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17th Kaohsiung International Open

Hong Kong bowlers rule qualifying
6th July, Kaohsiung: Hong Kong national bowlers continued to rule the lanes at the 17th Kaohsiung International Open Bowling Championships as overnight leader, Wu Siu Hong remain in the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings joined by compatriot, Eric Tseng in second.

Tseng, who was in eigth position, leapfrog into second spot after improving his six-games tally to 1255. Wu remained firmly in first position with 1308. Three more Hong Kong nationals, Mike Chan, Wicky Yeung and Tony Wong have qualified in fifth, sixth and eighth spots.

There were no changes atop the local pool with Tsai Yin-Hao leading with 1407. Tao Kua-Wei and Chen Chein-Wu occupied second and third spots with 1357 and 1350 respectively. The current cut in the overseas pool is held by newly-crowned Youth Open Masters champion, Xavier Teo of Singapore with 1203.

Eric Tseng joining team-mate Wu Siu Hong

The mixed pool is totally dominated by Taiwanese taking up all eleven spots. Chen Chang-Yen headed the mixed pool with 1302 while the cut in 11th position is held by Chen Ying-Hsien with 1252. Any overseas qualifiers dropping out will not even make the mixed pool.

There will be a one-game desperado squad to be held at the end of the last qualifying squad late tonight. The top 3 highest scorers will make the Masters finals.

Meanwhile, Bianca Tofilou of New Zealand also remained unbeaten in the ladies' division. She hold ttop spot since the start of the qualifying round with 1238. Two-time ABF Tour Tournament of Champions winner, Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong improved to take up second position with 1207.

2009 Asian Youth Games Doubles gold medallist, Natthida Sertluecha of Thailand also improved to third with 1191 while 2017 ABF Tour Macau leg second runner-up, Filomena Choi of Macau and Anglea Boswell of New Zeland completed the top five with 1180 and 1155 respectively. Milki Ng qualified seventh in the overseas pool with 1148.

In the earlier Senior Masters finals, 60-year-old Chang Chiang-Lung captured title after amassing a total of 1672 with a handicap of five pins per game. Hong Lian-Xing took second spot with 1629 with 10 pins handicap per game.

Chan Shuk Han occupying second spot in the overseas pool

2010 Indonesia Open champion, Hsieh Chin-Liang stormed home with three superb games of 215, 218 and 203 to snatch third spot with 1621. Chang won NT$30,000 (approx. US$1,000) as champion. Hong and Hsieh earned NT$15,000 and NT$10,000 respectively as runners-up.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kaohsiung.

Hong Kong national takes early lead
5th July, Kaohsiung: 2015 AMF World Cup champion, Wu Siu Hong took an early lead by topping the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings of the 17th Koahsiung International Open Bowling Championships underway at Southern Bowling Centre.

In very extremely tricky conditions at the 28-lane centre, Wu, who won the Men's title in 2008 at Happy Bowling Centre in Koahsiung, registered a splendid 704 three-game series but managed only 588 on his second attempt for a six-game aggregate of 1292 to take the lead in the overseas pool.

ABF Tour Macau 2017 fourth runner-up, Dhruv Sarda of India leapfrog from sixth to second position with 1241 after posting an improved 630 series to add to his other 611 series.

Wu Siu Hong for topping the Men's Open overseas pool

Two-time Macau-China Open and 2014 Asian Games singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand trailed in third with 1220 while Wu's compatriot, Tony Wong finished fourth with 1217. Debutant, Xavier Tan of Singapore, who topped the Youth Open qualifying table, did well to round out the top five with 1206.

Wicky Yeung qualified in sixth position with 1203, Eric Tseng in eighth with 1194 and Rickle Kam in 11th with 1093. Lau Kwun Ho and Mike Chan has yet to make two series. The defending champion is Michael Mak.

In the local pool, Taiwanese spinners are relishing the conditions and registering much higher scores than the overseas hook-ball qualifiers. Tsai Yin-Hao topped the standings with 1407 ahead of Wu Hao-Ming in second with 1375. Tao Kuan-Wei took third spot with 1357.

All 12 local qualifiers have surpassed the 1300-mark as Chen Chang-Yen occupying 12th position with 1302. The top 12 local qualifiers, top 12 overseas qualifiers, top 11 qualifiers from the mixed pool and top 3 qualifiers from the desperado squad together with the defending champion will bowl two rounds of 8 games each on July 7 and 8. The top 6 finishers at the end of the two rounds will advance to the stepladder finals.

Meanwhile, debutant Bianca Tofilou and Angela Boswell of New Zealand occupied the top two spots in the Ladies' Open overseas qualifying table with 1236 and 1135 respectively. 2017 ABF Tour Macau leg second runner-up, Filomena Choi of Macau and Fiona Yew of Singapore tied third spot with 1133. Milki Ng finished third in the mixed pool with 1016 while Chan Shuk Han bowled only one series.

Tsai Hsin-Yi led the local pool with 1282, just three pins ahead of compatriot, Pan Yu-Fen in second with 1279. Wang Ya-Ting took third spot with 1262 while Cho Chia-Chi and Chang Yin-Chih completed the top five with 1261 and 1238 respectively.

The top 10 local qualifiers, top 10 overseas qualifiers and the top 9 qualifiers from the mixed pool together with the defending champion will bowl two rounds of 8 games each on July 7 and 8. The top 6 finishers at the end of the two rounds will advance to the stepladder finals.

Milki Ng finishing third in the mixed pool

Qualifying will end tomorrow, July 6 and the ladies will kick off their Round 1 finals on July 7 at 1.30pm local time and the men at 7.00pm. The ladies will resume with their Round 2 on July 8 at 9.00am and the men at 12.30pm.

The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women from the final results will qualify for the third leg of the 2017 ABF Tour - Chinese Taipei which will be held at the same bowling centre on July 9. Sporcast will broadcast LIVE commencing at 3.00pm local time.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kaohsiung.

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