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Europe suffers historic defeat in 13th Weber Cup

U.S. team cruises to 17-7 victory for an overall 8-5 lead in the 13-year-old event

2012WeberCupUSTeam_small.jpg Europe represented by Finns Osku Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi and England's Dominic Barrett and Stuart Williams was blasted in what was the worst loss - in terms of point differential - in the history of the Weber Cup when the United States's Mike Fagan, Tommy Jones, Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes (l-r with the trophy) cruised to 17-7 victory for an overall 8-5 lead in the 13-year-old event.

2012 EBT #16 / 2012 WBT #11


England's Stuart Williams shoots 1544 series to take a 144-pin lead at the Vienna Open

Williams and Sweden's Dennis Eklund take the pole position in Doubles with 2790; six players of qualifying Squad 8 move into the top 8; cut for 52nd place improved by 30 pins to 1232 (205.33 average)

2012EBT16StuartWilliamsDennisEklund_small.jpgThe eighth qualifying squad was the highest scoring squad so far at the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with Stuart Williams (l.) of England taking the lead in Singles and Doubles with Swede Dennis Eklund (r.) Thursday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Williams fired games of 228, 274, 228, 287, 259 and 268 for 1544 six game total, an average of 257.33, to overtake previous leader and fellow PBA bowler Dan MacLelland of Canada by 144 pins.



Jesse Kallio shoots 1702 six-game series in Jyväskylä, Finland

20120823JesseKallio1702_small.jpgFormer Finnish youth national team member Jesse Kallio of bowling club Pori Giants cracked the magic 1700-bar for six games Monday, Aug. 23, at Pupuhuhta bowling center in Jyväskylä, Finland. He totaled 1702, an average of 283.67. Kallio struck on 63 out of total 67 shots, a 94.03 strike percentage, and spared in four frames - three single-pin conversions and one two-pin conversion. Of course, no open frames. He had games of 278, 300, 278, 268, 278 and 300, but missed the Finnish record by five pins.



Frank WeiermĂĽller and Evangelos Tsorbatzoudis win 12th BC Strangers Doubles

Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon/Winterthur, Switzerland (Aug. 19-26, 2012)

2012StrangersPodium_small.jpgFrank Weiermüller and Evangelos Tsorbatzoudis defeated Tanya Cuva and Dirk Völkel, 407-383, to win the 12th BC Strangers International Doubles Tournament 2012 and the 1.000 Swiss Franc top prize Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon/Winterthur, Switzerland. Cuva/Völkel received 700 SFR for second place and Nicole Heberle and Oliver Blase pocketed 500 SFR for third. The handicap tournament (based on 60% of 200) drew 39 doubles.



Nati Volpart, Tali Itzhak win Israeli Bowling World Cup qualifier

2012BWCISRQWinners_small.jpgNati Volpart and Tali Itzhak (l-r) won the Israeli World Cup Qualifier Saturday at "Bola" bowling center in Holon. For the first time in their career, the duo will represent Israel at the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland. 42 players participated in the 23rd running of the Israeli BWC Qualifier. All players, men and women, bowled 18 games of qualifying over three days to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women for the single-elimination finals.



Sara Aviram, Lior Koren win 2012 Israeli National Championships

Sarit Mizrahi, Or Aviram will represent Israel at the 2012 European Champions Cup

2012ISRNCPodium_small.jpgSara Aviram and Lior Koren won the women's and men's titles in the 2012 Israeli National Individual Championships which were held at Nesher bowling center near Haifa. 41 players participated in the 23rd running of the event. In a change for 2012, the Israeli Bowling Federation (IBF) has decided, to send the male and female point ranking leader - Or Aviram and Sarit Mizrahi - to the European Champions Cup, Oct. 15-22 at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague.

Czech Republic


Daniel Vezis wins his first international title in 10th Czech Open

17-year-old defeats 14-year-old Tomáš Plechata in title match

2012CzechOpenDanielVezisLuminitaFarkas_small.jpgDaniel Vezis (l.) won his first international tournament at the age of 17 when he captured the title in the 10th Czech Open in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The former Latvian national team member, who is now playing under his English nationality, defeated 14-year-old Czech youth bowler Tomáš Plechata in the title match over two games total pins, 432-390, to pocket the 2.500 Euro top prize. Luminita Farkas-Bucin (r.) of Romania was the best woman in seventh place.



