World Bowling News


Major cities bid for World Bowling Championship events

Decision will be made by the World Bowling Executive Board on Dec. 15 and 16

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgMajor cities from across the globe have put in their bids to host future World Bowling championship events, World Bowling CEO and President Kevin Dornberger announced Friday. Earlier this year, World Bowling put out requests for bids for the 2017 World Senior Championships, the 2017 World Championships, the 2018 World Youth Championships and the 2018 World Men's Championships. The decision on which cities will host the events will be made by the World Bowling Executive Board on Dec. 15 and 16.



South Point Hotel and Casino opens doors to $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza

State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility

20130501SouthPointArena2_small.jpgSouth Point Hotel and Casino's new $35 million bowling tournament facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, rolls into Las Vegas eight months early with a full schedule of tournament events beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1. After signing a 12-year deal with United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in April 2013, South Point Bowling Plaza has scheduled 122 days of tournament operations in 2015.

PBA News


Chinese bowlers make historic debut in PBA World Series of Bowling VI


A group of six bowlers from mainland China (pictured) made history this week as the first players from their country ever to bowl in professional competition. They earned the right to enter the World Series by recording averages of 200-plus in a "PBA Pioneer League" program initiated by Frank Zhao (c.). The Chinese aren't competitive, yet, but their appearance at WSOB VI may be a preview of the significant impact China may have on the world of bowling in the years ahead.

Industry News


John Harbuck named President of Strike Ten Entertainment


John Harbuck, who has been involved in licensing and consumer promotions for nearly three decades, has been named president of Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the sponsor-activation arm of the bowling industry that serves industry sponsors, partners and more than 2,100 member bowling centers. Harbuck (pictured) joined STE in 2012 as vice president of activation and fulfillment and was named STE interim president on July 1. He replaced Frank DeSocio, who took over as executive director of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).



Kerry Painter looking to repeat at ITRC Super Senior Classic


Kerry Painter (pictured) of Henderson, Nevada, won the inaugural International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic last year, and he'll be back at the ITRC this week looking to retain the crown. The 2014 event gets underway Wednesday as the 61-year-old right-hander and a field of more than 30 of the top United States Bowling Congress members age 60 and older visit the home of Team USA to battle for an estimated top prize of $4,000. Every round of the event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

2014 Asian Bowling Federation Tour #8


Sharon Limansantoso, Mike Chan victorious in ABF Tour Indonesia leg

Indonesia's Limansantoso uses her second victory this season to win the 2014 women's point ranking; Hong Kong's Chan earns his first career title on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour

2014ABFT08MikeChanSharonLimansantoso_small.jpgSharon Limansantoso (r.) of Indonesia and Hong Kong's Mike Chan (l.) of Hong Kong captured the titles in the Asian Bowling Federation Tour's Indonesia leg Monday at Jaya Ancol bowling center in Jakarta. Limansantoso topped her fellow Indonesian national squad member Nadia Pramanik in the women's title match, 202-163. Chan survived a low-scoring encounter against Sonny Njoto, Indonesia, 183-181, to win his first career title on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour.

2014 ABF Tour


2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of nine legs, five in the Middle East (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 qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions March 17-18, 2015 in Kuwait.



Top-seeded Bernice Lim, Jeong Tae Hwa win 12th Indonesia Open in decisive second game

Top 16 Asian men and women advance to Monday's Asian Bowling Federation Tour Indonesia leg

200910PBAJeongTaeHwa_small.jpg2014INAOpenBerniceLim2_small.jpgTournament leaders Bernice Lim (l.) of Singapore and Jeong Tae Hwa (r.) of Korea had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat and both managed to seal victory in the 12th Indonesia International Open Bowling Championship with the second game. Lim defeated Alisha Iman Cheong of Malaysia 248-245, to claim the women's title. Hwa topped Cheong's teammate Adrian Ang, 245-214, for the men's title.

World Bowling News


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.



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


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.



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.

PBA Awards


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

2015 induction ceremonies planned for February 10 in Indianapolis


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


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


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

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


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


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 ECC


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


2015 World Bowling Tour season set to kick off


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


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).

2014 European Bowling Tour #17


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


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.

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