World Bowling News Overview

2012 World Bowling Tour #6

03/20/12

Osku Palermaa wins first PBA Tour international title in 9th Kuwait Open

Finnish two-hander shoots four big scores to capture his third career PBA title; Jazreel Tan, Singapore claims women's title; Abdulrahman Suwayed wins Kuwaiti youth final

2012KOOskuPalermaa2_small.jpgTwo-hander Osku Palermaa (l.) averaged 263.75 in the stepladder finals of the 9th Kuwait International Open en route to win the first PBA Tour international title and the $25,000 top prize Monday evening at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait. In the title match, Palermaa had to defeat top seeded Tom Smallwood, United States, twice to win the title. Palermaa won the first game, 276-232, and sealed the victory with 268-226 in game two.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

03/01/12

Live Streaming schedule is out for the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open

Johnson, Barnes, Williams Jr. to bowl for the title on Wednesday, March 21st at 3.30 p.m. CET in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris

2012WTBAOpenFinalists_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association and Valcke Bowling have agreed that the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open will be held March 21st at Plaza St. Maximin in France. Liz Johnson, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. will bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize. Bowlingdigital.com will provide live streaming of the stepladder finals starting Wednesday, March 21st at 3.30 p.m. CET (10.30 a.m. EST; 10.30 p.m. Hong Kong time).

2012 World Bowling Tour

02/29/12

Kulick, Koivuniemi lead World Bowling Tour rankings after five events

2011AUSMMikeKoivuniemi_small.jpg201112PBAKellyKulick_small.jpgA big shift in the women's rankings and a shrinking lead for Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (l.) highlight the WTBA World Bowling Tour rankings after the recently concluded 69th U.S. Open. A tightly packed field at the top of the women's rankings finds Kelly Kulick (r.) of the United States now in the lead with 207 points. Koivuniemi still leads the men's rankings with 312 points, but Mike Fagan of the United States is close behind.

2011-12 PBA Tour #12 / 2012 WBT #5

02/27/12

Pete Weber wins record fifth U.S. Open to surpass father, Don Carter

36-time PBA Tour champion calls this one “his greatest title ever”

201112PBA12PeteWeber3_small.jpgPete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Mo., became the most successful bowler in U.S Open history Sunday, winning the most challenging major title in bowling for a record fifth time at Brunswick Zone-Carolier with a strike on his final ball in the 10th frame to nip top qualifier Mike Fagan of Dallas, 215-214. In winning the title, Weber broke a tie with his late father, PBA legend Dick Weber, and the late Don Carter, who each won the forerunner to the U.S. Open - the BPAA All Star - four times.

2012 World Bowling Tour

02/16/12

Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard on top of World Bowling Tour Rankings

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201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpgAfter the first four events of the 2012 season, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (l.) of the United States and Mika Koivuniemi (r.) of Finland lead the WTBA World Bowling Tour rankings. Dorin-Ballard leads a trio of American women at the top of the rankings with 186 points, while Koivuniemi leads the men's rankings with 308 points. The next event on the schedule is the U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J., from Feb. 20-26.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/13/12

Tommy Jones, Cherie Tan triumph in International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC

American, Singaporean each earn 6 million Yen (approx. $77,500) in Hakata, Japan

2012IBCCherieTanTommyJones_small.jpgTommy Jones (r.), United States, Cherie Tan (l.), Singapore, captured the men's and women's titles in the International Bowling Championship 2012 Saturday in Hakata, Japan en route to earn the 6 million Yen (approx. $77,500) top prize. Jones, seeded first, flew past fellow PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 290-204, to wrap up the men's title. Women's No. 2 seed Tan defeated top seed Dayang Khairuniza, Malaysia, 218-179, for the biggest payday in her career.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/11/12

Tommy Jones, Dayang Khairuniza earn No. 1 seed for stepladder finals in Japan

Koivuniemi, Bok-Eum and Tan, Eun-Hee secure No. 2 and No. 3 seeds; Parkin wins women's shoot-out match to earn No. 4 seed

2012IBCTommyJones_small.jpg2012IBCDayangKhairuniza_small.jpgTommy Jones (l.), United States, and Malaysia's Dayang Khairuniza (r.) finished the six-game semifinal round of the International Bowling Championship 2012 atop the men's and women's leaderboard to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals Saturday at Hakata Star Lanes in Hakata, Japan. The top three players  in each division advanced to the TV finals. Missy Parkin, United States, earned the No. 4 seed for the women's stepladder finals in a single-game shoot-out match.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/10/12

