World Bowling News Overview

2007 WWC


Sweden takes Gold in trios at Women's World Championships

Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico (Aug. 30 - Sept. 9, 2007)

2007WWCJohnssonGlendertFlack_small.jpg Sweden's Helen Johnsson, Malin Glendert and Nina Flack (l-r) overcame a 43-pin deficit in the final game to win the gold medal in the Women's World Championships in Mexico. The Swedes, who finished the event with 3,970, shot 686 in the finale while Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe, Tennelle Milligan and Lynda Barnes, who led the field after the first block, could only muster 601 and had to settle for silver with 3,928. Korea with claimed the bronze with 3,898.

2007 WWC


Danes set the pace after Squad 2 has completed the Trios event at the Women's World Championships

Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico (Aug. 30 - Sept. 9, 2007)

2007WWCBrondstedKjeldsenJensen_small.jpg Britt Brondsted, Kamilla Kjeldsen and Mai Ginge Jensen (l-r) from Denmark rolled games of 726, 632 and 610 on the short-oil pattern to set the pace in the Trios event at the Women's World Championships in Mexico. The Danes, who had a 1918 3-game total on long oil yesterday, added 1968 on the short pattern to lead the field with 2 squads to go with 3886 pinfall total and an average of 215.89.

2007 WWC


Team USA leads Trios event at halftime in Women's World Championships

Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico (Aug. 30 - Sept. 9, 2007)

2007WWCBarnesMilliganOKeefe_small.jpg After a strong showing Sunday, Team USA is in position to make a run at its first gold medal in the trios event in 20 years at the 2007 Women's World Championships. The Team USA threesome of Lynda Barnes, Tennelle Milligan and Shannon O'Keefe (l-r) took the lead with 1,950 after three games on the long-oil pattern at AMF Bol Obispado. The final three games will be contested Monday on the short-oil pattern to determine the medalists.



Herskovitch and Rabin win Israeli National Individual Championship

2007ISRNCNufarHerskovitchYahavRabin_small.jpg Nufar Herskovitch and Yahav Rabin captured the women's and men's Israeli National Individual Championship with a 2-1 victory in the best-of-three games finals at Bola Bowling in Holon, Israel on August 30th. Usually the champions book their tickets to the European Champions Cup, but not this year. "Israel cannot participate in the Europe Champions Cup in Luxemburg," Arie Fisher, president of the Israel Bowling Federation, stated.

2007 WWC


Gold and Silver for Korea, Bronze for USA in Doubles event at Women's World Championships

No changes among the top 3 in the final squad

2007ChoiJinA_NamBoRa_small.jpg Korea started the 2nd Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico by winning the gold and silver medal in the Doubles event Sunday at Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico. Choi Jin-A and Nam Bo-Ra (l-r) shot the highest doubles total in Women's World Championships history Saturday en route to earn the gold medal with record 2,804 six-game total. Their team mates Gye Min-Young and Kim Yeau-Jin earned silver with 2,787, while the bronze medal went to Team USA's Tennelle Milligan and Lynda Barnes with 2,729.

2007 WWC


Korean Doubles in first and second place at Women's World Championships

All Championship record broken and re-broken on Day 1

2007ChoiJinA_NamBoRa_small.jpg The Korean team of Choi Jin-A and Nam Bo-Ra (l-r) shot the highest doubles total in Women's World Championships history Saturday and sit in position to win a gold medal with three of four doubles squads completed. The Koreans totaled 2,804 on the opening day of the 2007 WTBA Women's World Championships at AMF Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico. Their teammates Gye Min-Young and Kim Yeau-Jin sit in second place with Team USA's Tennelle Milligan and Lynda Barnes in third.



Ivonne and Thomas Gross win Salzburg Summer Tournament to qualify for Bowling World Cup

Star Bowling in Salzburg, Austria (August 25-26, 2007)

2006EBT11ThomasandIvonneGross_small.jpg Last year, Ivonne and Thomas Gross, became the first couple to qualify for the World Ranking Masters. This year, the Austrians qualified to represent Austria in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ivonne and Thomas won the women's and men's division at Salzburg Summer Tournament & BWC Qualifier to earn the coveted tickets to the BWC to be held from November 3 through 11, 2007.

2007 WWC


Koreans set three WWC records en route to set the pace after one of four squads in Doubles

Kim Yeau Jin shoots second perfecto in WWC history

2007WWCGyeMinYoung_KimYeauJin_small.jpg Gye Min Young and Kim Yeau Jin (l-r) from Korea combined for a new championship record of 2787, an average of 232.25 over six games, to set the pace in Women’s World Championships Doubles event Saturday at Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico. Kim set the highlight by rolling the second 300 game of a woman in the history of the WTBA World Championships in game #2.

2007 WWC


227 players from 43 countries to participate in 2nd Women's World Championships

Bol Obispado in Monterrey, Mexico (Aug. 30 - Sept. 9, 2007)

2007WWCLogo3.jpg 51 countries have confirmed their participation in the second Women's World Championships but not all will send players. 43 countries with 227 players will compete from August 30 through September 9, 2007 at Bol Obispado in Monterey, Mexico for medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, 5-Player Team, All Events and Masters. Latest Video: Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards discusses Friday's official practice session.



Jessie Phua elected as FIQ President

KevinDornbergerJessiePhua_small.jpg Jessie Phua of Singapore was elected president of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs on Thursday at the FIQ Congress in Monterrey, Mexico. Phua, who is the president of the Singapore Bowling Federation, defeated incumbent FIQ president Steve Hontiveros of the Philippines, 97-74, to become the first female FIQ president in the history of this organization for the next four years. The picture shows Phua with newly elected WTBA president Kevin Dornberger, United States.



