16th December, Seberang Prai: 2019 Kota Kinabalu Open champion, Muhammad Hariz Adlan of MMBC, Penang took over the lead of the Mixed Open Masters qualifying leaderboard at the 47th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships to earn a bye for Round 2 finals.
2017 Thailand Open champion and ex-Malaysian national kegler, Zulmazran Zulkifli had topped the local pool with 1520 but has been pipped by the 16-year-old Hariz by one pin. The Penangnite rolled 269, 268 and 244 for a three-game series of 781.
He then added another impressive 268, 269 and 203 for a 740 series to go top of the leaderboard and earned the bye. Zulmazran settled for second with 1520 while national bowler, Syafiq Ridhwan slipped down to third with 1454.
2017 Junior All-Stars champion, Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli missed the top bracket cut by 40 pins taking up fourth position with 1414. Wan Muhammad Naqib rounded out the top five with 1392 ahead of last week's Storm U22 Junior All-Stars first runner-up, Muhammad Syazirol in sixth with 1391.