World Champion regains lead
25th May, K.Lumpur: 2008 AMF World Cup champion, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan regained the lead for Singapore in the Women's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool of the 34th Canon Malaysian International Open after 2010 national champion and overnight leader, Bernice Lim had lost it to Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia. Singapore women had dominated the Women's Open Masters qualifying table after taking up the top 7 positions with Bernice Lim leading with 1327 yesterday. But her lead was soon overtaken by 2009 Thailand Open champion, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, who amassed 1352.
Guangzhou Asian Games Trios gold medalist, Geraldine Ng had also improved from sixth position to second behind Bernice but now occupied fifth after Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Jazreel Tan both improved their standings as well.
Jasmine shot a series of 674 before setting the lanes ablaze with a scintilatting 704 to give herself a new total of 1378 to move to the lead.
BWAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year, Jazreel Tan also turned in a sizzling performance to roll 697 and 643 for a total of 1340 to take up third behind Roumimper. The leading trio would automatically qualify for Round 2 finals.
Bernice and Geraldine were content with fourth and fith positions while Tan Yan Ling did well to move into sixth position with 1308 followed by Fok Ka Wai in ninth spot with 1268.
Kristel Oh topped the mixed pool with 1248 with Ilma Nur Jannah, Shayna Ng, Oriana Tay taking up seventh, ninth and tenth positions.
There were no changes to the local pool with 2010 Indonesia Open champion, Zatil Iman, Wendy Chai and 2010 Singapore Open champion, Sin Li Jane occupying the top 3 spots with 1487, 1395 and 1371 respectively.
Not much progress was made by Singapore men in the Men's Open division. Jevarn Li was Sinapore's best performer thus far taking up sixth position in the overseas pool with 1415 while Remy Ong managed only ninth in the mixed pool with 1343.
Jason Yeong-Nathan was right at the edge of the drop zone having taken up 12th in the mixed pool with 1331. 2009 ABF Tour TOC winner, Ryan Lalisang headed the overseas table with a superb 1503.
Asian Championship Masters gold medalist, Khaled Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait finished second with 1470 with early leader, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong third with 1455.
Guangzhou Asian Games two gold medalist and 2006 Malaysian Open champion, Alex Liew topped the local pool with 1504 followed by national youth, Chong Jun Foo in second with 1445 and ex-national, Kang Bo Long third with 1434.
Qualifying continues through to May 26 and the Open Masters Round 1 finals will be staged on May 27 and Round 2 on May 28.Photos by Terence Yaw.