World Bowling News

10/23/14

New Scoring System for competitive bowling to be unveiled during World Bowling Tour Finals

International task force develops fast-paced, easy-to-understand format for match play competition

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans around the world will be introduced to a proposed new scoring system for competitive bowling during the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Men's and Women's Finals in Las Vegas on November 2. The new scoring system is the result of the work done by an all-star panel of international bowling experts. The new system was developed in order to make the sport more attractive and easier to understand for casual bowling fans, the news media and the competitors.

Japan

10/23/14

Host prefecture Nagasaki leads Bowling Point Ranking at 69th National Sports Festival

Nagasaki also receives the Emperor's Cup as the overall point leader in all sports; Tokyo defends the Empress' Cup as the overall female point leader

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The bowling team of the host prefecture of Nagasaki (pictured) led both the overall and the women's point standings in the bowling competition of the 69th Japanese National Sports Festival, which was held from Oct. 13-16 at Nagasaki Lucky Bowl in Nagasaki, Japan. At the conclusion of the 2014 Festival, the Emperor's Cup for the overall point leader of all sports went to Nagasaki, while Tokyo defended the Empress' Cup for the prefecture with most points in the women's division.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #39

10/23/14

Mike Edwards replaces Ron Mohr in PBA Challenge's PBA50 tour field

PBA Regional Summary: Venezuela's Richard Leon wins twice in Reno

2014PBA50MikeEdwards_small.jpg2012PBASRonMohr_small.jpgMike Edwards (l.) of Tulsa, Okla., has replaced Ron Mohr (r.) of Las Vegas in the field of eight players who will compete for the PBA50 Tour's berth in the made-for-TV PBA Challenge telecast during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The eight-player, eight-game match play qualifying events for PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional players will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Philippines

10/22/14

Nepomuceno concludes USBC Silver Certification Seminar in Manila, Philippines

20141019SilverSeminarManila_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Gold-level coach, instructor and international ambassador Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno has concluded a Silver certification seminar from October 17-19 at Paeng's Midtown Bowl at Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It was the third coaching seminar conducted by Nepomuceno so far this year. The current group of Silver-level coaches (pictured) either earned Bronze-level coaching validation through Paeng a few years ago or in last year's seminar.

2015 World Bowling Tour

10/21/14

2015 WBT Schedule features 15 tournaments in Arabia, United States, Asia and Europe

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour features 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (5), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including four "majors" and 11 regular tournaments. The WBT kicks off its fifth season with the PBA World Championships in October 2014 and concludes with the U.S. Open (date and venue tbd). Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals in November 2015 in Las Vegas.

PBA Awards

10/21/14

Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt elected to PBA Hall of Fame

2015 induction ceremonies planned for February 10 in Indianapolis

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Bob Glass, a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour; former Microsoft executive Chris Peters, who played a key role as a new owner in reviving the Professional Bowlers Association, and Barb Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame. There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category. Induction ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/19/14

Serge Frouvelle wins his first EBT title in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

Frenchman defeats three non-titlists in the Eliminator Finals; his fellow countrywoman Anna-Belle Jean finishes in 12th place to win the women's ranking in Florence, Italy

2014EBT18SergeFrouvelle_small.jpg2014EBT18MattiasNilsson_small.jpgSerge Frouvelle (l.) of France, who earned his first European Bowling Tour ranking points in the 2002 season, finally got the monkey off his back when he defeated Mattias Nilsson (r.) of Sweden, 233-174, to win his first career European Bowling Tour title in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International Sunday, Oct. 19, at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Frouvelle's fellow countrywoman Anna-Belle Jean gave France a clean sweep of the ranking titles in Florence.

2014 European Bowling Tour

10/19/14

2014 EBT Tour Schedule and Champions

2014 EBT now features 19 tournaments in 13 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Satellite tournaments; total prize fund is almost one million Euro

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Due to the low number of entries, the organizer of the inaugural Gibraltar Open has cancelled the "Satellite" event scheduled for Oct. 20-26. The 2014 European Bowling Tour now features 19 tournaments in 13 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Satellite events. Total prize fund is almost one million Euro. Bowlingdigital will provide live coverage from the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open (Sept. 29 - Oct. 5) and Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick (Oct. 3-12) and daily reports from most of the other EBT events.

2014 EBT Men's Point Ranking

10/19/14

Denmark's Thomas Larsen maintains 136-point after 18/19 events

Florence International winner Serge Frouvelle (France) is tied for 73rd place; fourth place finisher Daniel Vezis leaps into 13th place

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund almost reaches one million Euro. The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 8th EBT Masters scheduled for July 6, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

2014 EBT Women's Point Ranking

10/19/14

Kamilla Kjeldsen (DEN) leads by 147 points heading into the season-ending Qatar Open

Florence International women's leader Anna-Belle Jean (FRA) moves into tie for 38th place

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund almost reaches one million Euro. The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 8th EBT Masters scheduled for July 6, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/19/14

Brian Voss wins qualifying in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

PBA Hall of Famer leads a field of 46 players, into Sunday's finals; Anna-Belle Jean (France) is the lone woman in the finals to seal the victory in the women's ranking in Florence

2014EBT04BrianVoss_small.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta3_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (l.), United States, won the qualifying in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International and leads a field of 46 players, 45 men and just one woman, into Sunday's finals at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Voss rolled a 1406 series in Squad 19 and remained unchallenged on Friday and Saturday to earn a 300 bonus. His fellow countryman, Brian Valenta (r.) took second place with 1392 and pocketed a 200 Euro bonus.

