28th March, K.Lumpur: Kevin Koh of Singapore shone on his first out as National youth rookie scoring 840 to make the Boy's Open Masters finals of the 29th Malaysian International Open Bowling Championship at Pyramid Mega Lanes.
Koh, who was recruited into the National youth ranks this year, posted lines 214, 227, 194 and 205 to take up sixth spot in the overseas pool The 21-year-old joined the national youth team after having completed his national services and awaiting to pursue an engineering course at NTU.
"This is my first outing and I'm happy to have qualified," said the Koh, who won five Gold medals in the 2003 National Schools championship. "Although the training has been though and there are a lot of changes made to my game, I've learned a lot. So far, only Koh is the only youth who have made the finals.
Meanwhile, Malaysian national youth, Fahmi Bahri of Johor improved on his earlier score to move up to third in the mixed pool en-route to scoring the highest game of the day with 289. Fahmi is crossing his fingers that no one else could top his score and win the last Canon PowerShot A410 digital camera.
In the girl's open division, Geraldine Ng showed promise by chalking up 777 to take up second spot in the overseas pool. She is joined by teammates, Jazreel Tan and Sabrina Lim in fourth and fifth with 705 and 692 respectively.
Jazreel, who won the Masters Silver medal in the Manila SEA Games, also made the finals of the Ladies' Open division with 832 in third. Just 6 pins adrift came reigning Singapore National champion, Jasmine Yeong Nathan in fourth with 826.
Siti Khadijah Osman of Malaysia, continued to lead the pack with 928 followed by SEA Games Gold medalist, Choy Poh Lai and Zandra Aziela in second and third on 923 and 894. Korea's Kim Ae-Young and Kim Eun-Jung is first and third with 908 and 899 sandwiching Hong Kong's Joey Yip in second with 907.