Next round for three Singaporeans


 16th July, Hong Kong: Three out of five Singapore national bowlers made the next round of the Women's Open Masters finals at the 37th Hong Kong International Open at the end of the first round on Saturday.  

 2009 Thailand Open champion, Tannya Roumimper took the early lead with a superb 256 opener but the lead was soon handed to 2008 AMF World Cup champion, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan after the second game when the Singaporean rolled 241 and 267.

Jasmine held the lead for another game but was overwhelmed by the strong display by the Indonesian women. Sharon Limansantoso led for one game before handing it to her team-mate, Novie Phang at the halfway mark.

Novie went on to roll 256, 169, 224, 256 and 203 in her second half of the 10-game Round 1 finals to top the finals with 2278, 57 pins ahead of Tannya in second with 2221.

Putty Armein clinched third spot with 2209 followed by Sharon, who completed the Indonesian women's domination by occupying the top 4 spots.

   Jasmine kept in touch with the leading quartet to take fifth spot with 2169. Daphne Tan did well to finish seventh with 2142 while Shayna Ng ended in 14th position with 2011, just one spot above the cut at 15th position, held by Chinese Taipei's Tsai Hsin-Yi with 2005. Bernice Lim and New Hui Fen were unlucky to miss the cut by just 3 pins after tieing in 16th position with 2002.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon led the men's division with 2311 ahead of early pace-setter and this yar's Singapore Open champion, Shaker Al Hassan of UAE on 2260. Local favourite, Wu Siu Hong clinched third spot with 2183.

Hong Kong national kegler, Wicky Yeung squeezed into the next round in 18th position with 2030 while his team-mate, Rickle Kam miseed the cut by a single pin in 19th position with 2029. Defending champion, Hussain Al Suwaidi failed to progress after finishing 21st position.

The top 18 men will be joined by the top 3 local and top 3 overseas seeded men qualifiers for another 10 games in the next round. The top 15 women will be joined by the top 3 local and top 3 overseas seeded women qualifiers for their second round.

   The top 6 men and top 6 women at the end of the second round will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champions.

Detailed scores: Women's Open Round 1 Finals | Men's Open Round 1 Finals | Photo Album.

 Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.