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Northcliff Bowling Centre

Johannesburg South Africa

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Back to Johannesburg In 1993, Gerald Paluzzi’s Northcliff Bowling Centre in Johannesburg was the venue for the first world championship in any sport to be held in the new ‘Rainbow Nation’ of South Africa. Taking part in the Bowling World Cup were 47 men and 40 women. And 18 years later, QubicaAMF returned to the same centre, now part of Let’s Go Bowling South Africa, and 81 men and 70 women, representing 82 countries, took to the lanes. We stayed in hotels in the fabulous Montecasino entertainment complex.

Some of the players and officials – and their baggage! – on arrival at Johannesburg airport.

Host Gerald Paluzzi and tournament director Bernard Gibbons are hard at work sorting out the arrangements for the tournament before the players arrive.

The static hot air balloon at the Montecasino complex.

Preparing the lanes is Gerry Barrett

And inspecting the lanes is WTBA technical delegate Pini Hershkovitz


A Zulu welcome The headquarters of South African Breweries, one of our key local sponsors, was the venue for an opening ceremony featuring the athleticism and excitement of Zulu dancing. The players processed in for the formalities with the oaths of fair play and fair decisions being taken by Marika van der Berg for the players and Maureen King on behalf of the officials After short speeches from Ron Wood (QubicaAMF Senior Vice-President, International Sales and Service), Antonio Rossetti (South African Breweries), Gerald Paluzzi, Kevin Dornberger (President of FIQ and WTBA), Anthea Harms (President of the South Africa Tenpin Bowling Association) and Alec Moemi (Director General, National Department of Sport and Recreation), the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr Parks Tau, officially declared the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup open.

The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr Parks Tau, officially opened the tournament


Zulu warriors welcomed all the guests as they arrived

Greeting us at the entrance to the Brewery was this bust of Nelson Mandela.

Marika van der Berg of South Africa took the oath of fair play on behalf of all the competitors.

And some of the players joined in as well!

Here we see some of the players at the opening ceremony

Maureen King took the oath on behalf of the officials

Meet the players All the players get certificates of participation and here we see several groups.


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Qualifying Twenty games, across all the lanes, and the name of the game was make the top 24. And after those 20 games, the overall average for all the men was a staggering 203.1 and for all the women 189.6. It needed a 213.6 average to qualify for the next stage of the men’s event and the lucky player was Thomas Gross of Austria who finished 8th in St Petersburg in 2007. Thomas was just four pins ahead of Tomas Cibinskas of Lithuania who was the unlucky player to miss out. Katrien Goossens of Belgium made the cut for the top 24 in the ladies’ section, but it was a close run thing. She had a 20 game total of 3976, a 198.8 average. Both Luz Adriana Leal of Catalonia and Daria Pajak of Poland were only two pins away from spoiling Katrien’s dream of a third top 24 finish in the three Bowling World Cups she has played in.

Thomas and Katrien look happy to have made the cut.

Keeping track of all the scores and ensuring the event ran smoothly were QubicaAMF’s experts Claudio Sermenghi and Laurie Pearce.

An anxious wait for some as they watch the scores scroll up on the big screen

Daria in action

Lynn Page, one of our wonderful volunteers, writing the scores up

A disappointed Luz Adriana


Dinner time! As usual, QubicaAMF took the opportunity afforded by the Bowling World Cup to invite key customers and VIPs to a slap-up dinner. This also provides the chance to recognise the input and support of local sponsors and organisations. This year was no exception.

Anthea Harms received a memorial plaque on behalf of the Tenpin Bowling Association of South Africa


And another plaque was presented to Gideon Sam of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

Here we see all the organisations who received plaques. Left to right: Mick Holden (Chief installer of the lanes), Chris Zotos (Zotos Construction), Andre du Pisani (Let’s Go Bowling, Northcliff), Ron Wood, Justin Paluzzi, Karen Kruger (Southern Sun Hotels), Gideon Sam (SASCOC), Anthea Harms (TBASA)

