SIM emerges as overall champion


14th September, Singapore: Singapore Institute of Management emerged as overall champion in the Singapore University Games 2008 which ended at Westwood Bowl, Bukit Batok Civil Service Club on Saturday.

The event saw the four main universities in Singapore, namely National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), competing in 3 events, Singles, Doubles and Team. Each event is played over a 3-game series.

This year’s games also served as a platform for the selection of players to represent Singapore in the 2008 ASEAN University Games (AUG) in Malaysia. The top 9 players from each gender in the All Events category will be automatically seeded into the AUG Training Squad.

In the Men’s Singles event, SIM’s Toh Tze Keong opened his campaign with a 233 to lead the block. His blistering form then went on to give him high games of 222 and 225, and secured the first Gold of the competition for SIM with 680 pinfalls.

The battle for the silver was a close one between Victor Tan Gin Wei of SMU and Benjamin Hong of SIM. Victor’s consistent scores of 207, 228 and 217 were just enough to overcome Benjamin’s 650 total by 2 pins and clinch the silver.

In the Women’s category, SIM took another Gold courtesy of Geraldine Ng. The current national development squad member led the pack throughout the event with 237, 202 and 194. Glenda Quek of NUS made a good comeback with a Women’s high game of 248 at the last game, but her total pinfall of 626 was only good enough for the silver. Lesley Low of NTU claimes the Bronze with 576.

In the Men’s Doubles, NUS pair Kenneth Teo and Gary Tham sealed the gold with series, 411, 380 and 368. The team of Gregory Quek and Melvyn Tan of NTU settled for silver with 1142, while fellow NTU teammates Aaron Zhang Yiren and John Ng piped another NTU team by 1 point, to finish third with 1133 pinfall.

The Women’s Doubles event saw SIM clinch their third gold, by the efforts of Nicole Wong and Geraldine Ng. Nicole’s three-game score 205, 223, and 193 were well complemented by teammate, Geraldine’s 221, 204 and 167.

They struck home a combined score of 1213, a lead of 109 pins, ahead of their nearest opponent, NTU. Samantha Png and Lesley Low of NTU finished second place after a 399 series at Game 3. SIM’s Ong Lay Ping and Kristel Oh settled for bronze with 1086 pinfalls.

Later that evening, during the Team event, SIM extended their excellent run on the medal tally as both their Men and Women teams emerged as victors. SIM topped the medal tally with 5 gold and 2 bronze medals with NUS in second with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. NTU won 3 silver and 3 bronze medals while SMU went home with 1 silver medal.

Photos by SingaporeBowling.