Dornberger elected WTBA President; Congress votes to allow pros

Popov (AUS) and Pujol (FRA) elected 1st and 2nd Vice President

2007WTBAPresidents_small.jpg Kevin Dornberger (center) of the United States was elected president of the World Tenpin Bowling Association on Wednesday, while the WTBA also voted to allow professionals to compete in international events, a move that bolsters the sport's bid for inclusion into the Olympic Games. Dornberger, who is the chief operating officer of the United States Bowling Congress, defeated incumbent WTBA president Heikki Sarso of Finland, 53-34, in a vote by the WTBA Congress as the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monterrey, Mexico.

Northern Ireland


Tenpin bowler recovers from brutal attack to win tilt at title By Ashleigh Wallace

Republished courtesy of Belfast Telegraph (August 27, 2007)

2007BWCGrantDugan_small.jpg A student who was left for dead following a brutal assault which horrified Ulster has made an amazing recovery and is now set to represent Northern Ireland in an international sporting competition. Grant Dugan (21), from Newtownards, has won a place in the Qubica AMF World TenPin Bowling Cup which is taking place in Russia this November. His sporting success comes just 19 months after he was beaten and stabbed seven times with a broken bottle in an unprovoked attack in Newtownards.



Interview with WTBA Presidential candidate Kevin Dornberger

KevinDornberger_small.jpg Bowlingdigital caught up with Kevin Dornberger (pictured), who is the current Chief Officer-National Governing Body and interim Chief Operating Officer of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), to talk about his candidacy for World Tenpin Bowling Association President. The election will be conducted August 29 during the WTBA Congress which will be held in conjunction with the Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico.

43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


St. Petersburg to welcome two returning champions

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2005WCChampionsBarnesSchmidt_small.jpg Entries are coming in for the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St Petersburg, Russia, and QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Manager Anne-Marie Board already knows she will welcome two returning champions. Both the champions from 2005, when the event was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will be there: Michael Schmidt of Canada and the USA's Lynda Barnes (pictured left). Bowlingdigital will cover the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from November third to 11th 2007.



Suartz and Santos to represent Brazil in 2007 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Dragon Bowling Center Lanes in Sao Paulo, Brazil (August 3-5, 2007)

2007BRARoseliSantos_small.jpg 2007BRAMarceloSuartz_small.jpg Marcelo Suartz and Roseli Santos won the XVI Brazil Open Cup QubicaAMF 2007  in Sao Paulo and will represent Brazil in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, from November 3-11, 2007. Suartz (l.), 19, stopped Mario Farias' run in the decisive game, 174-158, en route to win the men's division. Santos (r.), 43, had dominated the women's division and topped Roberta Rodrigues, 214-164, to wrap up the title.



Proposal to allow professionals on agenda again at WTBA Congress

Republished courtesy of Kevin Hazaert, USBC Communications (June 14, 2007)

WTBALogo.jpg Delegates at the World Tenpin Bowling Association Congress in August will once again be faced with a proposal to allow professional athletes to compete in WTBA tournaments, a measure that is critical to the sport's quest to join the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee recently published updated criteria in order to be considered for the Olympic program. The biggest obstacle for bowling remains the exclusion of professionals from international competition.

World News


WRMs 2008, 2009 to be held in Indonesia and Italy

WTBALogo.jpg At its recent meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) Presidium has decided the dates and venues for the 2008 and 2009 World Ranking Masters. The 2008 WRM will be held at Senayan Bowling Sportainment Center, a 30-laner in Jakarta, Indonesia from April 30 through May 6, 2008. The 2009 WRM is schedules for April 27 through May 3, 2009 at Oltremare Bowling Arena, a 20-laner in Naples, Italy.

United States


World Ranking Masters finals air on Monday, May 28 at 3 p.m. EST

SunSportsLogo.jpg 2007WRMLogo_small.jpg The women's and men's championship matches of the World Ranking Masters will be televised on Sun Sports, a Florida-based cable sports channel in the Southeastern U.S in a 90-minute telecast on Monday, May 28 at 3 p.m. EST and re-broadcasted Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m., and Thursday, June 7 at 9 a.m. PBA champions Randy Pedersen and Del Warren are among the commentators for the telecast.



Only in America would the World Ranking Masters fail to draw standing-room only spectators at Kegel Training Center

The World's Elite Bowlers do battle but the spectators stay home By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Drive south on U.S. 27 after passing another series of homes that used to be orange groves and you start looking for the Kegel Training Center. Kegel is known by bowlers and proprietors world wide so you are sure that you will see this giant neon sign signaling where you should turn right to the unique bowling complex...something like looking for the MGM sign when driving down the Strip in Las Vegas. Wrong.

2007 WRM


Williams comes from behind to win men's title at Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters

Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

2007WRMPeterLjung_small.jpg 2007WRMStuartWilliams_small.jpg Stuart Williams (right) from England ended the 2007 Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters at the Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. with a huge game en route to claiming the title and the $10,000 top prize. Williams, who decided to start on long oil, lost game #1 against Peter Ljung from Sweden, 236-233, but leveled the match on short oil, 235-224. Ljung doubled in the last frame of the decider to force Williams to strike on his first ball in the 10th frame. Williams went off the sheet to win the game and the match, 269-240.

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