Choi Bok-Eum, Missy Parkin win qualifying of International Bowling Championship

Lead the top 24 men and the top 24 women into Friday's semifinals

2012IBCChoiBokEum_small.jpg2011USBCQMissyParkin2_small.jpgChoi Bok-Eum (r.) of Korea and Missy Parkin (l.), United States, won the qualifying of the International Bowling Championship 2012 en route to lead the top 24 men and the top 24 women into Friday's semifinals at Hakata Star Lanes in Hakata, Japan. Those 24 will bowl another two three-game blocks on Friday with the pinfall from the qualifying being carried forward. The top 9 men and the top 9 women with the highest 15-game total will proceed to TV Finals.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/10/12

Bok-Eum, Shazwani take over lead after Qualifying Block 2 in International Bowling Championship

Men's and women's field will be cut to the top 24 after the third three-game block

2012IBCChoiBokEum_small.jpg2012IBCSitiShazwani_small.jpgChoi Bok-Eum (l.) of Korea and Malaysia's Siti Shazwani (r.) moved to the top of the men's and women's leaderboard after the second qualifying block in the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC Friday morning at Hakata Star Lanes in Hakata, Japan. Bok-Eum added a 712 three-game series to the 706 from Thursday to leap from third to first place with 1418. Shazwani topped the women's field with 1423 six-game total and an average of 237.17.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/10/12

Cherie Tan and Fagan, Rash take early lead in women's and men's division at IBC Japan

All 84 women and 84 men will continue qualifying on Friday morning

2011BWCCherieTan_small.jpg201112PBAMikeFagan_small.jpg Cherie Tan (l.) of Singapore and PBA champions Michael Fagan (r.) and Sean Rash took the early lead in the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC after the first of the three three-game qualifying blocks at Hakata Star Lanes in Hakata, Japan. Tan topped all 168 players with 715 total and an average of 238.33, while PBA champions Fagan and Rash, United States, were tied for first place in the men's division at 710 (236.67). All players return on Friday for another six qualifying games.

2012 World Bowling Tour #4

02/09/12

Field is set for the International Bowling Championship in Hakata, Japan

Lee Ik-Kyu, Jacqueline Sijore lead top 16 men and women from the International Trials into the main event; Yoshihiro Haji, Mayumi Yoshida finish atop the third local qualifier

2012IBCLogo_small.jpg 2012IBCHakataStarLanes_small.jpgThe field is set for the main event of the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC which will be held from Feb. 9-11 at Hakata Star Lanes, a 60 wooden-lane center on two floors, in Hakata, Japan. Yoshihiro Haji and Mayumi Yoshida of the Japan Professional Bowlers Association led the third and final local pre-qualifying tournament while Lee Ik-Kyu of Korea and Jacqueline Sijore of Malaysia topped the International Trials:

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/06/12

Johnson, Barnes, Williams Jr. to bowl for the WTBA International Open title in Paris

Stepladder finals to be held in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge in March

2012WTBAOpenFinalists_small.jpgLiz Johnson, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. advanced to the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open, which will be held in suburban Paris, France in March. Each finalist earned an expenses-paid trips to the stepladder finals, which will be held in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge, the seventh stop of the 2012 World Bowling Tour, which takes place at Plaza Saint Maximin from March 16-25. Bowlingdigital will cover the BEC live from Plaza Bowl.


United States

02/06/12

D.J. Archer wins 10,000 Dollar in All Events in Las Vegas

Mike Machuga hits jackpot at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center

200506PBADJArcher_small.jpg201011PBAMikeMachuga_small.jpgFormer PBA exempt player D.J. Archer (l.) of Pt Arthur, Texas averaged over 240 in the qualifying of the USBC Masters, WTBA International Open and The International Mini en route to win $10,000 first prize in All Events with 4813 20-game total. Two-time PBA champion Mike Machuga (r.) of Erie, Pa., matched Archer's earnings when hit the jackpot at one of the Keno machines in Strike Zone Bowling Center.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/05/12

Monacelli, Newell, Barta advance through the final qualifying squad at WTBA International Open

Page, Zuniga take last places to advance with 1370 (228.33); roll-off to break a tie for 8th place between Aguiar, McNiel to start the finals on Super Bowl Sunday at Noon Pacific

201112PBAAmletoMonacelli_small.jpg2009PBARPIScottNewell_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (l.) of Venezuela, Scott Newell (r.) of Deland, Fla. and Adam Barta of Girard, Ohio, saved their best for the 19th and last qualifying squad to advance to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, starting at Noon Pacific. Three-time PBA champion Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., led the field of 132 players - 123 men and nine women - with 1505 total and an average of 250.83. The cut in the Desperado Squad was 257.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/05/12

Wes Malott, Tom Hess lead penultimate qualifying squad at WTBA International Open

Five PBA champions crack the top 42; cut is currently 1365 (227.50 avg.)

