Newcomers get nod for Asian meet
1st July, Singapore:Newcomers national kelgers got surprise the nod to represent Singapore in the 20th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championship which will kick off this week at the Hong Kong Bowling City in Kowloon Bay.
Eugene Low, Lionel Lim, Mark Wong and Basil Low will make their debut with Jason Yeong-Nathan and Shaun Ng Qenn while Malaysian Open champion, Jazreel Tan, Amanda Ng and Bernice Lim will form the women’s team with Cherie Tan, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Sabrina Lim.
Team Singapore’s last Asian meet was 2006 in Jakarta where they came home with just one medal but it was the Men’s Doubles Gold won by Carl de Vries and debutante Jason Yeong-Nathan. Jason will now lead a relatively young team to this year’s championship in Hong Kong.
The team looked strong based on the form some of the men have shown lately. Eugene Low, who topped the men’s open masters qualifying table but didn’t do too well in the finals did, however finished second in the Youth Open masters finals in the 41st Singapore Open in May.
Mark Wong, who won the Men’s Singles gold medal in last year’s Asian Intercity Championship in Jakarta, also took home a bronze medal with Benjamin Lim in the doubles event.
The women’s team are also poised to make an impact especially with two champions. Jazreel Tan’s triumph in the Malaysian Open and Cherie Tan’s victory in the Singapore Open will surely add depth to the team.
Also making their debut will be Amanda Ng and 2007 Indonesian Open champion, Bernice Lim. Lim, who also won the Masters gold medal in the Asian Intercity championship, will be joined by Sabrina Lim and former national champion, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan.
Lee Yu-Wen and Remy Ong were left out and in preparation for the World meet in Bangkok this August.
The team will leave for Hong Kong today and will take the opportunity to try the 48-lane Hong Kong Bowling City, venue for the Asian championship before it starts on Friday, 4th through to 11th July.
Singapore Bowling will bring you daily coverage on the progress of its bowlers and LIVE scores of the championship.
Photos by Terence Yaw.