World Championships

2012 WSC

09/23/12

Alena Korobkova sets the pace as Squads 1 & 2 have completed the Preliminaries

Russian averages over 224 for 12 games to sit atop the leaderboard heading into the final day of qualifying at the World Singles Championships; six players of Squad 1 among the top 8

2012WSCAlenaKorobkova_small.jpg2012WSCClaraGuerrero_small.jpgAlena Korobkova (l.) of Russia averaged over 220 in the second block of qualifying to take the lead at the World Singles Championships in Cyprus as Squads 1 & 2 have completed their 12-game preliminaries. Korobkova sist atop the leaderboard with 2691 total and an average of 224.25. Two-time world champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (r.) of Colombia posted the second-highest series of the day (1390) to jump into second place with 2623 (218.58).

2012 WSC

09/22/12

Team USA's Kelly Kulick paces women's division after 6/12 qualifying games

Russian Alena Korobkova falls to second place and is sandwiched between Kulick and her team mate Shannon O'Keefe

2012WSCKellyKulick_small.jpg2012WSCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgKelly Kulick (l.), United States, posted 1373 in Squad 3 Friday morning at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus en route to lead the women's division of the World Singles Championships after 6 of 12 qualifying games. Kulick overtook day one leader Alena Korobkova three pins. Kulick's team mate, 2007 World Champion in Singles Shannon O'Keefe, led Squad 5 with 1363 and an average of 227.17 to position herself in third place.

2012 WSC

09/22/12

USA's Tommy Jones holds comfortable lead in men's division after first qualifying block

Fellow PBA champion Osku Palermaa is 105 pins behind in second place; six players crack top 10 in Squads 3 and 4 as preliminaries reach halfway mark

2012EBT04TommyJones_small.jpg2012WSCOskuPalermaa_small.jpgTommy Jones (l.), United States, continued to lead the men's division at the World Singles Championships in Cyprus as all 71 players from 40 countries have completed the first block of qualifying at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol. The 13-time PBA titlist, who averaged 251.83 and toppled 1511 pins in Squad 2 Thursday, has a 105-pin cushion over fellow PBA champion Osku Palermaa (r.) as the preliminaries have reached the halfway mark.

2012 WSC

09/21/12

Alena Korobkova takes early lead in Women's Qualifying in Limassol, Cyprus

Russian outaverages her nearest competitor in the first two of five squads by more than 12 pins

2012WSCAlenaKorobkova_small.jpg2011EBT11EstherCheah_small.jpgAlena Korobkova (l.) of Russia toppled 1370 pins on day one qualifying at the World Singles Championships en route to overtake the lead in the women's division with two of five squads having completed the first block. Korobkova sandwiched games of 166, 233, 206 and 221 between high games of 278 and 266. Averaging 228.33 Korobkova outraveraged her nearest competitor, Esther Cheah (r.) of Malaysia, by more than 12 pins.

2012 WSC

09/21/12

Team USA's Tommy Jones takes commanding lead at World Singles Championships

PBA star averages over 250 to lead Men's Qualifying Block 1 after 2/4 squads by 116 pins

2012WSCTommyJones_small.jpg2012EBT04MatinPaulsson_small.jpgTommy Jones (l.), United States, averaged 251.83 to take a dominating lead in the men's qualifying at the World Singles Championships in Limassol, Cyprus. The 13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06 fired games of 257, 248, 235, 279, 259 and 233 to lead a field of 32 players with 1511 total. With two of four squads having completed the first block, Jones holds a huge 116-pin lead over Martin Paulsson (r.) of Sweden.

2012 WSC

09/20/12

Players from 44 countries arrive at inaugural WTBA World Singles Championships

Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012)

2012WSCLogo_small.jpg 44 of the expected 47 countries and regions have sent players to the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships which got underway today with the official practice at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus. The official opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. local time. 128 players - 72 men from 40 countries and 56 women from 33 countries have been arrived in Cyprus. All games will be played on the 41 feet "Montreal" lane conditioning pattern.

