World Cup

2011 BWC

12/05/11

Tommy Jones wins men's qualifying at 47th Bowling World Cup in South Africa

Leads top 24 qualifiers into next round; cut for 24th place is 4272 (213.60 average)

2011BWCTommyJones2_small.jpg2011BWCThomasGross2_small.jpgTommy Jones (l.), United States, averaged 240.4 on the last qualifying day in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup en route to lead the top qualifiers into the Round of 24 Monday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 13-time PBA champion used a 1202 five-game series to overtake the lead with 4903 total and an average of 245.15 for 20 games. Thomas Gross (r.), Austria, took the 24th and last place to advance with 4272 (213.60).

2011 BWC

12/04/11

Jason Belmonte continues to lead in Men's World Cup with 250-plus average after three blocks

Lucas Legnani shoots third perfecto of the tournament; cut for 24th place is 3237 (215.80 average)

2011BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2011BWCLucasLengani_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.) rolled one of eight 1200-plus series (a 240 average) on the third day of qualifying in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa and continued to lead the 81-player men's division with 3755 total and an average of 250.33 for 15 games. Lucas Legnani (r.) of Argentina started his third block with a bang by rolling the third 300 game of the tournament.

2011 BWC

12/04/11

Scores are going through the roof in South Africa; Aumi Guerra averages over 260 in Block 3

Defending women's champion widens her lead to 299 pins; cut for 24th place is 2997 (199.80)

2011BWCAumiGuerra3_small.jpgThe scores in the women's division of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup went through the roof on the third day of qualifying at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Leading the 69-player field by 127 pins and an average of 241.7 after ten games, defending champion Aumi Guerra (pictured) of the Dominican Republic averaged over 260 in the third five-game block to widen her lead to an enormous 299 pins with five more qualifying games to go. Guerra had games of 278, 234, 267, 246 and 279.

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.

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.

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.

South Africa

09/18/11

LGB Northcliff Bowl rebuilding nears completion

2011BWCNorthcliffBowlRenovation2_small.jpgTony Sham, editor-in-chief of the South African Tenpin Bowling Newsletter, informs that the rebuilding of LGB Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa, is nearing completion. The bowling center will host the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Nov. 30 through Dec. 7, 2011. Many bowlers in South Africa including Sham started their bowling careers at the Northcliff Bowl and he got a huge dose of nostalgia when he walked into the Northcliff Center and down the stairs to the bowling center.

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.

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.

Israel

08/29/11

Shahaf Antin, Ben Fishler to represent Israel at World Cup in South Africa

2011BWCISRQBenFishlerShahafAntin_small.jpgShahaf Antin and Ben Fishler won the women's and men's division of the Israeli World Cup qualifier at Gan Shmuel bowling center and will represent their country at the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fishler, who advanced to the men's finals by just one pin, defeated No. 1 Or Aviram and No. 6 Gal Shemer in the title match, 429-410-388. Antin, seeded third, survived a low-scoring women's final against No. 1 Sarit Mizrahi and No. 6 Hana Duanis, 339-333-302.

2011 BWC

08/14/11

Louw, Van der Berg take LGB SuperBowl in Cape Town, South Africa

Will bowl for the host country in 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2011BWCRSAQFrancoisLouw_small.jpgFrancois Louw Jr. and Marika van der Berg took the men's and women's scratch titles in the LGB SuperBowl in Cape Town, South Africa, last weekend. As winners the duo will represent the host country in the QubicaAMF World Cup at at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg from Nov. 30 through Dec. 7. In the men's division Louw (pictured) averaged 230.50 over 24 games to beat out fellow South African national team member Garreth Hechter for the top spot by 250 pins. On the women's side, Van der Berg had a 134-pin buffer over Petruschka Dekker.

Brazil

08/08/11

Caio Pizzoli wins XX Copa AMF Brazil in Sao Paulo

Earns his second berth into QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2011BWCBRAQCaioPizzoli_small.jpg Caio Pizzoli (pictured) defeated Renan Zoghaib, 220-206, in the championship match of the XX Copa AMF Brazil Sunday at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil en route to win the title and to earn the right to represent Brazil in the 2011 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. It is Pizzoli's second berth into the BWC after Caracas, Venezuela in 2006. There was no women's division in the Copa AMF Brazil this year. The 47th edition of the Bowling World Cup will be held at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa from Nov. 30 through Dec. 7.

Kazakhstan

06/13/11

Grishinenko, Panchenko capture national titles in 2011 Kazakhstan Cup

Will represent their country in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa

2011KAZCupYelenaGrishinenkoAlexandrPanchenko_small.jpgYelena Grishinenko (l.) of Almaty and Alexandr Panchenko (r.) of Petropavlovsk captured the women's and men's titles in the 2011 Kazakhstan Cup at Bowling Club Olimp in Almaty. Grishinenko had a 596-pin lead after 19 games including match play bonus to cruise to her second national title. 15-year-old Panchenko rolled his first career 300 in qualifying and never looked back. Both champions will represent Kazakhstan in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa.

Ukraine

06/10/11

Kovalova, Kalika successfully defend titles in Ukrainian Championship

2011UKRNCDariaKovalova_small.jpg2011UKRNCMikhailKalika_small.jpgDaria Kovalova (l.) of Kiev and Mikhail Kalika (r.) of Odessa won the women's and men's titles in the 2010-11 Ukrainian National Championships. It was the fifth career national title for Kalika, while 16-year old Kovalova won her second adult title. The 2010-2011 Championship consisted of ten events which were held from Sept. 2010 through June 2011. Players received ranking points for their position in each event. The champions were determined based on the best eight results.

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