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Al-Hajri wins 7th Kingdom of Bahrain Open in decisive game

Adhari Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain (Nov. 20-27, 2008)

2007QATSaeedAlHajri_small.jpg No. 1 seeded Saeed Al-Hajri (left) from Qatar defeated No. 2 seed, Aziz Jaffar, Bahrain, in the second and decisive game of the title match, 195-158, to capture the title and the $20,000 first prize. Jaffar, who bested the top seed in the first game, 167-159, fell victim to the rule that the top seed must be defeated twice to win the title. The Bahraini was consoled with $10,000. Wu Siu Hong received $6,000 for third place. Chan Shuk Han  both Hong Kong, pocketed $5,000 for fourth place and Basel Al-Onazi, Kuwait, garnered $4,500 for fifth place.



Sponsor hurdle for duo's professional dream By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Nov. 20, 2008)

2008AsCAlexLiew_small.jpg 2008AsCZulmazranZulkifli_small.jpg Zulmazran Zulkifli (l.), who finished third in the recent AMF World Cup, and Alex Liew (r.) are good enough to turn professional but will need to secure their own sponsors to realise their dream of competing in the United States pro tour. National coach Holloway Cheah said Zulmazran and Alex have the technical and mental abilities to survive in the US. "It will be better if they compete overseas as the exposure will make them better bowlers. However, they will need to secure their own sponsors to make it happen," said Holloway yesterday.



Ryan denied Ancol bowling crown By Damar Harsanto

Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 16, 2008)

2007BWCRyanLalisang_small.jpg After failing to win the Indonesia Open last month, Indonesia's number one bowler Ryan Leonard Lalisang (pictured) let another title slip when he succumbed to Malaysia's Adrian Ang in the stepladder duel at the inaugural Ancol International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship on Saturday. Taking a 213-204 lead into the final round, the Kuwait leg champion Ryan blew the decisive game, falling to eventual victor Ang, 234-167. "I made mistakes and put myself under pressure," Ryan told reporters after the match.



Myo-Boub, Ang claim women's and men's title in inaugural Ancol Open

Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 6-15, 2008)

2008AsCAdrianAng_small.jpg Joung Myo-Boub of Korea and Adrian Ang, Malaysia, claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the Ancol International Open Bowling Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the women's title match top seeded Myo-Boub defeated No. 2 seed, Vanessa Fung, Hong Kong, 191-182, to earn 40 million Indonesian Rupiah or approx. USD3,500. Men's No. 1 seed Ang (pictured) was forced into the decisive match where he topped local favorite Ryan Lalisang, seeded second., 234-167 to seal the victory worth 100 Million Rp. or $8,760. The top 16 Asians, men and women, advanced to the final event of the 2008 ABF Tour.



Indonesian bowlers need crucial points for ABF tour by Damar Harsanto

Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 12, 2008)

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg Indonesia's top bowlers will need to win crucial points in the inaugural Ancol International Tenpin Bowling Championship to qualify for the Asian Bowling Federation's Tournament of Champions, to be held in Jakarta next year. Only Kuwait leg champion Ryan Lalisang, now ranked seventh in the ABF's men standings, and Sharon Limansantoso, now 11th in the women's standings, are in the running for tickets at the Champions. Tickets will go to the top 16 bowlers in the ABF table after the Ancol event. The Champions showdown will be held in Ancol on Jan. 16-18, 2009.



More entries at stake at Ancol Bowl

Republished courtesy of Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 11, 2008)

2006AsCSinglesPuttyArmeinRyanLalisang_small.jpg Around 250 bowlers from 13 countries are taking part in the inaugural Ancol International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship at the Ancol Bowling Lane in North Jakarta. The 10-day championship, which features a total of 17 events beginning Nov. 6, will pick the top 16 men and 16 women bowlers for the ABF Tour of Jakarta series, a statement said Monday. The Indonesian team is spearheaded by Asian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang in the men's category and Putty Armein (pictured) in the women's.



