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Malaysia

03/11/08

MTBC bar internationals from Sukma By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (March 11, 2008)

2007EBT12AaronKong_small.jpg 2007SINOpenZatilIman_small.jpg Five elite bowlers – Aaron Kong (left), Adrian Ang, Sharon Koh, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman and Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani (right) – are eligible to compete in Sukma (Malaysia Games) following the decision to allow the participation of top national athletes in the Under-23 multi-sport carnival. But the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have asked for an exemption to keep their top players out of the Games, which will be held in Terengganu from May 31-June 9. The National Sports Council (NSC) Sukma secretariat chief, Abdul Jalil Abdullah, said that only bowling had asked for an exemption thus far.

Asian News

03/11/08

Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress pays RM50,000 fine to avoid withdrawal of tournament sanctioning and membership suspension

ABFLogo_small.jpg The Executive Committee of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) has fined the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) 50,000 Malaysian Ringgit (approx. USD 15,800) for "various breaches of WTBA tournament sanctioning rules, regulations and protocols". The issue a.k.a. "Scandal over 300 Perfect Game Award" goes back to the 2006 Malaysian International Open Bowling Championships. Threatened by drastic measures such as withdrawal of the sanctioning from all MTBC tournaments and suspension of the ABF membership the MTBC has paid the fine immediately.

Egypt

03/03/08

Helmy wins 2008 Egyptian Team Trials

International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt

2008EGTKarimSherif_small.jpg 2008EGTTarekHelmy_small.jpg Immediately after the Hurghada Open the 2008 Egyptian National Team Trials took place at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, capital city of Egypt. The top 8 players for the national team were determined in 30 games over five days on long and short oil lane condition. Hurghada Open champion Tarek Helmy (left) and runner-up Karim Sherif (right) carried the momentum into the team trials and finished 1, 2 like in Hurghada in February.

Malaysia

02/29/08

Bowlers strike fear in Indianapolis By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Feb. 28, 2008)

20080228ZulmazranZulkifli_small.jpg The men's national bowlers, after their impressive outing in the recent PBA Tour-Denny's World Championships in Indianapolis, the United States, are now being looked upon as one of the world's most feared. According to national coach Holloway Cheah, several top professional bowlers in the U.S. had predicted that the Malaysian men would fall like tenpins in the tournament but were proved wrong. "Many professionals thought lowly of them (the men) before the start of the tournament. They were actually astonished when the national bowlers, especially Zulmazran Zulkifli (pictured left), gave them a tough time in the event," said Holloway yesterday.

Australia

02/26/08

Stewart wins finals in Ebonite Gold Coast International Sport Series

Surfers Paradise Lanes, QLD, Australia (Feb. 22-24, 2008)

2008GoldCoastAUSTop4_small.jpg Victorian and dual Australian Masters Champion Mac Stewart bowled 212 & 236 to defeat South Australia's Brenton Davy 448-405 (178 & 227) over two games total pinfall to claim the victory in the inaugural Ebonite Gold Coast International Sport Series Final for 2008 at Surfers Paradise Lanes, QLD, Australia. 75 bowlers from all parts of Australia and New Zealand traveled to the very popular holiday destination, to qualify in three 5-game blocks on three different sports patterns, with pinfall and match play bonuses determining the makeup of the top 16 finalists.

Egypt

02/20/08

Helmy makes the spares to win his second title in Hurghada

Ebb and Tide Bowling Center in Hurghada, Egypt (Feb 3-8, 2008)

2008HurghadaTarekHelmy_small.jpg 2008HurghadaKarimSherif_small.jpg Egyptian national team captain, Tarek 'Taco' Helmy (left) won the 10th Hurghada Open at Ebb and Tide Bowling Center in Hurghada, the Red Sea Resort in Egypt, with a 163-132 victory over defending champion Karim Sherif (right). It was the second victory for Helmy in Hurghada after 2005. The four player stepladder finals was an all Egyptian affair and was broadcasted live on national TV as well as on the sports channel.

