coaching


Nepomuceno trains coaches at Tri Level Seminar in Singapore

20100801PaengSINSeminar2_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno (pictured right), a USBC coach and International Ambassador for Bowling, recently concluded a Tri Level USBC Coaching conference in Singapore. Nepomuceno held the coaching conference at the Singapore Chevrons Bowling Center from July 30 to Aug. 1. It was the first time, due to schedule constraints, that Nepomuceno did the seminars back-to-back, doing both Level 1 and Bronze Level and Silver Level Seminars on the same three days.



1st All-Japan Primary School Bowling Tournament held at Inazawa Grand Bowl

Tournament and Qualifiers feature special coaching sessions

2010PSTJapanHighGameAwards_small.jpgThe first ever National Bowling Tournament for Primary School Students in Japan was held from Aug. 4-5, 2010 at Inazawa Grand Bowl in Aichi, Japan. Inazawa Grand Bowl is the world's biggest bowling center on one floor featuring 116 lanes. (l-r) Tomoya Fujiwara of Maibara Munipal Ohara P.S. in Shiga, Yuichi Kawahara of Koshigaya Municipal Senmadai P.S. in Saitama, and Ryuta Yamaura of Anjo Municipal Sakurai P.S. in Aichi won the titles in the 6th, 5th and 4th grade division., resp.



Champions crowned at All Japan Junior High and High School Championships

2010JPNHSChampions_small.jpg2010JPNJHSChampions_small.jpgFor the 34th year, the Japanese Junior High School Championships and High School Championships were contested during the summer holidays in July. Yuhi Shinbata and Misaki Mukotani (pictured left), won the boys and gilrs High School titles, while Katsuhito Nakano and Karen Takabuchi (right) won in the Junior High School divisions.



Hsieh, Iman win 8th Indonesia Open Masters titles from top seed

Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia (July 9-17, 2010)

2010INAOpenHsiehJingLiangZatilIlman_small.jpgHsieh Jing Liang (l.), Chinese Taipei, and Zatil Iman (r.), Malaysia, won the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 8th Indonesia International Open Bowling Championship Saturday at Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta. Hsieh flew past local favorite, Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 239-166 to win the men's title and the 150,000,000 Indonesian rupiah ($16,590). Iman, used her second chance against No. 6 seed, Geraldine Ng, Singapore, to wrap up the women's title, 194-187.

Hong Kong


Nepomuceno holds International Seminar in Hong Kong

Trains coaches from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau at Meifoo Bowling World

20100712PaengsHKGSeminar_small.jpg4-time Bowling World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno (second from right) of the Philippines has finished a Level One and Bronze coaching seminar in Hong Kong from July 7-9. The Philippine bowling legend, who teamed up with the United States Bowling Congress to promote the sport around the world, held his seminar at Meifoo Bowling World. Paeng, who has won more than 100 international titles in his illustrious career, worked together with coaches from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.



Siti Shazwani captures Open Masters title in 13th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic

Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines (June 21-25, 2010)

2010BevidaStormSitiShazwaniSinLiJane_small.jpgSiti Shazwani (l.), Malaysia, captured the Open Masters title worth 150.000 Philippine Pesos (approx. $3,230) in the 13th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic Friday at Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines. The title match of the six-player shootout finals saw top-seeded Shazwani and qualifying leader, Sin Li Jane (r.), seeded third, in an all-Malaysian women affair with the top seed sealing victory with a fine 274-230 performance.



Sin Li Jane leads top 24 into finals of 13th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic

Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines (June 21-25, 2010)

2010BevidaStormMichaelTsang_small.jpg2008CTBCSinLiJane_small.jpgMalaysian national team member Sin Li Jane (l.) finished the qualifying of the 13th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic at 24-lane Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines atop the leaderboard en route to lead the top 24 qualifiers into the finals. Li Jane felled 4952 pins, an average of 206.33 over 24 games, and added 192 pins handicap (8 pins per game) to lead Michael Tsang (r.), Hong Kong, by four pins, 5144 to 5140.



Paeng Nepomuceno holds Level One and Bronze certification seminar in Indonesia

Fauzi Bowo, Governor of Jakarta, visits the seminar to talk to the coaches

201006PaengsJakartaSeminar_small.jpgUSBC bowling ambassador, Paeng Nepomuceno (center) of the Philippines, conducted a 4-day Level One and Bronze certification seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia. The seminar was held in the government-owned Jakarta Bowling center in cooperation with the Indonesian Olympic Committee and was organized by Isra Tahir who is the chairman of the Indonesian Bowling Federation, Jakarta chapter. Fauzi Bowo, the Governor of Jakarta, took his time to visit the seminar and to talk to the coaches.

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