QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Tournament information
Location 2018: Sam's Town, Las Vegas, United States
Dates 2018: November 5–11
Established 1965
Administrator(s) QubicaAMF Worldwide
Format See format section
Website QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Current champion
Men 2017: Jakob Butturff[1]
Women 2017: Krizziah Lyn Tabora[1]

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 the largest in bowling 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.[2] 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.

14 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, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.[3]

Current champions are Jakob Butturff for the men and Krizziah Lyn Tabora for the women.[1] The 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is going back to Las Vegas for the third time after previously hosting in 1999 and 2015. Sam's Town becomes the first bowling center to host the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup three times.[4]


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.[5]
  • Stage 2: Top 24 in each division bowls 8 games. Top 8 Men, Top 8 Women based off total pinfall after 32 games advance to Stage 3.[5]
  • Stage 3: Top 8 in each division 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 playoffs.[5]

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.[5]
  • Finals: Semifinal winners bowl for the title. (Men and women)[5]

Previous winners[6]

Year Location Men Women
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 Müller
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, Philippines Lorenzo Monti Cathy Townsend
1976 Tehran, Iran Paeng Nepomuceno Lucy Giovinco
1977 Tolworth, England Arne Svein Ström Rea Rennox
1978 Bogotá, Colombia Samran Banyen Lita dela Rosa
1979 Bangkok, Thailand Philippe Dubois Bong Coo
1980 Jakarta, Indonesia Paeng Nepomuceno Jean Gordon
1981 New York City, United States Bob Worrall Pauline Smith
1982 Scheveningen, Netherlands Arne Svein Ström 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 Åsa 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, United States 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
2015 Las Vegas, United States Wu Siu Hong Clara Guerrero
2016 Shanghai, China Wang Hongbo Jenny Wegner
2017 Hermosillo, Mexico Jakob Butturff Krizziah Lyn Tabora
2018 Las Vegas, United States

Number of Titles by Countries/Territory (Men and Women)



  • 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.[12] He also holds the record for the youngest men's champion, 19, when he won his first of four titles in 1976.[12] Incidentally, Nepomuceno won his titles in Olympic years.
  • The oldest champions are Remo Fornasari, 51, when he won in 1987;[13] 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.[14]
  • Two other men besides Nepomuceno has won multiple Bowling World Cup titles, Arne Svein Ström (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.
  • A host representative has won the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup two times. The first was in 1981 when Bob Worrall won in New York City. The second occurred in 2016 when Wang Hongbo won in Shanghai.
  • 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.[15]
  • USA is the most successful nation in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, winning a combined 19 titles[16] (11 men's titles,[17] 8 women's titles[18])


Category Record Player Year/Venue
Qualifying Rounds[N 1]
Men's Individual Game 56 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.[N 2]
Women's Individual Game 15 300s have been bowled in the qualifying rounds.[N 3]
Men's 3 Game Series 896 Paul Trotter[20] 2002, Riga, Latvia
Women's 3 Game Series 803 Aumi Guerra[N 4] 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
Men's 5 Game Block 1307 Ahmed Shaheen[21] 2002, Riga, Latvia
Women's 5 Game Block 1304 Aumi Guerra[21] 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
Men's 6 Game Block 1599 Mats Maggi[22] 2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Women's 6 Game Block 1531 Lynda Barnes[23] 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Men's 8 Game Block 2088 Tommy Jones[24] 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
Women's 8 Game Block 1948 Clara Guerrero[25] 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
Men's High Average[N 5] 246.22 Osku Palermaa[26] 2006, Caracas, Venezuela
Women's High Average[N 5] 244.03 Caroline Lagrange[27] 2013, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Finals - Arena "Knockout" Rounds (2000-2005), (2016-)[N 6] and Stepladder
Men's Individual Game Kai Virtanen[28] 2004, Singapore
Chris Barnes[15] 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
Women's Individual Game 298 Jasmine Yeong-Nathan[29] 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico
Men's 2 Game Series 536 Petter Hansen[28] 2004, Singapore
Women's 2 Game Series 561 Jasmine Yeong-Nathan[29] 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico
Men's 3 Game Series 778 Derek Eoff[29] 2008, Hermosillo, Mexico
Women's 3 Game Series 747 Clara Guerrero[30] 2014, 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.[19] In 2013, Torgersen became the first in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup history to bowl consecutive 300s.[19]
  3. No women has bowled multiple 300s as of 2017.[19]
  4. Qualifying Day 2: Games 6, 7, 8: 244, 280, 279
  5. 1 2 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

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

  • Most Appearances, Women - 17, Aida Granillo[31]

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

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[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 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.[32] Originally known as the Country Champion Award, it has been awarded at the BWC since 1984. The first winner of the award was Thailand[33] and Colombia are the most recent winners.[34] In 2000, the award was renamed in honor of Petersen. Petersen died on November 21, 2014.[35]
  • 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 73[36] 300s bowled at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (58 by men, 15 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.[19]
  • 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.[37]


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  14. Youngest Women's Champion
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  31. Most Appearances Male or Female
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  33. First Country Champion Award
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  37. Sportsmanship Award
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