Australian Junior scores 300 - again! By David Chapman

Republished courtesy of The Standard - Warrnambool, Australia (Nov. 6, 2008)

20081106ShannonDrake2x300_small.jpg Warrnambool (Australia) tenpin bowler Shannon Drake stunned the sport's community last night when he bowled his second 300 game - at age 16. Shannon bowled his first perfect game last year as a 15-year-old and to repeat the feat 12 months later left many who witnessed it in shock. "I'm still shaking," junior tenpin co-ordinator Gayle Payne said last night. Shannon was bowling in the Teenage League at the Great Ocean Road Tenpin Bowling Centre last night for his side called Nutcases.



Osaka-fu wins Prime Minister's Cup at 37th All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships

Masaaki Takemoto and Nishiko Kato take MEXT Cup

2008JPNIPCMastersChampions_small.jpg 2008JPNIPCOsakaFuPMCup_small.jpg The 37th All Japan Inter-Prefecture Championships were contested at Round 1 Stadium in Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken. Osaka-fu (left) won the coveted Prime Minister's Cup given to the prefecture which emerges as overall champion based on total points given to the prefectures. Masaaki Takemoto of Osaka and Nishiko Kato (right) from Aichi claimed the men's and women's Masters title en route to receive the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Cup.



Age doesn’t weary By Nick Berrett

Republished courtesy of News Limited Community Newspapers - Metro, Australia (Oct. 27, 2008)

20081027JimMaher_small.jpg You are never too old to take up a new hobby - just look at Nazarene Retirement Village resident, Jim Maher. Mr. Maher celebrated his 101st birthday on October 17 the way he has always loved to spend previous celebrations - with the company of his family, and a good pie. The week before, he went ten-pin bowling, a hobby he only took up after his 100th birthday. Mr. Maher said he was not sure how he lived to reach 101. "If there is a secret (to living to that age), then I haven’t got it," he said. Cheers ... 101-year-old Jim Maher, center, celebrates his birthday with Ruth and Barry Maher.



Alex game for pro stint By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 23, 2008)

20081023AlexLiew_small.jpg Bowler Alex Liew welcomes the opportunity to raise his game higher by turning professional. But the 32-year-old hopes that the move will not take him away from his family for too long. "It takes a lot of commitment to be a pro bowler. It involves a lot of travelling. But I am willing to give it a shot if it does not take me away from home for a long time," said Alex. "I will have to reconsider if it requires me to be based in the United States for six months or more." The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) want to encourage the reigning Indone­sian Open champion and the other bowlers in the men's national team to rub shoulders with the professionals on the circuit.



Time to go pro, Alex By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 22, 2008)

20081022AlexLiew_small.jpg Alex Liew continued to show that he is one of the most dependable national bowlers by winning the Indonesian Open title on Monday. And after producing good results for the country for over a decade now, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are set to encourage the 32-year-old Alex to venture into the world of professional competitions. On Monday, Alex defeated the home favourite, Ryan Lalisang, 226-158, 209-189 to win the Indonesian Open for the third time.



Karnataka crowned 2008 National Team Champion of India

Mayajaal, Chennai (Oct. 13-19, 2008)

2008INDNCTeamKarnataka_small.jpg Team Karnataka (pictured) successfully defended the title at the 2nd National Tenpin Bowling Team Championships in India by securing 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze. Delhi was a distant second with 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Third place belonged to Tamil Nadu with 1 gold medal, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Pratima Hegde was the most successful player of the championships winning 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal. Harshavardhan Sarda of Delhi was next with won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.



Limansantoso, Liew win the titles in 6th Indonesia International Open

Senayan Bowling in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct.13-20, 2008)

2008INAOpenLogo_small.jpg #No. 1 seeded Sharon Limansantoso from Indonesia defeated Kim Eun Jung, Korea, 200-193, to win the women's Open Masters title in the 6th Indonesia International Open on Monday evening at Senayan Bowling in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the men's side, fourth-seeded Alex Liew from Malaysia won three consecutive matches to cruise to his third title in Indonesia with four years. In the title match, Liew flew past local favorite and No. 1 seed, Ryan Lalisang, 226-158, to force a second and deciding match. He defeated Lalisang again, this time 209-189, to seal the victory.



