World Bowling News Overview



International Bowling Championship in Japan offers total prize fund of $375,000

2012 World Bowling Tour event pays $75,000 each for the men's and women's champion; $125,000 extra prize for every 300 game in the stepladder finals; deadline to enter is Jan. 10 or when the number of participants reaches 112

20111019IBC2012PressConference_small.jpgOn a press conference on Wednesday Oct. 19th, Kyohei Akagi, chairman of the organizing committee informed, has announced that the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC, which will be part of the 2012 World Bowling Tour, will offer total prize fund of 30 million Yen or approx. 375,000 U.S. Dollars, the second-highest prize fund in the sport of tenpin bowling. The men's and women's champion each will receive $75,000.

WBT News


Two women's only events added to 2012 World Bowling Tour

Bowling's U.S. Women's Open and USBC Queens bring WBT schedule to 14 events

WBTLogo_small.jpgFor the first time, two women's only events have been added to the schedule for the WTBA World Bowling Tour. Bowling's U.S. Women's Open and the USBC Queens are two of the biggest women's only events in the world and the additions bring the World Bowling Tour schedule to 14 events for 2012. The Queens is scheduled for April 19-24 in Euless, Texas and the U.S. Women's Open will take place in Reno, Nev. from June 21-27.

World Bowling Tour News


2012 World Bowling Tour adds two more events in Japan and Austria

WBTLogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour continues to gain momentum heading into 2012 as two more events have signed on to be a part of the second year of the tour. The International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC in Hakata, Japan, and the Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Vienna, Austria, have been added to the schedule. The additions bring the World Bowling Tour to 12 events for 2012, with more announcements expected soon.

United States


Las Vegas tournaments to offer special prize fund

Sunset Station to host three big tournaments in Jan./Feb. 2012


In just a few months, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nev., will become a hotbed for bowling, and competitors will have the chance to strike it rich with three big tournaments - the United States Bowling Congress Masters, The International Mini and the World Tenpin Bowling Association International Open. There will be a special $30,000 prize fund available to those who compete in all three events.

FIQ News


Hong Kong's Vivien Lau appointed FIQ Secretary General


Following the reorganization of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) at the recent congress in Hong Kong, newly elected FIQ President, Kevin Dornberger, has appointed Ms Vivien Lau (pictured) as the FIQ secretary general. Ms Lau, who was recently awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for her contributions in the development of tenpin bowling both locally and internationally and for sports in Hong Kong, was elected chairman of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress in 1986, a position she currently holds.

2011 BWC


Guerra, Schmidt to defend their titles at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa

It's only the second time in the 47-year history that both champions will return

2011BWCBanner_small.jpg2010BWCChampionsAumiGuerraMichaelSchmidt2_small.jpgThe 2010 Bowling World Cup champions, Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic and Canadian Michael Schmidt  will defend the women's and men's title at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 30th to December 7th, 2011. It marks only the second time in the 47-year history of the event that both reigning champions will return. The other occasion was 1993 when the tournament was also held in Johannesburg.

2011 World Bowling Tour Rankings


Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard lock up spots in World Bowling Tour finals


2011WWCCarolynDorinBallard_small.jpgFinland's Mika Koivuniemi (l.) and the United States' Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.) have mathematically locked up spots in the year-end WTBA World Bowling Tour Finals. With just one event remaining on the 2012 World Bowling Tour, the two point leaders have secured enough points to earn spots in the finals. The top three men and top three women advance to the season-ending event. The tour wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters from Oct. 10-22.

2011 World Bowling Tour #7


Jason Belmonte shoots two 300 games en route to win PTT Tournament in Thailand

PBA bowlers win more than fifty per cent of the $132,000 prize fund

201011PBA12JasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia rolled his second 300 game in the finals of the PTT Thailand Tournament 2011 in the deciding match against Michael Fagan (right), United States to win the title and the one million baht top prize (approx. $32,258). The two-hander from Down Under fired the first perfecto in the last game of the Round of 20 to rocket from 9th place to first en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the eight-player stepladder finals. Fagan, who had to defeat Belmonte twice to win the title, easily won the first game, 300-211, but Belmonte rebounded with his second perfecto to seal the victory, 300-205.

