World Bowling News Overview

2006 WRM


Both top seeds sidelined in World Ranking Masters Quarterfinals

Cosmo Bowling in Kuwait City, Kuwait (May 9-15, 2006)

Putty_Armein_4708.jpg Men's and women's No. 1 seeds, Wu Siu Hong from Hong Kong and Germany's Tanya Petty, both were sidelined by the No. 8 seeded players in the first match play round of the 2006 World Ranking Masters finals. Siu Hong went out in two games against local favorite Khalid Al Dubyan, 2-0, in the best-of-three games format. Petty lost the deciding third game against Putty Armein (pictured), Indonesia 234-183.

2006 WRM


Siu Hong and Petty earn top seed for World Ranking Masters match play finals

Cosmo Bowling in Kuwait City, Kuwait (May 9-15, 2006)

Wu Siu Hong.jpg Tanya_Petty_4745.jpg Wu Siu Hong from Hong Kong and Germany's Tanya Petty claimed the No. 1 seed for the men's and women's match play finals in the 2006 World Ranking Masters in Kuwait. Siu Hong felled 5410 pins and averaged 225,42 for 24 games. Petty led the women's field with 5184 24-game total, an average of 216 overall.

2006 WRM


Siu Hong and Petty atop the leaderboard after Day 2 in World Ranking Masters

Cosmo Bowling in Kuwait City, Kuwait (May 9-15, 2006)

Shalin_Zulkifli_4297.jpg Robert_Andersson_3141.jpg Robert Andersson and Shalin Zulkifli won the $1,000 bonus on the long oil pattern on the second day of qualifying in the 2006 World Ranking Masters. The Swede averaged 235 for eight games and felled 1880 pins to jump from 22nd place to 10th. Zulkifli leapfrogged from 13th to third place behind a 1796 series.

2006 WRM


Zulkifli and Petty lead World Ranking Masters after Day 1

Cosmo Bowling in Kuwait City, Kuwait (May 9-15, 2006)

Zulmazran_Zulkifli_5337.jpg Tanya_Petty_4745.jpgKuwait Open champion Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malysia took the lead in the men's division at the 2006 World Ranking Masters after eight games on short oil at Cosmo Bowling in Kuwait City. World Doubles champion Tanya Petty of Germany set the pace in the women's division.

1st World Outgames


Strike out at Montreal 2006 Bowling Tournament

Salon Laurentien-Jean-Talon in Montreal, Canada (July 30 to August 4, 2006)

2006WOGLogoblack_small.jpg The 1st World Outgames will be bringing together lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), athletes from around the world in Montreal, Canada, from July 26 to August 5, 2006. With one of the most renowned recreational sports, Bowling will be part of the 35 disciplines offered at the Games.



John Davis presents an R&D project by the WTBA Technical Committee - the concept of a "Regulation Bowling Ball"

Includes a link to a webcast of the presentation

JohnDavisCEOKegel_small.jpg John Davis, President of Kegel and chairman of the WTBA Technical Committee, has invited some 70 American bowling writers on Wednesday evening to the Kegel headquarter in Lake Wales, Florida. The chairman of the WTBA Technical Committee presented an R&D project by the WTBA Technical Committee - the concept of a "Regulation Bowling Ball". The whole presentation is available in Windows Media Player for 56Kbps and DSL/Cable Modem.

Live Coverage


Bob Learn Jr. cruises to victory in WTBA World Challenge

Kegel Training Center in Lakes Wales, Fla.

2006WTBATCBobLearnchampion_small.jpg Five-time PBA champion Bob Learn Jr. rolled eight 200-plus games to cruise to victory in first WTBA World Challenge at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. On Sunday, April 22. All players had to use one bowling ball ony, the "WBA Test Ball". The first winner of a WTBA World Challenge tournament received the 2.000 Dollar top prize from John Davis (pictured left), chairman of the WTBA Technical Committee, which will be working on the concept of a "Regulation Bowling Ball" over the next year.



QubicaAMF adjusts dates for 2006 Bowling World Cup

Mampote Bowling Center in Caracas, Venezuela (Nov. 4-10, 2006)

2006BWCDates.jpg QubicaAMF had to adjust the dates for the 2006 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The 42nd annual edition of the prestigious event needs to finish on Friday 10th November this year, two days earlier as usual. Bowling competition in Venezuela takes place from November 4-10 in the 40-lane center at Mampote, a short drive outside the main city of Caracas.



Just Don't Do It

Republished courtesy of Go Tenpin Magazine (April 2006 issue)

Iain McCorkindale.jpg Steve_Letchford_3573.jpg Two of our leading young bowlers have been banned for two years, having failed one of the regular drug tests conducted on Team England athletes, reports Eric Hayton, editor of the British Go Tenpin magazine. Iain McCorkindale (left) and Steve Letchford (right) were tested at the PTBC in December hosted by the Airport Bowl.



World champ bowler has shot at repeat By Glenn Dawkins

Republished courtesy of Winnipeg Sun (March 20, 2006)

2005WCChampionMichaelSchmidtS.jpg Now it's on to Venezuela. Winnipeg's Michael Schmidt successfully defended his Canadian World Cup tenpin bowling title, yesterday at the Bowling World Cup Canadian National Championships in Caraquet, N.B. Last November in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Schmidt became only the third Canadian male and seventh Canadian to claim the world title at the Bowling World Cup (archive picture).

