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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.

Chinese Taipei


Malaysians sweep Masters titles in Chinese Taipei Open

Twin Wood Bowling Center in Fengyuan, Chinese Taipei (Oct. 6-13, 2007)

Zulmazran_Zulkifli_5337.jpg 2007WWCSharonKoh_small.jpg Malaysians sweep Masters titles in Chinese Taipei Open Zulmazran Zulkifli (l.) and Sharon Koh (r.), both of Malaysia, captured the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 9th Chinese Taipei Open Saturday at Twin Wood Bowling Center in Fengyuan. Both players were the top seeds in the six-player stepladder finals and both players took advantage of the rule that the top seed must be defeated twice to win the title.



Paeng goes 'perfect' twice in 7 days

Republished courtesy of People's Journal Online - Philippines (Oct. 9, 2007)

2007PaengNepomuceno2x300_small.jpg A few days after winning Australia's most prestigious bowling tournament, the South Pacific Classic in Melbourne, Australia, Paeng Nepomuceno, achieved a rare feat by rolling two perfect 300 games in seven days. He first rolled a perfect 300 game in the masters finals of the Singapore Open on September 29 and again duplicated the feat on Oct. 6 at the masters finals of the ITBA Open in Imus, Cavite.



Nepomuceno honored by Philippine Senate

2007NepomucenoSenateResolution_small.jpg Four-time Bowling World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno was once more honored by a Philippine Senate resolution citing Paeng for his recent victory in the South Pacific Classic held in Melbourne, Australia. Paeng was awarded by Sen. President Manny Villar together with his Filipino hosts in Melbourne, Mr. Kelly and Nina Raveche.



14-year-old Bahraini becomes the youngest player in his country to bowl a 300 game

Is he the youngest player in Asia who has accomplished the feat?

2007HussainYacoobAlShehabi300a_small.jpg Hussain Yacoob Al-Shehabi has entered the Bahrain Bowling Association record book as the youngest member to roll a perfect game in certified competition. He accomplished the feat on Saturday, September 29, 2007 when he was 14 years, 4 months and 24 days old. "We know that there was a 10-year-old in America who scored 300,"  Hussain's father, Yacoob Yousif Al-Shehabi (pictured left with his son) wrote. "The question is 'Who is the youngest boy who scored a perfect game in Asia?'"



Top seeds Koivuniemi, Iman cruise to victory in 40th Singapore International Open

Superbowl Safra Mount Faber in Singapore (September, 18-29, 2007)

2007SINOpenMikaKoivuniemi3_small.jpg 2007SINOpenZatilIman_small.jpg Mika Koivuniemi from Finland and Zatil Iman, Malaysia, both seeded No. 1 in the stepladder finals, needed just one win to earn the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 40th Singapore International Open at Superbowl Safra Mount Faber in Singapore. Koivuniemi held off No. 6 seeded Daniel Lim, Malaysia, 235-224, to win the men's title. In an all-Malaysian affair, Zatil Iman defeated Sharon Koh, 237-216, to capture the women's title.



Lining up a record By Michelle Dryburgh

Republished courtesy of The Wimmera Mail Times - Horsham, Victoria, Australia (Sep. 8, 2007)

Horsham bowlers are preparing to break a world record by bowling-over more than 38,960 pins during a 24-hour Bowl-o- Thon at Lanes and Games.
Event organiser Alistair Fenton has called for volunteers to witness the attempt, which will run from 6pm October 12 to 6pm October 13. Official witnesses are required for the event to be registered as a Guinness World Record.



Shalin now eyes Singapore glory

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (Sep. 24, 2007)

MASShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli, whose renewed confidence won her the Hong Kong Open on Saturday, will now be gunning for her first Singapore Open title at the Superbowl Safra Mount Faber in Singapore. Shalin, 29, has never won the Singapore Open despite being an active competitor in the event since 1997. The closest she has come to winning the event was in the 2000 when she finished second. She finished third in the 2002, 2003, and 2004, while last year, she was 10th.



Turkey trip down the gutter By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (Sep. 22, 2007)

2007AnkaraOpenLogo_small.jpg The national men's team's hopes of competing in their third European Bowling Tour (EBT) event at the Ankara Open (Sept 19-23) in Turkey were dashed by the unavailability of return tickets for the Singapore Open (Sept 18-29). A few days ago, the women bowlers pulled out from the tournament to concentrate on three Asian Tour events.

Hong Kong


Starting soon: ABF Coach Accreditation Program Level II Course

ABF President Sheikh Talal pays almost everything for the 4-day course Sep. 24-27

Sheik_Talal_Mohammed_Al-Sabah_4578.jpg Vivien_Fung_4382.jpg ABF President Sheikh Talal M. Al Sabah of Kuwait (l.) has started a new "Coach Accreditation Program" for the ABF member federations. The first Level II Course will be held from Sep. 24-27 in Hong Kong.  According to Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress Chairman and ABF Honorary Life President, Vivien Fung (r.), federations representatives from the Philippines, Macau, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand have already registered.



Lee faces tough battle; American Hoffman and local ace Ong provide big challenge to defending champ By Lim Han Ming

Republished courtesy of The Electric Newspaper on (Sep. 19, 2007)

2007PAGTTBillHoffman_small.jpg He is known as The Joker in the bowling fraternity, but it's no laughing matter for Bill Hoffman (pictured left) when he steps onto the lanes. The 33-year-old American is a two-time FIQ/WTBA world champion and a five-time Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur of the Year. Based in Ohio, Hoffman will be the man to beat in the 40th Singapore International Open starting today.



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.

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