Daniëlle van der Meer, Michell Stinissen win 2011-12 Dutch Bowling Tour

Champions to represent the Netherlands at the 2012 QubicaAMF World Cup in Poland

2012BWCNEDQMichellStinissenDaniellevanderMeer_small.jpg The finals of the 2011-12 NBF Federation Bowling Tour were held this past weekend at Claus Event Center in Hoofddorp. Daniëlle van der Meer and Michell Stinissen (r-l) won the women's and men's title in the highest division and will represent their country at the 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Poland. In the women's title match, Van der Meer defeated defending champion Wendy Kok, 2-1, while Stinissen topped Sven Steenbekkers, 2-1, for the men's title.

2012 WEC


Second gold medal for Sweden in Trios event at 4th Women's European Championships

Swedes defeat Germany in the title match, 693-588; Latvia and Denmark share the bronze medals

2012WECLarsenPerssonPlaneforsAndersson_small.jpgRebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors and Sandra Andersson (l-r) of Sweden posted two big games to win the gold medal in the Women's European Championships Trios event Tuesday evening. In the title match, the top seeded Swedes flew past No. 2 Patricia Luoto, Birgit Pöppler and Janine Gabel of Germany, 693-588, to wrap up the title. It was the second gold medal in the second event for Sweden. The Championhips continues Wednesday and Thursday with the five-player Team event.



Daria Kovalova and Mikhail Kalika continue winning streak at Ukrainian National Championships

2012UKRNCMikhailKalikaDariaKovalova_small.jpgDaria Kovalova of Kiev and Mikhail Kalika of Odessa (pictured left, r-l) emerged as women's and men's champion in the 12th Ukrainian National Championships when the 10th and last tournament concluded June 1 at Terminal Club in Brovary, town near Ukraine's capital city of Kiev. It was the sixth career national title and the fourth in a row for Kalika, while 17-year old four-time European Youth Champion Kovalova won already her third consecutive women's title.



Strong finish powers Carlo Greulich to victory in 35th Grand Prix Zurich

Review the Live Stream of the semifinals and finals

2012GPZTop3_small.jpgCarlo Greulich (center) of Germany finished the seven-game finals of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich with a huge 278 game en route to win the title and the 1.110 Swiss Franc (930 Euro) top prize Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland. Gregor Ramsak (l.) of Switzerland, who had a comfortable lead heading into the final game. had to settle for second place, worth 910 CHF. Third place and 760 CHF went to Dirk Völkel (r.) of Germany.



Simon Wildenhayn leads top 42 into the semifinals at 35th Grand Prix Zurich

GPZ provides live streaming of the semifinals and finals from 9 to 15.30 CEST

2012GPZSimonWildenhayn_small.jpgSimon Wildenhayn (pictured left) of Stuttgart, Germany, finished the qualifying of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich atop the 114-player leaderboard to led the top 42 players into the semifinals Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon, Switzerland. The deaf sportsman, who uses the two-handed delivery, rolled games of 238, 214, 209 and 219 before he almost achieved perfection in game #5. The GPZ will provide Live Streaming of the semifinals starting at 9 a.m. and the finals from 1 to 3.30 p.m. CEST.



Daniel HĂĽrlimann sets the pace in 35th Grand Prix Zurich

Finals on Sunday, June 3, to be broadcasted live on the internet

2012GPZDanielHurlimann_small.jpg Daniel Hürlimann (pictured) led the qualifying of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich after the first two squads have been completed at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland. Hürlimann, who received no handicap, had games of 206, 226, 188, 204, 183, 226, 214 and 215 to lead a field of 43 Swiss bowlers with 1662 pinfall total and an average of 207.75. Hürlimann was followed by a pair of Swiss junior bowlers, Michel Caré and Marc Jörg, who totaled 1656 and 1653, respectively. Qualifying ends on Saturday, June 2.