WBW News


John Jowdy to receive the WBW 2006 Outstanding International Coach Award

Republished courtesy of WBW Worldletter-Plus (March 2006 issue)

John_Jowdy_5156.jpg John Jowdy of California, USA, follows in the footsteps of Tom Kouros, Sid Allen, Fred Borden and Magnus Johnson to become the fifth person to receive the World Bowling Writers Tom Kouros Outstanding International Coach Award. WBW President Hazel McLeary will make the official presentation to John during the upcoming USBC Convention in Baton Rouge.



Caracas to welcome the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2006WCOfficialSigning_118.jpg QubicaAMF has announced that the 42nd Bowling World Cup will be held in Caracas, Venezuela, between fourth and 10th November 2006 (not 12th as earlier reported) in the 40-lane center at Mampote, site of the 1983 FIQ Worlds. The Deputy Minister for Sport and President of the Instituto National de Deportives, Prof. Eduardo Alvarez Camacho, gave the event the full backing of the government when he signed the contract. 

World News


Lynda Barnes and Paul Moor the 2005 WBW Bowlers of the Year

By Keith Hale

Paul_Moor_5269.jpg Lynda_Barnes_5366.jpg Lynda Barnes of Texas, USA and Paul Moor of Hull, England have been named 2005 World Bowling Writers Bowlers of the Year. Barnes enjoyed a magnificent year including a victory in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Slovenia. Moor captured three titles on the European Bowling Tour en route to win the European rankings for the second consecutive year.

WBW News


Diandra Asbaty elected to World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame

Longtime Team USA member is first American woman, youngest selected

Diandra_Asbaty_5341.jpg Diandra Asbaty can put a checkmark next to another lifetime goal - and one of the biggest - before she hits age 30. The seven-time United States Bowling Congress Team USA member recently was elected to the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, becoming the first American woman to earn the honor and the youngest individual selected to the Hall of Fame.

41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


Lynda Barnes and Michael Schmidt win 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Bowling Alley: Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005WCChampionsBarnesSchmidtXS.jpg Team USA member Lynda Barnes and Michael Schmidt of Canada captured one of the most coveted titles in amateur bowling when they won the women's and men's titles in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

United States


Kingpin Million Dollar Challenge - Kingpin Postponement Official Statement

The biggest (bowling) flop of all times?

Kingpin_5288.jpg As published yesterday, the Kingpin Million Dollar Challenge to be held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, October 22-30, 2005 was postponed by the management. We have now received the Kingpin Postponement Official Statement promising that "all contestants will be offered a full refund of any and all funds they have paid the Kingpin organizers."

2005 World Games


Kai Virtanen and Kim Soo-Kyung crowned World Games Champions

Bowling Alley: Joe's Super Bowling in Mülheim on the Ruhr, Germany

WG2005Champs.jpgKai Virtanen from Finland and Kim Soo-Kyung from Korea won the men's and women's titles at the 7th World Games 2005. The decision in both championship matches were made in the very last frame. Virtanen topped Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, 444-424 to win the men's title. Soo-Kyung, who led since the qualifying, edged Zara Glover from England by one pin (!!) to earn the gold medal in the women's division, 416-415.  In the opening matches, Andrew Cain, USA, fell to Virtanen 228-148, while Glover defeated Caroline Lagrange, CAN, 227-167.

2005 World Games


Verbruggen, Cain, Virtanen and Kim, Lagrange, Glover to bowl for the World Games titles

Gery_Verbruggen_5295.jpg Kim_Soo-Kyung_5294.jpg Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, Team USA's Andrew Cain and Kai Virtanen from Finland will battle it out for the men's Singles title in the 7th World Games 2005 here at Joe's SuperBowling in Mülheim on the Ruhr. Qualifying leader Kim Soo-Kyung from Korea, Canada's Caroline Lagrange and Zara Glover from England will bowl for the women's title.


2005 World Games


French Isabelle Saldjian and Francois Sacco win Mixed Doubles title

Bowling Alley: Joe's Super Bowling in Mülheim on the Ruhr, Germany

WG2005MixedChampsFRA_small.jpg French champions Isabelle Saldjian and Francois Sacco used the momentum from the semi-final victory over Korea to defeat topseeded Malaysians Shalin Zulkifli and Zulmazran Zulkifli, 828-792, en route to win the gold medal in Mixed Doubles in the 7th World Games in Germany. Malaysia earned the silver medal while Korea's Kim Soo-Kyung and Kang Hee-Won took bronze.

2005 World Games


Koreans lead top 10 men and women into Round Robin Match Play

WG2005KOR_small.jpg Mixed Doubles bronze medalists Kim Soo-Kyung and Kang Hee-Won (l-r) from Korea led the top 10 men and top 10 women into the round robin match play finals on Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. The top 3 men and top 3 women after ten games will advance to the stepladder finals at 4.30 p.m. to determine the World Games champions. Both finals will be played simultaneously as the German TV has announced that the finals will be televised live.

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