Of course, a floor show showcased the local culture

Guests at the dinner arriving at the buffet

We’re family friendly! It is often said that the Bowling World Cup is a family. Never more true than this year. First, three of the women competitors had their young children with them. Petra Hanzlovska of the Czech Republic was in Johannesburg with her husband Lubomir and their 8-monthold son Jan. Canadian player Jennifer Park’s child was even younger. Katelyn was just four months old when she arrived in South Africa, while Jennifer’s husband Cameron remained at home with Katelyn’s brother and sister. Young Madden Asbaty on the other hand was already two and beginning to understand what Mummy Diandra was doing. Diandra, our champion in 2008, was bowling a storm while husband John took care of Madden. It is not unusual for participation in the Bowling World Cup to run in the family. Fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, married couples – all have competed. And this year we had a mother and son team from Malta. Sue Abela first competed in 1987 and won the Sportswoman of the Tournament award in 1991. She even played the last time the event was in Johannesburg. 2010 was extra special since her son Justin Caruana Scicluna played in the men’s section. Dominique Merlo has competed five times for the island of Reunion but this year it was her daughter Virginie who was in action on the lanes. Virginie had her daughter Nel with her so Dominique took on the grandmotherly duties to look after the youngster. And this year, the family connections extended to the organisers. Justin and Jessica Paluzzi were key members of the organising committee.

Jennifer and Katelyn

Madden with mother Diandra and father John

Three generations of the Merlo family – Virginie, Nel and Dominique

Petra, Lubomir and Jan

Sue and Justin in front of their national flag

Jessica and Justin look into the trophy


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High scores abound The lanes were in such excellent condition that we had high hopes of at least one perfect game. We did not have to wait long. Jason Belmonte of Australia hit the tournament’s first 300 in game four of the qualifying. Next to get in on the act was American star Tommy Jones on day two. Then along came Argentina’s Lucas Legnani on day three. By day four, we were disappointed when no-one hit the magic number! But we should not have worried. Come the round of 24, Jason shot another perfect game, becoming the second player to hit two in one Bowling World Cup (Osku Palermaa of Finland did it in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2008). And this was actually Jason’s third World Cup 300 as he had one in St Petersburg in 2007! Then, not to be outdone, Biboy Rivera of the Philippines hit his first World Cup perfect game. For the women, game 12 of the qualifying blocks saw Rie Totsuka of Japan hit 297. And that was to remain the top mark for the whole tournament. We may not have had a 300 from a woman but we did get new records. Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic, our defending champion, hit a new record for a three games with her first three of the second block (244-280-279 = 803), then hit 1304 over five in her third block, another record. And her average of 241 after the qualifying and round of 24 was also a new record. But she was most proud of beating the men after 28 games – she hit 6748 while the men’s leader at that stage, Tommy Jones, was on 6739! However, Tommy then came into his own and hit a new record of 2088 for an eight game block in the round robin.

Jason after his first 300

Biboy is congratulated after his 300

Tommy poses for the camera after his 300

Aumi celebrates with Manuel Febles after her 1304

Lucas’s last ball


Meeting up and making friends Meeting people from all over the world, sometimes from countries you have never heard of, is all part of the Bowling World Cup experience.

Seyed Hamidreza Seyed Azizollah of Iran celebrated his birthday during the tournament and was clearly delighted with the small cake given to him.

We welcomed Haiti to the World Cup family for the first time. Player Jean Edouard Nelson, seen here at the opening ceremony, is also President of the Haitian Federation and told us about bowling in his country: “We have virtually nothing now. Our headquarters was located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti but was completely destroyed in the earthquake. We had six bowling centres before the earthquake but now only one a small centre in St Marc is left. It’s a long way from the capital and our infrastructure has been very badly damaged, so it’s difficult to get to. It will take time to rebuild the country. And don’t forget, so many of us have lost someone – family members or friends.”


Peru’s Gerardo Heshiki is a designer and sculptor. He gathered quite a crowd round him when he used plasticine to make a model of the cheetah with a bowling pin in its mouth, the emblem of the championship. Here we see the beginning, the middle and the final result, with Bernard Gibbons watching enthralled as the model took shape. Every piece of the model was in plasticine, even the QubicaAMF logo on the pin – except its whiskers which were a few bristles from a cleaner’s brush! The model was presented to Gerald Paluzzi at the victory banquet and now has pride of place in his office.

It is often said that bowling is a sport for all ages. Here we see Rita de Franco of Ethiopia, at 58 the oldest woman in the tournament, with 16-year-old Sara Pelayo Olvera of Mexico, the youngest woman. On the other side of the Christmas tree are Guy Baria of Monaco who was 68 with the youngest male player, Alexandr Panchenko, who was just 15.

Global 900 ran a class on lane conditions and reading the lanes.

Only one man playing in the tournament had won the championship before – Michael Schmidt (on the left of the picture) of Canada who won in 2005 in Ljubjana, Slovenia, and won again in Toulon, France, in 2010. He was in Johannesburg to defend his title. But also present was Peter Ljung of Sweden, our champion in 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in South Africa as coach to the Swedish team.

