Youngster advances into Round 5

18th March, Kuwait: National youth, Keith Saw advanced into Round 5 after finishing Round 4 finals of the 9th Kuwait International Open in sixth position in which PBA pro, Sean Rash took the round with a record-breaking 1614.

The first final of the day was Round 2 in which Muhammad Jaris Goh contested in. The youngster had scrapped through into Round 3 in eighth position with 1297 over 6 games. Kuwaiti, Basel Al Azni topped the round with 1423 after rolling the tournament’s third perfect game.

In the subsequent Round 3 finals, Jaris was less fortunate and failed to progress after finishing 15th out of 16 finalists.

Jazreel Tan, who earned a bye in the earlier round by qualifying in the third bracket, also scrapped through in eighth position despite an impressive 6-game total of 1355. Thai Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkit topped the round with 1554.

In the Round 4 final, Jazreel amassed another impressive 6-game total of 1347 but finished 11th position in an extremely strong field of world-class bowlers. Jazreel, however was the top women competitor and would advance into the Women’s stepladder finals as top seed.Indonesia’s Putty Armein, who knocked down the tournament’s fourth perfect game, finished behind Jazreel in 12th position to join the Singaporean as second seed. Shayna Ng, who earned a bye into Round 4 finals, finished 13th position to take up the final stepladder spot.

Keith Saw survived the round to finish in sixth position with 1450 and progressed into the next round. PBA pro and four-time PBA Tour winner, Sean Rash of USA topped the round with a record-breaking total of 1614 to take the round.

Martin Larsen of Sweden, who rolled the tournament’s fourth perfect game, finished second with 1501 while Asia’s best finisher was Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong taking up third spot with 1488.

Round 5 finals will contested by the top 8 finishers together with the 7 seeded qualifiers from the top bracket over 4 games first then into the Modified Matchplay Round-Robin finals with pins carried forward.

The top 6 would proceed to the Men’s stepladder grand finals. The Women’s stepladder finals will take plce before the men tomorrow.

Detailed scores: Round 4 Finals | Round 3 FInals | Round 2 Finals | Photo Album.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.