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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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup - 14th All Japan Inter-High School Championships

Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan (Dec. 22-24, 2007)

2007JPNIHSCChampions_small.jpg Yuri Sato, Yukari Oku and Miki Matsuoka (on the right) of Yokohama Nanryo High School from Kanagawa Prefecture and Takuma Echigo and Yuya Echigo (on the left) of Yamamoto Gakuen High School from Yamagata Prefecture won the girls and boys titles, respectively, in the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup - 14th All Japan Inter-High School Championships which were contested at Kawasaki Grand Bowl in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan, from Dec. 22-24, 2007.



PGMA confers republic award to world-renowned bowler 'Paeng' Nepomuceno

Republished courtesy of the Official Website of the Republic of the Philippines (Jan. 3, 2008)

2008PaengNepomucenoRepublicAward_small.jpg President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred today the Champion for Life of the Order of Lakandula to Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, sixth time World Bowling Champion for his outstanding achievement in international sports that fostered extraordinary national pride and inspiration to the Filipino people. The special citation was awarded by the President to Nepomuceno at simple rites held at the sidelight of his courtesy call at the Palace Music Room Thursday.



Shalin set to move By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Dec. 27, 2007)

2007WRMShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli will turn professional next year and, if all details work out, will be heading to the United States to compete in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Women's Tour. Shalin's move to turn pro stems from the World Tenpin Bowling Association's (WTBA) decision to allow professional to compete in the world championships. "I have achieved almost everything in bowling and now I feel it's time to go one step further with the aim of becoming the best in the professional world," said Shalin.



Jason's the king pin By MichelLe Cook

Republished courtesy of Orange Central Western Daily - Orange, New South Wales, Australia

2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Orange's Jason Belmonte is stirring up debate in Australian tenpin bowling circles. The question "Is Jason Belmonte the best bowler ever produced by Australia?" was put up for discussion on the Total Bowling website earlier this month. There have been 27 responses and the forum has been viewed 1762 times. Some believe the two-handed bowler is the best Australia has seen.  Others go even further suggesting Belmonte's success will never be surpassed by an Australian bowler.



Journalists take to the bowling alleys

Republished courtesy of People's Daily Online - Beijing, China (Dec. 25, 2007)

The Helianqing Cup Ten-Pin Bowling Competition for Journalists was held on Sunday at the Beijing Gongti 100 Bowling Center. Journalists from Beijing's 20 news organizations took part in the event to promote China's national fitness call and to cheer for Beijing hosting the 29th Olympic Games. Before the competition, the sports writers and editors also discussed how to deliver better coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games.



Top-seeded Young Im, Ang win 8th Milo International Junior All Stars Bowling Championships in decisive match

Pyramid Mega Lanes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Dec. 13-23, 2007)

The girls' and boys top-seeds in the Open Masters divisions, Lee Young Im, Korea and Adrian Ang, Malaysia had to be defeated twice to win the title in the 8th Milo International Junior All Stars Bowling Championships. Both lost their first match but both came back with a huge win to secure the title. The girls' 4-player stepladder final was an all-Korean affair with Su Yeon advancing from the opening three-player shoot-out match. The No. 2 seed stunned Young Im in the final, 269-256, but Su Yeon rebounded with a 233-204 in the decider. Ang fell to Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, in the first match, 235-200, but won the second by 44 pins, 246-202.



More exposure outside Asia By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Dec. 18, 2008)

20071218ZandraAziela_small.jpg The national bowlers will rub shoulders with professionals a lot more when they make Europe and the United States as their regular competition base from next year. This decision comes as the World Tenpin Bowling Association's (WTBA) move to allow professional bowlers in world meets, starting with the Men's World Championships in Bangkok in August next year. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) felt that exposure outside Asia will help maintain a regular medal haul in priority tournaments such as world meets.



USBC Coach, Ambassador Nepomuceno trains 23 new coaches in Singapore

PaengUSBCCertificationNo8Singapore_small.jpg Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, a United States Bowling Congress coach, international ambassador and four-time World Cup champion, completed his eighth USBC Coaching conference by certifying more than 20 coaches in Singapore Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2007. Nepomuceno and a group of international coaches trained and certified 23 USBC Coaching Level I and Bronze coaches from Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia during the seminar at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild bowling center.



