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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.



National bowlers grounded By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Sep. 14, 2008)

2008ICSHollowayCheah_small.jpg The days of easy entry into international tournaments are over as from now on, the national bowlers will need to prove themselves in training to be considered for overseas events.  National coach Holloway Cheah (pictured) said bowlers who failed to impress in training will be home-bound until they improve. And to prove his point, Holloway has decided not to send the bowlers for the Ankara Open on Sept 16-21. He made this decision at the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) development committee meeting on Friday.



Injury delays Esther's pro debut By Ajitpal Singh

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

20080911EstherCheah_small.jpg A cut on her right index finger has forced bowler Esther Cheah to postpone her professional debut. Esther had entered for the Herrin Bowl Open in the United States, which starts tomorrow, but the injury sustained during training several days ago means she will only debut next month. "The injury is not serious but she has been advised by her doctor to rest for a few days. Esther has decided to pull out from the Herrin event and will only make her professional debut next month," said national coach Holloway Cheah yesterday.



Globetrotting coach Nepomuceno to conduct next course in conjunction with PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic

2007AMBAPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg USBC ambassador and WBW Hall of Famer Paeng Nepomuceno will once again host a Level One and Bronze Level USBC coaching accreditation program at his very own 'Paeng's Midtown Bowl' right after the 11th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic, which will be held from September 24-28, 2008. The bowling globetrotter has gone all over Asia promoting the sport, educating bowlers and coaches alike and encouraging a lot of new aspiring bowlers to take tenpin bowling not only as a leisure activity, but as a sport in which one can excel in as he has done.



National keglers must buck up or face axe By Ajitpal Singh

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

20080902CheahBanCheng_small.jpg While the chop is not imminent for the national bowlers who failed to win even one medal in the Men's World Championships in Bangkok, they have been warned that this is not a permanent stand. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC), while disappointed with the showing, won't indulge in rash actions and is prepared to give the keglers another chance. However, with a host of youngsters waiting to be promoted, MTBC high performance manager Cheah Ban Cheng (pictured) said the seniors must perform in training and tournaments to safeguard their positions.



Silver Level Seminar concludes six-day coaching conference in Singapore

 Filipino bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno USBC certified coach and International Ambassador for Bowling, concluded the last part of his second Tri-Level seminar for 2008 certifying fifteen coaches from Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. The three-day Silver Level Seminar, Paeng's third of the year 2008, was held from August 17-19, 2008 at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild and followed a Level 1 and Bronze Level Coaching accreditation seminar also conducted by the Hall-of-Famer, who has amassed 118 career titles worldwide.



Nepomuceno certifies 13 coaches in Singapore

20080816NepomucenoSIN_small.jpg Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, a United States Bowling Congress coach, International Ambassador for bowling and six-time world champion, concluded another Level One and Bronze Level coaching conference at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild bowling center in Singapore. The Level One seminar was held on August 14 and the Bronze Level seminar on August 15 and 16. Paeng will go on to conduct a Silver Seminar for the Bronze level coaches accredited last year starting on August 17.



Shalin can finally play on the pro circuit By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Aug. 6, 2008)

20080806ShalinZulkifli_small.jpg A childhood dream to play in the professional circuit has turned to reality for bowler Shalin Zulkifli after a 16-year-long wait. On Monday, the 30-year-old Shalin made it a historic day for Malaysia by achieving two major breakthroughs in Illinois. Superb performances in the US Women's Open made Shalin the first Malaysian and one of the few non-Americans to win an exemption card to play in revived Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Women's Tour Finals this year.



Busy month for Nepomuceno, coaching seminars No. 5 and 6 in Indonesia and Singapore

20080803PaengSeminaJakarta_small.jpg USBC's busiest coach, international bowling ambassador and six-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno just concluded the first ever United States Bowling Congress Level One and Bronze Level certification seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia. The three day certification seminar was held in Artha Gading Bowling Center from August 1-3. Of the eight newly-certified coaches, seven were from Jakarta and various provinces of Indonesia plus one Taiwanese national. The Indonesia seminar was Paeng's fifth seminar in the year 2008. No. 6 will follow next week in Singapore.



Japanese Junior High and High School champions determined in Kyoto and Tokyo

2008JPNHSChampions_small.jpg The Japanese Junior High School Championships and High School Championships were contested during the summer vacation of Japanese schools in July. Both championships were held under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT). Yusuke Masumizu of Fukuoka Daiichi High School and Misaki Mukoutani of Chiba Meitoku High School (pictured) claimed the boys and girls titles in the High School Championships while Katsuhito Nakano of Kurume Municipal Kitano JHS and Shinobu Saito of of Aomori Municipal Tsukurimichi JHS triumphed in the Junior High divisions. 



