A close fifth for Singaporean

16th October, Jakarta: Singapore's top national bowler, Remy Ong finished a creditable and extremely closed fifth in the Men's Open first block Masters at the 2nd Ancol Open Bowling Championship on Friday.  Bahrain Open champion, Remy Ong got off to a slow start as he rolled 219, 190, 194 and 216 in the first half of the 8-game first block which saw Malaysia's Mohd Noer Said and Bahrain's Yousif Falah having a keen tussle for the lead.

Australian George Frilingos meanhwile had bowled consistently to grab the lead after four games but only 3 pins ahead of Filipino, Biboy Rivera second and Yousif still keeping close company.

The 31-year-old then found his sweet spot to knock down a much more stronger lines of 227, 229, 228 and 216 to end the block with 1719 while the Aussie snatched pole position in his final game for a total of 1739.


The Bahraini settled for second with 1729, 10 pins off Frilingos and Rivera took third spot a further 3 pins away on 1726, Fellow compatriot, Chester King edged Ong by 2 pins for fourth position with Hong Kong's Eric Tseng in sixth with 1692.

Singapore's other finalist, Gregory Gan failed to make an impression ending up in 32nd position. With less than 20 pins seprating the top 6, it would be a keenly fought second block come tomorrow.

In the women's division, Jennifer Tan put up a respectable performance to finish sixth with a total of 1586 as Vanessa Fung of Hong Kong romped home a comfortable leader with 1802. Malaysian pro, Shalin Zulkifli settled for second with 1661.

ABF Tour Macau leg champion, Putty Armein took up third spot with 1655 ahead of her compatriot and this year's Indonesia Open champion, Tannya Roumimper in fourth position with 1602 and Hong Kong's Chan Shuk Han fifth with 1591.

SingaporeBowling's other finalist, Nicole Wong bowled poorly to end in 22nd while Singapore Open Youth champion, Kristel Oh was 14th. The finalists will complete their second block of another 8 games tomorrow during which the top 6 will advance into the stepladder finals.

Detailed scores: Men's Open 1stBlk Finals | Women's Open 1stBlk Finals.Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.