Maestro bags Senior title

2nd June, Singapore: Singapore's bowling maestro and ex-national, Jack Wong showed that he still has what it takes to win a title after capturing the Men's Senior Masters title of the 43rd Singapore International Open on Wednesday morning. Jack Wong, who won numerous titles during his younger days as a national bowler, showed that he has got what it takes to win a title. The 58-year-old immedaitely settled down to a good pace to lead the field of 20 veterans during the 8-game masters finals.

But it was his opponent, Peter Chew who took over the running in the next three games when Wong could not keep pace. Wong bounced back strongly with 244, 195 and 245 in his last three games to take a comfortable victory with 1724 and 60 pins margin.

"I used to exercise a lot to keep fit when I was younger but these days, I can only manage to bowl to keep fit," said Jack Wong jokingly after his victory. "I'm always happy to win and this will keep me going for some time to come."   Peter Chew settled for second with 1664 as Alvin Tan stormed home to snatch third spot with 1633. Philip Tang, Leonard Goh, Jason Lim, Chen Tong-Hui and Steven Ang all finished in the money from fourth to eighth positions. Meanwhile, Yeo Soo Yong also proved that age does not matter when it comes to the sport of bowling. The 61-year-old took over the lead after the fourth game and hung on for a slender 3 pins to win the Women's Senior crown.

Yeo amassed a total of 1547 with Susan Tan settling for second with 1544. Susan Tan Siew Inn finished third, 40 pins further away follwed by Christine Chan and Jenny Oon Sue Shoon completing the top 5 places.

Samuel Ho, council member presented the prizes to the winners immediately after the finals at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. The next Masters finals will be the Youth division which will be held tomorrow morning at 9.30am.

Qualifying for the Youth division will end tonight at 8.30pm squad while the rest will continue to the last day of qualifying will end June 3.     Photos by Terence Yaw for SBF.