23rd Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2023
Korea, Malaysia shares Masters glory
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14th December, Kuala Lumpur: Round 1 winner, Bae Junghun of Suwon Youth Team and Malaysia National Youth Adelia Nur shared the Masters glory with victories in the all-Korean Boy's Open final and in the Girl's Open final of the 23rd Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2023.

Top-seed Bae had three opened frames in the first match against third-seed and challenger, Han Seong Min and lost, 197-210 forcing Bae into a second deciding match. Bae bounced back with four strikes-in-a-row in his first four frames in the second match.

It was Han's turn to suffer one split in the opening frame and another in the ninth frame allowing Bae to win the match and the title, 245-192. The victory was especially sweet as it was the 16-year-old's first-ever title.

Han had earlier earned a crack at the title after the Korean National Sports University student ousted second-seed, Art Barrientos of Philippines and fellow-countrymen, Kim LeeHyun of CNTU, Korea, 225-215-197 in the semi-final.

Newly-crowned champions, Bae Junghun and Adelia Nur

The champion pocketed the top prize of MYR25,000 (approx. US$5,300) and a trophy. Han settled for MYR15,000 as first runner-up and Barrientos took home MYR8,000 as second runner-up. Bae had earlier topped the 10-game Round 2 finals with 2261 to advance to the stepladder as top-seed.

The Filipino finished second with 2260 on a strong last game of 240. Han and Kim made the Stepladder Finals in third and fourth 2208 and 2196 respectively. Moon Sanghyun of Suwon Youth Team missed the cut by two pins after ending in fifth position with 2194.

Malaysian National youth, Muhammad Hariz Adlan, who rolled his third perfect game of the championship in his opening game of the round, failed to make the Stepladder Finals finishing in a disappointing seventh with 2170.

Peter Khor of Singapore AJS Bowling, who was second in yesterday's Round 1 finals only managed eighth with 2161 while Lim Seung Min of KNSU Korea, who was third in Round 1, also ended in a lowly 13th position.

Top 3 winners, Han Seong Min, Bae Junghun and Art Barrientos

Meanwhile Malaysian National youth and third-seed, Adelia Nur forced top-seed, Althea Dang of Singapore Agape Bowling Academy into a sudden-death title decider after the Malaysian narrowly beat the Singaporean, 227-204 in the Girl's Open final.

Adelia stamped her mark and left no chance for Dang as she started off with a cracking six strikes-in-a-row to open up a huge gap of 39 pins after the sixth frame. She went on to roll another three strikes-in-a-row to end tie, 264-207 for the victory.

The champion had earlier dispatched second-seed, Lim Shi En of Singapore Sports School and team-mate Nur Hazirah Binti Ramli, 224-169-215 in the semi-final to face top-seed Dang in the final. Adelia picked up MYR18,000 (approx. US$3,800) and a trophy as champion.

Dang took home MYR8,000 as first runner-up and Nur Hazirah earned MYR5,000 as second runner-up. In the earlier 10-game Round 2 final, Dang ended strongest to claim the Stepladder Finals top-seed with 2253.

Top 3 winners, Althea Dang, Adelia Nur and Nue Hazirah

Lim, who was second in yesterday's Round 1, again finished second with 2235, just 18 pins adrift her compatriot. The two Malaysian National youths, Adelia and Nur Hazirah made the Stepladder Finals in third and fourth with 2134 and 2082 respectively.

No Korean girls were able to make the cut. Lee Jiwon of CTNU and Kim So Hee of KNSU, Korea were their best performers but missed the cut by five pins after tieing fifth spots with 2077. Round 1 winner, Nura Salsabila Binte Zulkifli of Singapore Sports School did poorly to end in 21st position.

Qualifying continued for the GenZ Boys and GenZ Girls division until late tonight. The top 20 boys and the top 10 girls in the qualifying standings will contest the 10-game finals tomorrow commencing at 9.00am local time.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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