AMF World Cup

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QubicaAMF World Cup
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Tournament information
Dates November 1–9
Established 1965
Format Qualifying Round: 20 games over four days (5 games per day), cut to Top 24, total pinfall carrying over.[1]
Top 24: 8 games, cut to Top 8, total pinfall carrying over (after 28 games).[1]
Top 8: Round-Robin Match Play + Position Round (8 games), a win is 30 bonus pins and a tie is 15 bonus pins, cut to Top 3 with highest pinfall total + bonus pins (after 36 games).[1]
Semifinals: Best 2 of 3 games between 2nd seeded bowler and 3rd seeded bowler, winner advances to final.[1]
Finals: Semifinals winner faces top seeded bowler in best 2 of 3 games final.[1]

The AMF World Cup, now known as the QubicaAMF World Cup, is an annual Ten-pin bowling championship sponsored by QubicaAMF Worldwide, and one of the largest in terms of number of participating nations. Each nation chooses one male and one female bowler to represent them in the tournament, and in the majority of cases, this is done by running a qualifying tournament, the winners of which (male and female) are chosen.

History[edit]

Main article: AMF World Cup History

Dublin, Ireland in 1965 hosted the first ever bowling world cup. 20 bowlers, all men, arrived to take part in what was then called the International Masters, soon to become the AMF, and eventually the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The 1st edition was won by Finland Lauri Ajanto. Women first competed in 1972, the 8th edition of the AMF World Cup in Hamburg, West Germany. Mexico Irma Urrea won the first women's title.

Previous winners[edit]

