Weber Cup XVII starts today using the World Bowling Scoring System

5th August, Lausanne, Switzerland: The World Bowling Scoring System will be used today for the first time in 17 years for the start of the Weber Cup in Manchester, England.  The World Bowling Scoring System maintains the traditional 10-frame scoring format but awards 30 pins for a strike, 10 pins for a spare plus the pin fall of the first shot in the frame, and actual pin fall after two shots in an open frame.  The maximum score is still 300 and this figure is based on the player receiving 10 consecutive strikes with no bonus pins being awarded in the 10th frame.

A spokesperson from Matchroom Sport commented “We’ve often felt that traditional bowling scoring may be a little harder to follow for the casual fan watching on TV.  With that in mind we believe that World Bowling Scoring will simplify things whilst not detracting from the traditions of the game.”

The Weber Cup is tenpin bowling’s version of golf’s Ryder Cup, as two 4-men teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker format matches.  The events gets underway at 18:30 CET (1.30pm EST) today and continues over the weekend.  

Europe is lead by captain Dominic Barrett of England who is making his ninth appearance in the event. He is joined by countryman Stu Williams and Martin Larsen and Jesper Svensson, both top ranked Swedes. Team USA see Parker Bohn III at the helm with big Texan Wes Malott and debutants Marshall Kent and Kyle Troup making up the team.  With three consecutive Weber Cup victories, Europe has levelled the historic score with both sides now having eight titles to their name.  

The host nation have made just one change to their team for this year’s transatlantic tenpin tussle, with 21-year-old Swedish sensation Jesper Svensson taking the place of Osku Palermaa.  With 17 Weber Cup appearances between them, the European side will be drawing on a wealth of experience over America, whose four-man team includes two debutants while captain Parker Bohn III made his Weber Cup bow last year. Wes Malott is the most experienced in the side with two Weber Cups to his name.

This weekends event will be shown in its entirety in the USA on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network as well as live on Sky Sports, Matchroom Sport television and other channels around the world.  For more information go to www.webercup.com

About World Bowling: World Bowling is the governing body for the sport of bowling and incorporates 112 National Federations and over 200 million participants worldwide.   Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, World Bowling is autonomous in administering the sport and is responsible to promote the development of bowling throughout the world, promote the Olympic movement, contribute to the achievement of the goals set forth in the Olympic Charter, establish rules for the uniform practice of bowling throughout the world, and ensure that official bowling activities meet the requirements of the Olympic Charter.

About Weber Cup: The Weber Cup is named after bowling legend Dick Weber and first started in 2000. It consists of two teams, Team Europe and Team USA competing over three days in a series of singles, doubles and team (baker) matches.

About ESPN: ESPN is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.

About Sky Sports: Sky Sports is a group of sports television channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky plc. Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

About Matchroom Sport: Matchroom Sport is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and is responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK they operate across a range of sports, producing a multitude of events in darts, snooker, tenpin, golf, fishing, table tennis, poker and boxing.