16th September, Hong Kong: Singapore Sports School's Joy Yap did well to finish third in the Youth Under-18 Masters finals of the 36th Hong Kong International Open as Taipei's Cheng Hsing Yueh clinched the title in the final game.
Leon Tang of Hong Kong got off to a cracking start to lead the first two games ahead of Singapore Sports School's Joy Yap in second, 24 pins adrift. Yap stole the limelight with a breif lead after the third game but found the pace a little too hot to handle.
Hong Kong's Alex Li Siu Tsun took over the running from Tang and held the lead until a disasterous final game of 165. Chinese Taipei's Cheng Hsing Yueh stormed home with a sizzling 257 to snatch the victory with 1661.
Li settled for second with 1636, 25 pins adrift while Yap bounced back to take up third spot with 1577. Yap's team-mates, Keith Saw and Muhd Jaris Goh did well to finish fourth and fifth spots with 1572 and 1543 respectively.
Other Singapore Sports School youths in the final were Kwa Lay Teng (7th-1532), Darren Ong (8th-1531), Javier Tan (12th-1462), Nicholas Goh (13th-1420) and Audrey Tan (14th-1406). Cheng won HK$2,000 and Alex Li settled for HK$1,000. Joy Yap took home HK$500 for finishing third.
Meanwhile, Muhd Jaris Goh and Javier Tan also qualified for the Youth Open Masters finals third and fourth in the overseas pool with 1215 and 1197 from two 3-game series. They will contest the finals on Friday, September 17.