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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.



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.



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.



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.



Malaysian Koh leads DHC Cup after the first qualifying block

Kelly Kulick shoots the first 300 game of the tournament

2009DHCKellyKulick_small.jpg 2009DHCSharonKoh_small.jpg Sharon Koh (l.), Malaysia, finished the first qualifying block in the DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship 2009 with a 290 game en route to beat out Liz Johnson, United States, for the top spot by just one pin. The 2006 World Youth Championships masters gold medalist averaged 237.17 over six games at to lead the field of 90 women at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan with 1423 pinfall total. Kelly Kulick (r.), United States, fired the first 300 game of the tournament in game #4 and received a 300,000 Yen bonus (approx. $1,280).



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.

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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.

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