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Katai, Yoshida triumph in NHK Cup 42nd Japan All-Star Invitational Championships

Kokubnji Park Lanes, Kokubunji-Shi in Tokyo, Japan (May 16-18, 2008)

2008NHKCupDaisukeYoshida_small.jpg 2008NHKCupAyanoKatai_small.jpg The women's and men's championship matches of the NHK Cup 42nd Japan All-Star Invitational Championships were clashes between two of the most experienced Japanese bowlers and two very promising juniors. The clash ended in a tie. In the women’s division, national team captain Ayano Katai (l.) defeated 14-year-old Yuka Oshima, 237-193, to win her second NHK Cup, while 16-year-old Daisuke Yoshida (r.) claimed the men's title with a 207-192 victory over No. 1 seeded Toshihiko Takahashi, an ace of the All Japan National Team. 



Al Hassan nearly perfect; rolls 299 on the way to the title in Euro-Med Storm Masters Challenge

Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines (May 7-13, 2008)

2008ESMCShakerAlHassan_small.jpg Joonee_Gatchalian_4562.jpg Top-seeded Shaker Al-Hassan (left) flew past local favorite Joonee Gatchalian (right), 299-205, to win the 6th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge at Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines, and the one million Philippine Pesos (approx. $23,500) first prize. The stepladder final was an all-lefthander affair. #4 Gatchalian, who rolled two big scores in the opening matches for the right to bowl Al-Hassan for the title, was consoled with 500,000 Pesos.



Al Dubyan beats El Awamy to claim men's title in 10th Sinai International Open

Healey wins women's title from top seed

2008SOTeresaHealey_small.jpg 2008SOKhaledAlDubyan_small.jpg Khaled Al Dubyan (l.), Kuwait, defeated tournament leader Mansoor El Awamy, Qatar, in the men's title match in the 10th Sinai International Open Tenpin Bowling Tournament at International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt, 222-186, to claim the title and the $7,000 top prize.  On the women's side, top-seeded Teresa Healey (r.), Mexico flew past denied Sandra Torrents' bid for back-to-back titles by defeating the Spaniard, 204-160. Healey received $3,000 for the victory.



Two firsts for Paeng Nepomuceno

USBCSIlverLevelseminarMay2008_small.jpg 4-time World Cup Champion and USBC International Ambassador for Bowling Paeng Nepomuceno (on the right) just concluded the first USBC Silver Coaching Accreditation Seminar in Manila, Philippines, the first time a silver coaching seminar has been conducted outside the United States. Another first for Paeng was that he conducted three seminars - Level One, Bronze Level and Silver Level - one after the other. Nepomuceno's training is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of  federations within the FIQ.



Defying doctors' orders pays off for Wendy by Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (May 7, 2008)

20080507WRMChampionWendyChai_small.jpg Wendy Chai, for the last five years, has been defying doctors' advice to quit bowling but her defiance not to do so paid off when she won the World Ranking Masters in Jakarta on Monday to be the new women's World No 1. Not many know that the 31-year-old Wendy (pictured here with her mother Susan) has been suffering from a serious cartilage injury to her left knee, sustained at the 2003 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur. Since then she has been defying doctors' orders to go under the knife to repair her knee and to quit bowling.



'Paeng' certifies new USBC coaches in Philippines

20080505PaengUSBCBronzeSeminarPHI_small.jpg Seven new coaches have been certified at the USBC Bronze level following a recent conference in the Philippines led by USBC Coach/Instructor and world champion bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno. It was the first USBC Level I and Bronze seminar taught this year by Nepomuceno, a USBC Level I and Bronze Instructor who teaches Level I and Bronze classes in the Philippines and Asia. The coaches he trains and certifies through the USBC program will in turn develop bowlers in that region.



