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3rd DHC Cup features top women bowlers from all over the world

30 million Yen or more than $320,470 at stake for 300 game in TV finals

2007AGCSuzunaMiyagiCheck_small.jpg 2008DHCNaoOhishi_small.jpg The 3rd DHC Cup Girls Bowling International 2009 will take place  in Tokyo, Japan, from March 6-8, 2009. The total prize fund of the tournament is 12 million Yen (approx. USD128,000). Since its beginning (left, 2007 winner Suzuna Miyagi; right, 2008 winner Nao Ohishi) in the year 2007, the tournament is sponsored by Mr. Yoshiaki Yoshida, owner and CEO of the DHC Corporation. Japanese bowling distributor SUNBRIDGE made a bonus offer that is unheard of in the sport of tenpin bowling. If a player shoots a 300 game in front of the TV cameras, she will receive 30 million Yen or more than 320,000 U.S. Dollars, the highest 300 game award in the history of our sport ... plus the regular 300,000 Yen bonus for a 300 game.

United States


Trio of American women have sights set on big prize in Japan

Record prize money of more than $300,000 possible in DHC Cup

2007USWOKellyKulick_small.jpg Americans Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson and Missy Bellinder will take aim at one of the biggest prizes in the history of bowling at the 2009 DHC Cup Girls Bowling Invitational in Tokyo this weekend. The event promises to pay out 30 million Yen (about $320,000) to any player who shoots a 300 game in the televised stepladder finals. Japanese bowling distributor SUNBRIDGE is sponsoring the bonus. For Kulick (pictured), who finished third at the event last year, it's a potentially golden opportunity. "Knowing that a record of more than $300,000 is possible is life-changing to me," said Kulick. 



Wendy not expected to be in action soon By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Feb. 26, 2009)

2008WRMWendyChai_small.jpg Wendy Chai (pictured), who underwent knee surgery last August, is not expected to rejoin national training any time soon as she's still undergoing rehabilitation. Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) high performance manager Cheah Ban Cheng said the congress will get a clearer picture on Wendy's condition after National Sports Institute doctors examine her right knee today. "She has not been in contact with MTBC as she is busy with rehab. We understand her situation and she is very much part of the training squad for the Women's World Championships (July 24-Aug 2)," said Ban Cheng yesterday.



MTBC: Sending men right move By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Feb. 17, 2009)

2008ASCShalinZulkifli_s,all.jpg Despite the sub-standard performance of the bowlers at the recent USBC Masters, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) believes it made the right decision by sending only the men for the tournament at the Cashman Centre in Las Vegas. But this time, MTBC may have got its priorities wrong. The event would have been a perfect avenue for the national women keglers to make progress as it was organised at the venue which will host the Women's World Championships on July 24-Aug 2. Shalin Zulkifli (pictured) was the only national woman bowler in the tournament and she was selected based on her professional status in the United States.



Japanese game show presents Human Bowling

 Have you ever felled 100 bowling pins with just one strike? Impossible? Of course, if you try to accomplish the feat in the old-fashioned way using a bowling ball. First there was human Tetris, then came human Pacman, and now, a Japanese television game show presented: HUMAN TENPIN BOWLING. Other than in so-called entertainment sports, where people climb into a movable ball, crawl down a giant inflatable alley in effort to knock down the giant inflatable pins, the candidate in the Japanese game show attempted to knock down 100 (one hundred) regular bowling pins with his body. See what happened.



Dubayan turns back Darwish in Group 1 finals By Miguel Carlos

Republished courtesy of Arab Times - Kuwait City, Kuwait (Feb. 11, 2009)

2007EmirCupKhalidAlDubyan_small.jpg With the Kuwait tenpin bowling fever in full swing, another topnotch and exciting event the 2009 DEAF Club Bowling Tournament was concluded at the COZMO Bowling Center in Khaifan.  As expected the two shining stars of the Kuwait national team met each other in the finals with lanky Khalid Dubayan (pictured) winning the Group 1 title after turning back top semifinalist Jassem Darwish. In the Group 2 side of the event, Nasha King again emerged as queen of the lanes by stopping the fast rising Mohammad Wazzan.



