1st Formosa International Bowling Classic 2024
Taiwanese captures Spinner division crown
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13th April, Taoyuan: National bowler, Pan Yu Fen of Chinese Taipei captured the Spinner division crown of the 1st Formosa International Classic 2024 after defeating top-seed and fellow-countrymen, Tsai Wen Bin, 218-210 in the Stepladder title match on Saturday.

Pan, seeded third, had earlier ousted second-seed, Xie Cheng Pu and fourth-seed, Lin Wen-Yuan, 234-182-199 in an all-Taiwanese semi-finals to face Tsai and a crack at the title. In the earlier 8 games roll-off, Ma Yin Hao set the pace with a 235 opener to lead Lin Wen-Yuan by three pins.

Ma's lead only lasted one game as Xie Cheng Pu added 237 in the second game to his 225 opener to move into the lead. Pan trailed the leader by 29 pins taking over second spot. Xie remained in the lead with another good game of 216 as Ma bounced back to take up second.

But the battle for the lead was between Xie and Pan for the next three games with Xie on the upper hand with 27 pins margin ahead of Pan. The leader was still in the lead after the seventh game but Tsai Wen Bin closed in onto second.

Pan Yu Fen winning the Spinner division crown

Tsai ended stronger with 233 to edge Xie for top spot with 1747. Xie settled for second with 1742 while Pan and Lin came home to clinch third and fourth spots in the stepladder finals with 1705 and 1698 respectively. Pan pocketed 100,000 TW dollars (approx. US$3,000) as champion. Tsai, Lin and Xie took home 50,000, 40,000 and 30,000 TW dollars as first, second and third runners-up.

Meanwhile, top-seed Liu Szu-Wei of Chinese Taipei won the Youth U22 title after defeating challenger, Cheng Shao Hua of University of Taipei, 207-202 in the stepladder title match. Cheng advanced into the finals with victory over second-seed, Jovan Chua of Singapore and Hung Yung Chuan of Chinese Taipei, 233-190-175 in the semi-finals.

Liu topped the earlier 6-games finals roll-off with 1333 followed by Chua in second with 1329. Cheng finished third with 1298 and Hung secure the fourth and final stepladder finals spot with 1290. The top 3 winners received a bowling ball in addition to the prize money.

Photos courtesy of DongDong Bowling Alley.

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