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Egypt

04/21/09

11th Sinai International Open Bowling Tournament is underway in Egypt

International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt (April 20-28, 2009)

2009SOTarekHelmy_small.jpg2009SOKarimSherif_small.jpgThe Egyptian Bowling Federation hosts the 11th Sinai International Open Bowling Tournament which got underway at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt. Qataris Mansour El Awamy and Yousef Al Jaber set the pace on the first day with 2000 and 1902 8-game totals, resp. Next were Egyptian bowlers Mohamed Al Sirafi (1852), Karim Sherif (1849, left), Amr Esam (1818) and Tarek Helmy (1778, right). Amal Bakr, Egypt leads the women's division with 1491 and an average of 186.38.


Thailand

04/19/09

Top seeds capture the titles in 35th Thailand International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships

S.F. Strike Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand (April 5-19)

2007YannaphonLarpapharat.jpg2007ABFT04TangJohSix_small.jpgYannaphon Larpapharat (l.) from Thailand and Malaysia's Tang Joh Six (right), both seeded first in the stepladder finals, captured the men's and Women's Open Masters titles in the 35th Thailand International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Sunday at S.F. Strike Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand. In the men's final, Larpapharat held off Hussain Al-Suwaidi's run in the title match, 199-178. On the women's side, top seeded Tang Joh Six denied defending champion Chan Shuk Han's bid for back-to-back titles, 38-36 in rolloff after a 175-175 tie.


Thailand

04/18/09

Manuwong, Zhang win the qualifying in 35th Thailand International Open

S.F. Strike Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand (April 5-19)

2007ABFTToCSurasakManuwong_small.jpgThailand's Surasak Manuwong (pictured) and Zhang Chun Li, China, led the qualifying of the 35th Thailand International Open at S.F. Strike Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand. Manuwong had 2088 pinfall total and an average of 232.00 over nine games to lead the men's division while Zhang Chun Li posted an 1885 9-game total and an average of 209.44 to lead the women's field. The 40 menincluding defending champion, Cheng Hsing-Cho, Chinese Taipei as well as the 24 women including defending champion, Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong will bowl two 8-games blocks to cut to the top six men and the top six women for the stepladder finals.


Australia

04/17/09

Dominic Barrett shoots big game to win 2009 Australian Open

AMF Sunshine in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia (April 11-13, 2009)

2009AUSOpenDominicBarrett_small.jpg2009AUSOpenMichaelLittle_small.jpgTwo-time World Youth champion Dominic Barrett (pictured left) from England rolled games of 270 and 234 to beat 2003 World Championships Masters gold medalist Michael Little (right), 504-408, to win the 2009 Australian Open at AMF Sunshine in Sunshine. Barrett, who led the Round of 14 and made the cut to the top three finalists in second place, ousted No. 3 Jarrod Lean in a close opening match, 423-419. AMF Sunshine, the home of the Australian Open, played host to 73 bowlers from all parts of Australia.

Bahrain

04/12/09

Remy Ong cruises to victory in 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open

Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (April 4-11, 2009)

2008EBT05RemyOng2_small.jpgRemy Ong (pictured) from Singapore flew past Mohammed Kamel, Kuwait, 279-204, in the championship match of the 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open en route to win the title and the $25,000 top prize Saturday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain. Kamel, the No. 2 seed, held off #5 Cyrus Cheung, Hong Kong, in the semifinal, 258-185. Cheung eliminated #4 Shaker Al-Hassan (217-209) and #3 Hameed Taqi, Bahrain (237-209) in the opening matches.

Bahrain

04/12/09

Remy Ong leads top 5 into stepladder finals in Bahrain International Open

Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (April 4-11, 2009)

2008EBT05RemyOng2_small.jpgRemy Ong (pictured left), Singapore, averaged 247.38 in the Round of 18 to lead the top 5 players into the stepladder finals of the Bahrain International Open with 1979 pinfall total. Mohammed Kamel, Kuwait, rolled a 300 game in game #2 en route to grab the No. 2 seed with 1968. Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, was third with 1963 and Shaker Al-Hassan fourth with 1950. Cyrus Cheung, Hong Kong, rolled his second perfecto in the tournament in the last game to beat out defending champion Saeed Al-Hajri , Qatar, for the final spot by 5 pins, 1949 to 1944.


