2015 ABF Tour #6

06/23/15

Michael Mak, Veronica De Souza unstoppable in ABF Tour Macau leg

2015ABFT06MichaelMakVeronicaDeSouza_small.jpg Hong Kong's Michael Mak (l.) and local favorite Veronica De Souza (r.) posted big games in the finals of the 2015 ABF Tour Macau leg to win the men's and women's title Monday in Macau, China. Mak started the men's championship match against De Souza's cousin, Zoe Dias Ma, with the front five strikes and finished with three strikes in the 10th frame for a 246-184 victory. De Souza threw eight strikes on her way to the women's title easily defeating Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 235-147.

2015 ABF Tour

06/23/15

2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour features 10 legs and a TOC finale

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The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2015 season will qualify for the ABF Tour TOC March 2016 in Kuwait.

World Bowling News

06/23/15

Bowling is on the shortlist of additional events for the XXXII Olympiad

Eight IOC-recognized International Federations have been placed on the shortlist of additional events for inclusion on the Sports Program at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games; vote for bowling in 2020 Olympics in The Wall Street Journal-Asia online poll

2020TokyoOlympicsLogo_small.jpg The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee today has announced that Tenpin Bowling has been placed on the shortlist of additional events for inclusion on the Sports Program at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo 2020 has shortlisted eight IOC-recognized International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020). World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, will now be admitted to the second phase of the application process.

Macau

06/22/15

One proves to be the lucky number in Macau China International Open

Defending men's champion Tomoyuki Sasaki (Japan) and Lee Young Seung (Korea) win the open division titles from No. 1 seed; it marks the seventh consecutive win for the men's No. 1 and the sixth out of seven for the women's No. 1

2015MacauOpenLeeYoungSeungTomoyukiSasaki2_small.jpgThe number 1 again proved to be the lucky number in the Macau China International Open as both, Tomoyuki Sasaki (r.) of Japan and and Korea's Lee Young Seung (l.) won the seventh edition of the event from No. 1 seed Monday at COTAI bowling center. Defending men's champion Sasaki fired a huge game to defeat Korea's Baek Jong Yun, 279-224, to win his second consecutive title in Macau and the 70,000 Macau pataca top prize (approx. US$8,760).

Malta

06/21/15

Dutch Ramon Hilferink finally gets the monkey off his back in Malta

Defeats Norway's Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, 447-438, to win the 24th Malta Open Championships in his third attempt

2015MECRamonHilferink_small.jpg2015MaltaOpenBjornEinarRudshagen_small.jpgIn his third consecutive title match in Malta, Dutch national team member Ramon Hilferink (pictured left) defeated Norway's Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, 447-438, to win his first title and the 2.100 Euro top prize in the 24th Malta Open Championships after finishing second in the past two years. In the semifinal matches, Hilferink defeated Malta's Neil Sullivan, 454-421, while Rudshagen ousted England's Darren Cundy, 451-380.

PBA News

06/18/15

PBA unveils schedule, prize fund for GEICO World Series of Bowling VII

Focus on live ESPN PBA World Championship, new host Reno National Bowling Stadium highlight changes; bettors will be able to wager on PBA World Championship results; entries open on July 8

2015PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingNBSReno_small.jpgThis December, Reno's National Bowling Stadium will be the center of the bowling universe as ESPN, Xtra Frame and the best players in the world will converge for a series of the most unique and lucrative events in the sport at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the National Bowling Stadium's 78 lanes means a full field of 312 and a prize fund that will exceed $760,000.

2015 PBA50 Tour #7

06/18/15

Amleto Monacelli battles mental game to win PBA50 Northern California Classic

Hall of Famer defeats Brian LeClair 237-225 in championship match for fourth career PBA50 Tour title; two-time major league all-star pitcher John Burkett finishes fourth

2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBBrianLeClair_small.jpgWith his mental game still a work in progress, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (l.) was able to keep his emotions in check enough to win the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., Wednesday for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title. The Venezuelan defeated last week's winner Brian LeClair (r.) of Delmar, N.Y., 237-225, in the championship match for his first title of the season.

2015 PBA50 Tour

06/18/15

2015 PBA50 Tour features 13 events including two "Majors" and two "Super Senior" stops

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2015 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 13 tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana including two "majors", the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas (May 31 - June 5) and USBC Senior Masters in Green Bay, Wis. (July 27 - Aug. 2), and two "Super Senior" events. For the third consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the PBA50 Tour Finals in December in Reno, Nev.

2015 SEA Games

06/14/15

Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Jazreel Tan conclude 28th SEA Games with victory in Masters

Muhd Rafiq Ismail (MAS) and Daphne Tan earn the silver medal; Adrian Ang (MAS) and sixth-place Tannya Roumimper (INA; by SEA Games rule) get bronze

2015SEAGYannaphonLarpapharat4_small.jpg2015SEAGJazreelTan4_small.jpgYannaphon Larp-apharat (l.) of Thailand and Singapore's Jazreel Tan (r.) captured the gold medals in the men's and women's Masters finals in the 28th Southeast Asian Games which concluded the bowling competition of the Games Sunday afternoon at Orchid Bowl in Singapore. In the title match, Larp-apharat defeated No. 1 seed Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 414-381, while Jazreel flew past compatriot Daphne Tan, 516-353.