35th Grand Prix Zurich provides live streaming of the finals on Sunday, June 3


The 35th annual Grand Prix Zurich got underway Monday, May 28th, at Bowling Center BeSeCo, a 22-laner in RĂĽmikon, Switzerland. The total prize fund ranges from 6.590 Euro (90+ players) to maximum 14.970 Euro (196 players). The singles event (men and women in one division) uses a 60 percent handicap of 200 with maximum 35 pins per game. Bowlingdigital's Flavio Cuva and Beat Grauwiler will provide Live Streaming of the semifinals and finals on Sunday, June 3rd, starting at 9 a.m. CEST.



48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup berths for Wendy Bartaire, Thierry Sacco

2012BWCQFranceWendyBartaireThierrySacco_small.jpg Wendy Bartaire and Thierry Sacco won the French World Cup Qualifying Tournament Sunday in La Rochelle to earn berths into the 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. In the women's title match, Bartaire swept Isabelle Derynck, two-games-to-none, in the best-of-three games format to claim her first berth into the BWC. Sacco will represent his country for the fourth time after 2005 (Slovenia), 2006 (Venezuela) and 2009 (Malaysia) thanks to a 2-1 victory over Jonathan Lefevre.



Aviram, Volpert, Mizrachi, Antin to bowl for Israel in inaugural World Singles Championships

2012WSCIsraeliQualifiers_small.jpgOr Aviram and Nati Volpert in the men's division and Sarit Mizrachi and Shahaf Antin in the women's division will represent Israel in the inaugural World Singles Championships Sept. 18-26, 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus. 19 men and just three women participated in the qualifying tournament Beginning in 2012 the World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The new event gives WTBA a world championship event every year, filling a void created under the previous calendar.



Sandbækken, Hansen win individual titles in the 2012 Norwegian National Championships

Thorstensen/Torgersen and Rudshagen/Sjøgren claim gold in Doubles competition

2012NORNCMadsSandbakkenAndreaHansen_small.jpgMads Sandbækken and 16-year-old Andrea E. Hansen (pictured) claimed the men's and women's titles in the 2012 Norwegian National Championships which were held at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway from May 9-13. Heidi Thorstensen and Patcharin Torgersen took the women's Doubles titles, while Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Jonas Sjøgren set a new national record to win the men's Doubles gold. The 2012 Norwegian Nationals drew 287 players.



Bigi Manico, Roger Widmer emerge as 2012 Swiss National Champions

Petersen Finals broadcasted live on Ustream; men's broadcast highlighted by two 300 games


Bigi Manico and Roger Widmer, both of Zurich, captured the women's and men's title in the 2012 Swiss National Championships which concluded the past weekend at bowling center White Line in Meierskappel. The duo will represent Switzerland in the 2012 European Champions Cup October15-22 at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague, Netherlands. The men's finals were highlighted by bach-to-back 300 games by Widmer and second-place finisher, Sandro Ancarani.



Grishinenko, Sazonov take the women's and men's title in 2012 Kazakhstan Cup

Winners will represent Kazakhstan in the 2012 Bowling World Cup

2012KAZCupYelenaGrishinenko_small.jpg2012KAZCupYuriySazonov_small.jpgYelena Grishinenko (l.) and Yuriy Sazonov (r.) captured the titles in the 14th Kazakhstan Cup which was held May 12-13 at Bowling Club Olimp in Almaty. The winners will represent Kazakhstan in the 2012 Bowling World Cup in Poland. Sazonov led the men's division with 4148 pinfall total including 135 bonus pins to earn his first career BWC berth. Grishinenko dominated the women's field and finished 442 pins ahead of her nearest competitor.



2012 Swiss National Championships conclude with Petersen Finals

Women's and Men's Finals featured live broadcast on Ustream

SwissBowlingLogo2_small.jpg The 2012 Swiss National Championships concluded Sunday, May 13, with the men's and women's Petersen finals at bowling center White Line in Meierskappel, Switzerland. The top 10 women and the top 10 men after 24 games preliminaries bowled further nine games to determine the champions. Bowlingdigital's Flavio Cuva and Beat Grauwiler provided Live Streaming of both finals.

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