Hong Kong bowlers win Guam Open

Republished courtesy of Pacific Daily News - Hagåtña, Guam, USA (Oct. 13, 2008)

2008AsCChanShukHan_small.jpg 2008AsCWuSiuHong_small.jpg Wu Siu Hong (l.) of Hong Kong started the final match of the Budweiser Guam International Bowling Open with three consecutive splits and fell behind. But his opponent yesterday, Norison Catbagan, returned the favor by missing on six different frames to hand the first game to Wu by the score of 183-121, and eventually the title at the Central Lanes Bowling Center. Also yesterday, Chan Shuk Han (r.) of Hong Kong earned her first Budweiser Guam Open Women's Open title with a 186-176, 213-200, 215-176 series win over Leanne Rankin of Guam



Syafiq and three others make the cut

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Oct. 11, 2008)

2008BevidaSyafiqRidhwan_small.jpg Youngster Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek (pictured left) continued his fine form to win a place for the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships, which will be held in Belfast from Nov 22-30. The 21-year-old Syafiq made the cut after finishing top in a selection trial for five boys and four girls, which ended at the Endah Parade in Sri Petaling yesterday. The first session was conducted at the Pyramid Mega Lanes last month. Syafiq will be accompanied by Mohd Nur Aiman Khairuddin, Nur Syakirah Yeoh and Sin Li Jane came out tops in the women’s trial.

Hong Kong


Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited searching for Bowling Head Coach

20081009HKSILogo_small.jpg The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited is dedicated to providing an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena. The HKSIL is inviting suitable candidates for the following vacancy: Head Tenpin Bowling Coach
Candidates should apply in writing / e-mail on or before 22 October 2008 with full resume, current and expected salary, contact telephone number, address and availability.



Fukuoka wins President's Cup in 63rd Japanese National Sports Festival Bowling Competition

OBS Bowl in Oita-Shi, Oita-Ken (Sep. 28 - Oct. 3, 2008)

2008NSFFukuokaPresidentsTrophy_small.jpg The National Sports Festival is Japan's largest annual multi-sports meeting. The Prefectures (Ken) alternate to host and organize the annual event in cooperation with the respective sports federations. Oita-Ken was the host prefecture this year. The bowling competition featured four divisions - Men, Women, Boys and Girls - who competed in Singles, Doubles and 4-player Team events. Fukuoka Prefecture (pictured) was the winner of the 63rd NSF Bowling Competition as the prefecture's bowlers won the most points in the men's division and the second-most in the women's division to earn the Tournament President's Cup.



Limited funding floors Esther By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Oct. 1, 2008)

20081001EstherCheah_small.jpg Limited funding has forced two-time world champion Esther Cheah to withdraw from the Herrin Bowl Open in the United States which starts on Friday. This is because the National Sports Council (NSC) decided a week ago to fund her for only one regional tournament instead of three in the US this month. This means, Esther, who is studying psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will only make her professional debut in the Barney Open (Oct 10-12), a Midwest regional event. Unfortunately, this arrangement does not augur well for Esther's preparations for the AMF World Cup in Mexico on Nov 7-15.



Syafiq now tipped to earn berth to Belfast meet

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Sep. 30, 2008)

 A second trial to select the best two men for the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships will take place after the Hari Raya festival. And all indications are that back-up bowler Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek (pictured) will come out tops to seal a place in the championships, which will be held in Belfast from Nov 24-30. On Sunday, the 21-year-old Syafiq showed that he was on the right track to join the country's elite group of bowlers when he stunned four-time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines to retain the PBAP-Bevida Storm International Classic title in Manila.



Ridhwan defends title in 11th PBAP Bevida Storm International Classic

Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines (September 24-28, 2008)

2008BevidaNepomucenoRidhwan_small.jpg Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia (right) defeated Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno (left) in Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila, 234-227, to defend his title in the 11th PBAP Bevida Storm International Classic. The 22-year-old defending champion earned 150,000 Philippine Pesos (approx. US$3,220) for the feat. Nepomuceno, who eliminated Michael Mak of Hong Kong and Christyn Chew of Malaysia in an exciting semifinal match, 220-218-218, pocketed 80,000 PHP for second place. In the opening match Chew defeated Pasut Punsanthanveekul, Thailand and Kelvin Keong, Malaysia, 211-185-194.

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