Aussie 'two-hander' bowls over US rivals By Peter Mitchell

Republished courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Feb. 6, 2009)

20090205JasonBelmonte_small.jpg A young ten pin bowler from country NSW is causing a stir in the US two hands at a time. Jason Belmonte (pictured left), 25, is yet to win a major tournament in the US, but in recent days he has been profiled in two of America's pre-eminent newspapers, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. "Jason Belmonte May Revolutionise the Sport If His Back Doesn't Give Out First," the headline in Thursday's profile in the Journal states. What has the ten pin bowling world and US mainstream media buzzing is Belmonte's bowling style. He throws the ball down the lane with two hands.



'Rule change' will not be a setback for keglers By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Feb. 5, 2009)

Professionals are expected to dominate in tournaments after the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) endorsed a new rule to allow bowlers to clean their own balls after each game. Previously, bowlers were only allowed to clean or polish their balls before or after an event. The WTBA Presidium arrived at this decision in a meeting in Barcelona last October and this rule has been in force since Jan 1 in tournaments sanctioned by the world body. The Malaysian bowlers will get an early taste of this rule when they compete in the USBC Masters in Las Vegas on Feb 9-15 and the Malaysian Open in Bandar Sunway on March 13-21.
USBC Clarification: The rules of the United States Bowling Congress, including all of its certified events, differ from the new World Tenpin Bowling Association rules



Elite keglers to compete in only selected US tournaments By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Feb. 3, 2009)

20080902CheahBanCheng_small.jpg Malaysia's elite men and women bowlers will only compete in selected tournaments in the United States this year because of reduced funding. Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng (pictured) views this positively, saying it would make the bowlers even more determined to prove themselves against the professionals. The National Sports Council (NSC), the fund providers, have agreed to let the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) send the bowlers for a limited number of competitions in the US.



Paeng to battle world's best in England By Joaquin Henson

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star - Philippines (Feb. 4, 2009)

20090204PaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno joins an elite cast of 8 top international bowlers disputing the first prize at the World Tenpin Masters in Barnsley, England, on April 17-19 and the Hall of Famer said he’s feeling stronger than ever after celebrating his 52nd birthday last Friday. “I’ll definitely be the oldest in the tournament,” said Nepomuceno who is bidding for his seventh world title. “All or most of my contemporaries have long retired." Nepomuceno, who holds three Guinness world records, is a certified bowling coach and USBC ambassador.



Teenager Li Jane simply thrives on challenges

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Jan. 26, 2009)

20090126SinLiJanewithFamily_small.jpg Youngster Sin Li Jane (front left, with her family) knows it will take a lot of courage and hardship for her to make the squad for the World Championships for Women in Las Vegas in August. But the 17-year-old is unfazed. In fact, she is hoping to make an early impression on national chief coach Holloway Cheah by doing well in two international tournaments in March. Li Jane will compete in the DHC Cup Women Bowling Championships in Tokyo from March 6-8 and the Malaysian Open at the Pyramid Mega Lanes from March 13-21.



Syafiq proves his mettle again By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 26, 2009)

2008BevidaSyafiqRidhwan_small.jpg 20090126KangBoLong_small.jpg Newly crowned national champion Syafiq Ridhwan (l.) proved that he is currently the hottest bowler in the national men's team when he stunned his more experienced peers to win the USBC Masters' five-day local trial. Syafiq, who was promoted to the elite squad on Jan 1, posted a 30-game score of 6,489 pinfalls to win. Back-up bowler Kang Bo Long (r.) also turned in a superb performance to finish second. However, Bo Long will not represent the country in the USBC Masters as the MTBC decided to name only elite bowlers for the tournament.



