QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

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QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
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Tournament information
SportTen-Pin Bowling
Location2019: Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang, IndonesiaIndonesia
Dates2019: November 16–24
Administrator(s)QubicaAMF Worldwide
FormatSee format section
Participants133 bowlers from 75 countries; 73 men and 60 women[1]
WebsiteQubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Current champion
Men 2019: South Africa Francois Louw[2]
Women 2019: Australia Rebecca Whiting[2]

The QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, previously known as the International Masters and AMF Bowling World Cup, is an annual Ten-pin bowling championship sponsored by QubicaAMF Worldwide, and the largest in bowling in terms of number of participating nations. Each nation 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.[3] Dublin, Ireland in 1965 hosted the first-ever Bowling World Cup, then called the International Masters. 20 bowlers, all men, participated. Lauri Ajanto became the first-ever winner of the BWC. Women first competed in 1972, the 8th edition of the AMF Bowling World Cup in Hamburg, West Germany where Irma Urrea became the first-ever woman to win the BWC.

13 countries have participated in every Bowling World Cup since its inception: Australia, Belgium, England (as Great Britain from 1965 to 1995), Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and United States.[4]

As of 2019, the Bowling World Cup has visited 42 different cities in 31 different countries.

Currently the men's champion is Francois Louw and the women's champion is Rebecca Whiting.[2] On March 9, 2020, World Bowling and QubicaAMF announced a merger of the World Bowling Singles Championships and the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup into one annual event, that will continue to be called the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from 2020 onwards.[5] The 56th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held in Salmiya, Kuwait at the Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club.[2] This will be the first time Kuwait hosts the Bowling World Cup.


Qualifying Rounds

  • Stage 1: Qualifying Round of 24 Games, total pinfall. Top 24 Men, Top 24 Women advance to Stage 2, total pinfall carries over.[6]
  • Stage 2: Top 24 Men, Top 24 women bowls 8 games. Top 8 Men, Top 8 Women based on total pinfall after 32 games advance to Stage 3.[6]
  • Stage 3: Top 8 Men, Top 8 women bowls another 8 games in a round robin format, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie. Top 4 Men, Top 4 Women after 40 games (total pinfall + bonus pins) advance to the knockout finals.[6]

Knockout Finals

  • Semifinals: First seeded bowler vs Fourth seeded bowler; Second seeded bowler vs Third seeded bowler, winners (Men and women) advance to the finals.[6]
  • Finals: Semifinal winners bowl for the title. (Men and women)[6]

Lane Pattern[edit]

For the 2019 BWC, all games are bowled on one pattern, typically a 41 foot pattern unless lane topography at the host site dictates that the pattern be adjusted one foot less or one foot more.[7]

Previous winners[edit]

Year Location Men Women
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 Müller
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, Philippines Italy Lorenzo Monti Canada Cathy Townsend
1976 Iran Tehran, Iran Philippines Paeng Nepomuceno United States Lucy Giovinco
1977 England Tolworth, England Norway Arne Svein Ström Canada Rea Rennox
1978 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia Thailand Samran Banyen Philippines Lita dela 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, United States United States Bob Worrall United Kingdom Pauline Smith
1982 Netherlands Scheveningen, Netherlands Norway Arne Svein Ström Australia Jeanette Baker
1983 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Chinese Taipei Chu You-tien 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 Åsa 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 São 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 Tseng Su-fen
1998 Japan Kobe, Japan Chinese Taipei Yang Cheng-ming Australia Maxine Nable
1999 United States Las Vegas, United States 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
2015 United States Las Vegas, United States Hong Kong Wu Siu Hong Colombia Clara Guerrero
2016 China Shanghai, China China Wang Hongbo Sweden Jenny Wegner
2017 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico United States Jakob Butturff Philippines Krizziah Tabora
2018 United States Las Vegas, United States Australia Sam Cooley United States Shannon O'Keefe
2019 Indonesia Palembang, Indonesia South Africa Francois Louw Australia Rebecca Whiting


Number of titles by country/territory[edit]

  1. ^ a b As West Germany.



  • Philippines 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.[9] He also holds the record for the youngest men's champion, 19, when he won his first of four titles in 1976.[9] Incidentally, Nepomuceno won his titles in Olympic years.
  • The oldest champions are Italy Remo Fornasari, 51, when he won in 1987;[10] 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.[11]
  • Two other men besides Nepomuceno has won multiple Bowling World Cup titles, Norway Arne Svein Ström (1977 and 1982) and Canada Michael Schmidt (2005 and 2010).
  • Six 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), Canada Caroline Lagrange (2009 and 2013) and Colombia 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 Sweden incidentally defeated Philippines in both the men's and women's finals to accomplish this feat.
  • A host representative has won the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup three times. United States Bob Worrall won in New York City in 1981, China Wang Hongbo won in Shanghai in 2016, and United States Shannon O'Keefe won in Las Vegas in 2018.
  • 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.[12]
  • United States USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, winning a combined 20 titles[13] (11 men's titles,[14] 9 women's titles[15])


