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2018 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand

Three Hong Kong nationals make cut
25th September, Bangkok: 2018 Asian Games Palembang Team silver medallist, Wu Siu Hong made the cut for Round 3 finals in 11th position in the qualifying standings of the 2018 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand joined by Miachel Mak and James Lui.

Wu rolled 736, 724 and 707 for a 9-game total of 2167 to take up 11th position earning one bye and qutomatically qualify for Round 3 finals. Mak also made the cut in 28th position with 2111 without any byes and will have to contest Round 2 finals.

28th East Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships two-gold medallist, James Lui joined Mak in 35th position with 2081 just two spots above the cut in 37th position tied by Kamron Doyle of USA and Napat Buspanikonkul of Thailand with 2079.



Wu Siu Hong making the cut for Round 3 Finals in 11th position

The 26-year-old newly-crowned Brunswick Ballmasters champion, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia topped the field of 133 players with 2268. She also became the first qualifier to surpass the 800-mark when she downed 820. The Malaysian added 745 and 703 to give her pole position.

Team USA member and PBA pro, Kyle Troup of USA, who had led the field for the first three days, slipped down to second with 2205. Michael Tang of USA finished third with 2203 ahead of compatriot and 2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Chris Via in fourth with 2183.


Liz Johnson of USA was the second best female qualifier taking up fifth position with 2178 while the last two positions in the top bracket went to 2015 Japan Bowling World Open champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland and four-time JPBA Triple Crown champion, Shota Kawazoe in sixth and seventh positions with 2175 and 2170 respectively.

Eighth position reserved for the top Thai not in the top bracket was defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat with 2160. The top 7 will earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 3 finals. Position ninth reserved for the next best Thai qualifier was Sithiphol Kunaksorn with 2153.

Sithiphol will earn one bye for Round 3 finals. 2017 World Championships Masters champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada head the second bracket with 2167. Darren Tang of USA headed the third bracket in 25th position with 2124.



Sin Li Jane taking over top spot with a stunning 2268

Three other Hong Kong nationals, Tony Wong, Eric Tseng and Lau Kwun Ho have yet to make the cut and currently placed in 64th, 73rd and 76th positions respectively.

Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus three qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad (total 18 players) will qualify for Round 2 Finals. The top 10 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the second bracket positioned 9 to 24 (total 26 players) for Round 3 Finals.

At the end of Round 3 Finals, the top 12 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for Round 4 Finals. The top 8 finishers at the end of the round will proceed to the Final TV Shootout to determine the champion, who will walk away with the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258).

A total of 4.215 million Thai baht (approx. US$131,967) prize money is up for grabs. A total of 42 finalists will earn a minimum of 40,000 Thai baht (approx. US$1,290). Qualifying will continue through to September 26 and the finals will be staged over 2 days on September 27 and 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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