QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
|Location||Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, USA |
|Format||Qualifying Round: All bowlers (men and women bowl in separate divisions) bowl 24 games over three days (8 games per day), cut to top 24, total pinfall carrying over.
Intermediate Round: Top 24 qualifiers (men and women) roll 8 games, cut to Top 8, total pinfall carrying over (after 32 games).
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 (men and women) with highest pinfall total + bonus pins (after 40 games).
Semifinals: Best of 3 games between 2nd seeded bowler and 3rd seeded bowler, winner advances to final.
Finals: Semifinals winner faces top seeded bowler in best of 3 games final.
|Participants||156 bowlers from 88 countries, 86 men and 70 women|
|Champions||Men: Wu Siu Hong
Women: Clara Guerrero
The QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, formerly known as the International Masters and AMF Bowling World Cup, is an annual Ten-pin bowling championship sponsored by QubicaAMF Worldwide, and one of the largest in terms of number of participating countries. Each country chooses one male and/or 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/or female) are chosen.
The Bowling World Cup was created by AMF's European Promotions Director at the time, Victor Kalman, and Gordon Caie, AMF's Promotions Manager in the UK at the time. 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. The 1st edition was won by Lauri Ajanto. Women first competed in 1972, the 8th edition of the AMF Bowling World Cup in Hamburg, West Germany where Irma Urrea won the first women's title.
14 countries have participated in every Bowling World Cup since its inception: Australia, Belgium, England (as Great Britain until 1995), Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.
- Paeng Nepomuceno holds two Guinness World Records from his victories in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. His four victories (1976, 1980, 1992, 1996) came in a record three different 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 Bowling World Cup titles, Arne Stroem (1977 and 1982) and Michael Schmidt (2005 and 2010).
- Six 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), Caroline Lagrange (2009 and 2013) and Clara Guerrero (2014 and 2015).
- Baker, Guerra, and Guerrero are the only bowlers in QubicaAMF Bowling 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 Bowling World Cup.
- USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF Bowling 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]||14 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[N 5]||246.22||Osku Palermaa||2006, Caracas, Venezuela|
|Women's High Average[N 5]||244.03||Caroline Lagrange||2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia|
Finals - Arena "Knockout" Rounds (2000-2005)[N 6] and Stepladder
|Men's Individual Game||300||Kai Virtanen[N 7]||2004, Singapore|
|Chris Barnes||2014, Wroclaw, Poland|
|Women's Individual Game||298||Jasmine Yeong-Nathan||2008, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|Men's 2 Game Series||536[N 8]||Petter Hansen||2004, Singapore|
|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 consecutive 300s.
- No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2014.
- Qualifying Day 2, Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
- 32 Games
- Arena Knockout Rounds was a format of three rounds of single elimination, best-of-three-games.
- In game 1 of arena quarterfinals.
- In arena quarterfinals.
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 Countries - 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 Country Award is awarded to the country with the best combined finishes in the men's and women's divisions. It is named after Bent Petersen, who ran AMF’s international operations for 36 years before retiring in 1998. Originally known as the Country Champion Award, it has been presented at the BWC since 1984. The first winner of the award was Thailand. In 2000, the award was renamed in honor of Petersen. Petersen died on November 21, 2014.
- 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 72 300s bowled at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (58 by men, 14 by women). Jack Guay bowled the first ever 300 game in 1994, the 30th year of the AMF Bowling World Cup; while Shalin Zulkifli was the first woman to bowl a 300 in 1997.
- The Barry James Sportsman Award and Jacky Felsenstein Sportswoman 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
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- "Our Champions: Hong Kong and Colombia". QubicaAMF.
- Men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Medalists
- Women's QubicaAMF Bowling 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 32 games
- Women's High Average Record After 32 games
- "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 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup website
- QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup on Facebook
- QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup on Twitter
- QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Results by Year, from European Tenpin Bowling Federation website
- Bowlingdigital's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Section
- TalkTenpin's QubicaAMF World Cup Page