23rd Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2023
Korean, Malaysian bags GenZ Masters crown
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15th December, Kuala Lumpur: Korean debutant, Park Dae Hee of Sehan University and Girl's Open Masters second runner-up, Nur Hazirah Binti Ramli of Malaysian National Youth bagged the GenZ Boy's and Girl's Masters crown of the 23rd Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2023.

2023 Asian Youth Masters silver medalist, Blake Walsh of Australia got off to a cracking start with a stunning 278 to lead 2023 Asian Youth Singles bronze medalist, Mike Ong of Singapore by 20 pins. Ong took over the lead after adding a superb 245 in the second game as the Aussie stumbled to a lowly 154.

Park Dae Hee, who rolled 238 and 258 in his first two games, added 217 in the third game to take over the running. Malaysia's Huhammad Hazim moved up to take second spot as the Ong and Walsh continued to fall behind the front runners.

The Korean was on fire and never looked back reeling in 258, 171, 258, 232, 232, 265,227 and 263 to romped home a commanding victory with 2387. A second Malaysian National Youth, Shaqeem Izwan Teh, who traded second spot with a second Korean, Jang Tae Joon of KNSU briefly, sealed second position with 2245.

GenZ Boy's top 3 winners, Shaqeem Izwan, Park Dae Hee and Muhammad Hazim

Muhammad Hazim came home third with 2199 while Jang and his team-mate, Noh Young Do completed the top five with 2164 and 2129 respectively. Park won by MYR8,000 (approx. US$1,710) and a trophy as champion. Shaqeem and Hazim pocketed MYR4,000 and MYR3,000 as first and second runner-ups.

Meanwhile Nur Hazirah, who finished second runner-up in the Girl's Open Masters yesterday, made amends with victory in the GenZ Girl's division. The Malaysian had led for the first two games before losing the lead to Kim Ye Ji of KNSU, Korea in the third and fourth games.

Nur Hazirah bounced back after the fifth game to regain the lead followed by compatriot, Gillian Lim taking over second spot from Kim. The leader reeled in 225, 202, 237, 217 and 203 to claim a well-derserved victory with 2163.

A second KNSU Korean, Kim Bo Ah stormed home to snatch second position with 2141 as Lim settled for third position with 2123. Kim Ye Ji and Malaysian National Youth, Adania Redzwan rounded out the top five with 2108 and 2039 respectively.

Nur Hazirah pocketed MYR5,000 as champion and a trophy. Kim Bo Ah took home MYR2,500 and Lim settled for MYR1,250. This year's championships commenced on 6th December and concluded this afternoon which saw over 600 youths from Asia and Australia.

GenZ Girl's top 3 winners, Kim Bo Ah, Nur Hazirah and Gillian Lim

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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