Singaporean takes easy victory

11th April, Manama: Topseed, Remy Ong of Singapore took an easy victory over challenger, Mohammed Kamel of Kuwait, 278-204 to emerge as champion of the 8th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open on Saturday evening.  Remy Ong, who made the round 3 finals with a bye after finishing as second highest qualifer of the second block three days ago, ended the Round 3 finals as topseed with a total of 1979 after a keen tussle for the top spot with Kuwaiti, Mohammed Kamel.

In the title match against Mohammed Kamel, Ong gave little chance to his opponent as he fired six consecutive strikes while the Kuwaiti had a double in his opening two frames and failed to keep pace with the Singaporean.

Ong easily claimed the title with a scintilating 278 over Kamel's 204 to win his second title in the Middle East. His first title was in 2006 when he captured the Qatar Open.


"The pair of lanes where we had the title match wasn't an easy pair as I had encountered in the eralier round," reflected the newly-crowned champion, Ong. "I was only making sure that I made accurate shots and into the pocket."

"It's been a few years now since winning an open title and I must thank my federation and sponsors for the opportunity. The field is very strong and the scores are very high too. There is really no room for mistakes.

Mohammed Kamel, who was seeded second, ended the fine run of Hong Kong's Cyrus Cheung when he defeated Chueng, 258-185 to set up the match with Ong. Chueng, who shot his second perfect game and the tournament's fourth, squeezed into the top 5.

He dispatched UAE's Shaker Al-Hassan, 217-209 in the first stepladder match and then went on to knock out third seed Hameed Taqi of Bahrain, 237-209 in the second match. But his run was ended when he lost to Mohammed Kamel in the third match.

Ong won US$20,000 as champion while Mohammed Kamel settled for US$10,000. Cyrus Chueng won US$6,000 while Hameed Taqi and SHaker Al-Hassan won US$5,000 and US$4,500 respectively.

  Detailed scores: Open Stepladder Finals | Top 18 Finals | Photo Album.Photos by Terence for SBF.