AMF World Cup
|QubicaAMF World Cup|
|Location||Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, USA|
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.
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 Lauri Ajanto. Women first competed in 1972, the 8th edition of the AMF World Cup in Hamburg, West Germany. Irma Urrea won the first women's title.
- 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. He also holds the record for the youngest men's champion, 19, when he won his first of four titles in 1976. Incidentally, Nepomuceno won his titles in Olympic years.
- The oldest champions are Remo Fornasari, 51, when he won in 1987; and Irma Urrea, 45, when she won the very first women's title in 1972.
- Gemma Burden is the youngest women's champion, 17, when she won in 1995.
- Two other men besides Nepomuceno has won multiple World Cup titles, Arne Stroem (1977 and 1982) and Michael Schmidt (2005 and 2010).
- Five women have each won two times, Pauline Smith (1981 and 1993), Jeanette Baker (1982 and 1983), Shannon Pluhowsky (2002 and 2004), Aumi Guerra (2010 and 2011), and 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 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.
- USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF World Cup, winning a combined 18 titles (10 men's titles, 8 women's titles).
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||Paul Trotter||2002, Riga, Latvia|
|Women's 3 Game Series||803[N 4]||Aumi Guerra||2011, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Men's 5 Game Block||1307||Ahmed Shaheen||2002, Riga, Latvia|
|Women's 5 Game Block||1304||Aumi Guerra||2011, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Men's 6 Game Block||1599||Mats Maggi||2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia|
|Women's 6 Game Block||1531||Lynda Barnes||2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Men's 8 Game Block||2088||Tommy Jones||2011, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Women's 8 Game Block||1948||Clara Guerrero||2014, Wroclaw, Poland|
|Men's High Average||246.22||Osku Palermaa||2006, Caracas, Venezuela|
|Women's High Average||244.03||Caroline Lagrange||2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia|
Finals - Arena "Knockout" Rounds (2000-2005)[N 5]
|Men's Individual Game||300[N 6]||Kai Virtanen||2004, Singapore|
|Women's Individual Game||279||Ann-Maree Putney[N 7]||2004, Singapore|
|Kerrie Ryan-Ciach[N 8]|
|Men's 2 Game Series||536[N 9]||Petter Hansen||2004, Singapore|
|Women's 2 Game Series||528[N 10]||Shannon Pluhowsky||2004, Singapore|
|Men's 3 Game Series||764[N 11]||Petter Hansen||2004, Singapore|
|Women's 3 Game Series||737[N 12]||Liza Del Rosario||2001, Pattaya, Thailand|
Finals - Stepladder
|Men's Individual Game||300||Chris Barnes||2014, Wroclaw, Poland|
|Women's Individual Game||298||Jasmine Yeong-Nathan||2008, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|Men's 2 Game Series||523[N 13]||Bill Hoffman||2007, St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Women's 2 Game Series||561||Jasmine Yeong-Nathan||2008, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|Men's 3 Game Series||778||Derek Eoff||2008, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|Women's 3 Game Series||747||Clara Guerrero||2014, Wroclaw, Poland|
- Qualifying rounds consists of four rounds of qualifying, eight games in the Top 24 round, and round-robin match play.
- 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.
- No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2014.
- Qualifying Day 2, Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
- Arena Knockout Rounds was a format of three rounds of single elimination, best-of-three-games.
- In game 1 of arena quarterfinals.
- In game 1 of arena quarterfinals
- In game 1 of arena semifinals
- In arena quarterfinals.
- In arena semifinals.
- In arena semifinals.
- In arena quarterfinals.
- In stepladder semifinals.
Appearances and Participation Records
- Most Appearances, Men - 16, Paeng Nepomuceno
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, Paeng Nepomuceno
1976, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1991-1993, 1995-1996
- Most Championship Appearances, Stepladder and Arena, Women - 7, Shalin Zulkifli
1996-1998, 2000-2001, 2003–2004
- Most Nations - 95 in 2004
- Most Bowlers, Men and Women Combined - 167 in 2010
- Most Bowlers, Men - 93 in 2004
- Most Bowlers, Women - 76 in 2010
- 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. (Petersen passed away on November 21, 2014). This was first awarded at the 1984 AMF World Cup, then called the Country Champion Award, won by 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). Jack Guay bowled the first ever 300 game in 1994, the 30th year of the AMF World Cup; while 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. Representatives from Canada and Mexico have each won this award more times than any country, six times each.
- QubicaAMF will usher in the next 50 years of the Bowling World Cup at Sam’s Town
- Men's QubicaAMF World Cup Medalists
- Women's QubicaAMF World Cup Medalists
- "Paeng's Guinness World Records". Philippine Star.
- Oldest Men's Champion
- Youngest Women's Champion
- "Chris Barnes sweeps two opponents to win men's title in 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup". Bowlingdigital.
- Torgersen back-to-back 300s
- Men's 3 Game Series Record
- "Aumi does it again!". QubicaAMF.
- Men's 6 Game Block Record
- Women's 6 Game Block Record
- Men's 8 Game Block Record
- Women's 8 Game Block Record
- Men's High Average Record After Qualifying and Top 24
- Women's High Average Record After Qualifying and Top 24
- "High scoring finals see championship go to Singapore and USA". QubicaAMF.
- Women's 3 game Series Record
- Most Appearances Male or Female
- Participation Records
- Bent Petersen Award
- First Country Champion Award
- Sportsmanship Award
- Official 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup website
- Official QubicaAMF World Cup Facebook Page
- Official QubicaAMF World Cup Twitter Account
- QubicaAMF World Cup Results by Year, from European Tenpin Bowling Federation website
- Bowlingdigital's QubicaAMF World Cup Section
- TalkTenpin's QubicaAMF World Cup Page