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Francis Tan wins both rounds Thursday at WBT Thailand

Malaysian shoots 1460 series to lead the remaining 12 bowlers into a fourth round clash with the top 8 qualifiers; WBT women's point ranking leader, Danielle McEwan is the only woman in Friday's Round of 20

2016WBTThailandFrancisTan_small.jpg Francis Tan, a two-handed player from Malaysia, who led the second round earlier this afternoon at Blu-O Paragon Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand, with 1318, improved by 142 pins to also win the third round in the World Bowling Tour Thailand event with 1460 and an average of 243.33. Tanstarted his six-game set with four consistently high games (235, 224, 223 and 232) before he ran away with 268 and 278. Tan will lead the top 12 into a fourth round clash on Friday morning with the top 8 qualifiers, who bypassed Thursday's round 2 and 3.



Francis Tan sets the pace in Round 2 at WBT Thailand

2016WBTThailandRound2FinalistsTop3_small.jpg Francis Tan of Malaysia set the pace in Round 2 at the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Thursday afternoon at Blu-O Paragon Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand, to lead the top 10 into the third round with 1318 pinfall total and an average of 219.67 for six games. Tan (center) beat out Thailand's Pawat Ungtrakul (l.) for the top spot by 30 pins. Third place belonged to junior Team USA member Kamron Doyle (r.), who was further six pins behind Pawat with 1282, including a 249 last game.



Sean Rash wins qualifying in World Bowling Tour Thailand event

2016WBTThailandSeanRash_small.jpg Former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, averaged 256.33 for nine games to win the qualifying in the World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament and to lead 42 players into the finals starting on Thursday at Blu-O Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand. The nine-time PBA champion (pictured), who won the WBT Thailand event in 2013, had three-game series of 814, 789 and 704 to lead the 83-player field from 18 countries with 2307 total. Rash and the next seven players received two byes.

Hong Kong


Lalisang, Cheah claim Open Masters titles at 42nd Hong Kong International

2016HKGOpenEstherCheahRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang (r.) of Indonesia and Esther Cheah (l.) of Malaysia claimed the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 42nd Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Sunday at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China. In the men's championship match, top-seeded Lalisang defeated Michael Mak of Hong Kong, 207-167. In the women's finals, second-seeded Cheah topped defending champion Lim So Hyun of Korea twice to seal the victory.

Chinese Taipei


Michael Mak, Huang Chiung-Yao take 16th Chinese Taipei International Open titles

2016TPEOpenHuangChiungYaoMichaelMak_small.jpgHong Kong's Michael Mak and Chinese Taipei's Huang Chiung-Yao emerged as men's and women's Open Masters champion of the 16th Chinese Taipei International Open Bowling Championships Saturday at Southern Bowling Center in Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei. Top-seeded Mak held off Wu Hao-Ming, Chinese Taipei, in the men's title match, 257-244. Huang, seeded second in an all-Chinese Taipei women's stepladder finals, had to defeat top-seeded Chang Yu-Hsuan twice to win the title.



Rickle Kam shoots 300 to win 2016 Macau China International Open

Novie Phang secures women's title in deciding match

2016MacaoOpenRickleKamNoviePhang_small.jpg Top-seeded Rickle Kam of Hong Kong thrilled the spectators at COTAI Bowling Center in Macau, China, with a perfect game in his 300-249 victory over Daisuke Yoshida (right) of Japan in the men's championship match of the 2016 Macau China International Open. It was the sixth perfecto of the event. The women's title went to Novie Phang of Indonesia, who defeated Jang Ha Eun in the second and deciding game, 224-166, after losing the first game against the Korean, 192-170.



Tomoyuki Sasaki, Mirai Ishimoto win 50th Japan All-Star Invite

2016NHKCupMiraiIshimotoTomoyukiSasaki_small.jpg Japan national team captain Tomoyuki Sasaki (l.) of Kanagawa and women's national member Mirai Ishimoto (r.) of the Intercollegiate Bowling Association of Japan won the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 50th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships at Shinsayama Grand Bowl to earn Japan's most prestigious individual bowling titles. It was the third victory in the Japan All-Star Championships for Sasaki and the first for reigning World Youth Masters champion Ishimoto.



