Industry News


MOTIV signs E.J. Tackett and Ronnie Russell to its PBA Tour staff


MOTIV Bowling has announce the signing of E.J. Tackett and Ronnie Russell to its PBA Tour staff. Earlier this year, Tackett (l.) has been selected as 2012-13 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year and, while not having yet won a PBA title, he already has six top 10 finishes on the PBA tour. Russell (r.) won his first PBA title during the 2012-2013 season in the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, and is hungry for more.

IBMA Awards


Liz Johnson, Jason Belmonte selected as 2013 IBMA Bowlers of the Year


201213PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgWins in major events propelled Liz Johnson (l.) and Jason Belmonte (r.) to major accolades as they were selected 2013 Bowlers of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association. Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., captured the top spot in the women's voting in large part because of her victory in the U.S. Women's Open. Belmonte, a two-handed thrower from Australia, led the men's voting thanks to winning the USBC Masters.

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World Bowling News


World Bowling celebrates industry wide support as it launches new brand

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe decision to unite all international bowling organisations under the common brand name of 'World Bowling' will be showcased at SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week. This new step for international bowling will be celebrated at the convention during a special bowling event on Thursday April 10th - hosted by World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger. World Bowling has the commitment of all of its 129 national federations in expanding the reach and relevance of bowling worldwide under the new name.



Thomas Larsen claims March Bowler of the Month


Thomas Larsen (pictured) of Denmark has been chosen as the March 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Larsen defeated Dom Barrett, England, 208-205, to win the World Bowling Tour's 11th Kuwait International Open for his second WBT/PBA title. He won his first WBT/PBA title in the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in December 2013. His other top finishes were in the 2012 PBA WSOB V, a 16th place finish in the PBA Scorpion Championship and a 24th place finish in the PBA World Championship.



2014 BEC Full High Definition Super Slow Motion Video

Top players from PBA, Europe and Asia recorded with 200-400 frames per second and Flavio Cuva proudly present a Full High Definition Super Slow Motion video featuring some of the best players from Europe, Asia and the PBA. In the motion picture industry, the standard filming and projection formats are 24 frames per second (fps). Shooting at a frame rate higher than 24 fps would create slow motion when projected. This video is a quantum leap in tenpin bowling video technology as it was recorded with 200-400 fps (some scenes are edited to up to 2.000 fps). Enjoy!

World Bowling News


Results from a Study on Specifications presented to World Bowling Executive Board

Republished courtesy of World Bowling Newsletter (2014-04-05)

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpg World Bowling, formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association, has partnered with the United States Bowling Congress and the Hong Kong Sports Institute to conduct a study on bowling specifications for elite level competition. Specifically, the goal of the study was to create a distinguishable platform for elite world competition with scoring being the key measurable. During the development phase of the study, bowling was broken down to the following components: lane conditioner, pins, lane patterns and balls.

IBMA Awards


Hero Noda named 2014 Luby Hall of Fame recipient by International Bowling Media Association

2014LubyHallofFameAwardHeroNoda_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) announced Hero Noda, Ibaraki, Japan, as their 2014 recipient of the Luby Hall of Fame Award. A proprietor himself, Mr. Noda is best known as a "volunteer fixture" at International Bowl Expo and the mid-winter Bowling Summit where he takes thousands of photographs of the events as well as of many international tournaments. He will be recognized during the special awards luncheon at International Bowl Expo, Tuesday, June 24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.



Inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference concludes in Arlington, Texas

Paeng Nepomuceno becomes the 25th active USBC Gold coach and the first from Asia


After three days of seminars and discussions featuring the top bowling coaches in the world, the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference came to a close at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. The conference was held in conjunction with World Bowling, the world governing body for the sport. The conference drew nearly 100 coaches, including 15 of the 24 active USBC Gold coaches, and 28 countries were represented.

2014 European Bowling Tour


2014 Qatar Open changes dates; EBT "Platinum" event moves to November 21-27

2014 EBT now features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments; total prize fund still exceeds one million Euro

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg Due to a scheduling conflict with 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE (Dec 4-15), the Qatar Bowling Open has changed dates moving from December to November 2014. The EBT "Platinum" event takes place two weeks earlier than originally scheduled (Dec. 5-11) wrapping up the 2014 European Bowling Tour November 21-27 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. 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 events.

2014 European Bowling Tour #5


Nikita Koshelev wins his first European Bowling Tour title in Ekaterinburg Open

Defeats compatriot Mikhail Belenky in all-Russian title match; qualifying leader Evgeniya Zelenkova wins the women's ranking in Ekaterinburg, Russia

2014EBT05NikitaKoshelev_small.jpg Nikita Koshelev (pictured) of Russia defeated fellow countryman Mikhail Belenky, 450-383, en route to win his first European Bowling Tour title and the 2.200 top prize in the Ekaterinburg Open 2014 Saturday at Hippo Amusement Park in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Belenky pocketed 1.800 Euro for second place. Evgeniya Zelenkova, who won the women's ranking, defeated Evgeniy Mineev in roll-off for third and fourth place, 420-361. Zelenkova earned 1.400 Euro and Mineev got 1.200 Euro.

