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09/13/11

WTBA Congress re-elects Kevin Dornberger president

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

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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

09/11/11

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 GeiĂźler of Germany shared the bronze medal.

2011 WWC

09/10/11

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

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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

09/10/11

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)

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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

09/09/11

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

09/08/11

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

09/08/11

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

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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

09/08/11

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, 

Switzerland

09/08/11

Bergès, Manico cruise to victory in Swiss World Cup Qualifier

Represent their country in South Africa for the second time since 2004

2011BWCSwissQBigiManicoMathieuBerges_small.jpgMathieu Bergès and Bigi Manico (pictured left) won the men's and women's division of the Swiss World Cup Qualifier at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon-Winterthur last weekend and will represent Switzerland at the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup later this year. The last time Bergès and Manico have bowled together on a World Cup was 2004 in Singapore. The 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will take place at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, 2011.

2011 WWC

09/07/11

Squad 2 leader Korea moves into second place in Trios after the first block

Squad 1 Japan leads field of 53 Trios into the second day

2011WWCTriosKOR2_small.jpgHwang Sun-Ok, Jeon Eun-Hee and Son Yun-Hee of Korea (pictured) posted games of 739, 642 and 718 to lead the final squad of the Trios event at the Women's World Championships with 2099 total and an average of 233.22. The Koreans moved into second place in the overall standings after the first block of three games on medium oil. Squad 1 leader Japan held onto the lead with record 2109 pinfall total or an average of 234.33.All 53 trios will return Thursday for the final block on long oil before the cut to the top 4 trios.

2011 WWC

09/07/11

Japan sets new record for three games to take early lead in Trios event Canada's

Caroline Lagrange rolls second 300 game of the 2011 Women's World Championships

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Japan's Natsuki Sasaki, Haruka Matsuda and Kanako Ishimine (l.) rolled games of 719, 677 and 713 en route to lead Squad 1 in the Trios event at the Women's World Championships after the first block on medium oil with record 2109 pinfall total or an average of 234.33. Denmark was second with 2065 followed by Team USA with 2025 and Germany with 1978. Canada's Caroline Lagrange (r.) rolled the second 300 game of the championships.

2011 WWC

09/06/11

Denmark's Kjeldsen, Jensen shoot big numbers to earn No. 2 seed for the Doubles finals

Danes meet Singapore in the semis; the second match is an all-Team USA affair

 2011WWCMaiGingeJensenKamillaKjeldsen_small.jpgDanes Kamilla Kjeldsen and Mai Ginge Jensen (r-l) were on a record pace after five game in Squad 3 but missed the No. 1 seed for the Doubles finals at the Women's World Championships due to a 367 final game to land in second place with 2855. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Kelly Kulick, United States, remained in the lead with 2901 and will take on their team mates Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson (2780, 4th) in the semis. Singapore's New Hui Fen and Jazreel Tan (2789, 3rd) will meet the Danes.

2011 WWC

09/05/11

Team USA's Dorin-Ballard, Kulick set three records on the way to the Doubles lead

Singapore moves into second; USA and Korea slip to third and fourth place with one squad to go

2011WWCKellyKulickCarolynDorinBallard2_small.jpgCarolyn Dorin-Ballard and Kelly Kulick (pictured left, r-l) , United States broke the championship records for one, three and six games en route to lead the Doubles preliminaries at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China, after two of three squads. The Americans finished with a 556 game and a 1536 for games 4-6 to move atop the leaderboard with 2901 pinfall total and an average of 241.75. Singapore moved into second place, whil Squad 1 leader USA and Korea slipped to third and fourth place.

Malta

09/05/11

Sue Abela, Justin Caruana Scicluna to represent Malta at Bowling World Cup

2011BWCMaltaQSueAbela_small.jpg2011BWCMaltaQJustinScicluna_small.jpgSue Abela and Justin Caruana Scicluna claimed their respective ladies' and men's divisions in the 2011 Tenovar World Cup Qualifier. After this success they will now be representing Malta in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa (Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, 2011). The qualifying event, sponsored by TENOVAR Ltd. was played to a simple but reliable 24-game format over three 8-game sessions.