Arturs Levikins of Latvia was in Denmark in 2006 and saw some really interesting crystals, which he bought. “I didn’t know what they were and no-one could tell me but it sparked an interest and now I have about 140 different crystals in my collection,” he said. And when he arrived in Johannesburg, he found there was a specialist crystal shop close to the bowling centre. He took Latvia’s female player, Adina Kindzule, along with him one day.

Cristina Mas Lazaro from Spain and Lucia Marco of Portugal went shopping to the local African crafts market and came back with this chess set.

Maja Debenec is a hair dresser at home in Slovenia and was amazed at the work that goes into braiding. She was equally amazed at the price – far lower than she would charge for the hours of work necessary!

Two of our women players had won the tournament. The USA’s Diandra Asbaty, here on the left, won in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2006, while Aumi Guerra from the Dominican Republic won last year in Toulon and was bidding to become only the second player, male or female, to successfully defend the title.

The Malaysian team went out to eat in the local Chinese restaurant.

Our official photographer, Hero Noda, looks for birds – and more photo opportunities!



The top 24 The top 24 players in each section now embarked on a further eight games to determine the eight to go forward to the round robin. There was a lot of local interest with a vociferous crowd supporting Francois Louw who provided an amazing finish. With one game to go, Steve Thornton of England was 53 behind Francois but Steve started striking and hit the first eight. Francois kept his head and finished strongly, with a 246. Steve had to strike out but left a single pin in the 9th frame, finishing with a 269 so that Fran made it by 29 pins. Fran said afterwards: “Whew! I made it! I knew I had to hit a good score but I did get lucky as two of my strikes were Brooklyn! 29 pins sounds a lot but it didn’t feel like it down on the lanes.” Over with the women, Lisa John of England started the day 158 pins below 8th place but a superb 1901 over her eight games pulled her right up to qualify for the round robin. It was so close between her and Evgeniya Zelenkova of Russia. Evgeniya was 37 pins behind with one game to go, but bowled really well. The tension remained till the last frame with her 248 not quite being enough as Lisa shot 215. Evgeniya missed out on the final eight by just four pins, the second time she has finished in the unenviable 9th spot, as she did in Melaka, Malaysia, two years ago.

Evgeniya texts home with the sad news that she missed out again

The top 24 women pose for the camera

The top 24 men

Lisa and Steve looks up at the scoreboard but could not change it – Steve missed out on a top 8 finish.


Memories are made of this We asked four of the journalists who frequently attend the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup for their memories and opinions. Americo Scheftsik of Canada (by way of Hungary and Argentina) From a bowling writer point of view, the one on one interview experience is unique in a QubicaAMF BWC. No team isolation, no inhibitions, just sincere friendly talking and listening. Getting quotes is a piece of cake! From a competitor point of view, it is a chance to make friends and enjoy the competition; it seems to them that participating in the BWC is already the prize won by being their nation’s champions. From a spectator point of view, the BWC gives the chance to watch high level bowling in a friendly atmosphere of a smorgasboard of very distinct bowlers under different flags, who play for honour, their language is bowling and the experience lingers in everybody for years to come. My most memorable experience was in Lisbon in 2000 waiting for the semi finals to start when I talked with a fellow member of World Bowling Writers, Barry James. We talked for ages and there was nothing he did not know about the World Cup. It was to be our first and last conversation as he was too ill to come to another BWC and died a couple of years later. A great man. Americo isn’t actually a prisoner – the bars were security around the press room in Johannesburg!

Bira Teodoro (Brazil) My first World Cup was in Slovenia where I was both player and journalist. I was initially worried about the commitment but the welcome I received filled my heart with joy. I cannot think of any other situation where I could meet so many different people with so many different cultures, languages, climates and life in general. I saw snow for the first time and loved this small but beautiful country I have been five more times and loved it every time. Perhaps the most memorable was St Petersburg as it was so very different to my own country. I loved all the culture from the Hermitage and the churches to simply walking the streets and the subway. And it was also the best performance ever by a Brazilian, Marcelo Suartz. Caracas – two 300s by Osku Palerma in an exotic bowling centre; Johannesburg – the most exciting finals ever, a wonderful hotel complex and a visit to a wildlife park; Melaka - closest to my own country in climate being on the equator and colonised by Portugal; and Hermosillo – the best bowling centre and breathtaking finals. All in all, the Bowling World Cup has become a big part of my life. Bira at his first Bowling World Cup, playing for Brazil

Hazel McCleary (Canada)

Hazel (on the left) at the victory banquet in Toulon, with Bernard Mora and Pat Luby.