2014 EBT Men's Point Ranking


No changes atop the men's leaderboard; Dane Thomas Larsen remains in the driver's seat

Ekaterinburg Open winner Nikita Koshelev is tied for 38th place

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti, Italy, has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds 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 Asti, Italy.

2014 EBT Women's Point Ranking


Twelve Russians receive their first ranking points this season in Ekaterinburg

Dane Kamilla Kjeldsen holds an 82-point lead after five of twenty events

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti, Italy, has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds 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 Asti, Italy.

2014 World Bowling Tour


No major changes in WBT Point Standings after events in Bahrain, Kuwait and Germany

2014EBT04SeanRash2_small.jpg2014EBT04KellyKulick_small.jpgAfter events in Sitra (Bahrain), Salmiya (Kuwait) and Munich (Germany), there was little change at the top of the points standings for the 2014 World Bowling Tour. Sean Rash (l.) and Kelly Kulick (r.) of the United States continue to lead the men's and women's divisions after the recently concluded 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship, 11th Kuwait International Open and the 11th Brunswick Euro Challenge.

2014 WBT Men's Point Ranking


Sean Rash maintains slim lead in men's point ranking after Brunswick Euro Challenge

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually includes four events from late 2013, features 15 tournaments including two major events (award double ranking points) and one event which is exclusively for women (USBC Queens). 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. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals at the end of 2014.



Daisuke Yoshida three-peats as Men's Masters champion 52nd All Japan Bowling Championships

Misaki Mukotani wins Women's Masters title for the third time in her career; Aichi prefecture wins fifth consecutive Men's MEXT Cup; Chiba women bring home MEXT Cup for the second time


Japan National Team members Daisuke Yoshida (l.) from Aichi prefecture and Misaki Mukotani (r.) of Chiba captured the coveted men's and women's Masters titles in the MEXT Cup All Japan Bowling Championships. The 52nd edition of the prestigious event was held from March 12-15 at Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa-Shi, Aichi-Ken, the biggest bowling center in the world with 116 lanes on one floor. The Championships drew 531 bowlers, 317 men and 214 women, from 46 associations.

2014 EBT #4 / 2014 WBT #10


U.S. College star Marshall Kent wins his second EBT title in 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge

2014EBT04MarshallKent3_small.jpg2014EBT04DanielFransson_small.jpgAmateur bowler Marshall Kent (pictured left) of Yakima, Wash., USA, defeated Daniel Fransson of Sweden in a high-scoring championship match, 277-258, to win his second European Bowling Tour title in the 11th 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge and the 11.111 Euro top prize. In the opening match, Fransson, seeded second, outlasted PBA champion Chris Loschetter, United States, 255-226, for the right to bowl Kent for the title.

2013 ABF Tour


Surasak Manuwong, Sharon Limansantoso finish 2013 ABF Tour with victory in TOC

ABFTourLogo_small.jpgSurasak Manuwong of Thailand and Indonesia's Sharon Limansantoso finished the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour with victory in the Tournament of Champions Monday in Kuwait. In the men's title match, Manuwong posted the highest game of the day to defeat Wicky Yeung of Hong Kong, 226-191. Limansantoso captured her second women's crown after 2010 by defeating Hong Kong's Milki Ng, 199-178. Manuwong pocketed the US$20,000 top prize. Limansantoso received $10,000.



The Constant Flame - Recalling the life of John Davis By Fred Groh

Republished courtesy of International Bowling Industry magazine (Volume 21, March 2013)

2013IBIJohnDavisTribute_small.jpg We did not know John Davis the way Len Nicholson did, or Chris Chartrand or Pat Ciniello, all three friends and colleagues of Davis's for years who spoke at the memorial service for him in February. It was held at the most appropriate possible place: the Kegel Training Center at Kegel headquarters in Lake Wales, FL. Davis died Jan. 25. "He tried to do something that no one else did," as Nicholson says. "He tried to make the sport as fair as possible."



Don't get too angry on the lanes Mikael Kanold is a young talented Swedish bowler, a member of the Swedish youth national team, and not known for becoming angry very often. His compatriot Martin Larsen, World Doubles champion and Jason Belmonte, the High Roller champ from Australia brought this video to our attention. It shows why all bowling center proprietors teach their customers NOT to cross the line between the approach and the lane. Actually it gives the expression 'foul line' a new meaning. Enjoy.

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