12th December, Petaling Jaya: Malaysian national squad members, Muhammad Syazirol and Gillian Lim are poised to challenge for the Boy's and Girl's Open Masters titles at the 20th Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2019 after leading their respective qualifying standings.
Syazirol, who rolled the tournament's first 300 during his qualifying attempt in which he added 248 in his opening game and ended with 213 for a total of 761 to lead the local pool. Matthew Ong of Wipers finished second with 752 followed by Abang Qfiq Yazid of Sarawak in third with 751.
Overall leader and topping the overseas pool was debutant, Han Joe Hyeon of Korean National Sports University (KNSU) with 772. Han's three-games series was an impressive 234, 249 and 289. His team-mate, Jeon Kwon Yi took second spot with 757.
Overnight leader and 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallist, Eugene Yeo of SBF, Singapore slipped down to third with 743. Singapore's Zenson Koh of Bowling Is Science Academy and a third KNSU student, Moon Ha Yeong rounded out the top five with 742 and 734 respectively.
2019 China Storm U22 champion, Yuma Haraguchi of JBC, Japan headed the mixed pool with 714. The current cut in 18th position went to Bernie Grueso Jr of Australia with 699, averaging 233.
The top 12 local qualifiers, top 12 overseas qualifiers, top 18 qualifiers from the mixed pool together with the top 3 from the desperado squad and the defending champion will contest the Masters finals tomorrow over 10 games. The top 4 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the finals will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals to determine this year's champion.
Meanwhile, 2018 Asian School triple gold medallist, Gillian Lim topped the Girl's Open local pool with 740 from lines of 226, 257 and 257. Siti Nurzulaikha and Mia Syafiqa Afira Marzuki finished second and third with 722 and 699 respectively.
Emma Stephens of Australia headed the overseas pool with 724 from lines of 234, 224 and 266. Overnight leader and newly-crowned Girl's Under-15 Masters champion, Althea Dang of SBF, Singapore settled for second with 721.
Alyssa Koh of Singapore finished third with 701. Durriyah Ibrahim of Malaysia headed the mixed pool with 660 while the cut in 11th position went to Sophie Smart of Australia with 630, averaging 210.
The top 11 local qualifiers, top 11 overseas qualifiers, top 18 qualifiers from the mixed pool together with the top 2 from the desperado squad and the defending champion will contest the Masters finals tomorrow over 10 games.
The top 4 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the finals will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals to determine this year's champion. The Boy's champion will walk away with the top prize of RM25,000 (approx. US$6,000) while the Girl's champion will earn RM18,000. Qualifying will end late tonight followed immediately with the one-game desperado squad.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.