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QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

QubicaAMF World Cup
Tournament information
Dates November 1–9
Established 1965
Format Qualifying Round: 20 games over four days (5 games per day), cut to Top 24, total pinfall carrying over.[1]
Top 24: 8 games, cut to Top 8, total pinfall carrying over (after 28 games).[1]
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 with highest pinfall total + bonus pins (after 36 games).[1]
Semifinals: Best 2 of 3 games between 2nd seeded bowler and 3rd seeded bowler, winner advances to final.[1]
Finals: Semifinals winner faces top seeded bowler in best 2 of 3 games final.[1]

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.


  • History 1
  • Previous winners 2
  • Records 3
    • Scoring Records 3.1
    • Other Records 3.2
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.

Previous winners

Year Location Men[2] Women[3]
1965 Dublin, Ireland Lauri Ajanto
Women did not participate from 1965-1971
1966 London, England John Wilcox
1967 Paris, France Jack Connaughton
1968 Guadalajara, Mexico Fritz Blum
1969 Tokyo, Japan Graydon Robinson
1970 Copenhagen, Denmark Klaus Mueller
1971 Hong Kong Roger Dalkin
1972 Hamburg, West Germany Ray Mitchell Irma Urrea
1973 Singapore Bernie Caterer Kesinee Srivises
1974 Caracas, Venezuela Jairo Ocampo Birgitte Lund
1975 Makati City, Philippines Lorenzo Monti Cathy Townsend
1976 Tehran, Iran Paeng Nepomuceno Lucy Giovinco
1977 Tolworth, England Arne Stroem Rea Rennox
1978 Bogotá, Colombia Samran Banyen Lita de la Rosa
1979 Bangkok, Thailand Philippe Dubois Bong Coo
1980 Jakarta, Indonesia Paeng Nepomuceno Jean Gordon
1981 New York City, USA Bob Worrall Pauline Smith
1982 Scheveningen, Netherlands Arne Stroem Jeanette Baker
1983 Mexico City, Mexico Yu-Tien Chu Jeanette Baker
1984 Sydney, Australia Jack Jurek Eliana Rigato
1985 Seoul, South Korea Alfonso Rodríguez Marjorie McEntee
1986 Copenhagen, Denmark Peter Ljung Annette Hagre
1987 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Remo Fornasari Irene Gronert
1988 Guadalajara, Mexico Mohammed Khalifa Al-Qubaisi Linda Kelly
1989 Dublin, Ireland Salem Al-Monsuri Patty Ann
1990 Pattaya, Thailand Tom Hahl Linda Graham
1991 Beijing, China Jon Juneau Asa Larsson
1992 Le Mans, France Paeng Nepomuceno Martina Beckel
1993 Johannesburg, South Africa Rainer Puisis Pauline Smith
1994 Hermosillo, Mexico Tore Torgersen Anne Jacobs
1995 Sao Paulo, Brazil Patrick Healey, Jr Gemma Burden
1996 Belfast, Northern Ireland Paeng Nepomuceno Cara Honeychurch
1997 Cairo, Egypt Christian Nokel Su-Fen Tseng
1998 Kobe, Japan Cheng-Ming Yang Maxine Nable
1999 Las Vegas, USA Ahmed Shaheen Amanda Bradley
2000 Lisbon, Portugal Tomas Leandersson Mel Issac
2001 Pattaya, Thailand Kim Haugen Nachimi Itakura
2002 Riga, Latvia Mika Luoto Shannon Pluhowsky
2003 Tegucigalpa, Honduras Christian Jan Suarez Kerrie Ryan-Ciach
2004 Singapore Kai Virtanen Shannon Pluhowsky
2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia Michael Schmidt Lynda Barnes
2006 Caracas, Venezuela Osku Palermaa Diandra Asbaty
2007 St Petersburg, Russia Bill Hoffman Ann-Maree Putney
2008 Hermosillo, Mexico Derek Eoff Jasmine Yeong-Nathan
2009 Malacca Town, Malaysia Choi Yong-Kyu Caroline Lagrange
2010 Toulon, France Michael Schmidt Aumi Guerra
2011 Johannesburg, South Africa Jason Belmonte Aumi Guerra
2012 Wroclaw, Poland Syafiq Ridhwan Shayna Ng
2013 Krasnoyarsk, Russia Or Aviram Caroline Lagrange
2014 Wroclaw, Poland Chris Barnes Clara Guerrero
  • 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.[4] The second record is he is the youngest men's champion, 19, when he won his first of four titles in 1976.[4] Incidentally, Nepomuceno won his titles in Olympic years.
  • The oldest champions are Remo Fornasari, 51, when he won in 1987;[5] 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF World Cup, winning a combined 18 titles (10 men's titles, 8 women's titles).