Philippines

02/19/08

Paeng's new gig - The Game of my Life By Bill Velasco

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2008)

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Four-time World Cup champion bowler Paeng Nepomuceno has been absent from the local bowling scene in recent months. It's not because he's been on vacation. The world record-holder for the most number of international tournaments won is now playing on a bigger stage, and it begins at the United States Bowling Congress in snow-covered Greendale, Wisconsin. Nepomuceno is a member of the first batch of United States Bowling Congress (USBC) coaches from outside the continental United States. He is currently taking a Silver certification course which ends on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).

Japan

02/14/08

Japan Bowling organizations support Tokyo's bid to host the Olympic Games 2016

Tokyo2016Campaign_small.jpg On January 10th, 2008 the city of Tokyo, Japan has delivered the application form to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its Lausanne headquarters, completing a critical phase in Tokyo's bid to host the XXXI Olympic and the Paralympic Games to be held in the year 2016. The Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) and the Bowling Council of Japan (BCJ) have announced that they will fully support the 'Tokyo 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee'. Of course, another purpose of this movement is to promote bowling into the 2016 Olympic Program.

Singapore

02/09/08

A world record and two golds

Republished courtesy of Electric New Paper - Singapore (Feb. 9, 2008)

2006MWCRemyOng_small.jpg The equation was crystal clear to Singapore's king of bowling. Remy Ong had to come up with a world record breaking performance to win the singles title at the World Men's Championships in South Korea in September 2006. Bowling in the squad before Ong, American bowler Rhino Page had established a new six-game world record of 1,481 pinfalls. The American was in pole position to clinch the coveted world champion title. But Ong had other ideas.

Australia

01/30/08

McArthur beats two opponents to claim the title in 2008 AMF South Australia Cup

AMF Cross Road in Cross Roads, SA, Australia (Jan. 26-27, 2008)

Andrew McArthur.jpg Andrew McArthur claimed the title in the 2008 AMF South Australia Cup at AMF Cross Road in Cross Roads, SA, Australia. In the opening match, McArthur topped Brenton Davy, 445-406. McArthur carried the momentum into the final against No. 1 seed Jason Walsh. He took an insurmountable 71-pin lead with a 255-184 win in game #1 and the match was practically over. Walsh responded with a 206-171 win in game two, but McArthur claimed the title with 426-390 two-game pinfall total.

Malaysia

01/29/08

Shalin on to the pro world By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star, Malaysia (Jan. 28, 2008)

20080128ShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli could be out of the country for at least six months in her pursuit to get into the world of professional bowling this year. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have given Shalin the blessings to turn pro. And she is now waiting for the National Sports Council (NSC) to approve her plans before she leaves for the United States. Although the women's professionals have yet to announce their major Tours for the year, Shalin is ready to embark on her ambitious plan by taking part in regional tournaments in Los Angeles.

Australia

01/28/08

Gianotti wins second title in Women's Adelaide Cup

AMF Norwood Bowl in Norwood SA, Australia (Jan. 26-27, 2008)

Carol_Gianotti_5340.jpg Former Professional Women's Bowling Association star Carol Gianotti (left) became the seventh multiple champion in the Women's Adelaide Cup as she won the 2008 edition by a comfortable margin. The 16-time PWBA champion, who was voted PWBA Player of the Year 1998, averaged 228.15 over 27 games and compiled a 7-2 won-loss record in match play to win her second title after 2005 with 6300 pinfall total. Maxine Nable was second with 6198, with defending champion and 3-time winner Ann Maree Putney in third at 5939. 

Malaysia

01/26/08

Esther Cheah forced to turn professional

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 25, 2008)

2007WWCEstherCheah_small.jpg Esther Cheah has decided to follow in Shalin Zulkifli's footsteps and turn professional. Esther, who will compete in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Women's Tour in the United States, has no choice but to turn pro as she is barred from representing her university in the Inter-College tournaments. Esther, who is studying psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is considered a professional bowler as she was earning a living from the sport when in Malaysia.