Golden chance for Shalin and Esther By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (July 29, 2008)

2008AsCZandraAzielaShalinZulkifliEstherCheah_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli (center) and Esther Cheah (right) could become the first non-Americans to compete in the Professional Bowlers' Association (PBA) Women Series, if they can finish in the top 12 of the United States Women's Open, starting on Friday, in Chicago. World Ranking Masters champion Wendy Chai and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi (left), who are also competing, are ineligible to bowl in the PBA series -- even if they qualify on merit -- as they are not professionals.



Nepomuceno teams up with some of the sporting world's most famous athletes

BillboardRonaldinhoLiuAsafaPaeng_small.jpg Philippine tenpin bowling legend, Paeng Nepomuceno, has recently signed up an endorsement contract with NUTRILITE - a leading brand of dietary supplement of vitamins and minerals. What makes the deal so special is that the 4-time World Cup champion who has won record 118 international titles in his illustrious career, joins a group of the sporting world's most famous athletes. Pictured together with Nepomuceno on the billboards, which have been placed strategically in Metro Manila, are Brazil's soccer super star Ronaldinho, Liu Xiang, China's 110 Hurdles Olympic champion, and Jamaican runner Asafa Powell, one of the fastest man on the planet.



Nepomuceno continues his efforts to train bowling coaches on a global scale

20080723PaengHongKongUSBCSilverSeminar_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno, a USBC International Bowling Ambassador, just concluded a Silver certification seminar in Hong Kong for none coaches exclusive for the chain of Very Pro Shops in Hong Kong. This is Paeng's second Silver conference seminar for the year and this is also only the second time that a USBC Silver seminar was held outside the United States. The three-day seminar was held last July 21-23 at Olympian Super Fun Bowl in Kowloon, Hong Kong and was unique because it was completely translated to Chinese by two of the participants.



Nepomuceno to run a tri-level seminar in Singapore in August

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Philippine bowling icon and USBC silver level coach Paeng Nepumuceno has informed us that he will hold a tri-level seminar from August 14-19 in Singapore. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Level One, Bronze and Silver Coaching certification program is organized by Alfinity Bowling and will be held at Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild. Bronze Level & Level 1 will run from Thursday - Saturday, August 14-16, with the Silver Level:seminar to follow from Sunday thrióugh Tuesday, August 17-19, 2008.



Holloway Cheah picked for his contributions to bowling

Republished courtesy of The Star - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (July 18, 2008)

2008AsCEstherCheahShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Holloway Cheah picked for his contributions to bowling Republished courtesy of The Star - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (July 18, 2008) Bowling coach Holloway Cheah is the odd one out among the nominees for the Women and Sports Awards to be announced in Kuala Lumpur tonight. Except for Cheah, who has 43 years of experience in the bowling industry as a player, coach and bowling ball specialist, the other nominees are all women.



Visa woes hit bowlers By Francis Santiago

Republished courtesy of Tempo - Manila, Philippines (July 16, 2008)

2008AsCMenAllEventsRaoulMirandaChesterKing_small.jpg The long process needed to acquire a Spanish visa may prevent bowlers Chester King and Raoul Miranda (r-l) from playing the Federation Cup slated July 27-29 in Barcelona, Spain. Both King and Miranda were selected by the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) to represent the region in the prestigious event for finishing 1-2 in the men's all-events in the recent Asian tenpin bowling championships. But their stints could be derailed after their failure to book an early interview for their visas with the Spanish Embassy.



A third Guinness record for RP bowler Paeng

Republished courtesy of GMA News TV - Philippines (July 14, 2008)

USBCSilverLevelCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Six-time world bowling champion Paeng Nepomuceno was honored for the third time by the Guinness Book of World Records, this time for having won the most number of career championships worldwide. Nepomuceno racked up his 118th career title last September in Melbourne, winning the South Pacific Classic, Australia's most prestigious individual tournament. Nepomuceno prevailed over Jason Belmonte, last year's World Tenpin Masters Champion. That victory gave Nepomuceno the distinction of having three existing Guinness Records.



'Belmo' targets Aussie team win in Thailand

Republished courtesy of Orange Central Western Daily - Orange, New South Wales, Australia (July 9, 2008)

20080709JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte is part of a six-man Australian team for the prestigious event in Nonthaburi and he wants team glory more than anything else. "I have only one goal - to win the team gold," Belmonte said. "The best teams in the world will be there and for the first time pro's are allowed to play so the very best of the best are there. I want to win the team event more than anything because of that reason." The 24-year old has represented Australia at various levels since he was 17 and still enjoys a special feeling ahead of donning the green and gold again.

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