Belmonte clinches third Kuwait Open title

Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait (April 24-28 2008)

2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2008EBT05MartinLarsen_small.jpg Displaying the form that earned Australia's Jason Belmonte (left) the 2007 World Bowler of the Year Award, the 24 year-old two-handed bowler captured the champion's title for the third time at the fifth Kuwait Open 2008. Belmonte rolled his second 300 game of the tournament in match play to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals. In the title match, Belmo defeated second seed Martin Larsen (right), Sweden, in a decisive, although low-scoring 182-155 match, scooping the coveted title for a third time in his career.

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Al-Hassan remains undefeated in Kingdom International Open to win $30,000

Mack dominates, rolls first perfect game of Kingdom Open

2008KSATop4_small.jpg In a title match between the two top-seeded players, Shaker Al-Hassan (pictured with the trophy) defeated compatriot Naif Oqab, 224-208 en route to win the 2nd Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the 30,000 Dollar first-place check. Oqab received $18,000 for second place, Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines pocketed $12,000 for third place and Mahmoud Mazloum, Egypt, garnered $10,000 for fourth place.



Helmy wins his third ranking title this year in Egypt

2008EGTPoliceTournamentTop3_small.jpg Tarek "Taco" Helmy won his third title in an Egyptian ranking event this year when he defeated Mostafa Seoud, 225-192, in the title match of the Police Tournament. Helmy, who won the tournament in Hurghada and the Team Egypt Trials earlier this year, was the No. 3 seed in the four-player stepladder final. He won the opening match against Karim Elgewaily, 195-179, and then ousted first round leader Karim Sheriff, 212-202, in the semi-final.



Nepomuceno conducts first Silver Coach Seminar outside the U.S.

Level 1, Bronze and Silver Level seminars to be held at Paeng's Midtown Bowl May 2-7

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno will conduct United States Bowling Congress Level 1, Bronze Level and Silver Level Coaching Accreditation Seminars in conjunction with the 6th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge at Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila. The tournament which promises to have many participants from Asia and overseas, runs from May 7-13, 2008. "I am looking forward to conducting the seminars, especially since this will be the first time that a USBC Silver Level Coaching Accreditation Seminar will be given outside of the United States," said Nepomuceno.



Hsing-Chao comes from behind to win men's Thailand Open Masters title

Shuk Han win's women's title by the by the closest possible margin

2008THAOpenLogo_small.jpgCheng Hsing-Chao, Chinese Taipei and Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, took different routes to the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 34th Thailand International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships at S.F. Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Hsing-Chao, the No. 6 seed, won four straight matches including 215-196 and 207-184 victories over No. 1 seeded Somjed Kusonpithak, Thailand, to triumph in the men's division. Shuk Han, the women's No. 1 seed, escaped with the victory after a 207-206 in the decisive match against No. 2 seed, Chien Hsiu Lan, Chinese Taipei. 



Olympic Gold Medallists to head Olympic Torch run in Malaysia

Republished courtesy of Bernama - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (April 7, 2007)

2008BeijingOlympicTorch_small.jpg Malaysia will host the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay on April 21 in Kuala Lumpur, with a number of prominent sports personalities making a bee-line to be part of the prestigious event. Some of the outstanding athletes leading the Torch Run are Olympic Games medallists Razif, Jalani and Rashid Sidek, Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock, all from the badminton sports, while other notable names are women world squash champion Nicol David, bowler Shalin Zulkifli, ...



NCAA stand forces Esther to turn pro By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (April 2, 2008)

20080402EstherCheah_smnall.jpg Esther Cheah has decided to forgo her plans of representing her university in inter-college bowling tournaments for a professional career in the United States. She will soon become a full-fledged member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) to compete in the professional women's tour in the US. She decided on this after the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) refusal to allow her to compete in college tournaments. NCAA only allows amateur bowlers in its tournaments. The 22-year-old Esther is considered a professional ...



