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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.



Efren Cacdac rolls 10th perfect game By Mark Rabago

Republished courtesy of Saipan Tribune (June 25, 2006)

2007SAIEfrenCacdac300_small.jpg Veteran bowler Efren Cacdac rolled the year's first perfect game and the islands' 10th overall when he achieved every bowler's dream last Friday during the Friday Night League at the Capital Bowling Center.  Cacdac, playing under the banner of Eyun Ji Corp., made 12 consecutive strikes in lanes nine and 10 during the second game of the weekly bowling competition. The 47-year-old lefthander said never in his wildest dreams did he expect rolling a 300 on that particular day.



Media interest aroused in Bowling by Australian Jason Belmonte's success By Lynne Clay

2007FebHRJasonBelmonte2_small.jpg Tenpin bowler, Jason Belmonte will be interviewed on ABC Radio's GRANDSTAND ACTIVE program this Saturday, 23 June. The segment will be recorded close to the ABC studios at Manhattan SuperBowl in Mascot, and broadcast nationally at approximately 1.05pm AEST on Saturday afternoon. Media interest has escalated after an outstanding series of performances by the young Australian bowler at national and international tournaments over the past six months.



Del Rosario and Wu claim the Open Masters titles in 36th PBC-Boysen International Open

SM Bowling Center at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines (June 2-16)

2007PHIOpenLizaDelRosarioWuSiuHong_small.jpg Women's top seed Liza Del Rosario, Philippines, and men's No. 5 seed Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 36th PBC-Boysen International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships at SM Bowling Center at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines. The top 16 Asian men and women in the 36th PBC-Boysen International Open will be eligible for the Asian Bowling Federation Tour Philippine leg on Sunday, June 17, 2007.



MTBC not wasting any time By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of The News Straits Times Online (June 11, 2007)

2007WRMWendyChai_small.jpg 2007WRMShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli (left) and Wendy Chai (right), who have hinted that they may retire next year, may have triggered a mild panic with some people in the bowling fraternity but not the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC). Instead of waiting for their official announcements, the MTBC has decided to groom the national back-up squad by exposing them to Asian-level 'Open' tournaments.



Vegas-bound Belmonte secures yet another Melbourne Cup win By Michelle Cook

Republished courtesy of Orange News (June 12, 2007)

2007MelbourneJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte continued his dominant run at the Melbourne Tenpin Cup winning the competition for the third time yesterday. The Orange bowler led the field of more than 100 after two days of qualifying. Yesterday he held that lead in the top 30 and top 15 three-man matchplay games. Belmonte averaged 239.16 for the 31 games and claimed the $5000 first prize.

Saudi Arabia


Big Payday for Michael Fagan, wins 1st Kingdom International Open

Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (May 25 - June 9)

2007KSAIOFaganPrinceNawwafBinFaisal_small.jpg In a battle between two PBA players, No. 1 seed Michael Fagan, United States, defeated 7-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, in the decisive match, 199-177, en route to win the 1st Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the $25,000 top prize. Fagan, who received $3,000 for winning the qualifying, pocketed another $5,000 bonus when he won a special match against the best Saudi, 8th placed Mohammed Al Saud, 206-168.



Nepomuceno holds his first international coaching seminar in Manila

22 coaches receive Level 1 or Bronze Level Certification

2007PaengUSBCCertificationNo2_small.jpg Four-time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno (back row, third from the left), a USBC certified coach and USBC Ambassador, just finished his first international coaching seminar (Level 1 and Bronze Level Certification) at the Pearl Bowling Center in Manila, Philippines from May 29-31. Working together with international coaches was a new experience, even for Paeng, who has won more than 100 international titles in his illustrious career.



USBC Ambassador Paeng Nepomuceno holds groundbreaking coaching seminar

2007ESMCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Philippine bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno, who 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, held his groundbreaking seminar at Paeng's Eastwood Bowl from May 21-23. Among the first batch of USBC Bronze Level accredited coaches who successfully completed Paeng's "USBC Certification Seminar for Coaches" was a great mix of national coaches and national youth coaches as well as a member of the Philippine National Team.



Kawazoe and Kawahara triumph in NHK Cup 41st Japan All-Star Invitational Championships

2007NHKCupShotaKawazoe_small.jpg 2007NHKCupMayuKawahara_small.jpg Shota Kawazoe (pictured left) and Mayu Kawahara (right) walked away the winners in the most prestigious individual tournament in Japan, the NHK Cup 41st Japan All-Star Invitational Championships, which were contested at Kokubnji Park Lanes in Kokubnji-Shi, Tokyo from May 11-13. 277 players - 164 men and 113 women - participated in this year's event. As every year, the stepladder finals are broadcasted nationwide by  Nihon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.



Lim beats Mack to win 33rd Thailand International Open

Chinese Taipei 1-2 in women's division

2006EBT15TimMack2.jpg 2007ESMCDanielLim300_small.jpg Top-seeded Daniel Lim (left) from Malaysia stopped Tim Mack's run in the men's title match, 213-171. to win the Open Masters finals in the Thailand Open at S. F. Strike Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand. Mack (right) ousted four Thai bowlers including defending champion Yannaphon Larp-apharat in the previous matches. The women's final was an all-Chinese Taipei affair with the top seed Chien Hsiu Lan defeating No. 6 Liang Ya Ping, 182-173.



For left-handers only

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (May 10, 2007)

2007MASForLefthandersonly_small.jpg Calling all natural left-handed bowlers.
Here is a chance for you to pit your skills against other lefties at a tenpin bowling carnival on May 19 from 8pm to 10pm at the Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes. Datuk Dina Rizal (pictured), a left hander himself, came up with the idea with Michelle Wong, the manager of Pyramid Mega Lanes.



POC chief hails Paeng's USBC appointment

2007PaengNepomuceno.jpg Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr., brother of former Philippine President Cory C. Aquino, hailed the recent appointment of six-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno as USBC (United States Bowling Congress) ambassador and promised to help Nepomuceno campaign for bowling's inclusion in the Olympic Games.



Al-Muraikhi and Torrents win Sinai Open

International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt (April 18-26, 2007)

2007SinaiOpenSandraTorrents_small.jpg 2007SinaiOpenMubarakAlMuraikhi2_small.jpg Mubarak Ali Al-Muraikhi from Qatar, the men's No. 1 seed, flew past Thailand's Badin L, 247-172, to win the 9th Sinai Open in Cairo, Egypt and the $7,000 top prize. The women's final ended with the upset of the evening as the dominating leader of all previous rounds, Kim Eun Jung, Korea, lost to second seed, Sandra Torrents, Spain, 215-191.



Shalin Zulkifli set for professional circuit by Ajitpal Singh

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

2007ESMCShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli (Malaysia) has always longed to turn professional and she will have a chance of realizing her dream when the United States' women's professional circuit gets underway in September. But there is a problem — she will have to get a release from national coach Holloway Cheah and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC).

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