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Milo World Junior All-Stars Championship

 The ongoing 9th Milo World Junior All-Stars Bowling Championship at Pyramid Megalanes,Malaysia, has attracted many local and overseas bowlers. This is a prestigious tournament for youth bowlers of age 23 years and below. Many have faithfully returned yearly,notably bowlers and their families from Australia and Singapore.

Youth bowlers from as far as England,Germany,Saudi Arabia,Australia,Hong Kong,Vietnam,Chinese Taipei, Japan,Indonesia,etc have been flooding the bowling alley this past week. But the biggest contingent will have to be from neighbouring Singapore.

Scores posted have been soaring on a daily basis and this is a good indication of the high level of competiton this tournament brings. Bader Al-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia has set a high qualifying standard by surpassing the 800 mark in his 3-game series qualifying trials. Check back for an interview with this very talented world champion in a few days’ time.

You can check for full updates of the tournament by following the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress link on the link-widget on the top right hand corner of this page.

In the mean time,I have posted some photos of participants and their supporters at this link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=195079&id=53315535453#/pages/ABC-To-Bowling/53315535453

More photos will be uploaded in due time. If you do not see yours yet,please be patient…akan datang!(coming soon!)

Happy bowling….

Jonathan

 

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The History Of Bowling (Part 2)

While it is uncertain when the game of tenpin bowling evolved, it was prevalent in many states such as New York, Ohio and as far ‘west’ as Illinois by the late 1980’s. However, details like ball weights and pin dimensions varied by regions.

In 1875, eleven bowling clubs came together to standardize the rules. Yet, it would be another 20 years before this became a reality. Restauranteur Joe Thum finally managed to pull together representatives of the various bowling clubs. On September 9, 1895, at Beethoven Hall in New York City, the American Bowling Congress was born.  Standardization was established and major national competitions could be held.

While women had been bowling since the later half of the nineteenth century, the American Bowling Congress was for men. It was only in 1917 that the Women’s International Bowling Congress was born in St. Louis. Encouraged by this development, women leaders from around the country participating in tournaments, decided to form what was then called the ‘Women’s National Bowling Association’. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History Of Bowling (Part 1)

Bowling has a long and rich history. Today, it is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, bowling is believed to be a game that existed almost 5000 years ago.

Sir Flinders Petrie, an antropologist, discovered a collection of objects in a child’s grave in Egypt in the 1930’s. It appeared like tools used in a crude form of bowling. If he was correct, then bowling traces back to 3200 BC.

William Pehle, a German historian, asserted that bowling began in his country at about 300 AD. It was a religious ceremony for determining the absence of sin. German parishioners had to roll an object at a pin or kegel (why bowlers are also called ‘keglers’) to avoid performing an act of penance. Those who managed to knock down the pins were considered of good character, while the others were not, and thus had to complete their penances.

There is also substantial evidence that a form of bowling was in vogue in England in 1366, when King Edward 111 allegedly outlawed it to keep his troops focused on archery practice. King Richard 11 also banned the game. However, it was evident that bowling was popular during the reigns of King Henry V111 and Sir Francis Drake. Read the rest of this entry »

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