My Bowling World Cup memories? Of course the ones that Canadians won were special but others stick in my mind too. 1981 - New York and my first Bowling World Cup. I came at the urging of my good friend Woody Woodruff of AMF who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. Then there was 1984 and Sydney, Australia where the ‘AMF Party’ was at the Sydney Opera House. How very special that was! In 1989 I went to Dublin, Ireland. This was the 25th Anniversary of BWC and my first visit to Ireland. We had a very special World Bowling Writers meeting at an Irish whiskey factory which I think Mort Luby organised. By 1997, I was in Cairo and witnessed a spectacular final. To have specially installed lanes out on the dessert with the pyramids the background was amazing. Because of the ‘dust’ in the air, they cleaned the lanes after each game. If I hadn’t been there, I would probably not believe it was possible to hold a bowling match in the desert in Egypt!! And in 2002, we went to Riga which is such an interesting place. The bowling centre was in the modern city of Riga, but if you walked across the bridge from our hotel, you felt like you’d gone back a century. This was the old city and utterly fascinating.

Bernard Mora (France)

Bernard in Johannesburg


I have now been to 36 of the 48 Bowling World Cups – more than anyone else, I’m proud to say! My first was in 1967 in Paris. Each event has its own memories for me but the most exotic for me was Bogota in 1978. The atmosphere was great, the music unforgettable, and the opening ceremony hosted by the ‘’Banda de Policia Militar’’ with enthusiastic local people singing their anthem lustily: “O gloria immarcesible, O immortal jubilo” (O unfading glory, O immortal joy). Then there were all the participants with 45 countries present, including stars like Lita de la Rosa, Brigitte Lund, Nikki Gianulas, Annie Francois, Daniela Gruber, Jacqueline Coudere, Dario Barbieri, Fico Perez, Michel Manigley, Philippe Dubois, José Mariano, Tom Marshall. I remember Tom needing an oxygen mask three times and many others suffering from altitude sickness. (Bogota is 2600 meters above sea level.) There were problems from very active pick pockets, but the general atmosphere was wonderful, especially that of the Press Room with Gosta Zellen, Keith Hale, Mort Luby, for example. And this was the year that the World Bowling Writers honoured me with the “Golden Quill Award”. I must mention the staff of AMF especially Paul Lane, Allison Driscoll and Bent Petersen and finally the victory banquet which was unforgettable, especially the Colombian music. Another enduring memory was a male group of Colombians, very happy having perhaps had a little too much Aguardiente (local liquor). They ‘encouraged’ the young American girl Nikki Gianulas, 18, rather noisily, hollering “Nikki yo te quiero” after each strike and even after each spare! And that is not to mention the Bogota taxi drivers, who were genuine kamikazes.

A walk on the wild side Every year, our hosts organise a sightseeing or cultural trip. This year a very large group of players, officials and supporters took to a fleet of buses for a journey to the Lion and Rhino park, just outside Johannesburg. Some walked around while some, including Joerg Walterbach, QubicaAMF regional director, Central Europe, and key customer Andrej Friedman, owner and managing director of Bowling Lounge Rheydt, used the 4x4. Many of the lion cubs born in the park are semi-tame and it is possible to get up close. Our photos show the wildlife – and some of our guests as well!


The round robin A large crowd witnessed a tremendous standard of bowling in the round robin. The men’s overall average was 235. For the women, there were only eight games below 200, and the overall average for the eight women was 222. With just the position round to go in the round robin, the two players who had topped the men’s leaderboard all week, Tommy Jones and Jason Belmonte, played each other but were well clear and sure to make the stepladder finals. Lucas Legnani was 93 pins behind Mykhaylo Kalika of the Ukraine so catching up even with 30 bonus pins for winning, seemed unlikely. But it looked as if he might do it. Mykhaylo was not bowling well and needed a double in the 10th: he got it! With the women, it was a similar position. Aumi and Diandra were in first and second, so they played each other, and they could not be caught. Sweden’s Sandra Andersson was 108 ahead of Cherie Shi Hua Tan of Singapore. A 259 from Cherie was not enough as Sandra shot 246. Tommy shot a new eight game block record of 2088, beating the previous mark of 2057 held by Osku Palermaa of Finland and set in 2006, in Caracas. So our top three men were Tommy, Jason (who was runner up in 2007 and made the top eight in 2004) and Mykhaylo, the first man from Eastern Europe to make the stepladder final. And two of our three women finalists had won the title before - Aumi and Diandra in first and second - with Sandra Andersson from Sweden in third. Despite the strength of bowling in Sweden, Sandra was the first Swedish woman since Susanne Olsson in 1995 to make the top three.