Bahrain

04/11/09

Naif Oqab leads Round of 32 in Bahrain International Open

Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (April 4-11, 2009)

BBALogo_small.jpgPlayers seeded 7-38 after qualifying bowled eight games starting from scratch in the Round of 32 in the 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open Friday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama. Naif Oqab tallied 1889 and averaged 236.23 to lead the top 12 into the third round in which they will meet the six qualifying leaders. Defending champion Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar, was second with 1874, with Ahmed Al-Noaimi, Bahrain third at 1861. The top 12 from the Round of 32 plus the top 6 from the preliminaries will return on Saturday, April 11, to bowl another 8 games in the semifinals to determine the top 5 players for the stepladder finals.

Bahrain

04/10/09

Al-Hassan wins qualifying in 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open

Tim Mack shoots second perfecto on final qualifying day

2008KSAShakerAlHassan3_small.jpg2008EvjeOpenMadsSandbaekken_small.jpgShaker Al-Hassan (pictured left) and Norwegian Mads Sandbækken (right) led the third and final qualifying round of 16 games to earn one bye fort he finals of the 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open at Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain. Al-Hassan had 8-game blocks of 1996 and 1901 to win the qualifying with the field-best 3897 16-game total and an average of 243.67. A total of 38 players qualified for the finals.


Bahrain

04/08/09

Remy Ong qualifies for the semifinals in 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open

Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (April 4-11, 2009)

2008EBT05RemyOng2_small.jpgWorld and Asian Games champion Remy Ong (pictured left) from Singapore averaged over 240 during the second round of the preliminaries at the 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open to move to the top of the overall qualifying standings and to qualify for the semifinals. The lefty had a high game of 280 in the first 8-game block (1891) and back-to-back 279 in the second block (1954) to lead the field of 56 players after two of three rounds with 3845 pinfall total. The third and final round of the preliminaries will be contested on Wednesday and Thursday.


Philippines

04/02/09

Paeng sets out for World Masters By Joaquin Henson

Republished courtesy of Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines (March 30, 2009)

200903030PaengNepomuceno_small.jpgFour-time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno will play Finland's Osku Palermaa, England's Dominic Barrett and South Africa's Guy Caminsky in bidding to qualify for the semifinals then finals of the $50,000 World Tenpin Masters at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England, on April 18-19. Nepomuceno, 52, will try to become only the second bowler to win at least two Masters titles after beating England's Steve Thornton, 422-402, for the 1999 crown. The other only bowler to capture multiple titles was Norway's Tore Torgersen who won in 1998, 2002 and 2004. At stake is the $20,000 first prize.


Kuwait

04/02/09

Swedes Flack, Larsen triumph in 6th Kuwait International Open

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 28 - April 1, 2009)

2009KONinaFlack_small.jpg2009KOMartinLarsen3_small.jpg Nina Flack and Martin Larsen, both from Sweden, won the titles in the 6th Kuwait International Open from top seed Wednesday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City. Flack (l.) edged Vanessa Fung, Hong Kong, in a high scoring women's finale, 258-256, to win the title and the $2,750 women's top extra prize. In the men's finale, Larsen (r.) topped Osku Palermaa, Finland,, 222-196, to seal the victory worth $25,000.


Kuwait

04/01/09

Larsen mows down the field to lead Kuwait Open after first block of match play

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 28 - April 1, 2009)

2009KOMartinLarsen3_small.jpgMartin Larsen (pictured left) from Sweden won all eight matches in the first block of match play in the Round of 16 to help grab the lead in the 6th Kuwait International Open Tuesday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City.The 3-time World Champion and 2008 Bowling World Cup runner-up had five games between 208 and 227 and high games of 268 and 267 for 1828 8-game total, an average of 228.50, and added 240 pins bonus (30 per win) to lead the remaining 16 players into the final day with 2068 pinfall total. The top 5 after 15 games plus position round will bowl for the $25,000 top prize in a stepladder final. The top seed must be defeated twice to win the title.


Kuwait

03/31/09

Palermaa, Larsen finish qualifying in Kuwait Open atop the leaderboard

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 28 - April 1, 2009)

2009KOOskuPalermaa2_small.jpg2009KOMartinLarsen3_small.jpgTwo of Europe's candidates for the PBA World Series of Bowling in August, Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland and Martin Larsen (r.), Sweden, finished the 3-day qualifying in the 6th Kuwait International Open atop the field of 87 players from 18 countries to lead the top 28 players plus four Kuwaitis into the finals. Palermaa rolled one of just three 1400-plus series on Monday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, and leaped from third to first place with 4172 pinfall total and an average of 231.78 over 18 games. 