Cheryl set to make quick progress into back-up team By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 19, 2008)

Youth bowler Cheryl Cheong has caught the eye of national coach Holloway Cheah and she may be up for a second promotion since the start of the year. Cheryl, who was roped into the national youth squad on Jan 1, will be recommended for promotion into the back-up squad today. National Holloway Cheah said Cheryl is a talented bowler and she illustrated it with a fine performance in the recent national championships.



Sunday Guest with Esther Cheah: Stepping into the unknown is a challenge I relish

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 18, 2008)

20090118EstherCheah_small.jpg To tell you the truth, I will be in unknown territory when I don my university colours for the men's team in collegiate tournaments. Of course I'm really excited but also slightly worried. I don't really know what to expect and the format of play will also be foreign to me. However, it's a challenge I'm ready to take. In fact, I'm determined to make a name for myself when it starts. But the stint is not all about improving my skills and game, it's also about keeping my diet and fitness in check.



No-go for pension scheme By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 16, 2009)

20090116DatukZolkplesEmbong_small.jpg The federal government [of Malaysia] will not, at least until the world economy recovers, consider offering retirement benefits to athletes in non-Olympic sports. National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong (pictured) said the budget for sports will skyrocket if such a scheme is introduced for non-Olympic athletes. "At the moment, unfortunately, we are not considering this. We cannot afford to as millions will be spent on just paying out pensions. This is a long term scheme and we cannot afford it for now," said Zolkples yesterday.



Young keglers rank studies above set-up By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 16, 2009)

20090116JacquelineSijore_small.jpg National coach Holloway Cheah is facing a recruitment problem in the junior ranks. Despite bowling being a high achieving sport, juniors are not keen on joining the national junior set-up. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) made offers to several youngsters late last year but only a few responded. This is not good for the development of bowling and Holloway is currently on the look out for young talent in the ongoing Malaysian Interstate Championships in Bandar Sunway. However, even if he identifies a few, it is no guarantee they will join the back-up squad.



What happened to the biggest bowling centers in the world?

InazawaGrandBowl1_small.jpg NagoyaGrandBowl1_small.jpg In January 2006 Bowlingdigital reported that the Castaways Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., formerly known as 'The Showboat', was flattened. When the building was demolished on January 11, 2006, the history of the biggest bowling center in the United States with 106 lanes came to an end. The Showboat was often called the biggest bowling center in the world but this wasn't true. 156-laner Nagoya Grand Bowl (left) still exists with 52 lanes each on three floor and Inazawa Grand Bowl (right) has 116 lanes on one floor. 



Bowling fails to obtain a five-star rating By Christopher Raj

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 2, 2009)

20090102TeamMalaysia_small.jpg The rating system for national associations [in Malaysia] has been amended with new scores and is now awaiting approval from Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The rating system has many associations worried as how they perform will determine the amount of government funding they will receive in future. The amended rating system was submitted to Ismail, who had earlier called for improvements, last week. Of the 47 associations, only three received five star ratings while 11 received four stars. What surprised many was bowling's failure to obtain a five-star rating.



Aiman ends year with a victory By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 1, 2009)

20090101SelangorSuperClassic_small.jpg Muhd Nur Aiman had to wait till the last day of the year to nail his second career Open title in the Selangor Super Classic at the Ampang Superbowl in Subang yesterday. Aiman, who topped the semi-final round with 2,244, defeated Sufian Othman of Diman Superbowl 182-155 in the stepladder final. Prior to this victory, his only Open title was the 2007 Penang Pesta Championships. The win also capped a superb year for Aiman as he also played a pivotal role for the country in the Asian Championships, World Youth Championships and the Commonwealth event.

Hong Kong


Nepomuceno concludes busy coaching year with seminars in Manila, Brunei and Hong Kong

20081220PaengHongKongSilver_small.jpg If there were an election for the "Busiest Coach of the Year" title, Paeng Nepomuceno  (pictured left with the new silver level coaches from Hong Kong) would probably win by a landslide. The Philippine legend and USBC International Bowling Ambassador closed out the year 2008 with seminars in Manila, Philiippines, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei and Hong Kong, China. Paeng's training is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).

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