Kim Bolleby, Yanee Saebae win Thailand Open from top seed

2016ThailandOpenKimBollebyYaneeSaebae2_small.jpg Kim Bolleby and Yanee Saebae gave Thailand a clean sweep Open Masters titles in the 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Bolleby (l.) sealed his second victory after 2014 by defeating Alex Liew of Malaysia for the men's title, 248-191. On the women's side, Saebae (r.) fell to Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the first game, 209-199, but rebounded with big 251-189 win in the decisive game to capture the title.

United Arab Emirates


Naif Oqab bags 4th DIBC Open Masters title

2016DIBCOpenNaifOqab_small.jpg Top seed, Naif Oqab of the UAE lived up to seeding expectations to bag the Open Masters title of the 4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE. Oqab (center) fought a closely contested match against HRH Prince Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, needing a spare and strike in the 10th frame to shut out the Prince and to win the title match, 214-200. Oqab bagged the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800.



Paeng Nepomuceno named coach of Philippine bowling team

Republished courtesy of Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star; March 22, 2016)

USBCGoldCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno, the only bowler in history to win the World Cup four times, has been tasked to put the Philippines back on the right lane. The Philippine Bowling Congress has announced the appointment of the great bowler as head coach of the national team. Nepomuceno's contract, according to PBC executive vice president Steve Robles, has been forwarded to the Philippine Sports Commission for approval. There shouldn't be any problem with the PSC giving its stamp of approval.



Shinbata, Takebe emerge as Masters champions in 54th All Japan Bowling Championships

Aichi prefecture men win seventh consecutive Minister's Cup and eighth overall; Chiba women earn their third Minster's Cup

2016JBCYuhiShinbataKimieTakebe_small.jpg Japan National Team member Yuhi Shinbata of Tokyo prefecture and Kimie Takebe of Osaka emerged as men's and women's Masters champions in the MEXT Cup All Japan Bowling Championships. The 54th edition of the prestigious event was held from March 17-20 at Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa-Shi, Aichi-Ken, the biggest bowling center in the world with 116 lanes on one floor. The Championships drew 519 bowlers, 315 men and 204 women, from 50 local associations.



Stunning victory for 17-year-old Ahmed Al-Awadhi in Bahrain

Bahraini youth bowlers leads qualifying, earns the No. 1 seed and defeats two-handed star Osku Palermaa in the deciding game to win his first World Bowling Tour title and $25,000

Ahmed Al-Awadhi (pictured), a 17-year-old youth bowler from Bahrain, won his first World Bowling Tour title when he defeated two-handed star Osku Palermaa of Finland in the decisive game, 240-220, to win the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday Funland Bowling Center in Manama. The top-seeded Bahraini, who received seven pins youth handicap per game, had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat.



Field set for the final day at Bahrain Championship

Two-time PBA player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland led the remaining six players of Tuesday's Round 2 and 3 into the final day of competition of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama. Koivuniemi (pictured), who had a 1371 series in Round 2 to make the second cut in third place, used high games of 278, 265 and 256 and three games between 211 and 235 to lead the third round with 1469 total and an average of 244.83.



Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads top 30 into finals at 14th Bahrain Championship

Bahrain's youth bowler averages over 240 to pace the 103-player field from 19 countries with 2970 including handicap; Squad E & F leaders Kent, Simonsen crack the top 5; Thomas Larsen takes last spot with 2646 (220.50 average)

Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, won the qualifying of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship with 2970 including 7 pins handicap per game, an average of 240.50 for 12 games, to lead the top 30 out of 103 players from 19 countries into the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Al-Awadhi, who led the local qualifying which took place at Funland Bowling Center in Manama in the week before the international qualifying, had six-game series of 1471 and 1499.