Scoring Records

Category Record Player Year/Venue
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[9] 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[10] Ahmed Shaheen 2002, Riga, Latvia
Women's 5 Game Block 1304[10] Aumi Guerra 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
Men's 6 Game Block 1599[11] Mats Maggi 2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Women's 6 Game Block 1531[12] Lynda Barnes 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Men's 8 Game Block 2088[13] Tommy Jones 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
Women's 8 Game Block 1948[14] Clara Guerrero 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
Men's High Average 246.22[15] Osku Palermaa 2006, Caracas, Venezuela
Women's High Average 244.03[16] 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[7] Chris Barnes 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
Women's Individual Game 298[17] 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[17] Jasmine Yeong-Nathan 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico
Men's 3 Game Series 778[17] Derek Eoff 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico
Women's 3 Game Series 747[18] Clara Guerrero 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
  1. ^ Qualifying rounds consists of four rounds 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. In 2013, Torgersen became the first in QubicaAMF World Cup history to bowl back-to-back 300s.[8]
  3. ^ No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2014.
  4. ^ Qualifying Day 2, Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
  5. ^ Arena Knockout Rounds was a format of three rounds of single elimination, best-of-three-games.
  6. ^ In game 1 of arena quarterfinals.
  7. ^ In game 1 of arena quarterfinals
  8. ^ In game 1 of arena semifinals
  9. ^ In arena quarterfinals.
  10. ^ In arena semifinals.
  11. ^ In arena semifinals.
  12. ^ In arena quarterfinals.
  13. ^ In stepladder semifinals.

Other Records

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[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Men and Women Combined - 167 in 2010[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Men - 93 in 2004[19]
  • Most Bowlers, Women - 76 in 2010[19]


  • The Bent Petersen Award, named for the retiree who ran AMF’s international operations for many years, is awarded to the country with the best combined finishes in the men's and women's divisions.[20] This was first awarded at the 1984 AMF World Cup, then called the Country Champion Award,[21] 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e "50th QubicaAMF World Cup". QubicaAMF. 
  2. ^ Men's QubicaAMF World Cup Medalists
  3. ^ Women's QubicaAMF World Cup Medalists
  4. ^ a b "Paeng's Guinness World Records". Philippine Star. 
  5. ^ 1987 AMF World Cup
  6. ^ 1995 AMF World Cup
  7. ^ a b "Chris Barnes sweeps two opponents to win men's title in 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup". Bowlingdigital. 
  8. ^ Torgersen back-to-back 300s
  9. ^ Men's 3 Game Series Record
  10. ^ a b "Aumi does it again!". QubicaAMF. 
  11. ^ Men's 6 Game Block Record
  12. ^ Women's 6 Game Block Record
  13. ^ Men's 8 Game Block Record
  14. ^ Women's 8 Game Block Record
  15. ^ Men's High Average Record After Qualifying and Top 24
  16. ^ Women's High Average Record After Qualifying and Top 24
  17. ^ a b c "High scoring finals see championship go to Singapore and USA". QubicaAMF. 
  18. ^ Women's 3 game Series Record
  19. ^ a b c d "Coming Soon: Live Coverage of the 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup". Bowlingdigital. 
  20. ^ Bent Peterson Award
  21. ^ First Country Champion Award

External links

  • 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
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