Belmonte shoots record-breaking third win at Brunswick Australian Cup

AMF Tuggeranong Bowl in Canberra, Australia (December 1-2, 2007)

2007AUSCupJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte shot an emphatic final five games of 212, 224, 278, 257 and 201 to clinch the tenth annual Brunswick Australian Cup at Canberra's AMF Tuggeranong Bowl. The victory capped a spectacular year for Belmonte who has amassed many of the sport's most highly sought-after titles, nationally and internationally in 2007. Jason Belmonte has now won the Brunswick Australian Cup on a record-breaking three occasions - in 2003, 2006 and now 2007.



Azalina wants a clean sweep By Christopher Raj

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Nov. 11, 2007)

MASSportsMinisterAzalina_small.jpg Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said is hoping that the bowling team will sweep all the 11 gold medals on offer at the Sea Games. But the minister is concerned about the kind of strategy the Malaysia Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) will adopt.
"It is important to use the right strategy and not underestimate the hosts as they have clearly shown that they want to win at all costs. So we must be prepared," said Azalina after meeting the bowlers at the Megalanes Bowling Centre yesterday.



Ridhwan stops Cheung's run to win 10th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic

Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines (November 7-11, 2007)

2007BevidaClassicSyafiqRidhwan_small.jpg No. 1 seeded Syafiq Ridhwan (left), Malaysia, stopped the run of 6th seeded Cyrus Cheung, Hong Kong, 238-208, en route to win the 10th PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic at Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines. Ridhwan earned 150,000 pesos or approx. US$3,500 for winning his first international title, while Cheung pocketed $1,800 for second place. Cheung posted back-to-back 250s in the previous three-player shootouts to advance to the title match.



Granger cruises to victory in 6th Guam International Open

Central Lanes in Tamuning, Guam (October 13-28, 2007)

2007GuamGrangerManibusan_small.jpg Purvis Granger (left), United States, took top honors during the 6th Guam International Bowling Open held at the Central Lanes Bowling Center in grand fashion, stringing 8 strikes in a row to thwart any means of comeback by third-seeded Brian Manibusan (right) in the championship round at Central Lanes in Tamuning. Granger's experience and consistency was too much for the 19-year-old Manibusan, who opened on the fourth and fifth frame, to allow Granger to take the lead and run away with the title, 254-189.



Two hearing-impaired bowlers determine the champion in 14th Late Faisal A. Hameed Memorial Tournament

Fun Land Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain

2007FaisalNedhalJuma_small.jpg 2007FaisalNasserAbdulla2_small.jpg The title match of the 14th Late Faisal A. Hameed Memorial Tournament was a match between two friends, who suffer from the same handicap. They are both deaf-mutes. A. Nasser Abdulla (left) and Nedhal Juma (right) overcame their handicap and beat out 97 opponents to advance to the finals at Fun Land Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain. Abdulla won by the closest possible margin, 178-177, en route to earn the US$ 2,600 top prize.



Nepomuceno shares the secrets of his success with fellow bowlers

PaengMentalGamePoster_Small.jpg After four decades in bowling win more than 118 titles in numerous countries including record four victories in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, Philippine bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno now shares the secrets of his success share with his fellow bowling athletes. Nepomuceno, 50, launched his own seminar 'Mastering the Mental Game' by Paeng Nepomuceno. "I have been thinking about doing my own seminar for quite a while," Nepomuceno said. "After my good experience doing the USBC seminars, I thought it's time to give it a try.



Record falls By Clarisa Collis

The Wimmera Mail Times - Horsham, Victoria, Australia (Oct. 15, 2007)

Horsham (Victoria, Australia) tenpin bowlers knocked-over a world record on Saturday when they took out more than 38,960 pins during a 24-hour Bowl-o-Thon at Lanes and Games. Horsham Rural City Council mayor Gary Bird, who launched the record attempt at 6pm on Friday, said enthusiasm and volunteerism characterised the `sensational' event. Event organiser Alistair Fenton said two teams that simultaneously competed, including the Lane Cruisers and the Pin Munchers, smashed the record at 3.05pm and 4.10pm respectively.

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