World Bowling Singles Championships

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The World Bowling Singles Championships is a Ten-pin bowling event open to members of World Bowling. This gives World Bowling a World Championship event every year, filling a void left from previous years.[1] Each member federation can send up to two men and two women to compete.

Event Details and history[edit]

The first WB Singles Championships was held on September 18–26, 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus at the Galactica Bowling Center and subsequently will be held every four years.[1] The second edition was held December 2–9, 2016 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. The third edition will be held at South Point Tournament Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, United States in 2020.[2] The event is split up into two separate tournaments, one for men and one for women.


In the 2012 WB Singles Championships, each bowler (men and women) bowled 12 games of qualifying split into two six game blocks.[1] The top 24 men and women, by total pinfall, advanced to single-elimination match play. The first round of match play consisted of bowlers who qualified 9th to 24th. The second round of match play consisted of the first round winners and bowlers who qualified 1st to 8th who received a first round bye. Quarterfinals consisted of second round winners. First round, second round, and quarterfinals were best of five game matches.[1] Quarterfinal winners advanced to the semi-finals, which were one game matches. Semi-final winners advanced to the finals, while semifinal losers receive a bronze medal.[1] The finals is a one-game match to determine the gold medalist and the silver medalist for both the men and women.[1]

For the 2016 WB Singles Championships, WB announced changes to the qualifying round and the final rounds. The qualifying rounds are still 12 games, but now split into three four game blocks.[3] The top 32 men and women, by total pinfall, advanced to the next round. Instead of single-elimination match play, the next round has 32 bowlers (men and women) divided into four groups of eight bowlers bowling eight games starting from scratch.[3] Each of the eight games is a match between all the bowlers in the group, with the bowler who had the highest score receiving seven points, second highest score receiving six points all the way to zero points for the lowest score in the game.[3] The two bowlers with the highest number of points after eight games from each of the four groups will advance to play in one group of eight bowlers with a similar format from the previous round.[3] After eight games in the final group, the top 4 point scorers will advance to the semi-finals. The semi-finals are one-game matches, no. 1 point scorer vs no. 4 point scorer and no. 2 point scorer vs no. 3 point scorer. The semi-final winners advance to the final, while the semi-final losers receive a bronze medal. The finals, also one-game matches, determines the gold and silver medalists.[3]

Lane Pattern[edit]

All games in WB Singles Championships are played on one lane condition.[1] In 2012, a medium pattern of 41 feet was used.[4] In 2016, a medium pattern of 40 feet was chosen.[5]


Number Year City Country Men Women Total Events
1 2012 Limassol  Cyprus
2 2016 Doha  Qatar
3 2020 Las Vegas  United States 2

Medal History[edit]

Men's Medal table[edit]

1 United States (USA)1102
2 Denmark (DEN)1001
3 Malaysia (MAS)0101
4 Finland (FIN)0022
5 Colombia (COL)0011
 Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)0011
Totals (6 nations)2248
Source: [6]

Women's medal table[edit]

1 United States (USA)2013
2 Singapore (SIN)0112
3 Latvia (LAT)0101
4 Malaysia (MAS)0011
 Mexico (MEX)0011
Totals (5 nations)2248
Source: [7]

Medal Winners[edit]


Games Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Limassol United States Chris Barnes United States Tommy Jones Colombia Andrés Gómez
Finland Osku Palermaa
2016 Doha Denmark Jesper Agerbo Malaysia Rafiq Ismail Finland Joonas Jähi
Hong Kong Michael Mak


Games Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Limassol United States Kelly Kulick Latvia Diana Zavjalova Malaysia Esther Cheah
Mexico Aseret Zetter
2016 Doha United States Kelly Kulick Singapore New Hui Fen Singapore Shayna Ng
United States Shannon Pluhowsky

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