Kuwait

03/30/09

Basil Al-Anzi, Khaled Al-Dubyyan atop the leaderboard in Kuwait Open after 12 games

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 28 - April 1, 2009)

2009KOBasilAlAnzi3_small.jpg2009KOKhaledAlDubyyan_small.jpgKuwait national team members Basil Al-Anzi and Khaled Al-Dubyyan finished the second of three qualifying days in the 6th Kuwait International Open atop the 87-player field from 18 countries. Al-Anzi (l.), starting Sunday in third place behind a 1413 series in the first block, added 1379 including games of 236, 231, 234, 248, 186 and 244 to move into the lead with 2792 12-game total and an average of 232.67. Al-Dubyyan (r.), who led the field after day one with 1442, slipped to second place behind a 1334 series with 2776 (231.33).


Kuwait

03/29/09

Khaled Al-Dubyyan leads Kuwait Open after Day One Qualifying

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 28 - April 1, 2009)

2009KOKhaledAlDubyyan_small.jpg2009KOMartinLarsen_small.jpgKhaled Al-Dubyyan (l.) from Kuwait set the pace after the first of three days of qualifying in the 6th Kuwait International Open Friday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City. The 2006 World Ranking Masters champion averaged 240.33 over six games and felled 1442 pins. Martin Larsen (r.), Sweden, sits in second place with 1414. All 87 players will bowl 18 games of qualifying over three days to cut to the top 28 plus the next four Kuwaitis.


Malaysia

03/13/09

SEA's biggest bowling alley to open in Melaka

Republished courtesy of Bernama - Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia (March 12, 2009)

MITC Bowlplex, reputed to be the biggest bowling alley in South East Asia (SEA) would start operations in June said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. The MITC, being build at a cost of RM23 million at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh here is said to be 90 percent completed. MITC will not only become a venue for local and World class bowling competitions but the MITC Bowlplex and Benua Aspirasi are in talks with QubicaAMF to host the 45th AMF World Cup bowling championship in November.


Malaysia

03/13/09

Ten US pro bowlers to compete for honours in Malaysian Open By Lim Teik Huat

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (March 11, 2009)

20090311MalaysianOpen_small.jpgThe presence of top American professional bowlers and a more challenging format of competition could make it tougher for the locals in the Canon 32nd Malaysian Open at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid from March 15-21. The Open will feature American professionals for the first time and there will be 10 of them in the fray. For the women's competition, they have in their ranks national skipper and last year's USBC Queens champion Lynda Barnes, Wendy Mac­pherson, Carolyn Ballard and Missy Belinder. Their male bowlers include 2007 AMF World Cup champion Bill Hoffman, Cassidy Schaub and Tim Mack.


Japan

03/08/09

Jeon Eun-Hee mows down the field to win 3rd DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship

8th seeded Korean defeats Singaporean Cherie Tan in rolloff

2009DHCJeonEunHee2_small.jpg 3-time Asian Championships gold medalist Jeon Eun-Hee (pictured left), Korea, won five consecutive matches in the TV finals of the DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship 2009 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan, en route to claim the title and the 3,000,000 Yen (approx. $12,800) top prize. In the title match, Jeon tied Cherie Tan, Singapore, 179-179, after the top seed missed two 7-pin spares in the final frames.  After a 9-9 tie in the first one-ball rolloff, Jeon sealed the victory with a solid pocket hit, 9-7, in the second rolloff.

Japan

03/08/09

Cherie Tan earns No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in DHC Cup Girls Championship

Rolls another 1500 series to lead the top 8 into Sunday's TV finals

2009DHCCherieTan_small.jpg 2009DHCLizJohnson_small.jpg Cherie Tan (l.), Singapore, posted her second consecutive 1500-plus six-game series Sunday morning at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in the DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship 2009. TTan had a 1501 series and a 4423 pinfall total, an average of 245.72 over 18 games. Also advancing straght to the stepladder finals were Yuuko Nakatani and Hisano Igarashi, both JPBA, and Liz Johnson (r.), United States. Places 5-8 will determine the No. 5 seed in a one-game shoot-out match.

Japan

03/08/09

Cherie Tan powers her way into the lead in DHC Cup Girls Championship

Top 32 of 90 players after 12 games advance to the next stage

2009DHCCherieTan_small.jpg Singapore national team member Cherie Tan (pictured left) posted two 763 3-game series in the second block of qualifying to take a commanding lead in the DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship 2009 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan.  Tan, who was in sixth place after the first block with 1396, averaged 254.33 in the second block and added 1526 pins for 2922 12-game total or an average of 243.50. She had games of 237, 279, 247, 269, 215 and 279. Mika Sato, JPBA, took the 32nd and final spot to advance with 2548 or an average of 212.33.The top 32 will return on Sunday 9:30am local time to bowl another 6 games to cut to the top 8 who will make the TV finals.

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