Hong Kong


2011 WWC creates biggest promotion and publicity activities in the history of the sport

Host HKTBC spends HK$1 million to create awareness in the Hong Kong community and overseas

2011WWCTramAd2_small.jpg2011WWCLED)CausewayBay2_small.jpgIn conjunction with the Women's World Championships, which were held in Hong Kong, China Sept. 1-11, 2011, host Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress has organized a series of promotional activities to create awareness of the event as the HK Government has given the event the "M" mark branding. "All in all we spent HK$1 million on these activities," HKTBC chairman Vivien Lau stated.

South Africa


LGB Northcliff Bowl rebuilding nears completion

2011BWCNorthcliffBowlRenovation2_small.jpgTony Sham, editor-in-chief of the South African Tenpin Bowling Newsletter, informs that the rebuilding of LGB Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa, is nearing completion. The bowling center will host the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Nov. 30 through Dec. 7, 2011. Many bowlers in South Africa including Sham started their bowling careers at the Northcliff Bowl and he got a huge dose of nostalgia when he walked into the Northcliff Center and down the stairs to the bowling center.

2011 WWC


Giant, boisterous victory banquet concludes well-organized 2011 WWC with style

2011WWCLogo_small.jpg The fourth WTBA Women's World Championships was held from Sept. 1-11 in Hong Kong, China, and concluded with a giant and boisterous victory banquet at EMAX mall in Kowloon Bay. The 2011 WWC superbly hosted and organized by the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, featured 171 of the best women bowlers in the world representing 33 countries and territories. HKTBC Chairman and ABF Honorary Life President, Vivien Lau, organized the mega event with her staff and numerous volunteers in little more than a year after the WTBA presidium had to withdraw the award of the 2011 WWC to Malaysia in May 2010.

FIQ News


FIQ Congress votes to approve major reorganization

WTBA President Kevin Dornberger elected as FIQ president; WNBA president Ludwig Kocsis becomes the new FIQ Vice president

2011WTBAFIQPresidentKevinDornberger_small.jpgThe Federation Internationale des Quilleurs Congress approved a major reorganization Tuesday, paving the way for the World Tenpin Bowling Association and World Ninepin Bowling Association to have complete control over every aspect of their respective sports. The reorganization streamlines the governance of international bowling by FIQ, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sport's world governing body. WTBA President Kevin Dornberger (pictured) was elected as the new president of FIQ for a four-year term.



WTBA Congress re-elects Kevin Dornberger president

Newly created WTBA World Singles Championships to be held in Cyprus in 2012


Kevin Dornberger of the United States was re-elected president of the World Tenpin Bowling Association Monday for a second four-year term by the WTBA Congress. The election was one of several major announcements and decisions made by representatives of 90 bowling federations in Hong Kong, China. In addition to the presidential election, it was announced that Brunswick would offer $50,000 in matching funds to the WTBA for worldwide youth development. The first WTBA World Singles Championships will be held in Cyprus in 2012.

2011 WWC


Shannon Pluhowsky shoots 300, 299 to claim the Masters gold medal in Hong Kong

Wins an unprecedented fourth gold medal to ends the 2011 Women's World Championships

2011WWCMastersTop4_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsky, United States, won her fourth gold medal in the 2011 Women's World Championships when she defeated Daphne Tan (r.), Singapore, in best-of-three games format, three-games-to-one, to wrap up the championships in Hong Kong, China, with victory in Masters match play. Pluhowsky rolled the sixth 300 game of the championships in game #1 and added another 299 in game #3 on her way to the title. Tan received the silver medal while Denmark's Mai Ginge Jensen and Nadine Geißler of Germany shared the bronze medal.

