PBC youth bags Women Grade A title

15th October, Jakarta: Ex-national youth, Clara Lau of PBC, Singapore bagged the Women's Grade A Masters title of the 2nd Ancol Open Bowling Championship by a convincing margin over Indonesia's A Ayu and team-mate, Cindy Ho on Thursday morning.  A disasaterous start for Clara Lau saw the Singaporean youngster in mid-table after she only managed 163, 180 and 156 in the first three-game series as Indonesia's A Ayu streak into the lead with 613 followed by another PBC finalist, Cindy Ho second.

A quick adjustment allowed Lau to recover with a superb series of 210, 249 and 200 to move up into second spot, 39 pins behind the leader Ayu as Ho continued to stay with the top 2 front runners.

Lau rolled another impressive third series with 212, 214 and 177 to take over the lead, 16 pins ahead of the closest Indonesian and Ho still in third position. The new leader cruised to a comfortable victory after she ended with 211, 173 and 213 for a 12-game total of 2357, 101 pins ahead of A Ayu in second with 2256 and Ho third with 2202.

"I started to bowl from arrow two in the beginning and just couldn't get my ball into the pocket and even after I made an effort to stay focus and managed to hit the pocket, it couldn't carry," said the 21-year-old physical science student, Clara Lau.

"Luckily I had uncle Adam (Chew) here and he told me to move in slightly for a tighter angle and all of a sudden, I had plenty of strikes. I'm very delighted with this victory," added Lau, who also captured the Women's Graded A title at this year's Singapore Open.

Medan's Jessica Florencio, Indonesia's Tan Bie Lian and Malaysia's Nor Amirah of Penang finished fourth to sixth positions with 2174, 2168 and 2121 respectively while Elsa Maris of Indonesia and Susan Ng of PBC finished in the money in seventh and eighth spots.

Detailed scores: Women's Graded A Masters.Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.