2011 WWC

09/05/11

Team USA's Pluhowsky, Johnson take the lead in Doubles after the first Squad

Korea, Australia, Denmark round out the top 4 with two more squads to go

2011WWCShannonPluhowskyLizJohnson_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson (l-r), United States, took the lead in the Doubles preliminaries of the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China, after the first of three squads. Defending Hwang Sun-Ok and her team mate Son Yun-Hee were 105 pins behind in second place with 2675. Aussies Lexi Nicoll and Narelle Baker were third with 2612 with Denmark's Sascha Wedel and Rikke Holm Agerbo in fourth with 2586. The top 4 doubles after the oreliminaries will advance to the finals.

2011 WWC

09/04/11

Jacqueline Sijore starts 2011 Women's World Championships with victory in Singles

19-year-old Malaysian shoots 246, 266 to claim the gold medal

2011WWCTop4Singles_small.jpgJacqueline Sijore of Malaysia became the first world champion of the 2011 Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China, when the 19-year-old rookie defeated 2009 World Champion (Team) Son Yun-Hee, Korea, 266-217, Sunday afternoon at Hong Kong Bowling City. In the semifinals, Sijore, seeded fourth, stunned No. 1 seed, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 246-214, while No. 2 Son survived a strong charge by No. 3 Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 279-268.

2011 WWC

09/04/11

Shayna Ng smashes six-game record to earn the No. 1 seed for the Singles finals

Singaporean fires 1601 series to lead Son Yun-Hee, Jacqueline Sijore and Mai Ginge Jensen into the finals

2011WWCShaynaNg_small.jpg2011WWCMaiGingeJensen_small.jpgShayny Ng (l.) of Singapore fired games of 259, 290, 257, 246, 290 and 259 to set a new championship record for six games with 1601 en route to claim the No. 1 seed for the Singles finals of the 2011 Women's World Championships. Ng overtook previous leader and record-holder, Son Yun-Hee of Korea by 105 pins. Son finished second with 1496. Mai Ginge Jensen (r.) of Denmark was second in Squad 3 and tied Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, at 1486 to take the last spots for the finals.

2011 WWC

09/03/11

Sijore, Jensen move into second and third place in Singles at Women's World Championships

Son-Yun Hee holds on to the lead after 2/3 squads; O'Keefe is the cut with 1441 (240.17)

2011WWCJacquelineSijore_small.jpg2011WWCAnjaGingeJensen_small.jpgSquad 1 leader Son-Yun Hee of Korea held on to the lead in Singles after the second squad has finished their six-game preliminaries at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China. Son, who had a record 1496 series, holds a 10-pin lead over Jacqueline Sijore. The Malaysian (l.) led Squad 2 with 1486 (247.67) and was followed by Dane Anja Ginge Jensen (r.), who moved into third place with 1442. Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe fell to fourth place with 1441.

2011 WWC

09/03/11

Korea's Son Yun-Hee sets two Championship records to take the early lead in Singles

O'Keefe, Ng, Guerrero round out the top 4 after the first of three squads

2011WWCSonYunHee_small.jpg2011WWCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgSon Yun-Hee set two championship records in the first Singles squad of the 2011 Women's World Championships. The Korean  Broke the records for three and six games with 771 and 1496, a 240.33 average. Shannon O'Keefe, United States, was 54 pins behind in second place with 1441. Geraldine Ng of Singapore was third with 1431 just one pin ahead of Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia (1430). Only the top 4 competitors will advance to the finals on Sunday afternoon.

WBT Rankings

09/03/11

Mika Koivuniemi extends lead in World Bowling Tour points race

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard stays atop women's ranking

2011DeajeonMikaKoivuniemi4_small.jpg2011USWOCarolynDorinBallard3_small.jpgWith two events remaining on the World Bowling Tour, Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (l) holds a massive lead in the men's rankings, while the United States' Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.) stayed at the top of the women's rankings. Koivuniemi was the only player on either the men's or women's side among the top three in the rankings to compete in the Korean Daejeon International Open, the most recent event on the World Bowling Tour, presented by the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

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