2015 MEC

06/13/15

Martin Larsen sweeps Tore Torgersen to win the Masters at Men's European Championships

Mik Stampe (DEN) and Markus Jansson (SWE) share the bronze medal

2015MECMastersTop4_small.jpgIn the title match between two of the most decorated European bowlers, Martin Larsen of Sweden swept Norway's Tore Torgersen, 2-0, to win the gold medal in Masters at the 2015 Men's European Championships. Larsen rolled two solid games of 212 and 215, while Torgersen, who averaged almost 220 in the first four rounds, managed only 164 and 171 to settle for the silver medal. Markus Jansson, Sweden, and Mik Stampe, Denmark, shared the bronze medal.

2015 World Bowling Tour

06/09/15

World Bowling Tour adds Bowling World Open to the 2015 WBT Schedule

WBT "major" offers total prize fund of 48 million Japanese Yen, currently 383,200 U.S. Dollar, equally split between men and women

WBTLogo_small.jpg The Bowling World Open in Tokyo, Japan (July 9-12), a World Bowling Tour "major", was added to the 2015 WBT schedule. The tournament offers the Tour's richest first-place checks of 10,000,000 million Japanese Yen (currently US$79,840) to the men's and women's champion. The 2015 Tour features 20 tournaments including eight "majors" and 12 regular tournaments. The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending WBT Finals.

2015 WBT Men's Point Ranking

06/09/15

England's Dom Barrett maintains 42-point lead over Jason Belmonte after 11/19 events

PBA bowlers occupy top 20 spots in the men's rankings

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 20 tournaments including eight major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.

2015 WBT Women's Point Ranking

06/09/15

USBC Queens winner Liz Johnson (USA) narrows the gap to 76 points after 12/19 events

Her compatriot Kelly Kulick continues to lead with 652 points

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 20 tournaments including eight major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.

2016 European Bowling Tour

06/08/15

European Bowling Tour announces preliminary schedule for 2016

17th season features 18 tournaments in 13 countries including 3 Platinum, 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Satellite tournaments offering total prize fund of approx. 930.000 Euro (currently 1,033,000 U.S. Dollar)

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced the preliminary schedule for the 2016 European Bowling Tour. Heading into the 17th season since the inception in the year 2000 the EBT will consist of 18 tournaments in 13 countries including three "Platinum" events as well as four "Gold", four "Silver" and 7 "Satellite" events. The 18 tournaments offer total prize fund of approximately 930.000 Euro, currently 1,033,000 U.S. Dollar.

2015 ISBT

06/02/15

2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2015 season concludes with the ISBT Masters in Lomme, France

ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 tournaments in five countries, three each in France and Germany, two in Belgium, and one each in Italy and the Netherlands. Men and women age 50 and over bowl in separate divisions. Age bonus starts at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increases a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. The ISBT Masters Finals for the 2014 season will be held on October 2 at Planet Bowling in Lomme, France. The 2015 Masters will be held in 2016.

IBMA News

05/23/15

Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award

BowlingdigitalEditorHerbertBickel_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

2015 PWBA Tour

05/20/15

2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and will conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship in September. Next event is the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open from July 9-12 at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif.

Coming in October

05/03/15

Onsite Coverage of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick in Oslo (Oct. 2-11)

Find all tournament information on a one-page flyer; European Bowling Tour "Satellite" offers total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor (approx. 28.040 Euro) with 40.000 NOK (approx. 4.695 Euro) going to the winner; online registration will open soon

2015NorwegianOpenLogo_small.jpg The Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick is the 16th stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the penultimate of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament, which will be held from Oct. 2-11 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, offers total prize fund of approx. 28.040 Euro including a 4.695 Euro top prize. You can find all tournament information on a one-page flyer. Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage commencing Thursday Oct. 8 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 11.

2015 BWC

04/24/15

Las Vegas to host the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

2015BWCLogo_small.jpgAfter a 16-year absence, the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup returns to the United States in style, surrounded by the flash, glitter and appeal of one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The 56-lane center inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas will host QubicaAMF's classic event for the second time in the tournament's 51-year history. The 51st edition of the prestigious tournament will take place from November 13-20, 2015.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

04/24/15

Registration is open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria; VO 2015 offers total prize money of 73.130 Euro

2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg Registration is now open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, which will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament has total prize fund of 73.130 Euro plus several extra prizes with 7.000 Euro going to the winner. Qualifying is traditionally a doubles tournament. The winners will split 1.600 Euro. While the tournament format remained almost unchanged, the number of qualifying squads was reduced to 16.

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