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Shalin on to the pro world By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star, Malaysia (Jan. 28, 2008)

20080128ShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli could be out of the country for at least six months in her pursuit to get into the world of professional bowling this year. The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have given Shalin the blessings to turn pro. And she is now waiting for the National Sports Council (NSC) to approve her plans before she leaves for the United States. Although the women's professionals have yet to announce their major Tours for the year, Shalin is ready to embark on her ambitious plan by taking part in regional tournaments in Los Angeles.



Gianotti wins second title in Women's Adelaide Cup

AMF Norwood Bowl in Norwood SA, Australia (Jan. 26-27, 2008)

Carol_Gianotti_5340.jpg Former Professional Women's Bowling Association star Carol Gianotti (left) became the seventh multiple champion in the Women's Adelaide Cup as she won the 2008 edition by a comfortable margin. The 16-time PWBA champion, who was voted PWBA Player of the Year 1998, averaged 228.15 over 27 games and compiled a 7-2 won-loss record in match play to win her second title after 2005 with 6300 pinfall total. Maxine Nable was second with 6198, with defending champion and 3-time winner Ann Maree Putney in third at 5939. 



Esther Cheah forced to turn professional

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Jan. 25, 2008)

2007WWCEstherCheah_small.jpg Esther Cheah has decided to follow in Shalin Zulkifli's footsteps and turn professional. Esther, who will compete in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Women's Tour in the United States, has no choice but to turn pro as she is barred from representing her university in the Inter-College tournaments. Esther, who is studying psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is considered a professional bowler as she was earning a living from the sport when in Malaysia.



Big payday for Kirsten Penny, wins $50,000 in 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Jan 10-21, 2008)

2007QATKirstenPenny_small.jpg In a title match over two games total pinfall between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed, #2 Kirsten Penny from England defeated #1 Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 479-460, en route to capture the title in the 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007 and the $50,000 top prize (pictured). Wu earned $20,000 for second place. Semi-final losers Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, received $10,000 each for third and fourth place. For the first time in its history, the Qatar Open was held under European rules.



Lalisang wins qualifying in 7th Qatar International Open Bowling Tournament 2007

Wu, Barrett and Penny crack top 8

2007QATRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang (l.), Indonesia, won the qualifying in the 7th Qatar International Open at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Lalisang, who won the gold medal in Singles in the 2006 Asian Games here at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, felled 1421 pins and averaged 236.83 for six games. The top 5 remained unchallenged on Saturday but Wu Sio Hong, Hong Kong, Dominic Barrett and Kirsten penny, both England, cracked the top 8. The top 30 qualifiers plus the top two each of the combined standings of Squads 1-2 and 3-6 and the the top 2 of the Desperado Squad advanced to the finals.



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.

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