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Nepomuceno continues his winning streak in South Pacific Classic

Belmonte, Putney earn Australian spots for QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2007SPCNepomucenoPutney_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines and Ann-Maree Putney of Australia won the titles in the men's and women's division of the 2007 Columbia 300 South Pacific Classic Sunday Sep. 16 at AMF Moorabbin in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Nepomuceno was able to weather a strong challenge from Australia's standout Jason Belmonte. As the highest Australian finishers, Putney and Belmonte will represent Australia in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (Nov. 3-11, 2007) .



Women's team withdraw from Europe, focus on Asia By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of News Straits Time (Sep. 16, 2007)

2007WRMShalinZulkifli_small.jpg The women's team have pulled out from the European Bowling Tour's Ankara Open in Turkey (Sept 19-23) to compete in three Asian Ranking tournaments in a bid to qualify for next year's World Ranking Masters in Indonesia. The three Asian Ranking tournaments which the bowlers will compete in are the Hong Kong Open (Sept 17-22), Singapore Open (Sept 18-29) and Taiwan Open (Oct 6-13). Shalin Zulkifli (pictured) will be defending her Hong Kong Open title, while the rest, except for Choy Poh Lai and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, will head for Singapore and Taiwan.



Quit plan put on hold By Lim Teik Huat

Republished courtesy of the Malaysian Star Online (Sep. 13, 2007)

2007WRMWendyChai_small.jpg National women bowler Wendy Chai has had a change of heart and will not quit the national team. The bronze medal finish in the singles event in the just concluded women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico has inspired Wendy to continue to bowl for the country and not go into early retirement as planned earlier. "I will continue to bowl as long as the national team need me."



MTBC: Bring on the professionals By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Time (Sep. 12, 2007)

BCCheahWendyChaiFoongTatMeng_small.jpg Allowing professional bowlers into World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA)-sanctioned tournaments including the World Championships could see the end of amateur keglers winning medals in the world meet. However, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) is not too bothered with the WTBA's decision, but instead, has taken it as a challenge to ensure Malaysian bowlers are not left behind in the medal count in future world meets. 



Australia braces for Paeng

By AMF Dandenong Bowling Center

2007AMBAPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno, six-time bowling world champion, Guinness Book of World Records-holder, and the greatest international bowler in the history of the sport, is due to arrive in Melbourne, Australia, to compete in the 2007 South Pacific Classic. The South Pacific Classic is Australia's most prestigious individual ten pin bowling event, starts on September 15 and ends on September 17. Paeng is the first international bowler in the history, who has won this tournament when it was held in Sydney in 1984.



Shalin,Wendy not likely to pull out from national team By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Star Online (Sep. 10, 2007)

2007WWCShalinZulkifliWendyChai.jpg Seasoned campaigners Shalin Zulkifli and Wendy Chai are likely to put off plans to end their stints with the national team now that professional bowlers have been given the nod to compete in international tournaments. In the recent women's World Championships, old hands Shalin and Wendy continued to be an asset for the country when they came good in their fifth and third world outings respectively in Monterrey, Mexico.



Bizarre ending for Jason Belmonte in his first KPBA event

Originally published in Jason's Traveling Diary on

2007WRMJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Everybody, who has read something about international championships and major tournaments in the past two or three years, should have heard about Jason Belmonte, the two-hander from Australia. Many people know that 'Belmo' is a great bowler and also a nice guy but did you know that he is also one of the best story tellers in our sport? You will believe it when you read his traveling diary about what happened to him during the TV stepladder finals in his first KPBA (Korean Professional Bowling Association) event in Busan, Korea.



Paeng Nepomuceno wins 117th career title

Republished courtesy of Philippine Daily Tribune (August 28, 2007)

2007AMBAPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Four–time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno is back in winning form after winning the 10th AMBA-PEPSI Open Masters title in Gameworx in Festival Mall Alabang, Philippines. Paeng's win is significant because this is his 117th career bowling masters win. "This win is a nice addition to my masters tournament titles", said Nepomuceno after the victory. He has collected impressive titles from all over the world which is a record in Asia for the most number of tournament wins.

ABF News


Asian Bowling Federation to start a new "Program for Coach Accreditation"

ABF President Sheikh Talal will personally launch and sponsor the program in September

ABFLogo_small.jpg Sheik_Talal_Mohammed_Al-Sabah_4578.jpg Asian Bowling Federation President Sheikh Talal M. Al Sabah of Kuwait (pictured right) has started a new "Program for Coach Accreditation" for the ABF member federations. Sheikh Talal will launch the first Coach Accreditation Program Level II in September in Hong Kong and has announced that he will personally sponsor the program by paying all expenses for the course conductors.



Lim, Belmonte win Indonesia Open from top seed

Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta, Indonesia (August 1-11, 2007)

2007INAOpenLogo_small.jpgBoth No. 1 seeds, Bernice Lim from Singapore and Jason Belmonte from Australia, won the women's and men's championship matches in the 5th Indonesia International Open Masters finals. Belmonte made quick work of No. 2 seed, Jun Byung-Oh, Korea, 214-204, to add another international title to his credentials. Lim lost her first match against No. 3 seed, Trish Khoo, Malaysia, 156-169, but rebounded with a 186-172 victory in match #2 to claim the women's title.



