42nd Malaysian International Open Bowling Championships 2024
Aussies continue to rule qualifying
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3rd May, Petaling Jaya: Aussies continued to rule the Men's Open qualifying rounds of the 42nd Malaysian International Open as two-time national champion and six Regional PBA Tour winner, Sam Cooley took over top spot followed by Jordan Dinham and Blake Walsh in second and third.

Jordan Dinham had taken the lead in the Men's Open overseas pool from Walsh after yesterday's 5.00 pm squad by rolling the tournament's fifth perfect game for a 1463 total. Walsh was second with 1458 and Cooly in third with 1453. Cooley then made a subsequent attempt at the 6.30 pm squad for a superb 3-game series of 765 to take his tally to 1492.

The Aussie's effort moved him into the lead of the standings as Dinham and Walsh settled for second and third. Nu'man Syahmi of SBF, Singapore leapfrog from fourth in the mixed pool on 1397 to clinch fourth spot with 1453 and automatically qualifying for Round 2 finals.

In the local pool, 2022 champion and previous leader, Ahmad Muaz of Malaysian national podium squad, regained pole position after improving his 6-game total to 1517. Chong Jun Foo of ABAS/Hero, Sarawak, who had taken over the lead briefly with 1510, slipped back to second.

Sam Cooley leading the Australia challenge in the lead

Ex-international, Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli of Duez, Malaysia was fourth in the reserves pool and improved his two 3-games series with 739 and 754 to leapfrog into third with 1493 while the fourth and last Top 4 bracket spot went to Nevern Netaneel of national podium squad with 1488.

National youth, Muhammad Hariz Adlan headed the mixed pool with 1442 while the cut in 16th position has gone up to 1394, held by 2023 Macao-China Open champion, James Lui of Hong Kong, China. With four squads left before qualifying ends, the cut will be around 1,410.

Meanwhile, debutant and two-handed Nora Johansson of Sweden became the new leader in the Women's Open overseas pool after notching up a stunning 806 series to take her 6-game aggregate to 1431. Overnight leader, Nur Irdina Bte Hazly of SBF, Singapore settled for second with 1411.

2016 AMF World Cup champion, Jenny Wegner of Sweden moved up to third with 1376 pushing last year's first runner-up, Colleen Pee of SBF, Singapore remained into fourth with 1368. Korea's Kim Hyo Mi is not far away from making the top 3 in fourth with 1344.

There were no changes atop the local pool with fourth perfect gamer and two-time Malaysian Open women champion, Sin Li Jane in the lead with 1506. Her team-mates, Gillian Lim and Adelia Nut Bte Irwan Syazalee took up second and third with 1457 and 1444.

The cut for the women's division in 12th position in the mixed pool went to Korea's Park In Young with 1273. This figure will likely reach 1,280 by the end of the qualifying rounds late this evening.

Nora Johansson taking over the lead of the Women's Open overseas pool

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