10th December, Petaling Jaya: 2018 first runner-up, Brandon Bohn of USA narrowly captured the Youth Boy's Under-15 Masters title of the 20th Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars Bowling Championships while Althea Dang comfortably bagged the Youth Girl's title
Singapore Sports School's Leroy Kwek got off the block with a blistering 264 to lead Donovan Goh of Singapore NSRCC by 17 pins as Okinawa's Masato Zaha, Brandon Bohn, and Ashton Tan of Singapore SRC all started well with 224, 218 and 216 respectively.
Kwek held the lead for another game before being overhauled by Malaysia's Shaqeem Izwan Teh after the Malaysian youth posted 215, 254 and 202 in his first three games. Aphichat Yutasax of Kedah trailed in second with 207, 226 and 229.
Shaqeem continued his strong pace with 214, 236 and 225 in his next three games to lead the field of 22 finalists. Bohn was hot on his heels after the American added 224, 201, 236 amd 208, 15 pins adrift in second.
Bohn was on a roll, shooting 226 in the seventh game to overtake Shaqeem and moving 34 pins ahead when the Malaysian managed only 177. Tan also stepped up his pace with 226, 257 and 220 to move into third spot, just one pin off Shaqeem.
Bohn, son of the illustrious two-time PBA Player of the Year, PBA Hall of Fame (2000), USBC Hall of Fame (2008) and winner of 35 titles Parker Bohn III, ended with 188 to clinch the title with 1745. Tan finished the strongest with 222 to claim second spot with 1744, just one pin behind.
Shaqeem could only finish with 171 in his final game to settle for third position with 1694. Aphichat and Ryan Toh of Singapaore's Bowling is Science Academy shared fourth position with 1691 each. The top three winners were awarded a trophy, a bag, a bowling ball and a pair of bowling shoes each.
Meanwhile in the girl's division, Althea Dang, who also finished first runner-up last year, bagged the Under-15 title by a comfortable margin of 99 pins. Singapore's Danielle Tam was the early leader after an opening game of 225.
But Tam lost the lead immediately after the second game when compatriot, Colleen Pee fired 224 and 228 to become the new leader. Singapore Sports School's Jarlyn Lam and Malaysia's Nada Nawwarah Bte Abdul Jalil shared second spot, 12 pins adrift.
Pee continued to lead for the next two games with 219 and 213 as Althea Dang rolled 184 and 237 to take up second, 44 pins behind Pee. Dang added 233 in the sixth game to move into the lead after Pee stumbled to a low game of 175.
There was no stopping Dang as she ended the finals with 226 and 205 to claim victory with 1715 and averaging an impressive 214.38. Nada snatched second position with 1616 followed by compatriot, Anis Hannani Bte Romzi of Sukma Johor squad in third with 1612.
Pee could not recover from her set back missing the podium in a disappointing fourth position with 1611. Early pace-setter Tam completed the top five with 1603. The top three winners were awarded a trophy, a bag, a bowling ball and a pair of bowling shoes each.
Mr Mervyn Foo, Director of Storm U22 Bowling Circuit, was on hand to present the prizes to the winners. Every finalists were also awarded bowling bags.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.