Singapore youngster takes over lead

22nd May, Singapore: Singapore's national youth member, Eugene Low took over the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying leaderboard on Day 3 of the on-going 41st Singapore International Open at Superbowl Safra Mount Faber.   The 19-year-old Low, whose best showing was a sixth-place finish in the 2005 National Championship, chalked up a 4-game total of 946 to dislodge leader, Jack Wong into second spot and Remy Ong third.

Seasoned campigner and 2005 Singapore Open champion, Jack Wong had topped the table with 938 and held the lead for only two days since the championship started on Wednesday. But Low was awesome when he took to the lanes today with a superb 946 to take over the lead.

Jack settled for second followed by Singapore's World Champion, Remy Ong in third spot with 935. 2006 Singapore Open champion, Lee Yu-Wen found his line to reel off 932 for fourth place and putting him safely into the finals.

Andrew Lee rounded up the top 5 in fifth place with 895 as those who finished 13th positions and above were pushed into the mixed pool, which is headed by Aloysius Kuok Choon Ngiap with 812. Asian Youth two gold medalist, Valerie Teo continued to head the women's open division with a score of 885 followed by fellow compatriot and 2002 World Ranking Masters champion, Jennifer Tan in second with 883.

2005 National champion, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan did well to finish third with 862 while 2006 Indonesia Open champion, who was ninth overnight, improved to fourth after shooting 827. Amanda Ng completed the top 5 in fifth spot with 818.

Meanwhile, Eugene Low also topped the Youth Boy's table with another impressive 939 ahead of Travis Tay and Gregory Gan second and third spots with 916 and 865 respectively. Te Youth Girl's lead remained with Ong She-Na on a score of 875.


With the bulk of the overseas participants arriving this Sunday, the scramble for a slot in the masters finals will surely intensify and push the qualifying scores higher. Qualifying ends Thursday, May 29 and the finals will be held on May 30 and 31.


Photos by Camilla Chua, SBF.