20th October, Jakarta: Singapore’s Jenae Wee and Amabel Chua finished one-two in the Youth Girls Masters final of the 14th Indonesia International Open while Malaysia’s Christopher Tiong triumphed in the Boy’s division at Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre.
2016 World Youth Championships Masters silver medallist, Chua led her team-mate from Singapore Sports School by just two pins going into the tenth and final game. It was indeed a tight finish when Wee snatched the crown with 174 whilst Chua managed only 171.
The 16-year-old Wee, who has been bowling for eight years and in her fourth year at Singapore Sports School, captured her first-ever international youth title with a total of 2021 and the top prize of 10 million rupiah (approx. US$760)
Chua, who had also been bowling for eight years and in her fourth year at Singapore Sports School, finished as first runner-up with 2020 to settle for 7 million rupiah.
Youth Girls second and champion, Amabel Chua and Jenae Wee
2012 Youth Girls champion and three-time consecutive runner-up, Alisha Nabila of Indonesia, again ended her campaign as second runner-up with 1889. Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni and Qistina Zainal Fitri rounded out the top five with 1854 and 1853 respectively.
Meanwhile, 2014 Asian Championships Masters silver medallist, Mostafa Almousawi was leading the boy’s Masters final by 13 pins, ahead of last year’s champion, Billy Muhammad Islam of Indonesia before the tenth and final game.
Tiong, who was in third position a further 2 pins away, ended the final strongest with 221 to snatch the title with 2120. Despite posting 203 in the last game, the Kuwaiti settled for first runner-up with 2117.
Islam also ended well with 208 but was only good enough to secure second runner-up spot with 2109. Paolo Hernandez of Indonesia took fourth spot with 2002 while Merwin Matheiu Tan of Philippines completed the top five with 1981.
The Malaysian won 16 million rupiah (approx. US$1,200) as champion with Almousawi settling for 10 million rupiah. Islam took home 6 million rupiah as second runner-up.
Jenae Wee with her champion’s trophy
Detailed scores: Youth Girls Finals | Youth Boys Finals | Photo Album.Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.