Ryan Lalisang, Mike Chan set the pace in Squad E & F after the first block

Indonesian and Hong Kong bowler average 237 and need a repeat performance in Monday's block 2 to crack the top 5 in the overall standings; Bahrain's Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads with 247.50 (incl. hdcp)

Ryan Lalisang (pictured) of Indonesia averaged 237.50 Sunday at the penultimate qualifying day of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship to lead the 48 bowlers of squads E & F after the first block with 1425 total. Lalisang rebounded from a slow start with 267 and a near-perfect 299 game before he closed with 247 and 219 to beat Mike Chan of Hong Kong for the high series on Monday by three pins.



Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads Bahrain qualifying heading into the last three squads

Bahraini youth bowler paces the 81 player field with an average of 240.50 for 12 games; Squad B leaders Ramirez, McEwan and Squad C leaders Jones, Allen round out the top 5

2016BHRAnggieRamirezDanielleMcEwan_small.jpg Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, who led the local qualifying of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship with 2970 total and an average of 240.50, retained his lead after the conclusion of the first two international qualifying squads. Al-Awadh was followed by A squad leaders Anggie Ramirez (l.) of Colombia and Danielle McEwan (r.), United States, who leaped into second and third place, resp., with 2921 and 2874, including handicap.



Anggie Ramirez paces international field in Bahrain

Colombian posts 1449 series to lead day one qualifying in the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship, runner-up Osku Palermaa shoots the first 300 game; Bahraini youth bowler Ahmed Al-Awadhi finishes atop the local qualifying with 2970 (240.50)

2016BHRAnggieRamirez_small.jpg2016BHROskuPalermaa_small.jpg Anggie Ramirez (l.) of Colombia averaged 234.50 in the opening squad B of the international qualifying to pace the field after the first of two six-game blocks with 1449 total, including seven pins handicap each game. Ramirez finished 21 pins ahead of five-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa (r.) of Finland, who rolled the tournament's first 300 game in his fourth game of the 1428 series to earn a 1,000 Dollar bonus.



Danielle McEwan shoots two big games to win the H.H. Emir Cup 2016

PBA member earns $20,000 for her first WBT title but does not get credit for a PBA title because she used the handicap pins

2016HHEmirCupTop4_small.jpg Danielle McEwan, USA, fired games of 258 and 266 scratch and added eight pins women's handicap each game to fly past Yousif Falah of Bahrain, 540-416, to win the World Bowling Tour's H.H. Emir Cup 2016 Wednesday afternoon at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. McEwan received the 20,000 Dollar first prize. Falah pocketed $12,000 for second place while Marshall Kent, United States, and Daphne Tan, Singapore, got $6,000 apiece for third and fourth place, resp.



It's down to 12 in H.H. Emir Cup

Swede Martin Larsen leads the 8 players standing after Tuesday's Round 1 & 2 into a third-round clash with the top 4 qualifiers; Bernice Lim, Marshall Kent and Jazreel Tan bring the number of 300s to 10

2016HHEmirCupMartinLarsenOskuPalermaaRobertAndersson_small.jpg Martin Larsen (l.) of Sweden averaged 248.50 for eight games to pace the second round of the finals in the H.H. Emir Cup with 1988 total and to lead the top 8 players into a third-round clash with the top 4 qualifiers Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center. Shayna Ng was one of two Singaporean women who survived the cut in second place with 1946. Larsen's team mate Robert Andersson (r.) was third with 1930. Fourth place belonged to Osku Palermaa (c.) of Finland with 1919.



Daphne Tan wins qualifying in H.H. Emir Cup

Singaporean leads 32 players into the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday; Squad C's Thomas Larsen, Tommy Jones and Danielle McEwan crack the top 4

2016HHEmirCupRound1Finalists_small.jpgSingaporean women's star Daphne Tan won the qualifying of the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 and leads a group of 32 players into the finals Tuesday and Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Tan, who averaged 242.56 for 16 games and posted a 4009 series in squad A, including eight pins handicap each game, remained unchallenged in squad B and C to lead the field of 95 players, including 12 women, from 22 countries by 80 pins and more. The picture shows the Round 1 finalists.

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