Aichi and Saitama win Minister's Cup in 46th All Japan Bowling Championships

Inazawa Grand Bowl in Aichi, Japan (March 13-16, 2008)

2008JBCWM_small.jpg 2008JBCMM_small.jpg The 46th All Japan Bowling Championships were held at Inazawa Grand Bowl, a 116-laner in Aichi, Japan. Takashi Saito (l.) from Yamagata emerged as the men's Masters Champion: while Kaori Daimaruya (r.), a former national team member from Saitama claimed the women's Masters title.The Minister's Cup for the best men's team went to Aichi, while Saitama. claimed the hosting prefecture and Minister's Cup for women.



Al-Shafi cruises to victory in Emir’s Cup 2008

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (March 10-19, 2008)

2007EmirCupBandarAlShafi2_small.jpg The title match of the H.H. The Emir’s Cup 2008 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, featured the top seeded players. Long-time Qatar international Bandar Al-Shafi (pictured left), seeded second, defeated No. 1 seed Naif Oqab, 409-366, over two games total pinfall to earn the title and the 75.000 Qatari Riyals top prize (approx. USD20,640). Al-Shafi took a slim 4-pin lead after winning the first game, 195-191, and cruised to victory with a 214-175 win in game #2. The title match was the lowest-scoring match of the entire match play finals.



Shalin delays pro entry By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (March 18, 2008)

2007ESMCShalinZulkifli_small.jpg A minor snag has delayed national top women bowler Shalin Zulkifli from getting into the world of professional bowling. But for Shalin, it is better late than never. A change in dates of the World Ranking Masters, which will be held from April 30-May 6 in Jakarta, saw it clashing with the USBC Queens in Detroit. And Shalin has decided to put the country's interest first by skipping her first professional tournament this year.



Belmo and bowling go 'Totally Wild' By Lynne Clay

2008EBT05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Australia's high-profile ambassador for bowling, Jason Belmonte, will feature in Network Ten's TOTALLY WILD program going to air nationally in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth at 4pm on Wednesday, 26 March. Constantly on the move, Belmo is back in Europe this week to compete in one of the Majors on the European Bowling Tour, the Brunswick Euro Challenge (the picture shows Belmo at Plaza Bowling), being staged at the 28-lane Plaza Bowling Centre in Saint Maximin, France.



Shalin (Zulkifli) to finally turn pro this year

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (March 15, 2008)

2007WRMShalinZulkifli_small.jpg It's finally going to happen. Shalin Zulkifli is all set to begin her journey as a professional bowler this year. Yesterday, national chief coach Holloway Cheah confirmed that arrangements had been made for Shalin to compete in professional tournaments in the United States. "The national women's team, led by Shalin, will leave for the United States to compete in the USBC Queens in April. Shalin will stay on in US after that."



Elgewaily, Merdash walk away the winners in E-Zone Open Bowling Tournament

E-Zone bowling center in Cairo ( Feb. 21-27, 2008)

2008EZoneJUniorsMohamedMerdash.jpg 2008EZoneMenKarimElgewaily_small.jpg Karim Elgewaily (pictured left) and Mohamed Merdash (right) won the men's and juniors' titles in the E-Zone Open Bowling Tournament at E-Zone bowling center in one of the biggest malls in the Middle East, City Stars in Cairo, Egypt. In the men's division, #3 Belal Abdo #2 Elgewaily, 190-174. Elgewaily carried the momentum in the title match against tournament leader Sheriff Abdl Moneam and secured the title with a 232-170 victory.



Ohishi claims the title in DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship

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

2008DHCchampionNaoOhishi_small.jpg Japan's Nao Ohishi topped Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia in the title match, 208-188, to win the 2nd annual DHC Cup Girls Bowling International Championship at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan. Ohishi, who represented the Japan Bowling Congress, led the field of 71 women after nine games of qualifying and held on to the lead in the 32-player semi-finals over six games to earn the number one seed for the stepladder finals.  In a close semi-final match, #3 Roumimper sidelined #2 Kelly Kulick, United States, 207-204.

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