All the players who make the round robin are given souvenir shirts by QubicaAMF. Here we see the men and women choosing their preferred colours.


The line up for the round robin. Back row: Jason Belmonte (Australia), Kimmo Lehtonen (Finland), Francois Louw (South Africa), Mats Maggi (Belgium). Middle row: Mykhaylo Kalika (Ukraine), Lucas Legnani (Argentina), Biboy Rivera (Philippines). In front: Tommy Jones (USA)

And the line up for the women. Back row: Krista Pollanen (Finland), Sandra Andersson (Sweden), Wendy Kok (Netherlands), Lisa John (England). Middle row: Diandra Asbaty (USA), Lisa Clutario (Phillipines), Cherie Shi Hua Tan (Singapore), In front: Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic)

The women take the stage As usual , the women were first up with Sandra playing Diandra for a place in the championship final. Sandra started like a train with a 267, beating Diandra’s 217. Diandra then came back strongly with a 247 to Sandra’s 219. So we were into a decider. When Sandra left a split in frame seven, it seemed all over and with Diandra continuing striking, it was indeed all over. Diandra hit 279 to Sandra’s 243. The individual totals were an amazing 729 for Sandra and 743 for Diandra. Aumi was aiming to become only the second person to defend the title successfully and she set off in fine style with a 266 beating Diandra’s 201. But again Diandra came back and won the second game, 227 to 214 so we had a one game play off for the championship. And what an exciting game it was. Not the highest scoring but it went to the very last frame. Aumi finished first on 202. If Diandra struck with her first ball in the 10th frame, she would win again. If not, Aumi would win. She hit a 9, and finished with a 199. Aumi said afterwards: “I’ve been really focussed all week and even stayed away from Facebook as it’s a distraction. I may have been the best bowler all week, but it is still 50-50 in the final. “I think this second win is sweeter as you are only as good as your last result. And I do hope to be back to try for three in a row next year. In the meantime, I’m going to have lots to eat, chill out, swim and go to the beach!”

And the line up for the women. Back row: Krista Pollanen (Finland), Sandra Andersson (Sweden), Wendy Kok (Netherlands), Lisa John (England). Aumi Guerra Diandra Asbaty Middle row: Diandra Asbaty (USA), Lisa Clutario (Phillipines), Cherie Shi Hua Tan (Singapore), In front: Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic)

Our finalists together

Sandra Andersson

Aumi admires the trophy for the second time

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The men take over Mykhaylo was clearly nervous, but after a disastrous start, he got his game together and hit 203.That was not enough as Jason shot 237. Mykhaylo came back with a 266 to beat Jason’s 248. Another deciding game was needed. This time it was Jason who hit 266, beating Mykhaylo’s 185, so it would be a second chance for Jason to take the title, having been runner up in 2007. Jason then came up against Tommy. The first game was high scoring, Tommy winning by 279 to 259. Again, Jason came back and won the second by 247 to 216. So yet again we needed a decider –the first time that every match in the top three, both men and women, has gone to a decider. What a game it was! Strike for strike until Tommy opened the 8th frame, and finished on 236. It was up to Jason to close the 10th which he did in style finishing with 259 and becoming the first Australian man to take the title. “I was a long way in the lead in 2004 in Singapore, and got knocked out early on,” he said, “and again I led the field in St Petersburg in 2007 and then I lost in the final. So I was happy to go in as number two seed this time. “All credit to Tommy for some great bowling. He always looked as if he was going to strike. And I do sympathise as I know what it feels like to lead the field and not win.” Jason’s three game total of 765 is a new finals record, just beating the previous mark of 764 by Petter Hansen of Norway, set in Singapore in 2004.

And the line up for the women. Back row: Krista Pollanen (Finland), Sandra Andersson (Sweden), Wendy Kok (Netherlands), Lisa John (England). Middle row: Diandra Asbaty (USA), Lisa Clutario (Phillipines), Cherie Shi Hua Tan (Singapore), In front: Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic)

Jason Belmonte

Mykhaylo Kalika

Tommy Jones

This year the Bent Petersen trophy for the top country went to the USA with Tommy and Diandra both finishing in the runners up spot.


The last act – the victory banquet A quick return to the hotel complex, and we were ready for the victory banquet. This year, for a change, most of the presentations to the players were made at the banquet rather than in the bowling centre. Our first presentation was not for bowling at all. Gerald Paluzzi was surprised and almost speechless when Gerardo Heshiki gave him the lovely sculpture of the cheetah’s head which he had made earlier in the week. The first bowling presentation was for high games. All the men who hit a 300 game received certificates but the trophy went to the player who hit the first perfect game and that was Jason Belmonte. The presentations were made by Anne Jacobs, South Africa’s World Cup winner in 1994. Rie Totsuka of Japan took the trophy for high game for the women with a 297.