Category Record Player Year/Venue
Qualifying Rounds[a]
Men's Individual Game 59 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.[b]
Women's Individual Game 15 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.[c]
Men's 3 Game Series 896 Australia Paul Trotter[17] 2002, Latvia Riga, Latvia
Women's 3 Game Series 803 Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra[d] 2011, South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
Men's 5 Game Block 1307 Qatar Ahmed Shaheen[18] 2002, Latvia Riga, Latvia
Women's 5 Game Block 1304 Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra[18] 2011, South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
Men's 6 Game Block 1599 Belgium Mats Maggi[19] 2013, Russia Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Women's 6 Game Block 1531 United States Lynda Barnes[20] 2005, Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Men's 8 Game Block 2088 United States Tommy Jones[21] 2011, South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
Women's 8 Game Block 1948 Colombia Clara Guerrero[22] 2014, Poland Wroclaw, Poland
Men's High Average[e] 246.22 Finland Osku Palermaa[23] 2006, Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Women's High Average[e] 244.03 Canada Caroline Lagrange[24] 2013, Russia Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Finals - Arena "Knockout" Rounds (2000-2005), (2016-)[f] and Stepladder
Men's Individual Game Finland Kai Virtanen[25] 2004, Singapore Singapore
United States Chris Barnes[12] 2014, Poland Wroclaw, Poland
Women's Individual Game 298 Singapore Jasmine Yeong-Nathan[26] 2008, Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico
Men's 2 Game Series 536 Norway Petter Hansen[25] 2004, Singapore Singapore
Women's 2 Game Series 561 Singapore Jasmine Yeong-Nathan[26] 2008, Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico
Men's 3 Game Series 778 United States Derek Eoff[26] 2008, Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico
Women's 3 Game Series 747 Colombia Clara Guerrero[27] 2014, Poland Wroclaw, Poland
  1. ^ Qualifying rounds consists of three or four days 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.[16] In 2013, Torgersen became the first in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup history to bowl consecutive 300s.[16]
  3. ^ No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2019.[16]
  4. ^ Qualifying Day 2: Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
  5. ^ a b 32 Games
  6. ^ From 2000-2005, Arena Knockout Rounds was a format of three rounds of single elimination, best-of-three-games. From 2016 till present, Arena Knockout rounds is a format of two rounds of single elimination, one game matches.

Appearances and Participation[edit]

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

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

  • Netherlands Erik Kok has participated in the Bowling World Cup in five different decades.[29]

1979-1980, 1985, 1989, 1995, 2005, 2014

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 Countries - 95 in 2004[16]
  • Most Bowlers, Men and Women Combined - 167 in 2010[16]
  • Most Bowlers, Men - 93 in 2004[16]
  • Most Bowlers, Women - 76 in 2010[16]


  • 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.[30] Originally known as the Country Champion Award, it has been awarded at the BWC since 1984. The first winner of the award was Thailand Thailand.[31] Australia Australia are the most recent winners.[2] In 2000, the award was renamed in honor of Petersen. Petersen died on November 21, 2014.[32]
  • 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 76[33] 300s bowled at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (61 by men, 15 by women). Canada Jack Guay bowled the first-ever 300 game in 1994, the 30th year of the AMF Bowling World Cup; while Malaysia Shalin Zulkifli was the first woman to bowl a 300 in 1997.[16] United States United States has the most 300s by a country, seven.
  • 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 Canada and Mexico Mexico have each won this award more times than any country, seven times each.


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  9. ^ a b "Paeng's Guinness World Records". Philippine Star.
  10. ^ Oldest Men's Champion
  11. ^ Youngest Women's Champion
  12. ^ a b "Chris Barnes sweeps two opponents to win men's title in 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup". Bowlingdigital.
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  14. ^ "Medal History Men". European Tenpin Bowling Federation.
  15. ^ "Medal History Women". European Tenpin Bowling Federation.
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  17. ^ "Australian National Records". Tenpin Bowling Australia.
  18. ^ a b "Aumi does it again!". QubicaAMF.
  19. ^ Men's 6 Game Block Record
  20. ^ Women's 6 Game Block Record
  21. ^ Men's 8 Game Block Record
  22. ^ Women's 8 Game Block Record
  23. ^ Men's High Average Record After 32 games
  24. ^ Women's High Average Record After 32 games
  25. ^ a b "40th AMF Bowling World Cup". Asian Bowling Federation.
  26. ^ a b c "High scoring finals see championship go to Singapore and USA". QubicaAMF.
  27. ^ Women's 3 game Series Record
  28. ^ Most Appearances Male or Female
  29. ^ Participation in each of the last five decades
  30. ^ Bent Petersen Award
  31. ^ First Country Champion Award
  32. ^ "A very sad farewell to AMF legend, Bent Petersen 1932–2014". Bowlingdigital.
  33. ^ "Kyle Troup achieves perfection: Wins Qualifying at the 54th Bowling World Cup". Bowlingdigital.

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