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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).



First Ranking Tournament in Pakistan to determine the national team

Royal Rodale Club in Karachi, Pakistan (April 27-30, 2011)

PakistanTBFLogo_small.jpg The first All Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) Ranking Tournament 2011 will be held from April 27-30 at Royal Rodale Club, Karachi, Pakistan. According to Ijaz Ur Rehman, PTBF General Secretary, the tournament was organized by adopting international standards and rules. "The top ten players from this tournament will be selected for the Pakistan national team", Rehman added.

Saudi Arabia


Remy Ong wins back-to-back Kingdom International Open titles

Remains undefeated for second consecutive year to earn $25,000

2011KSAOHRHPrinceAbdulHakimMohammedAlSaud_small.jpgMultiple World and Asian Games champion, Remy Ong (center) of Singapore, successfully defended his title in the Kingdom International Open Wednesday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In all-lefty title match, Ong rolled games of 236 and 239 to fly past 2008 champion, Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, 475-390. Ong, who remained undefeated in double-elimination match play for the second consecutive year pocketed $25,000 for the victory:

Saudi Arabia


England's Dominic Barrett and two Kuwaitis injured in a quad-bike accident in Saudi Arabia

Updated Thursday at 7 a.m. CET

2011KODominicBarrett_small.jpg2011KOMohammedAlRageebah_small.jpgJoan Mack, mother of international star Tim Mack, and bowling writer Dom Gall, England, have informed Bowlingdigital that three participants of the fifth Kingdom International Open, Europe's No. 1 Dominic Barrett (l.) of England as well as Kuwaitis Mohammed Al-Rajeebah (r.) and Fahad Al-Regeeb, were injured in two separate quad-bike (ATV) accidents during the desert party of the tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last night.

Saudi Arabia


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.

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