Singaporean claims pole position

14th July, Jakarta: National bowler, Geraldine Ng put in a scintilating effort to claim pole position in the Women's Open Masters qualifying table of the 8th Indonesia International Open on Wednesday.  The 24-year-old Ng, who was unlucky to miss the stepladder cut after she finished seventh in the Macau China Open two weeks ago, started off with 213 in her opening game at the 10.00am squad today.

Ng then set the lanes ablazed with 258 and then 236 in her next two games. She could have ended her qualifying round to surpass the 900-mark but managed only 179 in her final game. Despite the setback, she became the new leader with 885.

Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, who was fourth yesterday on 831, improved her score at the same squad to finish second to Ng, just 2 pins adrift on 883. Overnight leader and 2008 Ancol Open champion, Myo Boub-Joung was relegated into third with 869.

Bernice Lim, who won the 2007 Indonesia Open women's crown, also slipped down to fourth with 852. Cherie Tan, who topped the mixed pool yesterday, also slipped down two places into third with 816.

Gina Lim (814), Fok Ka Wai (810) and Teo Li Ying (807) may have to improved their scores if they were to secure their places in the finals this weekend.Newly-crowned Macau China Open, Remy Ong improved his score to move into the overseas pool and tied with team-mate, Ng Tiac Pin in eighth position. Ong started off with 201 but ended strongly with 244, 225 and 222 for a total of 892.

Jason Yeong-Nathan (839) and Eugene Low (753) will have to step up their effort to secure their places in the finals. They still have another day of qualifying tomorrow to achieve that.

Meanwhile, Surasak Manuwong of Thailand remained in front with 944 joined by Malaysia's Daniel Lim in second with 938 in only his first attempt. Malaysia's Mr. Consistent, Adrian Ang finished third with 919.

Qualifying will end tomorrow, July 15 and the Masters finals will be staged over two blocks of eight games on July 16 and 17.

Detailed scores: Women's Open Qualifying | Men's Open Qualifying.Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.