Singapore Sports School youth finishes third

12th May, Bangkok: Singapore Sports School youth, Ng Chiew Pang did well to finish third in his first international outing in the Youth Graded A finals of the 33rd MWA Thailand International Open while Malaysia's Trish Khoo Wei Ling bagged the Youth Open crown.

Ng, who led the field of 12 finalists in the first half of the 10-game finals was denied a victory when he was overcomed by local lass, Pornthip K. of Thailand and Malaysia's Chong Jun Foo in the last two games.

At the start of the finals Saturday morning at S.F. Strike Bowl in Ngam Wong Wan Mall, Pornthip K set the pace to take the lead after two games by just 4 pins from Ng. With 216 and 193, the Singapore youth took over the lead with 9 pins.

Despite a 172 in the fifth game, Ng was able to lead the field with 13 pins. Ng was poised for the title but a low game of 136 in the ninth game handed the lead back to Pornthip. While the leader could only manage a 175, neither Ng nor Chong could overhaul the leader with 172 and 177 respectively in their final game.

Pornthip took the title with 1874 with Chong in second with 1868 and Ng settling for third with 1807. Top qualifier, Anthea Soh Wei Xian also of Singapore Sports School, ended up fifth with 1752.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Trish Khoo Wei Ling bagged her first international crown when she amassed 2121 over the 10-game finals with a handicap of 90 pins bowling against the boys in the Youth Open division. Korea's Oh Se Hun of Korea pipped pace-setter, Dechochai Tinjiratip of Thailand for second position with 2085.

Dechochai settled for third after a disasterous 152 in his final game to total 2044. Jo Hyun-Dong of Korea, Aris Ardilla and Nazrinnah Mohd Kamil rounded up the top 6 from fourth to sixth positions.

Late last night, Singapore's Evelyn Chan stormed into the lead with a superb 929 in her attempt to make the finals. Chan will be joined by Sabrina Lim and Rena Teng in the finals which wi be contested this evening at 5.00pm. Only two Singapore men, Lee Yu-Wen and Jason Yeong-Nathan made the finals.

Detailed scores: Youth A Finals Youth O Finals Photo Album.

Photos by Terence Yaw.