3rd December, Manila: Fresh from winning two gold medals at the 2019 Asian Championships, Timmy Tan bagged the first gold medal for Malaysia with victory in the Men's Singles at the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships.
Indonesia's Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian set a cracking pace with 289 and 280 in their opening game to lead a field of 30 strong men. Host nation's Kenneth Chua and debutant, Patrick Nuqui were the nearest, sharing third spot with 237.
Whilst Islam dropped his pace a little with 201, Rachmadian fired a superb 245 to take over the running and moving 35 pins ahead of his team-mate. Chua added 247 in his second game to remain in third while Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon and Singapore's Cheah Ray Han both registerd big games to share fourth spot.
Timmy Tan, who started with 225 and 248 in his first two games, set the lanes on fire with a sizzling 277 to become the new leader at the halfway mark. Rachmadian slipped to second as Islam, Arromsaranon and Cheah tied third position.