Our perfect games. Left to right: Jason Belmonte with the trophy, Tommy Jones, Anne Jacobs, Lucas Legnani and Biboy Rivera.

Then we honoured our third and second placed players. Sandra Andersson and Mykhaylo Kalika were presented with their trophies by Evelee Morais and Chris Vondo respectively. Evelee had probably met every single player during the week as she was in charge of the welcome and transport team. Chris is a member of the mayoral council for the city of Johannesburg.


One of the most coveted titles is ‘Sportsman/ woman of the Tournament’. This is because it is voted for by the players themselves. Several of this year’s players had won the title in years gone by, but this year the winners were Hannah Cullen of Ireland and Charles Richards of the Virgin Islands. Charles was shocked – he had no idea at all and had nipped out of the banquet to get a breath of fresh air when the award was announced.

Rie Totsuka is presented with her trophy by Lance Mnyandu, one of the technical experts at the bowling centre and himself a former member of the South African national team.

There are many people without whom the QubicaAMF Bowling World would not happen. Here we see three of them at the victory banquet: Tina Quirke (Assistant World Cup Manager), Ron Wood, and Anne-Marie Board (QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Manager).

And we move on the Wroclaw in Poland The 48th edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia, Poland. The event will be held in the Sky Bowling Centre in the Sky Tower in late November. Wroclaw (pronounced Vrots-waf) is a very old city, dating back to the 10th century, with a host of medieval buildings and bridges over the river Oder. It is one of the host cities for Euro 2012 (the 2012 European Football Championships) and will be European City of Culture in 2016. And in 2017 the city will host the World Games, where bowling will also take its place. We can’t wait!

Marek Maciejewski of Fitness Academy, owners of Sky Bowling, signs the contract to bring the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to Poland for the first time.




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YEAR HOST CITY & COUNTRY WINNER COUNTRY 1965 Dublin, Ireland Lauri Ajanto Finland 1966 London, England John Wilcox USA 1967 Paris, France Jack Connaughton USA 1968 Guadalajara, Mexico Fritz Blum West Germany 1969 Tokyo, Japan Graydon Robinson Canada 1970 Copenhagen, Denmark Klaus Muller West Germany 1971 Hong Kong Roger Dalkin USA 1972 Hamburg, West Germany Ray Mitchell Canada Irma Urrea Mexico 1973 Singapore Bernie Caterer Great Britain Kesinee Srivises Thailand 1974 Caracas, Venezuela Jairo Ocampo Colombia Birgitte Lund Denmark 1975 Manila, the Philippines Lorenzo Monti Italy Cathy Townsend Canada 1976 Teheran, Iran Paeng Nepomuceno Philippines Lucy Giovinco USA 1977 London, England Arne Stroem Norway Rea Rennox Canada 1978 Bogota, Colombia Samran Banyan Thailand Lita de la Rosa Philippines 1979 Bangkok, Thailand Philippe Dubois France Bon Coo Philippines 1980 Jakarta, Indonesia Paeng Nepomuceno Philippines Jean Gordon Canada 1981 New York, United States Bob Worrall USA Pauline Smith Great Britain 1982 Scheveningen, Netherlands Arne Stroem Norway Jeanette Baker Australia 1983 Mexico City, Mexico You Tien-Chu Chinese Taipei Jeanette Baker Australia 1984 Sydney, Australia Jack Jurek USA Eliana Rigato Italy 1985 Seoul, South Korea Alfonso Rodriguez Mexico Marjorie McEntee Ireland 1986 Copenhagen, Denmark Peter Ljung Sweden Annette Hagre Sweden 1987 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Remo Fornasari Italy Irene Gronert Netherlands 1988 Guadalajara, Mexico Mohammed Khalifa al-Qubeisi UAE Linda Kelly USA 1989 Dublin, Ireland Salem Al-Monsouri Qatar Patty Ann USA 1990 Pattaya, Thailand Tom Hahl Finland Linda Graham USA 1991 Beijing, China Jon Juneau USA Asa Larsen Sweden 1992 Le Mans, France Paeng Nepomuceno Philippines Martina Beckel Germany 1993 Johannesburg, South Africa Rainer Puisis Germany Pauline (Smith) Buck Great Britain 1994 Hermosillo, Mexico Tore Torgerson Norway Anne Jacobs South Africa 1995 Sao Paolo, Brazil Patrick Healey Jr USA Gemma Burden Great Britain 1996 Belfast, Northern Ireland Paeng Nepomuceno Philippines Cara Honeychurch Australia 1997 Cairo, Egypt Christian Nokel Germany Su-Fen Tseng Chinese Taipei 1998 Kobe, Japan Cheng-Ming Yang Chinese Taipei Maxine Nable Australia 1999 Las Vegas, USA Ahmed Shaheen Qatar Amanda Bradley Australia 2000 Lisbon, Portugal Tomas Leandersson Norway Mel Isaac Wales 2001 Pattaya, Thailand Kim Haugen Norway Nachimi Itakura Japan 2002 Riga, Latvia Mika Luoto Finland Shannon Pluhowsky USA 2003 Tegucigalpa, Honduras C.J. Suarez Philippines Kerry Ryan-Ciach Canada 2004 Singapore Kai Virtanen Finland Shannon Pluhowsky USA 2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia Michael Schmidt Canada Lynda Barnes USA 2006 Caracas, Venezuela Osku Palermaa Finland Diandra Asbaty USA 2007 St. Petersburg, Russia Bill Hoffman USA Ann Maree Putney Australia 2008 Hermosillo, Mexico Derek Eoff USA Jasmine Yeong-Nathan Singapore 2009 Melaka, Malaysia Choi Yong-Kyu Korea Caroline Lagrange Canada 2010 Toulon, France Michael Schmidt Canada Aumi Guerra Dominican Republic 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa Jason Belmonte Australia Aumi Guerra Dominican Republic

