World Bowling News Overview

2011 BWC

12/03/11

Video No. 2 - Impressions from the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

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The 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup got underway on Wednesday morning, Nov. 30, 2011 with the men's and women's official practice at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the second time after 1993 that South Africa hosts the BWC. Northcliff Bowling Center, which belongs to the chain of Let's Go Bowling South Africa, is 24-laner with QubicaAMF equipment.

2011 BWC

12/03/11

Aumi Guerra paces women's division as World Cup qualifying reaches halfway mark

Defending champion averages over 241 for ten games; cut for 24th place is currently 1990 (199 average)

2011BWCAumiGuerra2_small.jpgDefending champion Aumi Guerra (pictured), Dominican Republic, added an huge 1272 five-game series to the 1145 of the first block to overtake the lead in the women's preliminaries as qualifying has reached the halfway mark at the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa. Guerra rolled games of 244, 280, 279, 190 and another 279 Friday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg to pace the field of 69 women with 2417 ten-game total (241.7 average).

2011 BWC

12/03/11

Video No. 1 - Opening Ceremonies of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

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150 players - 81 men and 69 women - from 82 countries participate in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, 2011 at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Opening Ceremonies was held in the 'World of Beer' and featured Zulu dancers before all the bowlers marched in. The center, situated in the heart of the Johannesburg Newtown Cultural Precinct, reveals the history of beer. It was opened by former President Nelson Mandela more than 16 years ago, on May 15, 1995.

2011 BWC

12/03/11

Jason Belmonte continues to lead men's division at 47th Bowling World Cup

Tommy Jones rolls second perfect in Block 2; cut for 24th place is 2145 (214.5 average)

201112PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg201112PBATommyJones_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.), Australia, held on the lead in the men's qualifying of the 47th Bowling World Cup after the second five-game block Friday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year toppled 1257 in the second block (251.40) for 2535 ten-game total. Belmonte has an 80-pin cushion over fellow PBA champion Tommy Jones (r.), United States.

2011 BWC

12/02/11

Jason Belmonte shoots first 300 game of 47th Bowling World Cup in South Africa

Australian two-hander averages over 255 to lead men's division after 5/20 qualifying games

2011BWCKimmoLehtonen_small.jpg2011BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpgFresh off am outstanding performance in the PBA World Series of Bowling Jason Belmonte (l.) fired a 1278 series, an average of 255.60 for five games, to take a commanding lead in the men's division of the 47th Bowling World Cup Thursday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two-hander from Down Under, who posted the first 300 game of the 47th BWC, hold a 69-pin lead over Finland's top lefty bowler, Kimmo Lehtonen (r.).

2011 BWC

12/02/11

Argentina's Mercedes Perez leads women's division at Bowling World Cup after first block

Defending champion Aumi Guerra sits in second place; cut for 24th place is currently 991 (198.20 average)

2011BWCMercedesPerez_small.jpg2011BWCAumiGuerra_small.jpgMercedes Perez de la Losa (l.) of Argentina averaged 231.40 in the first qualifying block of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to take the early lead in the women's division with 1157 five-game total Wednesday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Perez had games of 201, 255, 202, 258 and 241 to hold a 12-pin lead over defending champion Aumi Guerra (r.), Dominican Republic, who positioned herself in second place with 1145.

United States

11/29/11

Asbaty, Jones headed to South Africa for World Cup

2011BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg201112PBATommyJones_small.jpgTommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago will look to continue the success Team USA has had in international competition in 2011 when they take part in the World Cup this week. The 47th QubicaAMF World Cup, the final event on the Team USA schedule in 2011, begins Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 80 countries expected to take part. The World Cup begins with official practice Wednesday, Nov. 30.

2012 WBT News

11/23/11

World Bowling Tour's Bahamas Classic moves from February to May 2012

WBTLogo_small.jpg The first World Bowling Tour event in the American Zone outside of the United States, the Bahamas International Bowling Classic 2012, has changed the dates. The inaugural event, which was scheduled for Feb. 27-March 4, will now be held May 14-20 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace, a new 50-lane bowling center in Nassau. The 2012 World Bowling Tour currently features 14 tournaments in ten countries.

2011 WBT Finals

11/22/11

Mika Koivuniemi, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard crowned World Bowling Tour Finals champions

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201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpgThe inaugural World Bowling Tour point ranking winners, Mika Koivuniemi (l.) of Finland and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.) of Keller, Texas, claimed the 2011 men's and women's World Bowling Tour Finals titles Thursday in Las vegas., Nev.. In the men's final, Koivuniemi defeated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-224, while Dorin-Ballard defeated Sandra Andersson of Sweden, 207-162 for the women's title. The winners took $10,000 each.

2012 WYC

11/02/11

Thai Tenpin Bowling Association releases Bulletin No. 1 for 12th World Youth Championships

Blu-O Paragon Bowling Center in Bangkok, Thailand (June 22 - July 3, 2012)

2012WYCLogo_small.jpg The Thai Tenpin Bowling Association, host federation of the 2012 World Youth Championships has released the Bulletin No. 1 for the championships which will be held from June 22-July 3 in Bangkok. Maximum four girls and four boys per country, who must be born between Jan. 1st, 1991 and Dec. 31st, 1998, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, four-player Teams, All Events and Masters in the 10-day competition.

Virgin Islands

10/29/11

Virgin Islands Bowling Federation announces top qualifiers

Terri Depka, Charles Richards represent V.I. at the Bowling World Cup

2011BWCVirginIslandDepkaPowell_small.jpgThe Virgin Islands Bowling Federation held its annual National Team Qualifying Roll-off for the 2012 season on Oct. 14-16 at Tropical Ten Pins on St. Croix. Wendell Powell and Terri Depka (pictured) were awarded the titles of V.I. Male and Female Bowlers of the Year by the V.I. Bowling Federation. 2011 top bowlers, Depka and Charles Richards, will represent the Virgin Islands at the QubicaAMF World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa in November.

WBT News

10/24/11

Mika Koivuniemi, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard win 2011 World Bowling Tour point ranking

Field set for World Bowling Tour Finals Nov. 17 in Las Vegas

2011DeajeonMikaKoivuniemi2_small.jpg2011WWCCarolynDorinBallard_small.jpgFinland's Mika Koivuniemi (l.) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.), United States, finished first in the inaugural men's and women's WTBA World Bowling Tour point ranking. The top three players in the final World Bowling Tour points list in both the men's and women's divisions advanced to the World Bowling Tour Finals, which will take place Nov. 17 in Las Vegas with a total prize fund of $40,000. The event will be aired nationally in the United States.

Japan

10/23/11

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

10/21/11

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

10/18/11

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

10/14/11

Las Vegas tournaments to offer special prize fund

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

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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

10/07/11

Hong Kong's Vivien Lau appointed FIQ Secretary General

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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

10/06/11

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

10/04/11

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

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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

09/30/11

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.

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