2014 ECC

10/18/14

Birgit Pöppler, Tom van der Vliet claim the titles in 37th European Champions Cup

2014ECCBirgitPopplerTomvanderVliet_small.jpgBirgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Dutchman Tom van der Vliet (r.) remained undefeated in the single-elimination finals in the 37th European Champions Cup to claim the women's and men's titles Saturday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. In the women's title match, Pöppler flew past Andrea Hansen of Norway, 190-139 and 266-169 to seal the victory, 2-0. Van der Vliet won the men's finale against Mattias Wetterberg in the decider, 213-200.

2015 WBT

10/18/14

2015 World Bowling Tour season set to kick off

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The World Bowling Tour again will feature events from every zone in 2015 as the tour kicks off its fifth season. The 2015 schedule, which actually includes five events from late 2014, will consist of 16 events, and begins with the PBA World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, from Oct. 26-Nov. 2. The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals.

2015 European Bowling Tour

10/17/14

ETBF adds two Satellite tournaments in Gibraltar, Italy to 2015 European Bowling Tour schedule

Tour now features 22 tournaments in 15 countries, three Platinum, four Gold, three Silver and 12 Satellite tournaments

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The ETBF has added two EBT Satellite tournaments to its 2015 schedule which now features 22 tournaments in 15 countries, 3 Platinum, 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 12 Satellite events. The Gibraltar International 2015 (March 4-8) replaces the recently cancelled inaugural Gibraltar Open and will be the second tournament in Gibraltar along with the Gibraltar Open 2015 in October. The Brunswick Italia Challenge, also cancelled in 2014, is supposed to be back June 20-28, 2015 (pending approval by the Italian Bowling Federation).

Romania

10/13/14

Bjørn Einar Rudshagen wins his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest Open

Norwegian defeats Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa in the championship match to defend his title

2014BucharestOpenBjornEinarRudshagen_small.jpg In a high scoring championship match, defending champion and tournament leader, Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (pictured) of Norway, topped Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa, 257-248, to win his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open and the 3.500 Euro top prize Sunday at IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania. Rudshagen was the second Norwegian national team member after Tore Torgersen, winner of the Norwegian Open, who won an international title on Sunday, Oct. 12.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Tore Torgersen cruises to victory in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick

Norwegian averages over 250 to capture his fourth career win on the European Bowling Tour; ends 13-year title drought in Oslo, Norway

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Norwegian standout and long-time national team member Tore Torgersen (pictured left with second-place Mads Sandbækken, left) cruised to victory in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick to capture his fourth career European Bowling Tour title and the 40.000 Norwegian Kronor top prize. Torgersen posted a record 844-series in Final Round 4, an average of 281.33 for three games, to take a 74-pin lead into the championships round and never looked back.

USBC News

10/11/14

Women's Bowling Tour re-launches with three-year funding commitment from USBC and BPAA

PWBA_Logo_1110.jpgThe Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will re-launch in 2015 with a three-year funding commitment from the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA). Preliminary plans call for a nine-event tour running from mid-summer through early fall. Events will have a Friday-Sunday format. The initial framework for the 2015 PWBA Tour calls for eight regular-season tour events culminating in a PWBA Tour Championship as the ninth event.

PBA News

10/10/14

New "Xtra Frame Season Ticket" offers front row seat to 2015 PBA Season

Special offer provides up to 15 months of online video-streaming for price of 12 plus free PBA Yearbook

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The Professional Bowlers Association's exclusive online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame, is now offering PBA fans around the world a front row seat to an expanded 2015 season through a new Xtra Frame Season Ticket which will provide subscribers with up to 15 months of access for the price of 12 months, plus a copy of the new 2015 PBA Yearbook. Everyone who enrolls in the XF Season Ticket program by no later November 30 will receive access to Xtra Frame through December 31, 2015.

France

10/10/14

Julien Sermand wins Masters title at 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup

Made-for-TV event featured six TV finals in three different cities in Western France and offered roughly 6.000 Euro for the finalists

2014QAMFBowlingPromotionCupLogo_small.jpgThe fifth edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup took place from October 5-9 in three cities in Western France featuring six televised finals for delayed airing on Eurosport 2, Angers Tele and TV Rennes 35. 16 players from England, France, Germany, Monaco, Netherlands and Russia were invited by organizer Bruno Bidone of Bowling Promotion to compete in Men's Singles, Team, Doubles and Masters as well as a Women's Team Challenge and a Baker Mixed Doubles.

Industry News

10/08/14

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