United States

09/18/12

Four Team USA members ready to tackle World Singles Championships

Barnes, Jones, Kulick and O'Keefe to represent USA in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26)

2012EBT04ChrisBarnes_small.jpg2011WWCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgTeam USA members Chris Barnes (l.), Tommy Jones, Kelly Kulick and Shannon O'Keefe (r.) will travel to Cyprus to take on the best bowlers from 46 other countries this week at the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships. The event, which will take place at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus, begins with the opening ceremony Wednesday with competition scheduled to begin Thursday.

WTBA News

09/18/12

WTBA invites 36 men's and 36 women's qualifiers to World Championships 2013

Combined Championships to be held at 72-lane Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., USA from Aug. 18-31, 2013

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association and Strike Zone Bowling Center have sent out Bulletin No. 1 for the 2013 World Championships to the WTBA member federations, who have qualified for the men's and/or women's competition. The World Championships, which will be held from August 16-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center, a 72-laner in suburban Las Vegas, USA, will be hosted by four partners: WTBAUSBC, Station Casinos and the City of Henderson.

Cyprus

09/13/12

47 countries to participate in inaugural WTBA World Singles Championships

Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012)

2012WSCLogo_small.jpg 47 countries and regions are expected to compete at the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships which will get underway Wednesday, Sept. 19 with the official practice and the opening ceremonies at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus. Maximum two men and two women from each country are eligible to compete in the six-day event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2012. Live streaming starts on Thursday, Sept. 20.

United States

09/11/12

Field set for 2013 Combined World Championships

36 men's teams and 36 women's teams are qualified for the Championships to be held at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., United States, from Aug. 18-31, 2013

2012StrikeZoneatSunsetStation72lanes_small.jpgThe field is set for the 2013 WTBA Combined World Championships which will be held from August 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone, a 72-laner in Henderson, Nev., in suburban Las Vegas, United States. For the first time since 2003 in Malaysia, the men will bowl alongside the women in a World Championship. Europe will send 15 teams each, while 12 team qualified from Asia. America will be represented by eight countries plus the host country, United States.

Israel

05/20/12

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.

2012 WSC

01/19/12

Cyprus Bowling Federation releases Bulletin for the 2012 WTBA World Singles Championships

Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012)

2012WSCLogo_small.jpg 2011WTBALogo_small.jpg The Cyprus Bowling Federation, host of the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships, has released the Bulletin No. 1 for the championships which will be held from Sept. 18-26, 2012 at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus. Each country can send up to two men and two women. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2012. The deadline for submitting the entry form is June 1, 2012..

Hong Kong

09/19/11

2011 WWC creates biggest promotion and publicity activities in the history of the sport

Host HKTBC spends HK$1 million to create awareness in the Hong Kong community and overseas

2011WWCTramAd2_small.jpg2011WWCLED)CausewayBay2_small.jpgIn conjunction with the Women's World Championships, which were held in Hong Kong, China Sept. 1-11, 2011, host Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress has organized a series of promotional activities to create awareness of the event as the HK Government has given the event the "M" mark branding. "All in all we spent HK$1 million on these activities," HKTBC chairman Vivien Lau stated.


2011 WWC

09/16/11

Giant, boisterous victory banquet concludes well-organized 2011 WWC with style

2011WWCLogo_small.jpg The fourth WTBA Women's World Championships was held from Sept. 1-11 in Hong Kong, China, and concluded with a giant and boisterous victory banquet at EMAX mall in Kowloon Bay. The 2011 WWC superbly hosted and organized by the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, featured 171 of the best women bowlers in the world representing 33 countries and territories. HKTBC Chairman and ABF Honorary Life President, Vivien Lau, organized the mega event with her staff and numerous volunteers in little more than a year after the WTBA presidium had to withdraw the award of the 2011 WWC to Malaysia in May 2010.

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 Geißler 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).

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