Singapore youth rules the lanes

30th March, K.Lumpur: Sabrina Lim Li Koon of Team Singapore ruled the lanes at Pyramid Mega Lanes after scoring 964 to take the overall lead in the Youth Gir's Open Masters qualifying table of the 29th Malaysian International Open Bowling Championship.  The 20-year-old National youth member improved from fourth position from the previous day's qualifying round to surge to the top of the leaderboard with a superb 964. Lim posted lines of 278, 246, 220 and 220 for the well deserved lead.

"I'm just happy to make the finals and I'm pleasantly surprised that I can score so high," said Lim, who scored her first perfect game during last year's CDL National Championship. "I haven't won any title yet since taking up bowling and I hope I can break the ice.

Overnight leader, Kang Hyun-Jin dropped to second with 882 followed by another Singapore National youth, Geraldine Ng in third with 831. Selangor's Ili Syazana topped the local pool with 858 with ex-national Voon Kim Ling of Penang and Selangor's Christyn Chew in second and third.

Meanwhile, Team Singapore has so far two youth boys in the Masters finals with rookie, Kevin Koh leading Singapre's charge in second with 913 with compatriot, Derek Chan in fifth with 876. Brunei's Bahzi Damit maintained his lead with 954.

Geraldine has also made the finals of the Ladies' Open division in 10th with 871 in the overseas pool with teammate and Manila SEA Games Masters Silver medalist, Jazreel Tan in ninth in the mixed pool with 832.

2004 Singapore National Champion and ex-national, Helmi Chew made the cut in ninth in the Men's Open overseas pool with 953 while last year's Singapore Open champion, Jack Wong finished 10th with 919.

2005 Qatar International Open champion, Lee Yu Wen was unlucky after two near misses with 902 and 903 in his two earlier attempts. Lee only needed to strike out in both the final games to assure himself a place.

Photos by Terence Yaw, MTBC.