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Cornuz, Grolhier win 2008 Swiss National Championships

Bowling center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland (March 8-9, 2008)

2008SwissNCJeanLouisGrolhier_small.jpg 2008SwissNCValerieCornuz_small.jpg Valérie Cornuz (Assens/VD) and Jean-Louis Grolhier (Lausanne/VD) claimed the women's and men's Division A titles in the 2008 Swiss National Championships at bowling center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland. Cornuz und men's runner-up Mathieu Bergès will represent Switzerland in the European Champions Cup (ECC) from Oct. 20-26, 2008 at Achim Grabowski's Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany. Grolhier is not eligible as he is not a Swiss citizen.



Tenpin trend sweeps through schools

Republished courtesy of Ipswich Evening Star - Ipswich, England (Feb. 27, 2008)

Pins.jpg Tenpin bowling could be due for a revival in Suffolk after a large number of primary and secondary schools took part in a charity challenge at Kingpin Bowling Centre in Martlesham recently. Over 100 pupils from across the county's schools competed against each other in teams of four on the day, the students helping to raise money for their own schools as well as local charities.



Asbaty completes World Tenpin Masters line-up

2006MWCMastersJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2008WTMDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg The line-up for the 2008 World Tenpin Masters has been completed. Held at the Barnsley Metrodome from April 18 to April 20, the tournament will feature 16 of the best male and female bowlers from around the world. Jason Belmonte (l.), the sensational Australian who won this title 12 months ago with a magnificent 300 game in the championship match, will be back to defend his title. Ladies 2007 World Ranking Masters Champion Diandra Asbaty (right, USA) complted the field of 13 men and 3 women.



Olsen, Penny emerge as Open Division champions at 9th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open

ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 2-27, 2008)

2008ALSAAKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2008ALSAAMartinOlsen_small.jpg Martin Olsen from Norway, and defending champion Kirsten Penny, England, finished the 9th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open in Dublin, Ireland, atop the men's and women's Open Division to earn the 1.000€ and 400€ top prizes, resp. Olsen (l.) used a pair of 289s to set a new tournament record at ALSAA Bowl with 1314 five-game total and an average of 262.80. Qatar Open champ Penny (r.) felled 1255 pins to lead the women's field by almost 100 pins.



Van der Tol, Barrett capture men's and women's title in Irish Open

Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 24-27, 2008)

2007EBT17GhislainevanderTol_small.jpg 2007EBT18DominicBarrett_small.jpg Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands and Dominic Barrett (right), England, cruised to the titles in the 20th Irish Open Championships at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland. The Dutch lefty  stopped Christel Carlsson's (SWE) run in the title match, 197-164. Barrett defeated his compatriot and defending champion Nick Froggatt, 219-217 in the men#s final. Barrett received the 5.000 Euro top prize, while Van der Tol pocketed 1.800 Euro.



Ocando, Cardona win scratch and handicap division in Trofeo Ciudad de Valencia

Cosmic Bowling Valencia in Valencia, Spain (Jan. 15-20, 2008)

2008ValenciaMelvinOcando_small.jpg Melvin Ocando (pictured) posted two big games to win the Scratch Division title in the 9th Trofeo Ciudad de Valencia at Cosmic Bowling Valencia in Valencia, Spain. The Spaniard, seeded second in the three-player stepladder finals, flew past compatriot Marcial Ovide in the opening match, 268-201, then topped No. 1 seed, Serge Frouvelle, France, in a close match, 235-233, to pocket the 3.500 Euro top prize. In the Handicap Division, No. 6 Alvaro Jose Cardona defeated No. 5 Juan Puerta, 197-175, to earn the title and 1.600 Euro.



