42nd Malaysian International Open Bowling Championships 2024
National bowlers eyeing open crown
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27th April, Petaling Jaya: After a two-month stint at the American PBA Tour, Malaysian national podium squad member, Timmy Tan will be hoping for a good showing at the 42nd Malaysian International Open 2024 after finishing second in the Men's Open qualifying standings on Saturday.

Tan had topped the table after his 5.00pm attempt yesterday with 1433 from best-of-two 3-game series of 729 and 704. The Malaysian improved his lower series of 704 with 715 in the 5.00pm squad today for a new 6-game tally of 1444 but settled for second.

Izz Naqiuddin Putera Bin Islahuddin, a member of the Malaysian national youth squad, pipped Tan for the lead with a stunning effort of 1451. Fellow countymen, Muhammad Zharfan Bin Shah took third spot with 1442 while Muhammad Hazim Bin Ali Hanafiah of Team Dotmod, Penang finished fourth with 1436.

The top 4 local qualifiers would earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals, skipping Round 1. 2019 Malaysian Open champion and another member of the Malaysian National podium squad, Ahmad Muaz missed the top 4 by just 3 pins to head the rest of the 12 local qualifiers with 1433.

Malaysian national podium squad member, Timmy Tan

Whilst most of the overseas Men's Open has yet to arrive and make their attempts, the earliest who has put a score onto the overseas pool board was Darren Au Wei En of Singapore with 1278. The top 4 in the overseas pool will also skip Round 1 and automatically advance to Round 2 finals.

The cut after Squad 37 was Muhd Nur Aiman of Team Track-TigerX occupying 13th position in the Mixed pool with a 6-game tally of 1225. Ahmad Aidil Halim of Team Dotmod, Penang headed the Mixed pool with 1371.

Meanwhile two-time Malaysian Open Women's champion (2016 and 2014), Sin Li Jane of the Malaysian national podium squad will be eyeing her third title after finishing a good second with 1367 to team-mate, Siti Safiyah Amirah, who topped the table with 1421.

Jane, who along with another team-mate, Esther Cheah will be heading to the United States for a two-month stint in the PWBA Tour. She will be hoping that a win here will boost her confidence for the tour. National youth and Girl's Open Masters champion of 2023 Storm-U22 Junior All-Stars, Adelia Nur Bte Irwan Syazalee took up third spot with 1364.

The top 3 local qualifiers will skip Round 1 and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Two national podium squad members, Faten Najihah and Natasha Roslan occupied fourth and fifth positions with 1355 and 1317 respectively. Again the early leader in the Women's overseas pool was Alison Oag of Austraila with 1153 total on the board.

The top 3 overseas qualifiers will also automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10 and the top 12 qualifiers in the Mixed pool will contest Round 1 finals on May 4.

Sin Li Jane finishing a strong second in the Women's Local pool

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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