Singapore youths making good progress

20th March, K.Lumpur: Singapore youths participating in the 30th Malaysian International Open Bowling Championship at Pyramid Mega Lanes were making good progress with 2005 National champion, Jasmine Yeong Nathan third in the Ladies' Open Masters mixed pool.

Despite only her first attempt, Jasmine Yeong Nathan made good progress with a score of 824 to take up third spot in the mixed pool of the Ladies' Open Masters table. Two time national champion, Jazreel Tan could only manage 786 to finish eighth in the same table while Evelyn Chan posted 756 for tenth position.

Overall lead went to Pahang Open champion, Zatil Iman of Malaysia, who posted 1002 to become the first bowler to surpass the 1,000-mark in the 4-game qualifying round. 2004 champion, Shalin Zulkifli finished second with 960 ahead of Doha Asian Games two gold medalist and reigning national champion, Esther Cheah of Malaysia in third with 953.

Filipina, Liza Del Rosario topped the overseas pool with an impressive 895 followed by Asian Championship two gold medalist, Putty Armein of Indonesia in second with 889. World Championship two gold medalist, Wang Yu-Ling of Chinese Taipei took up third with 880.

In the men's division, Doha Asian Games and Asian CHampionship singles gold medalist, Ryan Lalisang scorched the lanes with a superb 992 to grab top spot in the overseas pool to trail overall leader, Zaid Izlan of Malaysia on 994. Mohd Noer Said, also of Malaysia was third with 988.

Singapore's Justin Teng managed 898 to take up seventh in the overseas pool with SBF development squad member, Jin Lau in 12th position with 852. Another Singapore youth, Derek Chan finished seventh in the mixed pool with 843.

Geraldine Ng, topped the Girl's Open Masters overseas pool with an impressive first attempt of 912 followed by Daphne Tan second with 775, Katherine Lau third with 760 and Ong She Na fourth with 707.

Qualifying continues through to the 22nd March which will see scores becoming higher as the participants scramble to make the cut. The top 39 men and top 33 ladies will bowl 8 games in the first block on Friday, 23rd at 12.30pm and another 8 games in the second block on Saturday, 24th.

The top 6 men and top 6 ladies at the end of the two blocks will proceed to the stepladder grand finals at 12.30pm which will be telecast LIVE on Astro Supersport.

Photos by Terence Yaw, MTBC.