Nobody is bigger than the Game

Interview with Ballmaster Open champion Jouni Helminen, who recently resigned as Finnish Bowling Federation president

2008EBT1JouniHelminen_small.jpg When former European champion and PBA touring pro Jouni Helminen was elected President of the Finnish Bowling Federation in December 2006, the then 36-year-old thought he would serve for a two-year term until December 31, 2008. Surprisingly, just one year after his election Helminen has announced that he has resigned from the post "due to personal attacks" by Heiki Sarso, the former WTBA president and Helminen's predecessor as FBF president. Bowlingdigital's editor Herbert Bickel talked with Jouni Helminen short after his victory in the 2008 Brunswick Ballmaster Open,



Olsen, Haugen, Kvinnesland end the year 2007 with victory in Drammen X-mas Tournament

Bowling 1 in Drammen, Norway (Dec. 8-30, 2007)

2007DrammenXmasAnnLouiseHaugen_small.jpg Stian Olsen, Ann Louise Haugen (pictured) and Aleksander Kvinnesland closed out the year 2007 with victory in the men's women's and junior division of the Drammen X-mas Tournament 2007 at Bowling 1 in Drammen, Norway. The tournament is the third of six events to determine the Norwegian representatives for the 2008 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. With her victory in Drammen, Haugen, overtook the lead in the women's World Cup Qualifier from Øien with 78 points. Mads Sandbækken is leading the men's division at 63 points with Svein Roger Olsen in second mere one point behind.



Ratia wins 9th Christmas Open 2007 in Latvia

Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga, Latvia (Dec. 11-16, 2007)

2007MOJariRatia_small.jpg Jaria Ratia (left) from Finland defeated Janno Kannike, 222-189, in the title match to win the 9th Christmas Open 2007 at Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga, Latvia, and the 2.100 Euro top prize. Kannike earned 1.400 Euro for second place, while Olexandr Kondratjev, Ukraine and Magnus Lonnroth, Finland, received 800 a piece for finishing third and fourth, resp. Marija Tkačenko, Latvia, was the top-ranked female bowler in 11th place and pocketed a 500 Euro bonus.



Bowling enthusiasts team up with European champions to run a pro shop in Vienna

20071223BowlingstoreOpening4_small.jpg Some three years ago, Eveline and Walter Zmugg were a successful entrepreneur couple with a truck spare parts business 'Truck'n'Roll' near Graz, Austria. The "Zmuggies", as their friends call them, then got in touch with bowling and Austrian top players Thomas Gross and Thomas Tybl. Today the couple runs three businesses. Besides 'Truck'n'Roll' they have a bowling center in Leoben and a pro shop in Vienna. "The Bowling Store" pro shop in Plus Bowling is the latest recruit to the family business and was officially opened on Dec. 23rd.



Larsen ends 2007 Super Six Series with his first career victory

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden (Dec. 1-9, 2007)

2007SST06MartinLarsen_small.jpg Swedish national team member Martin Larsen (pictured) won his first career title in the Swedish Super Six Series when he defeated 2007 European ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland in the title match of the sixth and final tour stop in Malmö, 217-170. Larsen pocketed 40 000 Swedish Kronor for accomplishing the feat, approx. 4.250 Euro. Palermaa received 25.000 SEK, while semi-final losers Tomas Leandersson and 3. Magnus Andersson, both Sweden, garnered 12.000 SEK each.



Christel Carlsson named new head coach for Swedish Women's National Team

World Trios champions a candidate for "Swedish Sports Team of the Year"

2007ChristelCarlsson_small.jpg The Swedish Bowling Federation has announced that former international Christel Carlsson will become the new head coach of the women's national team. The contract is valid for two years. Carlsson has named ten players for Team Sweden in preparation for the 2008 Women's European Championships in Odense, Denmark, including World Trios champions Nina Flack, Malin Glendert and Helén Johnsson, who were selected as one of four candidates for the nation's "Sports Team of the Year".



New bowling alley gets Royal approval By Graham Moody

Republished courtesy of Croydon Guardian - Croydon, England (Dec. 3, 2007)

2007ElizabethRicharddressedasQueen_small.jpg A Queen look-a-like bowled the first ball at the new Tenpin bowling alley in Valley Park on Friday. Replacing Megabowl, which went into liquidation earlier this year, the site in Hesterman Way underwent a complete renovation over the summer. Elizabeth Richard dressed as the Queen for the opening of the new facility, which includes 25 bowling lanes, 10 American pool tables, a Take 10 Diner Bar, cosmic bowling, amusements and a fully licensed bar.



