Singapore lass in awesome form

28th May, Singapore: Singapore national women bowler, Cherie Tan was in awesome form at Superbowl Safra Mount Faber when she reeled off the highest 4-game total to take the overall lead in the Women's Open Masters leaderboard. The 20-year-old, who was second runnerup last year, notched up a total of 935 to lead Singapore's challenge for the coveted women's crown as Shayna Ng also made headway to clinch second spot with 892.

Cherie took to the lanes at the 2.30pm squad with a 242 opening game. With a sufficiently high game, she got her rythmn going coming home with 236, 231 and 226 to end the round with the highest 4-game total posted by a women.

"This is my eighth attempt and I just couldn't score high enough," said the student of Singapore National University. "I used a Brunswick Mega S which I used in the 2006 Doha Asian Games and surprisingly it work great in this extremely oily condition.   "I'm determined to do well again this year and hopefully I can break the ice with a first international victory here. Overnight leader and the newly-crowned Malaysian Open champion, Jazreel Tan was pushed down to third on her 891 shot yesterday.

Malaysia's Zandra Aziela remained top in the overseas pool with 902 with last year's runnerup, Sharon Koh second on 896. World Bowlers Writers' Hall of Famer, Diandra Asbaty of USA finished third with 863 after her second attempt as Chinese Taipei's Hung Shu-Chun and Malaysia's Choy Poh Lai rounded up the top 5. Meanwhile, Qatar's Mansour Al-Awami, who was eighth overnight with 881, took to the lanes at the 5.30pm squad with a 222 opening game. The 31-year-old from Doha then reeled off 221, 207 before hitting the tournament's first perfect game with 300.

Mansour's 300 in the final game gave the Qatari a 950 total to move up to fifth and secured a spot in the masters finals. His fellow compatriot, Abdulla Al-Qattan remained in pole with 968 ahead of World Ranking Masters runnerup, Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia second on 967.

Two-time Milo Junior All Stars champion, Adrian Ang also made headway with a superb 954 to take up third spot ahead of Mansour. Another Qatari, Saeed Al-Hajri, who was 11th, also improve with 953 slotting in between his teammate and Adrian.   In the local front, Eugene Low sits securely in pole with 946 with Shaun Ng Qenn improving to slot into second with 941. Jack Wong, Remy Ong and Lee Yu-Wen made up the top 5 with 938, 935 and 932 respectively.

The qualifying rounds for the Youths Under-16 and Men's Graded B ended at 5.30pm as their Masters finals will take place tomorrow morning. Qualifying for the rest of the division will end probably into the early hours of Friday.

  Photos by Terence Yaw for SBF.