The 300 Club

Lucas Legnani, Mercedes Perez de la Losa Jason Belmonte, Jacinta Gilliland Thomas Gross, Teresa Oberkersch Marcio Jesus, Lara Jesus Pavel Sobolev, Elena Lazuta Mats Maggi , Katrien Goossens Caio Pizzoli Boyan Donov Michael Schmidt , Jennifer Park Moises Perez, Luz Adriana Leal Vinicio Rivas, Viviana Delgado Cruz Sasa Petkovic, Danijela Vickovic Andreas Christoforou, Myria Kastori Miroslav Cifra, Petra Hanzlovska Manuel Arturo Fernandez Febles, Aumi Guerra Yasser Elsherbeny , Menna Sultan   Steve Thornton, Lisa John Kert Truus, Jelena Bugrova Tewodros Daniel, Rita De Franco Kimmo Lehtonen, Krista Pollanen Yvan Dubois, Isabelle Derynck Maurice Talane Timo Schroeder, Nadine Geissler Michael Wood Joseph Allalouf, Alexandra Zorba Derek Tomlin, Danielle Machon Jean Edouard Nelson Wu Siu Hong, Milki Ng Tamas Szabo, Beatrix Pesek Arni Geir Omarsson, Soffia Gudmunsdottir Shabbir Dhankot, Prathima Hegde Seyed Hamidreza Seyed Azizollah, Sara Ataei Kajouei Maher Aneed Alan Bride, Hannah Cullen Ben Fishler, Shahaf Antin Maurizio Celli, Fabiana Baraldi Daichi Teshima, Rie Totsuka Paul Wright, Melissa Kendall Sameer Qadies Alexandr Panchenko, Yelena Grishinenko Ayad Al Amiri, Hanadi Al Mezaiel Arturs Levikins, Adina Kindzule Tomas Cibinskas, Daiva Perminiene Adrian Ang, Jacqueline Sijore Justin Caruana Scicluna, Sue Abela Elisabeth Relautte Steeve Thia Song Fat, Nasheeha King Omar Torres, Sara Pelayo Olvera Nikolay Babyuk Guy Baria, Sophie Herbin Miyesenge Tuvshinsanaa Phil Hulst, Wendy Kok Marin Tranier, Samy-Anna Saba Craig Nevatt, Julieanne Mollet Tony O’Hare, Karen Payne Mads Sandbækken, Monica Lislien Gerardo Heshiki, Tatiana Valdes Biboy Rivera , Liza Clutario Daria Pajak, Emil Polanisz Paulo Lopes, Lucia Marco Mansour Al Hajri Aurelien Trombini, Virginie Merlo Marius Piticariu, Luminita Farkas Bucin Maxim Kobelkov , Evgeniya Zelenkova Paul Traynor, Tania Yusaf Alexander Tan, Cherie Shi Hua Tan Jan Petras, Alena Baluchova Dušan Lajovic, Maja Debenec Francois Louw, Marika Van Der Berg Francisco Rodriguez , Cristina Mas Lazaro Patrick Bohm, Sandra Andersson Mathieu Bergès, Bigi Manico Surasak Manuwong Khaled Meziou, Hela Meziou Gediz Ege Shaker Ali Al Hassan Mykhaylo Kalika, Darya Kovalova Tommy Jones, Diandra Asbaty Bekzod Tukhtaniyazov, Marina Prokhorova Eddy Fuentes, Patricia Ciotti Charles Richards, Theresa Depka Paul Green, Anne-Maree Williams

