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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.

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.

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