Chapman breaks the English record for a sanctioned 3-game series

2007MartinChapman877_small.jpg Martin Chapman didn't just smash the house record at AMF Ilkeston, England, when he threw his final strike last month – he also broke the British record for a sanctioned 3-game series reports Kevin McNeill. Chapman started with back-to-back 299s and closed out the set with a 279 game. "Chapman's 877 three-game series, an average of 292.33, may also be the highest recorded series WITHOUT a 300 game," said British Go Tenpin Magazine editor Eric Hayton. "We'll see if anyone claims that record."



Sandbækken wins Sofia International Open 2007

Mega Xtreme Bowling Center in Sofia, Bulgaria (October 8-14, 2007)

2007SofiaMadsSandbakken_small.jpg Reigning World Youth Masters champion and European Adult Masters champion Mads Sandbækken, Norway, captured the title in the Sofia International Open 2007 at Mega Xtreme Bowling Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, and received the 4.500 Euro top prize. Sandbækken, seeded third, defeated #17 Charis Panayiotou, Cyprus, in the championship match, 189-179, to secure the victory. The Norwegian ousted #15 Erwin Potot, Spain, 192-185, in the semi-finals, while Panayiotou edged #5 Bogdan Dobondi, Romania, 188-183.



Swedish bowler honored for his 1000th league match

2007TorgnyAsp5.jpg Torgny Asp is the owner of a bowling center in Mjölby, a little town in the South of Sweden, and still bowls in the Swedish national league at the age of 64.

You think that's nothing special? OK. How's that?

Asp played his first league match (a match consists of 4 games) on September 25, 1967. In 40 years, he hasn't missed a single match.



USA retain Weber Cup after stunning fightback

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 19-21, 2007)

2007WCTeamUSA_small.jpg Team USA have retained their Weber Cup title after a fabulous final evening comeback at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday night. Tommy Jones was the man who claimed the winning point to cap a marvelous tournament for himself which included a maximum 300 game on the opening night of the competition. With Chris Barnes putting Team USA within a point of victory earlier, the stage was set for Jones to complete a comeback that saw his team trail 14-10 at one stage.



Europe pull away with victory in their sights

2007WCTeamEurope_small.jpg Team Europe (pictured) stand just three points away from reclaiming the Weber Cup as they enjoyed an excellent Sunday afternoon session that saw them win five of the six matches at the Barnsley Metrodome. With three doubles, two singles and a Baker, the opener saw the Finnish duo of Koivuniemi and Palermaa bowl a 290 game to comfortably win. Tommy Jones, though, kept up his run of good form to level things for the USA.



All Square on Saturday Night

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 19-21, 2007)

2007WCMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg The 2007 Weber Cup is poised on a knife edge as the two teams finished day two all square at nine points each with all to play for. Trailing 7-5 going into the session, the teams shared the opening two games as Mika Koivuniemi (pictured) and then Chris Barnes recorded big victories. Then, in the battle of the captains, Tomas Leandersson mugged his opposite number Tim Mack for the point and then Tore Torgersen put in a telling performance to square things up at 8-8. Tommy Jones restored the lead for the Americans in the next game as Osku Palermaa blew a great chance to take the match and in the final Baker game, Team Europe restored parity.



Americans turn the Screw

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 19-21, 2007)

2007WCTommyJones_small.jpg Team USA got the better of the afternoon session as they won it 4-2 to open up a two point lead over their European counterparts as the 2007 Weber Cup continued on Saturday afternoon. The European pair of Moor and Torgersen got their side off to the best possible start before Chris Barnes narrowly defeated Oscar Palermaa to signal an undefeated run of four games for the Americans. They looked set to increase their lead to four points before Tommy Jones (pictured) uncharacteristically failed to strike out to claim the point in the Baker game.

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