Year Location Men[2] Women[3]
1965 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Finland Lauri Ajanto
Women did not participate from 1965-1971
1966 England London, England United States John Wilcox
1967 France Paris, France United States Jack Connaughton
1968 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico West Germany Fritz Blum
1969 Japan Tokyo, Japan Canada Graydon Robinson
1970 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark West Germany Klaus Mueller
1971 Hong Kong Hong Kong United States Roger Dalkin
1972 Germany Hamburg, West Germany Canada Ray Mitchell Mexico Irma Urrea
1973 Singapore Singapore United Kingdom Bernie Caterer Thailand Kesinee Srivises
1974 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Colombia Jairo Ocampo Denmark Birgitte Lund
1975 Philippines Makati City, Philippines Italy Lorenzo Monti Canada Cathy Townsend
1976 Iran Tehran, Iran Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno United States Lucy Giovinco
1977 England Tolworth, England Norway Arne Stroem Canada Rea Rennox
1978 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia Thailand Samran Banyen Philippines Lita de la Rosa
1979 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand France Philippe Dubois Philippines Bong Coo
1980 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno Canada Jean Gordon
1981 United States New York City, USA United States Bob Worrall United Kingdom Pauline Smith
1982 Netherlands Scheveningen, Netherlands Norway Arne Stroem Australia Jeanette Baker
1983 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Chinese Taipei Yu-Tien Chu Australia Jeanette Baker
1984 Australia Sydney, Australia United States Jack Jurek Italy Eliana Rigato
1985 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Mexico Alfonso Rodríguez Republic of Ireland Marjorie McEntee
1986 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Sweden Peter Ljung Sweden Annette Hagre
1987 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Italy Remo Fornasari Netherlands Irene Gronert
1988 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico United Arab Emirates Mohammed Khalifa Al-Qubaisi United States Linda Kelly
1989 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Qatar Salem Al-Monsuri United States Patty Ann
1990 Thailand Pattaya, Thailand Finland Tom Hahl United States Linda Graham
1991 China Beijing, China United States Jon Juneau Sweden Asa Larsson
1992 France Le Mans, France Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno Germany Martina Beckel
1993 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Germany Rainer Puisis United Kingdom Pauline Smith
1994 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico Norway Tore Torgersen South Africa Anne Jacobs
1995 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil United States Patrick Healey, Jr United Kingdom Gemma Burden
1996 Northern Ireland Belfast, Northern Ireland Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno Australia Cara Honeychurch
1997 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Germany Christian Nokel Chinese Taipei Su-Fen Tseng
1998 Japan Kobe, Japan Chinese Taipei Cheng-Ming Yang Australia Maxine Nable
1999 United States Las Vegas, USA Qatar Ahmed Shaheen Australia Amanda Bradley
2000 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Sweden Tomas Leandersson Wales Mel Issac
2001 Thailand Pattaya, Thailand Norway Kim Haugen Japan Nachimi Itakura
2002 Latvia Riga, Latvia Finland Mika Luoto United States Shannon Pluhowsky
2003 Honduras Tegucigalpa, Honduras Philippines Christian Jan Suarez Canada Kerrie Ryan-Ciach
2004 Singapore Singapore Finland Kai Virtanen United States Shannon Pluhowsky
2005 Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia Canada Michael Schmidt United States Lynda Barnes
2006 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Finland Osku Palermaa United States Diandra Asbaty
2007 Russia St Petersburg, Russia United States Bill Hoffman Australia Ann-Maree Putney
2008 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico United States Derek Eoff Singapore Jasmine Yeong-Nathan
2009 Malaysia Malacca Town, Malaysia South Korea Choi Yong-Kyu Canada Caroline Lagrange
2010 France Toulon, France Canada Michael Schmidt Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra
2011 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Australia Jason Belmonte Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra
2012 Poland Wroclaw, Poland Malaysia Syafiq Ridhwan Singapore Shayna Ng
2013 Russia Krasnoyarsk, Russia Israel Or Aviram Canada Caroline Lagrange
2014 Poland Wroclaw, Poland United States Chris Barnes Colombia Clara Guerrero
  • Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno holds two Guinness World Records from his accomplishments in the QubicaAMF World Cup. The first record is his four victories (1976, 1980, 1992, 1996) spanned 3 decades.[4] The second record is he is the youngest men's champion, 19, when he won his first of four titles in 1976.[4] Incidentally, Nepomuceno won his titles in Olympic years.
  • The oldest champions are Italy Remo Fornasari, 51, when he won in 1987;[5] and Mexico Irma Urrea, 45, when she won the very first women's title in 1972.
  • United Kingdom Gemma Burden is the youngest women's champion, 17, when she won in 1995.[6]
  • Two other men besides Nepomuceno has won multiple World Cup titles, Norway Arne Stroem (1977 and 1982) and Canada Michael Schmidt (2005 and 2010).
  • Five women have each won two times, United Kingdom Pauline Smith (1981 and 1993), Australia Jeanette Baker (1982 and 1983), United States Shannon Pluhowsky (2002 and 2004), Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra (2010 and 2011), and Canada Caroline Lagrange (2009 and 2013).
  • Baker and Guerra are the only bowlers in QubicaAMF World Cup history to win consecutive titles.
  • Only once has a country swept the men's and women's titles in the same year. This occurred in 1986 when Sweden Sweden incidentally defeated Philippines in both the men's and women's finals to accomplish this feat.
  • Chris Barnes (2014 men's champion) and Lynda Barnes (2005 women's champion) are the only husband-wife duo that has won the QubicaAMF World Cup.[7]
  • United States USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF World Cup, winning a combined 18 titles (10 men's titles, 8 women's titles).

Records[edit]

Scoring Records[edit]

