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43rd Hong Kong International Open

Hong Kong youth wins another title
14th July, Hong Kong: 2017 Asian School Singles gold medallist, Alex Yu got off to a cracking pace with 225 in his opening game to lead Malaysia's Mohad Uzair Irsyad by three pins and team-mate, Nixon Chan in third a further three pins away.

Mohd Uzair took over the lead after the second game but lost it immediately in the third game when Yu rolled a superb 247 to the lead. Tse, who had a moderate start in his first two games, posted a bigger game of 253 to take up second, three pins behind Yu.

Tse added another strong game of 246 to become the new leader midway through the finals, 44 pins ahead of Yu. Tse bowled consistently with 190, 216, 258 and 191 to end the finals with 1762 to capture the Youth Open title.

Youth Open hampion, Ivan Tse

Wang Yu Huei of Chinese Taipei stormed home along with her handicap of 8 pins per game to clinch second position with 1651 while Tse compatriot, Boco Wong claimed third position with 1610. A second youth girl, Gigi Leung missed the podium to take up fourth with 1599.

Meanwhile, Ooi Hock Keong of Malaysia bagged the Men's Grade B Masters title with an eight-game total of 1556. Udomchai Wongphanlak of Thailand finished second, just seven pins adrift. Chen Jr Wei of Chinese Taipei took third spot with 1533.

Lin Yin Tong of Chinese Taipei triumphed in the Women's Grade B Masters finals with 1488 to pick up her first international crown. Debutants, Chethana R. and Judy Alban did exceptionally well to claim second and third positions with 1388 and 1344 respectively.

Trophies were awarded to the top winners of Youth, Men's and Women's Grade B finals. The Men's Open and Women's Open Stage 1 finals will be staged later this afternoon. The Men's and Women's Grade A finals will be held this evening.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Top 3 winners, Udomchai, Ooi Hock Keong and Chen

Hong Kong national makes top bracket
12th July, Hong Kong: National kegler, Wicky Yeung of Hong Kong became the first qualifier to surpass the 1400-mark with 1423 to lead the Men's Open Masters local qualifying table of the 43rd Hong Kong International Open at SCAA Bowling Centre.

Yeung posted a stunning 727 three-game series and another superb 696 series to top the local pool. His team-mate, Tony Wong finished second with 1330 while ex-national and 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Team gold medallist, Michael Tsang took third spot with 1327.

The top three qualifers would earn a bye and automatically advance to Stage 2 finals. Jimmy Cheung and Michael Mak completed the top five with 1312 and 1305 respectively.

Wicky Yeung taking up top spot in the local pool

In the overseas pool, Thai bowlers dominated by occupying the top two spots. Kim Bolleby led the pool with 1395 ahead of his team-mate and 2014 Asian Games Singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat in second with 1385.

Defending champion and overnight leader, Ryan Lalisang held on to third spot with 1379. A third Thai, Surasak Manuwong took fourth spot with 1377 while Lee Gyo Hwan of Korea, who shot the tournament's first perfect game, rounded out the top five with 1375.

Yaqoub Al-Shatti of Kuwait occupied the cut for the Stage 1 finals in tenth position with 1270 (average 211.67). Last year's cut stood at a whopping 1374, way higher than this year's scores. Based on the tremendous response for this year's championships and the limit of squads availability, the cut may not be as high as last year and could be in the region of 1350.

The three seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 12, ten qualifiers from the mixed pool, three additional qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad and the winner of the Hong Kong Cup finals will contest 8-game Stage 1 finals on July 14.

The top 15 finishers in Stage 1 finals will be joined by the six seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Stage 2 finals on July 15. The top six finishers will then proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.

In the Women's Open division, 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei second runner-up, Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong with 1292 ahead of team-mate and 2013 Asian Youth All Events bronze medallist, Joan Cheng in second with 1201.

Joey Yip took up third spot with 1188 to join the top two and automatically advance to the Women's Open STage 2 finals. In the overseas pool, 2015 Indonesia Open champion, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia occupied top spot with 1350.

2016 Thailand Open Women's Masters champion, Yanne Saebe of Thailand shared second position with overnight leader, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia on 1328. The tp three local and top three overseas qualifiers will skip Stage 1 finals.

Chan Shuk Han earning an automatic entry into Stage 2 finals

Joy Yap headed the mixed pool with 1265 while the cut in ninth position went to Thanshanok Vilailak of Thailand with 1190. Last year's cut was a high 1310. And with another left for qualifying and the limited slots available for qualifying, it may just go up to around 1260.

The three national team representatives - Milki Ng, Chan Shuk Han and Joan Cheng, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, and nine qualifiers from the mixed pool will contest 8-game Stage 1 finals on July 14.

The top 12 finishers in Stage 1 finals will be joined by the six seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Stage 2 finals on July 15. The top six finishers will then proceed to the stepladder shootout finals. Qualifying for the Youth 15 & Under and the Hong Kong Cup Masters will end today and their Masters finals will be staged tomorrow. Qualifying for other divisions will continue for another two days till July 13.

The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women from the Open Masters final results will also qualify for the fourth leg of the 2017 ABF Tour - Hong Kong leg which will be held at the same center on July 16. Matches from the semi-finals onwards will be broadcast LIVE bu i-Cable commencing at 3.00pm local time.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

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