Youngster shines in qualifying

29th May, Singapore: Perfect gamer of the Asian Youth Championship, Justin Lim Chun Liang of Singapore, stormed into the lead of the Men’s Open Masters qualifying standings of the 43rd Singapore International Open on Friday.  Lim, who also won a silver medal in the inaugural Asian Youth Games last July, posted a scintillating 950 to take over the lead and forcing overnight leader and Saudi Open champion, Remy Ong having to settle for second with 927.

The 17-year-old will be hoping to display similar form during the Masters finals and to give his more experienced team-mates a challenge for the Men’s crown. Jeremy Fang took third spot with 887 ahead of Gerald Ng in fourth with 877.

Former national champion, Jason Yeong-Nathan did well to take up fifth position with 872 as former champion and seasoned veteran, Jack Wong will also be hoping to provide stiff competition to his younger counterparts having finished sixth with 871.

The only foregin men to have registered a score was Amercian, Darrell Jackson who led the overseas pool with 772. The scoreline is defintely not good enough when more foreign competitors take to the lanes this early next week.Newly-promoted to the national ranks, New Hui Fen is relishing on the lanes where she bagged two gold medals during the inaugural Asian Youth Games. The 17-year-old improved on her earlier score of 842 with 883 to lead the women’s open division.

2008 AMF World Cup champion, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan shared second spot with overnight leader, Jazreel Tan with 879 as Shayna Ng and Cherie Tan rounded the top 5 with 876 and 855.

Sabeena Saleem remained the only foreign women who have registered a score in the women’s open overseas pool with 801 two days ago and has yet made any improvements before the arrival of more overseas participants.


Meanwhile, Jonathan Ang Wei Xiang impressed his coaches after he posted a splendid 891 to lead the Youth Boys division ahead of Keith Saw in second with 890. Overnight leader, Suresh Elangovan settled for third with 870.

2007 Singapore Open Youth Girls champion and two-time runnerup, Gina Lim continued to lead the Youth Girls division with 861 ahead Asian Youth Games Team silver medalist, Ilma Nur Jannah stormed into second spot with 855.

Joan Tan Lu Yun slipped down to third with 841 followed by 2009 Penang Pesta Youth Girls champion, Michaela Oehler and Stacy Lian completing the top 5 with 834 and 833.


Photos by SingaporeBowling.