Category Record Player Year/Venue
Qualifying Rounds[N 1]
Men's Individual Game 300[N 2] 56 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.
Women's Individual Game 300[N 3] 13 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.
Men's 3 Game Series 896[9] Australia Paul Trotter 2002, Riga, Latvia Latvia
Women's 3 Game Series 803[N 4] Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa
Men's 5 Game Block 1307[10] Qatar Ahmed Shaheen 2002, Riga, Latvia Latvia
Women's 5 Game Block 1304[10] Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa
Men's 6 Game Block 1599[11] Belgium Mats Maggi 2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Russia
Women's 6 Game Block 1531[12] United States Lynda Barnes 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia Slovenia
Men's 8 Game Block 2088[13] United States Tommy Jones 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa
Women's 8 Game Block 1948[14] Colombia Clara Guerrero 2014, Wroclaw, Poland Poland
Men's High Average 246.22[15] Finland Osku Palermaa 2006, Caracas, Venezuela Venezuela
Women's High Average 244.03[16] Canada Caroline Lagrange 2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Russia
Finals - Arena "Knockout" Rounds (2000-2005)[N 5]
Men's Individual Game 300[N 6] Finland Kai Virtanen 2004, Singapore Singapore
Women's Individual Game 279 Australia Ann-Maree Putney[N 7] 2004, Singapore Singapore
Canada Kerrie Ryan-Ciach[N 8]
Men's 2 Game Series 536[N 9] Norway Petter Hansen 2004, Singapore Singapore
Women's 2 Game Series 528[N 10] United States Shannon Pluhowsky 2004, Singapore Singapore
Men's 3 Game Series 764[N 11] Norway Petter Hansen 2004, Singapore Singapore
Women's 3 Game Series 737[N 12] Philippines Liza Del Rosario 2001, Pattaya, Thailand Thailand
Finals - Stepladder
Men's Individual Game 300[7] United States Chris Barnes 2014, Wroclaw, Poland Poland
Women's Individual Game 298[17] Singapore Jasmine Yeong-Nathan 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico Mexico
Men's 2 Game Series 523[N 13] United States Bill Hoffman 2007, St. Petersburg, Russia Russia
Women's 2 Game Series 561[17] Singapore Jasmine Yeong-Nathan 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico Mexico
Men's 3 Game Series 778[17] United States Derek Eoff 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico Mexico
Women's 3 Game Series 747[18] Colombia Clara Guerrero 2014, Wroclaw, Poland Poland
  1. ^ Qualifying rounds consists of four rounds of qualifying, eight games in the Top 24 round, and round-robin match play.
  2. ^ Jason Belmonte and Tore Torgersen has bowled the most 300s, each with three. In 2013, Torgersen became the first in QubicaAMF World Cup history to bowl back-to-back 300s.[8]
  3. ^ No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2014.
  4. ^ Qualifying Day 2, Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
  5. ^ Arena Knockout Rounds was a format of three rounds of single elimination, best-of-three-games.
  6. ^ In game 1 of arena quarterfinals.
  7. ^ In game 1 of arena quarterfinals
  8. ^ In game 1 of arena semifinals
  9. ^ In arena quarterfinals.
  10. ^ In arena semifinals.
  11. ^ In arena semifinals.
  12. ^ In arena quarterfinals.
  13. ^ In stepladder semifinals.

Other Records[edit]

1976, 1979-1980, 1982, 1985-1989, 1991-1996, 2009

1982-1983, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1994-1996, 1998-2000, 2002-2006, 2008

  • Most Championship Appearances, Stepladder and Arena, Men - 9, Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno

1976, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1991-1993, 1995-1996

  • Most Championship Appearances, Stepladder and Arena, Women - 7, Malaysia Shalin Zulkifli

1996-1998, 2000-2001, 2003-2004

  • Most Nations - 95 in 2004[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Men and Women Combined - 167 in 2010[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Men - 93 in 2004[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Women - 76 in 2010[19]

Awards[edit]

  • The Bent Petersen Award, named for the retiree who ran AMF’s international operations for 36 years, is awarded to the country with the best combined finishes in the men's and women's divisions.[20] (Bent Petersen passed away on November 21, 2014)[21]. This was first awarded at the 1984 AMF World Cup, then called the Country Champion Award,[22] won by Thailand Thailand.
  • Highest Game Award is awarded in both the men's and women's division to the bowlers who had the highest one game score during the tournament. There have been 71 300s bowled at the QubicaAMF World Cup (58 by men, 13 by women). Canada Jack Guay bowled the first ever 300 game in 1994, the 30th year of the AMF World Cup; while Malaysia Shalin Zulkifli was the first woman to bowl a 300 in 1997.
  • The Sportsmanship Award, awarded to one male bowler and one female bowler, is voted for by the participating bowlers.

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