201112PBAWesMalott_small.jpgFive PNA champions including three PBA Player of the Year led the penultimate qualifying squad of the WTBA International Open Saturday morning to position themselves in the top 43, who will advance to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, starting at Noon Pacific. Wes Malott (pictured) of Pflugerville, Texas, who owns seven PBA Tour titles including three in the 2008-09 season on his way to PBA Player of the Year honors, led the 26 players of Squad 18 with 1412 six-game total and an average of 235.33.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/04/12

Zuniga, Barta crack top 43 in qualifying squad at 17 WTBA International Open

Eugene McCune remains in the lead; cut for 43 place is 1357 (226.17 avg.)

201112PBAEugeneMcCune_small.jpg201112PBAMikeFagan_small.jpg Only two players, J. C. Zuniga of Tulsa, Okla., and Adam Barta of Girard, Ohio, cracked the top 43 at the WTBA International Open in Friday evening's Squad 17 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Three-time PBA champions Eugene McCune (l.) of Munster, Ind. and Mike Fagan (r.) of Grapevine, Texas, held on to lead the field of 124 players - 116 men and eight women - with 1505 and 1503 pinfall total, respectively.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/04/12

Russia's Nikita Koshelev leads Squad 16 but is "on the bubble" in WTBA International Open

Koshelev, Blanchard, and Gomez are tied at 1354 (225.67 avg.) for 43rd and last place to advance to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, starting at Noon Pacific (3 p.m. EST / 9 p.m. CET)

2012IntlOpenNikitaKoshelev_small.jpg201112PBA05AndresGomez2_small.jpgRussian international Nikita Koshelev (l.) led the 16th out of 19 qualifying squads in the WTBA International Open Friday afternoon at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas. With his 1354 six-game total, Koshelev is currently tied for the 43rd and last place to advance to the finals slated for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, starting at Noon Pacific with Josh Blanchard of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and PBA champion Andres Gomez (r.) of Colombia.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/04/12

Eugene McCune finishes strong to take over the lead in WTBA International Open

Three-time PBA champion closes out Squad 15 with 298 to top previous leader Fagan by two pins; cut for 43rd place is 1354 (225.67 avg.)

201112PBAEugeneMcCune_small.jpgEugene McCune (pictured) of Munster, Ind. closed out his six-game series in Squad 16 Friday morning at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas with a huge game to shoot into the lead in the WTBA International Open, a World Bowling Tour event. Fresh off his victory in the PBA Cheetah Open, the three-time PBA champion started the day with 247, 266, 235, 256 and 203 before he closed things out with 298 to surpass previous leader Mike Fagan of Grapevine, Texas, by two pins.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/03/12

Ronnie Russell dominates Squad 14 at WTBA International Open

Ties Walter Ray Williams Jr. for 22nd place with 1384; Mike Fagan still in control with 1503; cut for 44th place remains 1332 (222 avg.)

201112PBARonnieRussell_small.jpgPBA exempt player Ronnie Russell (pictured) of Marion, Ind., bowled in his own class in the 14th qualifying squad of the WTBA International Open Thursday evening at Sunset Station in Las Vegas. The three-time PBA Regional champion rolled games of 223, 234, 235, 209, 268 and 215 for 1384 total, an average of 230.67, to jump into a tie for 22nd place with PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. Mike Fagan of Grapevine, Texas, leads the field of 109 players since Squad 10 with 1503.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

02/03/12

Jason Sterner rolls second 300 game at WTBA International Open to lead Squad 13

Moves into 15th place with 1406; Mike Fagan leads field of 107 players with 1503; cut for 44th place is now 1332 (222 avg.)

201112PBA06JasonSterner_small.jpgJason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., started the 13th qualifying squad of the WTBA International Open Thursday afternoon at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas with the second 300 game of the tournament en route to become the 16th player in the tournament's 1400-club. The 2007-08 PBA South Region Player of the Year totaled 1406 pins to lead the squad and to overtake 15th place in qualifying. Another six players of Squad 13 positioned themselves in the top 44.

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