2011 WWC


United States finally wins the coveted Team gold at Women's World Championships

Team USA ends 24-year Team title draught with 1210-1140 victory over Singapore


In a match between two women's bowling powerhouses, the United States (pictured) defeated Singapore, 1210-1140, to win its first gold medal in the five-player team event at a World Championship since 24 years. It was the third consecutive gold medal for Team USA in this championship after winning the titles in Doubles and Trios. Singapore took the silver medal while Germany and Colombia shared the bronze medal.

2011 WWC


Germany shoots 1219 to claim the No. 1 seed for the Team finals

Singapore, Colombia and USA also advance; defending champion Korea misses the cut in fifth; Dane Mai Ginge Jensen wins gold in All Events followed by Caroline Lagrange (CAN) and Shannon Pluhowsky (USA)


In the most exciting showdown ever in the history of the Women's World Championships, the decision who made it to the finals in the five-player ream event went down to the very last frame. Germany had already secured the No. 1 seed with a huge 1219 game. Singapore rolled 1184 to earn the No. 2 seed. The United States topped Korea, 1138 to 1092, to beat out the defending champion by 21 pins. Finishing last, Colombia's Rocio Restrepo and Clara Juliana Guerrero struck out in the tenth frame to overtake the Americans by two pins and to claim the No. 3 seed. Team USA took the No. 4 seed and Korea was eliminated. Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark took gold in All Events with Caroline Lagrange, Canada, in second and Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, third.

2011 WWC


Denmark takes the lead in the five-player Team event after the first block

Singapore, Korea , Germany round out the top four; Team USA in sixth place

2011WWCDenmark_small.jpgDenmark (pictured) closed out their series with another 1140 series to set the pace after the first day of the five-player Team event at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong with 3419 total and an average of 227.93. Kamilla Kjeldsen led the team 802 (267.33) and Britt Brøndsted had the fourth perfecto of the championships. Singapore was 42 pins behind in second place with 3377 followed by defending champion Korea with 3372 and Germany in fourth place with 3368. Team USA finished the day in sixth place with 3338.

2011 WWC


Team USA wins Trios title for second gold medal of the Women's World Championships

Japan takes the silver medal; Korea and USA share the bronze medal

2011WWCTriosGoldUSA_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsky, Stefanie Nation and Shannon O'Keefe (l-r) earned the second gold medal for the United States at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China when they defeated Haruka Matsuda, Kanako Ishimine and Natsuki Sasaki, 631-605, in the gold medal match of the Trios event Thursday at bowling center Hong Kong Bowling City. For the third consecutive event, the No. 4 seed emerged victorious. Japan earned the silver medal, while Korea and the United States shared the bronze.

2011 WWC


Japan secures No. 2 seed for Trios finals at Women's World Championships

Korea leads the preliminaries; the two U.S. trios take the No. 3 and 4 seed

Haruka Matsuda, Kanako Ishimine and Natsuki Sasaki of Japan led Squad 1 with 4148 pinfall total and an average of 230.44 to finish second in the preliminaries. Hwang Sun-Ok, Jeon Eun-Hee and Son Yun-Hee of Korea, who posted a record 4232 series (235.11) in Squad 2 earlier today, earned the No. 1 seed. Paced three and four in the finals went to both trios of the United States, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick (3rd) and Shannon Pluhowsky, Stefanie Nation and Shannon O'Keefe (4th).

2011 WWC


Korea on top in Trios preliminaries after record six-game series in Squad 2

USA second, Colombia third and Singapore fourth with Squad 1 still to bowl

2011WWCTriosKOR2a_small.jpgStarting the day in second place, Squad 2 leader Korea featuring Hwang Sun-Ok, Jeon Eun-Hee and Son Yun-Hee (pictured) rolled games of 697, 711 and 725, a 2133 three game-series, to set the pace in the Trios event at the WWC in Hong Kong with record 4232 total and an average of 236.11. Team USA was second with with 4140, Colombia was third with 4012 and Singapore fourth 3988. All other teams of Squad 2 are out of contention for the medals. Squad 1 will complete the preliminaries Thursday afternoon, 

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