Howard Bach

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Howard Bach
Personal information
Country United States
Born (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 39)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ResidenceOrange, California, United States
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
HandednessRight
Men's doubles
Highest ranking9 (5 August 2010)
BWF profile

Howard Bach (born 22 February 1979) is a Vietnamese-American male badminton player from the United States. He was the 2005 world champion in the men's doubles with Tony Gunawan.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Vietnam, Howard Bach came to the U.S. at the age of two, when his father, Cam Sen Bach, emigrated to San Francisco with his family in 1982.[1] From 1991–1993, he attended Marina Middle School in San Francisco. When he was five years old, Howard Bach was brought by his father to the Golden Gate YMCA in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. It was here that over the next 11 years, Howard Bach would be coached by his father in badminton. Bach was a 16-year-old student at Galileo High School when he decided to dedicate himself to the sport of badminton. During his early years, he was also coached and mentored by USA coach of the year, Dick Ng. At age 16, he moved to Colorado Springs to train at the U.S. Olympic Site.

Career[edit]

2004 Olympics[edit]

Bach competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Kevin Han. They defeated Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa in the first round, then were defeated in the round of 16 by Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark.

2005 World Badminton Championships[edit]

From a modest 13th seeded position Howard Bach partnered with Tony Gunawan to win the final of the men's doubles 15-11, 10-15, 15-11, against the Indonesian pair, Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. Thus winning the United States's first ever gold at the World Championships.

The Championships were held at the Arrowhead Pond arena in Anaheim, California.

2008 Olympics[edit]

He partnered with Bob Malaythong in Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, advancing to the quarterfinals – the furthest any American has ever reached. They were defeated by the Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Bach and Tony Gunawan competed in the 2012 London Olympics. They were eliminated during the pool play.

Achievements[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
United States Tony Gunawan Indonesia Candra Wijaya
Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
15–11, 10–15, 15–11 Gold Gold

Pan American Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Tony Gunawan United States Halim Ho
United States Sattawat Pongnairat
21–10, 21–14 Gold Gold
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion 4B,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
United States Bob Malaythong Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
20–22, 13–21 Silver Silver
2003 UASD Pavilion,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
United States Kevin Han Guatemala Pedro Yang
Guatemala Erick Anguiano
15–5, 15–3 Gold Gold
1999 Winnipeg, Canada United States Mark Manha Canada Brent Olynyk
Canada Iain Sydie
17–15, 8–15, 6–15 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Paula Obanana Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
11–21, 21–19, 14–21 Bronze Bronze
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion 4B,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
United States Eva Lee Canada Mike Beres
Canada Valerie Loker
21–19, 21–16 Gold Gold

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 Lima, Peru United States Kevin Han 3–7, 1–7, 8–6 Bronze Bronze

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Calgary Winter Club,
Calgary, Canada
United States Bob Malaythong Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
13–21, 19–21 Silver Silver
2001 Lima, Peru United States Kevin Han Canada Keith Chan
Canada William Milroy
7–0, 7–1, 7–3 Gold Gold
1997 Winnipeg Canoe Club,
Winnipeg, Canada
United States Kevin Han United States Mike Edstrom
United States Chris Hales
15–10, 15–7 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Calgary Winter Club,
Calgary, Canada
United States Eva Lee Canada Mike Beres
Canada Valerie Loker
21–18, 21–17 Gold Gold

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, introduced in 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Open United States Tony Gunawan Chinese Taipei Fang Chieh-min
Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
14–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 U.S. Open United States Tony Gunawan South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
9–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 U.S. Open United States Tony Gunawan Austria Jürgen Koch
Austria Peter Zauner
21–12, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 U.S. Open United States Bob Malaythong United States Halim Haryanto
United States Raju Rai
21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 U.S. Open United States Bob Malaythong Japan Tadashi Ohtsuka
Japan Keita Masuda
18–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Dutch Open United States Tony Gunawan Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Peter Steffensen
15–8, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 U.S. Open United States Tony Gunawan Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
15–5, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 U.S. Open United States Kevin Han Indonesia Tony Gunawan
United States Bob Malaythong
15–11, 7–15, 7–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 U.S. Open United States Eva Lee Canada Alvin Lau
Canada Jiang Xuelian
21–13, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 U.S. Open United States Eva Lee Japan Keita Masuda
Japan Miyuki Maeda
21–19, 11–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1998 Miami International United States Kevin Han 10–15, 1–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Peru International United States Tony Gunawan Canada Adrian Liu
Canada Derrick Ng
13–21, 21–13, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Peru International United States Tony Gunawan Canada Adrian Liu
Canada Derrick Ng
21–10, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Canadian International United States Bob Malaythong Japan Keishi Kawaguchi
Japan Naoki Kawamae
15–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Irish International United States Bob Malaythong Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Roman Spitko
21–15, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Norwegian International United States Bob Malaythong Denmark Mikkel Delbo Larsen
Denmark Jacob Chemnitz
21–15, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Miami Pan Am International United States Bob Malaythong Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
18–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Canadian International United States Bob Malaythong Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
16–21, 21–19, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 U.S. International United States Tony Gunawan Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
15–1, 15–2 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 SCBA International United States Tony Gunawan United States Raju Rai
United States Bob Malaythong
1–0 Retired 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Peru International United States Kevin Han Peru Rodrigo Pacheco
Peru Guillermo Perea
15–7, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Brazil International United States Kevin Han Spain José Antonio Crespo
Spain Sergio Llopis
15–6, 11–15, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Guatemala International United States Kevin Han Japan Keita Masuda
Japan Tadashi Ohtsuka
6–15, 12–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Brazil International United States Kevin Han Brazil Guilherme Pardo
Brazil Ricardo Trevelin
15–5, 15–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Southern Pan Am Classic United States Kevin Han Netherlands Tjitte Weistra
Guatemala Pedro Yang
5–7, 7–0, 7–0 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Peru International United States Mark Manha Hong Kong Ma Che Kong
Hong Kong Yau Tsz Yuk
6–15, 6–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Canadian International United States Mark Manha Hong Kong Ma Che Kong
Hong Kong Yau Tsz Yuk
15–13, 3–15, 15–17 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Guatemala International United States Mark Manha Canada Bryan Moody
Canada Brent Olynyk
15–7, 8–15, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Jamaica International United States Mark Manha Canada Bobby Milroy
Canada William Milroy
15–8, 10–15, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Peru International United States Mark Manha Peru Mario Carulla
Peru José Antonio Iturriaga
17–14, 15–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Mexico International United States Mark Manha United States Ryan Miglin
United States Ben Wu
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Guatemala International United States Mark Manha United States Ryan Miglin
United States Ben Wu
15–6, 15–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Slovenian International United States Mark Manha Wales Chris Davies
Wales Matthew Hughes
15–3, 15–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Miami International United States Kevin Han United States Andy Chong
United States Mathew Fogarty
15–5, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Irish International United States Eva Lee Belgium Wouter Claes
Belgium Nathalie Descamps
21–10, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Miami Pan Am International United States Eva Lee Canada Mike Beres
Canada Valerie Loker
17–21, 23–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Canadian International United States Eva Lee Canada William Milroy
Canada Tammy Sun
21–19, 21–15 {1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 U.S. International United States Eva Lee United States Bob Malaythong
United States Mesinee Mangkalakiri
13–15, 12–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Miami International United States Cindy Shi United States Andy Chong
United States Barbara McKinley
15–6, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

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