Qatar

01/22/08

Big payday for Kirsten Penny, wins $50,000 in 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Jan 10-21, 2008)

2007QATKirstenPenny_small.jpg In a title match over two games total pinfall between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed, #2 Kirsten Penny from England defeated #1 Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 479-460, en route to capture the title in the 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007 and the $50,000 top prize (pictured). Wu earned $20,000 for second place. Semi-final losers Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, received $10,000 each for third and fourth place. For the first time in its history, the Qatar Open was held under European rules.

Qatar

01/20/08

Lalisang wins qualifying in 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007

Wu, Barrett and Penny crack top 8

2007QATRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang (l.), Indonesia, won the qualifying in the 7th Qatar International Open at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Lalisang, who won the gold medal in Singles in the 2006 Asian Games here at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, felled 1421 pins and averaged 236.83 for six games. The top 5 remained unchallenged on Saturday but Wu Sio Hong, Hong Kong, Dominic Barrett and Kirsten penny, both England, cracked the top 8. The top 30 qualifiers plus the top two each of the combined standings of Squads 1-2 and 3-6 and the the top 2 of the Desperado Squad advanced to the finals.

Qatar

01/12/08

7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007 is underway

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Jan 10-21, 2008)

2007BWCMubarakAlMuraikhi_small.jpg On the press conference for the 7th Qatar Open 2007 Thursday night at the Qatar Bowling Center, tournament manager Salman Abdul Ghani said that this tournament is the biggest international tournament in Asia and many professionals bowlers from all over the world will participate and bowl for a total prize fund of 150,000 U.S. Dollar and the 50,000 Dollar top prize. Qatar's No. 1, Mubarak Al-Muraikhi (left), set the pace with 1330 six-game total including a 277 game, an average of 221.67. Fellow national team member Saeed Al-Hajri led Squad 2 to move into second place with 1308.

Malaysia

01/12/08

Burden falls on Kin Ngoh, Joh Six By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 11, 2008)

2007WRMLaiKinNgoh_small.jpg Former national bowlers Lai Kin Ngoh (left) and Tang Joh Six have the unenviable task of trying to keep Malaysia's proud record in the ABF Tour's Tournament of Champions which begins today at the Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta. None of the national bowlers, under the elite and back-up programmes, managed to make the cut due to the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress' (MTBC) decision to snub most of the Tour's six legs last year as it felt the ABF Tour only attracted mediocre bowlers. However, contrary to MTBC's belief, this year's Tournament of Champions has attracted some of the world' best bowlers. 

Malaysia

01/11/08

Zatil dropped from Qatar Open By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 9, 2008)

2007SINOpenZatilIman_small.jpg Korat Sea Games triple gold medalist Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani has been excluded from the Qatar International Open starting tomorrow because she is not under the elite programme. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) had recommended Zatil, who is a member of the national back-up squad, and seven other bowlers under the elite programme, for the tournament to the National Sports Council (NSC) for clearance. However, the NSC only approved those in the elite programme and dropped Zatil.

Japan

01/10/08

DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship open to all women around the globe

Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan (March 7-9, 2008)

2007AGCSuzunaMiyagiCheck_small.jpg The Japanese Bowling Congress has hosted the inaugural DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship in April 2007 as a tournament for Asian women only. Japan's Suzuna "Revs" Miyagi (pictured) won five consecutive matches and defeated seven opponents en route to win the title and the 500,000 Yen top prize (approx $4,185). BC's Masahiko Kosugi has informed us that the DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship has received WTBA approval this year and players from all three WTBA zones - America, Europe and Asia - will determine the 2008 champion.

Malaysia

01/09/08

Top quality US, Europe professional meets for keglers By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 8, 2008)

BCCheah.jpg Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) High Performance manager Cheah Ban Cheng (pictured) said the six tournaments were picked accordingly to prepare the bowlers for this year's three priority tournaments - the Asian Championships in Hong Kong (July 4-13), World Youth Championships in the US (July 18-23) and the Men's World Championships in Thailand (Aug 21-31). Meanwhile, Ban Cheng said only two women bowlers under the elite programme will compete in the Qatar Open which starts on Thursday. However, all of the senior men bowlers will compete in Qatar.

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