Singapore Bowling Federation officially launches Center of Excellence for Bowling program

SingaporeBowlingLogo_small.jpg The Singapore Bowling Federation will officially launch the Center of Excellence (COE) for Bowling program at Orchid Bowl at SAFRA Yishunon on Monday, 13 August 2007 at 4.30pm. The COE program is set up in partnership with MILO. The aim of the COE program is to guide, nurture and develop young talents to be the next bowling champions like Grace Young or Remy Ong.



MTBC sticks with winning sextet By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (Aug. 6, 2007)

2007WWCEstherCheah_small.jpg 2007WWCZandraAziela_small.jpg Doha Asian Games double gold medallist Esther Cheah (left) will lead Malaysia's charge in the Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico on Aug 28-Sept 10, ahead of 2002 World Tenpin Masters champion Shalin Zulkifli, ABF Tour's Tournament of Champions winner Wendy Chai, Czech Open champion Zandra Aziela, San Marino Open semi-finalist Sharon Koh and Choy Poh Lai.

Hong Kong


Bowling is alive in Hong Kong; Nepomuceno conducts his fifth Level I and Bronze Level seminar

2007PaengHKGSeminar_small.jpg Philippine bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno has teamed up with the United States Bowling Congress to grow and promote the sport around the world as a USBC certified coach and USBC Ambassador. Paeng was at USBC Headquarters in Greendale, Wis., in April to receive training and earn certification as a USBC Level I and Bronze Instructor to teach Level I and Bronze classes in the Philippines and Asia. Three month later, Nepomuceno has just finished another seminar in Hong Kong (pictured left), his fifth seminar in a span of two months.



World champion at 19 By Lim Han Ming

Republished courtesy of Singapore Electric New Paper (July 22, 2007)

SingaporeAdeleneWee1_small.jpg SHE was Singapore's first world bowling champion. Adelene Wee wrote herself into the history books when she won the women's Masters title at the 1985 World Games in London. She was only 19 then.
A niggling hamstring injury failed to stop Wee as she blazed the lanes at Stevenage Bowl, England, with a 200.1 average to become world champion. She was treated to a glorious homecoming when a Rolls Royce chaffeured her from Changi Airport to the Kallang Bowl for a rousing reception.



Zandra creates history By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of The News Straits Times Online (July 17, 2007)

2007-07-17 Zandra Aziela_small.jpg Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi will go down in the annals of Malaysian bowling as the first national bowler to win an ‘Open’ title outside Asia after she nailed the Czech Open at the Bowland Centre in Olomouc on Sunday. The Czech Open is also Zandra’s second career ‘Open’ title. She won the Malaysia Open in March. Shalin Zulkifli had won a title in Europe at the World Tenpin Masters in 2001 but it was an invitational tournament.

Hong Kong


Choi and Wan end 10th Asian School Championships with victory in Masters

Mei Foo Super Fun Bowl in Kowloon, Hong Kong (July 8-16, 2007)

Choi Tae-Seung, Korea, and Wan Nur Atiqqa, Malaysia, won the Boys and Girls Masters final, which concluded the 10th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships at Mei Foo Super Fun Bowl in Kowloon, Hong Kong. In the boys final over two games total pinfall, Choi topped compatriot Shin Seung-Hyeon had a 51-pinlead after game one and cruised to victory, 434-384. Loh Xian Yan, Singapore, earned the bronze. The girls final was an all-Malaysian affair with Wan defeating Zatil Iman, 459-401, thanks to a 253 final game. Kim Mun-Jeong, Korea, took the bronze.



Filipino finds success after attending USBC Level 1 and Bronze seminars

2007PHIBonnieSolis_small.jpg Bonnie Solis, a former Philippines national team member and a former national team coach, rolled two 300 games in two different centers in a span of only five days. Solis shot the first perfecto in the Monday league at Powerbowl on July 2nd, mere two days after he attended the "USBC Level 1" seminar of Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno on June 30th and another one after the first day of Nepomuceno's "USBC Bronze Level" seminar on July 7th.



Pinoys in Milan brace for 'Paeng heatwave'

Republished courtesy of GMA News TV (July 5, 2007)

2007PaengNepomuceno.jpg Filipinos in Italy are eagerly awaiting the visit in Milan of six-time bowling world champ Paeng Nepomuceno next week. Nepomuceno, Guinness Book of World Records-holder, and the greatest international bowler in the history of the sport, is due to arrive in Milan, Italy in the evening of July 11 to lead the first ever "Paeng Nepomuceno's Cup" scheduled on July 12 - 17 at the Loreto Bowling Center in Milan.



Under-performing bowlers face the sack By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of The News Straits Times Online (July 1, 2007)

Fed-up with the lack of improvement shown by some of his bowlers, (Malaysian) national coach Holloway Cheah has given them an ultimatum — show results from now on or risk being kicked out from the national team for good.
Holloway, who took over from Australia's Chris Batson in June, last year, issued this warning to the bowlers, especially those in the back-up squad who have failed to live up to expectations despite being given the opportunity to bowl in the Asian Tour.



Al-Muraiki beats Siu Hong to claim H.H. the Emir's Cup 2007

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (June 15-26, 2007)

2007EmirCupMubaralAlMuraikhi_small.jpg Local favorite Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, defeated Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, two-games-to-one, en route to claim the title in the H.H. the Emir's Cup 2007 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar and the QRS 75,000 top prize (approx. $20,600). Al-Muraikhi, who won the Bahrain Open last month, secured the title with a 237-194 victory in the deciding third game. Siu Hong, winner of the Philippine Open last week, had to settle for second place, worth QRS 50,000.

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