Singapore lass grabs lead

23rd December, Penang: Singapore national bowler, Daphne Tan grabbed the lead of the Ladies' Open Masters qualifying leaderboard of the 37th Penang Pesta International Bowling Chmpionship underway at Mega Lanes Seberang Prai on Wednesday.  In only her first attempt, Daphne Tan, who just turned 19 two months ago, got off the mark with a superb 237 in the openng game. She followed it up with 245, 247 and rounded off with 212 for a 4-game total of 941 en-route to taking over the lead.

Her impressive effort was also the first women to surpass the 900-mark in what appeared to be very unpreditable lane conditions. The national bowler will be hoping to end the year on a high and break the ice with her first international victory.

Her team-mate and 2003 Penang Pesta Champion, Jennifer Tan will also be looking to return to the winning podium after she downed 846 to take up fourth in the mixed pool. Newly-crowned national champion, Fok Ka Wai finished 10th and 17th overall with 737, which she hoped to improve further on Thursday.

Malaysian Elite Backup squad member, Syakira Yeoh was the second women to hit pass the 900-mark with a remarkable 962 scoreline to become the new overall leader. Asian Indoor Games bronze medalist, Tengku Emanina followed in second in the local pool with 895.In the men's category, ex-national Vincent Lim was the early leader after he rolled 899 with Suresh Elangovan in second in the mixed pool with 892 giving Singapore a 1-2 finish. Asian Indoor Games silver medalist, Jang Dong Chul took third spot with 877.

Malaysian Elite backup squad member and 2005 Penang Pesta champion, Mohd Noer Said shot 966 at the 6.00pm squad to share the lead with Elite squad member, Aaron Kong, who posted the identical score at the 10.00pm squad.

The only SBF's national youth bowler to make his attempt was Gregory Gan, who managed only 813 to finish 24th overall nad four spots off the drop zone. Qualifying ended at 6.00pm for the boys and girls under-16 Masters.


They will contest their finals on Thursday morning as the rest will have the Christmas eve as its final day of qualifying before the finals on Friday and Saturday.


Photos by Terence Yaw in Penang.