15th April, Bangkok: Singapore Sports School youths swept the top 3 positions of the Youth Under-15 Masters finals at the 38th MWA Thailand International Open while Korean youth, Yoon Jun-Sil of Uiduk University claimed the Youth Under-21 Masters crown.
Thai youth, Lapasdanai Chuseang took the early lead with a strong 201 opening game and a 10 pin handicap. She held the lead for another game after rolling 192 in the second but was quickly overtaken by Singapore Sports School’s Kuek Qi En at the halfway mark.Lapasdanai bounced back to regain the lead after the fourth game, just 1 pin ahead of Kuek while another Singapore Sports School, Marcus Leong fired a sizzling 252 to move up to third, a further 2 pins away.
Leong kept his momentum going with another superb 200 in the fifth to open up a gap of 25 pins as a third Singapore Sports School youth Timothy Tan took over second spot and Lapasdanai slipped away to third.
The Singapore youth ended the finals with 187 to clinch the title with 1133 as Daphne Oh stromed home with 207 to snatch second spot with 1129. Brandan Tan gave Singapore Sports School a sweep of the top 3 positions by finishing third with 1125.
Lapasdanai missed the podium by finishing fourth with 1101 while early pace-setter, Kuek Qi En rounded the top 5 with 1097.
In the Youth Under-21 Masters finals, Uiduk University’s Yoon Jin-Sil of Korea took the title with 2099 thanks to a 9 pin handicap per game competing against the boys. Early leader, Dechocahi Tinjiratip of Thailand finished second with 2084, just 15 pins adrift.Last year’s Asian School Doubles silver medalist, Atittarat Cheng of Thailand took third spot with 2035 ahead of Sung Gyeong-Eun of Daejeon Metropolitan City, Korea fourth with 2018.
Phumin Klanbida of Thailand and Singapore national youth, Tracy See finished in the money in fifth and sixth positions with 1941 and 1937 respectively.
Qualifying for the Youth Under-18 will laster tonight and the Masters finals will be staged on tomorrow.