PBC youth captures second consecutive title

15th October, Jakarta: Newly-crowned Women's Grade A Masters champion, Clara Lau of PBC, Singapore captured her second consecutive title when she cruised to another comfortable victory in the Youth Girl's Under-21 finals.  Like in the Grade A finals, Clara Lau did not have the best of starts but it took her only two games to get into her strides. The pace of Malaysia's Hurul Ainul was too hot for the field as the Malaysian built up a lead of 49 pins by the third game.

Macau Open youth champion, Tannya Roumimper trailed the Malaysian in second with Lau in a close third. While Hurul managed only 162 and 182 in the sixth and seventh games, Lau took advantage to roll 206 and 244 to take over the running.

Lau posted 197, 245 and 180 to end the 12-game finals with a total of 2050 to take the comfortable victory as Indonesia's Jessica Florencio stormed home to snatch second spot with 1976.

"I'm simply thrilled to be able to win two titles in one day," exclaimed the 21-year-old Lau. "This is my best-ever outing which I'll always treasure." Hurul hung on to finish in the podium with 1971 for third position while Fatin Hazwani of Malaysia snatched fourth position with 1943 and Tannya dropping to fifth with 1934.Meanwhile, Hong Kong wonder kid, Michael Mak cruised to a convincing victory to capture the Boy's Under-21 title with 2347, 129 pins ahead of his nearest rival. Mak's second game of 279 and fourth game of 274 set the tone for the youngster in the finals.

"I guess I need a game to get into my strides and when I shot 279 in the second game, I felt more comfortable and just continued to make sure I hit the pocket," said Mak, who finished second on two occasions, second in the Euro-Med Storm Masters in Manila and second in the Youth finals in Macau Open.

Four Malaysian youths took up second to fifth positions with Aris Ardilla finished second with 2218 and early pace-setter, Syimir Abdul Razak third with 2138. Khoo Beng Khai and Muhd Amirrul Afif posted 2050 and 2049 for fourth and fifth positions.

Ng Chiew Pang was SingaporeBowling's best performer finishng eighth with 2009 while Singapore's Sports School's Keith Saw and SBF's Brandon Lee managed only 13th and 14th positions.

Detailed scores: Girl's Uder-21 Masters | Boy's Uder-21 Masters.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.