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Asian's female bowler No. 1 graduates at Nepomuceno's latest coaching seminar.

20080702NepomucenoSeminarPhilippines_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno has informed us that he graduated another batch of Level One and Bronze coaches in the Philippines in a seminar which ended on Wednesday July second. Nepomuceno held it right after the Philippine Open and attracted five participants, four women and just one man, with two ladies coming from Malaysia, a Pakistani national and his Filipina wife and Kim Eun Jung, the 2007 ABF Tour and Asian Ranking champion from Korea.

ABF News


Arab countries to host next Asian and Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships

Other hosts include DPR Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong

ABFLogo_small.jpg The Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) has announced that the 21st Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships 2010 will be held in the UAE. This marks the first time that the UAE have received a major international championships since the 1999 World Championships in Abu Dhabi. The Kuwait Bowling Federation of ABF President Sheikh Talal M. Al Sabah will host the 15th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in the same year while the 2011 edition will be held in Pyongyang, the capital and largest city of North Korea (DPR Korea).



Filipinos sweep Open Masters titles in 37th Philippine International Open

SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City, Philippines (June 12-28, 2008)

Krizziah Tabora and Benshir Layoso, Philippines, won the most prestigious tournament in their native country when they swept the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday at SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. In the women's stepladder final, Tabora, the No. 1 seed, defeated the sole non-Filipina in the six-player shootout, Syakirah Yeoh from Malaysia, by the closest possible margin, 205-204. Layoso, seeded second rolled two big games, 269 and 266, to defeat No. 1 seeded Jassim Darwish, Kuwait. 



Coo, Nepomuceno steal the show in RP Int'l Open

Republished courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer (June 23, 2008)

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg International bowling Hall of Famers Bong Coo and Paeng Nepomuceno came up with big games to grab the spotlight on day 10 of the 37th Philippine International Open tenpin bowling championships at SM Bowling Center in Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Six-time world champion Nepomuceno (left) of PBC-Prima-Nutrilite narrowly missed scoring the tournament's third perfect game by shooting 299 in the first game of the Open Masters qualifying. Competition is expected to peak Monday with the arrival of the main bulk of foreign bowlers.



Japanese politicians establish association to promote Bowling

JPNAssociationofDietMembers_small.jpg Masahiko Kosugi of the Japan Bowling Congress reports that several of the country's Diet Members including several former Prime Ministers have established the Association of Diet Members for Promoting Bowling. Tsutomu Takebe, President of Bowling Council of Japan led the establishment of this association. Since the association was founded in April, the Diet Members come together at Bowling Salon in The Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on weekly basis and enjoy bowling. One of the most enthusiastic bowlers is Junichiro Koizumi, 56th Prime Minister from 2001 through 2006 and one of Japan's most popular politicians.



World-class bowlers to join RP Int'l Open By Krista Angela M. Montealegre

Republished courtesy of Manila Times - Philippines (June 11, 2008)

2007BWCLizaDelRosario_small.jpg The cream of the crop in Philippine bowling will pit their skills against foreign rivals in the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships slated June 12 to 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. Leading the RP contingent is Liza del Rosario (l.), who will defend the women's title in the P2-million event organized by the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC). Other Filipinos competing in Asia's longest-running tournament held in cooperation with Ebonite International are 2006 world masters champion Biboy Rivera and three-time Southeast Asian Games champion Paolo Valdez, who is coming off a three-year layoff.



Valdez likes his chances in 37th RP Open By Cedelf P. Tupas

Republished courtesy of Daily Inquirer, Philippines (June 11, 2008)

2007BWCPauloValdez_small.jpg The absence of defending men's Masters champion Wu Siu-Hong of Hong Kong has left the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships wide open—and Filipino standout Paulo Valdez (l.) is ready to pounce on the opportunity. Valdez, who topped the latest ranking tournament conducted by national coach Nico Valderrama, expressed confidence about his chances in the 17-day event that starts Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. "I feel good about my chances," said Valdez, the former Asian Bowler of the Year.



RP keglers take on Asia's finest By Cedelf P. Tupas

Republished courtesy of Daily Inquirer, Philippines (June 10, 2008)

2007PHIOpenLizaDelRosarioWuSiuHong_small.jpg A crack Filipino contingent will have their hands full against an equally formidable foreign crew in the 37th Philippine International Open Championships starting Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. Reigning world men's Masters titlist Biboy Rivera (pictured left), three-time Southeast Asian Games Masters champion Paulo Valdez and defending RP Open Masters champion Liza Del Rosario (pictured right with men's champion Wu Siu Hong) will be at the forefront of the Filipinos' campaign in the 17-day kegfest.

Hong Kong


Chien, Al-Shafi win Hong Kong International Open Masters from top seed

Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (May 29 - June 7, 2008)

2008HKGOpenChienHsiuLenBandarAlShafi_small.jpg Top seeded Chien Hsiu Lan, Chinese Taipei, and Bandar Al Shafi, Qatar, both rolled big games in the women's and men's championship matches to cruise to the titles in the 34th Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China. Chien (l.) held off local favorite Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, 246-200, to claim the women's title and the HK$18,000 (USD2,305) top prize. On the men's side Al Shafi (left) flew past No. 4 seed Chen Chun Chieh, Chinese Taipei, 279-194, to win the title and the 35,000 Hong Kong Dollars (approx. USD4,485) top prize.



USBC Coaching certifies 34 bowling coaches in Thailand

By Patrick Brettingen, USBC Communications

2008THAseminar3_small.jpg Continuing to pursue its goal of advancing the sport of bowling worldwide, the United States Bowling Congress certified 34 new Level I and Bronze coaches in Thailand. The Level I and Bronze certification conference was held May 21-24 at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Bangkok, site of the upcoming 2008 Men's World Championships in August. Coaches from Thailand, Jordan and Hong Kong attended the seminar with the assistance of the Thai Tenpin Bowling Congress.

Hong Kong


34th Hong Kong International Open starts with fund raising team event

Charity Challenge Cup raises HK$237,000 for Sichuan Earthquake victims

2008HKGOpenPeteLuiVivienFundTongYunKai_small.jpg 2008HKGOpenLogo_small.jpg The 34th Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships will be held at the newly open Hong Kong Bowling City at Kowloon Bay from May 29 to June 7, 2008. To show the sympathy, concern and support to the Sichuan earthquake victims, the Organizing Committee had decided to raise fund during the Challenge Cup invitational competition which was held after the Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 30. HKTBC President Vivien Fung was pleased to announce that the event raised HK$237,000 (over USD30,000) for the SF & OC of HK China – Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund.



Tan, Al-Suwaidi claim the titles in 41st Singapore International Open

Superbowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore (May 20-31, 2008)

2008SINOpenLogo_small.jpg Top-seeded Cherie Tan, Singapore, and No. 2 seeded Hussain Al-Suwaidi claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 41st Singapore International Open at Superbowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore. The victories came at the expense of two Malaysian bowlers. Tan won in the decisive match against Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, Aziela, 224-179, to win the women's title and 5,000 Singapore Dollars. Al-Suwaidi ousted local favorite Remy Ong in a semi-final nail biter, 244-243, and then defeated No. 1 seeded Adrian Ang, Malaysia, twice, 279-195 and 236-200, to seal the victory worth S$25,000.



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.

Saudi Arabia


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.

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