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MEN Year Venue Name Country 1994 Hermosillo, Mexico Jack Guay Canada 1995 Sao Paolo, Brazil Jack Guay Canada Patrick Healey Jr USA 1997 Cairo, Egypt Ahmed Shaheen Qatar 1998 Kobe, Japan Paul Boyle England 1999 Las Vegas, USA Kenny Ang Malaysia Mohammed Khalifa al-Qubeisi UAE Shigeo Saito Japan 2000 Lisbon, Portugal Tomas Leandersson Sweden Tore Torgerson Norway 2001 Pattaya, Thailand Scott Norton USA 2002 Riga, Latvia Wayne Greenall England Kai Guenther Germany Paul Trotter Australia 2003 Tegucigalpa, Honduras Bill Hoffman USA 2004 Singapore Matthew Berges Switzerland Pawel Bielski Poland Petter Hansen Norway Chester King Philippines Andrejus Puskariovas Lithuania Yahav Rabin Israel Kai Virtanen Finland 2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia Anders Ohman Sweden Steve Thornton England Badr al Sheikh Saudi Arabia Tamas Szabo Hungary 2006 Caracas, Venezuela Osku Palerma (twice) Finland Ryan Lalisang Philippines 2007 St. Petersburg, Russia Jason Belmonte Australia Aygyrios Ketsetzis Greece Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 2008 Hermosillo, Mexico Nikita Koshelev Russia Zulmazran Zukifli Malaysia 2009 Melaka, Malaysia Choi Yong-Kyu Korea 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa Lucas Legnani Argentina Jason Belmonte (twice) Australia Biboy Rivera Philippines Tommy Jones USA WOMEN Year Venue 1997 Cairo, Egypt 1999 Las Vegas, USA 2000 Lisbon, Portugal 2002 Riga, Latgvia 2004 Singapore 2006 Caracas, Venezuela 2008 Hermosillo, Mexico

Name Country Shalin Zulkifli Malaysia Jill Friis Canada Diane Buchanan Canada Lisa Paluzzi South Africa Wendy Bergen Belgium Laura Rhoney Scotland Sara Vargas Colombia Jasmine Yeong-Nathan Singapore Cookie Lee Hong Kong

Qualifying rounds

3 game series Men: 896 – Paul Trotter (Australia) 2002 Women: 803 – Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic) 2011 5 game block Men: 1307 – Ahmed Shaheen (Qatar) 2002 Women: 1304 - Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic) 2011 6 game block Men: 1537 – Petteri Salonen (Finland) 2007 Women: 1531- Lynda Barnes (USA) 2005 High average Men: 246.22 – Osku Palermaa (Finland) 2006 Women: 241.00 – Aumi Guerra (Dominican Republic) 2011 Finals – Arena and stepladder High games Men: 300 – Kai Virtanen (Finland) 2004 Women: 298 – Jasmine Yeung-Nathan (Singapore) 2008 High series 2 game Men: 536 – Petter Hansen (Norway) 2004 Women: 528 – Shannon Pluhowsky (USA) 2004 3 game Men: 765 – Jason Belmonte (Australia) 2011 Women: 743 – Diandra Asbaty (USA) 2011 Other Most victories by country 17 – USA (9 men’s 8 women’s) 9 – Canada (4 men’s, 5 women’s) 7 – Philippines (3 men’s, 2 women’s) Most victories by an individual Men: 4 - Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) 1976, 1980, 1992, 1996 Women: 2 – Pauline Smith (Buck) Great Britain 1981, 1993; Jeanette Baker (Australia) 1982, 1983; Shannon Pluhowsky (USA) 2002, 2004, Aumi Guerra Dominican Republic, 2010, 2011 Youngest and oldest champions Men: Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) 1976 (19 years); Remo Fornasari (Italy) 1987 (51 years) Women: Gemma Burden (Great Britain) 1995 (17 years); Irma Urrea (Mexico) 1972 (45 years) Most nations participating in one year 95 – Singapore 2004


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QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Magazine 2011  

QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Magazine 2011

QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Magazine 2011  

QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Magazine 2011