Singaporean eying to retain title

6th June, Hong Kong: National bowler, Shayna Ng is eying to retain the Women’s Open Masters title of the 38th Hong Kong International Open after qualifying in third at HK Bowling City on Wednesday.  Ng made the most of the masters qualifying entries she received as defending champion to register 714 and 663 for a 6-game aggregate of 1377 while her team-mate, Jazreel Tan finished second in the mixed pool with 1211.

Ng was second just before the 5.30pm squad but slipped down to third after 2010 Hong Kong Open champion, Shalin Zulkifli stormed into pole position with 1415 making the Malaysian becoming the first qualifier to surpass the 1,400-mark.

The Singaporean had qualified well in last week’s Singapore Open and finished 11th in Round 1 before dropping out of contention and in 11th position. Ng will be hoping to revitalise her performance with by retaining the Hong Kong Open title she won last year.

In the local pool, Chan Shuk Han topped the table with 1369 followed by Milki Ng in second with 1256 and newcomer, Vannesse Tang third with 1221.

The only other Singaporean in the tournament was Jazreel Tan, who posted 1211 to take up second in the mixed pool.Meanhile in the Men’s Open division, Muhd Nur Aiman and Malaysia topped the overseas pool with 1432 followed by Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in second with 1412 and another Malaysian, Syafiq Ridhwan third with 1392.

In the local pool, Joshua Chow led early leader, Michael Mak and Lau Kwun Ho to take up the top 3 positions and earning a bye in Stage 1 finals. Singapore is not represented by any men.

The top 3 local seeded qualifiers are Wu Siu Hong, Eric Tseng and Wicky Yeung. However, these bowlers may make more attempts tomorrow to make the top 3 local qualifiers for a bye.

The top 33 men and top 24 women will contest the Stage 1 finals on June 8 and the top 18 finishers will be joined by the top 3 overseas and top 3 local seeded qualifiers for Stage 2 finals on June 9. The top 6 at the end of the stage will advance to the stepladder shootout finals.

Detailed scores: Women’s Open Qualifying | Men’s Open Qualifying | Photo Album.Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.