Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships 2024
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22nd May, Petaling Jaya: Reigning Hong Kong Open champion and Malaysian national podium squad member, Tun Hakim topped the qualifying standings of the Open division at the Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships ahead of first perfect gamer, Chong Jun Foo of Hero Bowling, Sarawak.

Hakim, who failed to make the Masters finals of the 42nd Malaysian International Open three weeks ago, will be hoping to make amends after a stella performance during his qualifying rounds. The Malaysian had a 3-game series of 661 before reeling in a stunning 776 in his other attempts to move into the top of the leaderboard with 1437.

2024 Formosa International Classic third runner-up, Chong Jun Foo of Hero Bowling rolled the tournament's first perfect game for a 3-game series of 764 taking his 6-game tally to 1424 and second in the table. Recently crowned Malaysian Open Youth Boys champion, Ethan Damien Goh of ABAS, Sarawak totaled 1422 to take up third.

2024 Formosa International Classic second runner-up, Abang Afiq Yazid of Dotmood Apparel and reigniing Singapore International Open champion, Zach Sales Ramin of Philippines rounded the top five with 1406 and 1400 respectively.

Tun Hakim topping the Open division qualifying standings

Meanwhile, newly promoted into the MTBC National Podium squad, Azriq Izam shot the tournament's second perfect game to register his first attempt of 707.

The top 8 positions reserved for women qualifiers is headed by Nur Syazwani Sahar of MTBC National Podium squad member with an impressive 1439. Four-time Malaysian national champion, Sharon Koh of Putrajaya and Faten Najihah of MTBC National Podium took second and third with 1434 and 1266.

Qualifiers positioned 1 to 28 in the Mixed pool along with the top 8 women qualifiers will contest the 8-game finals on May 26 with a chance of picking up the top prize of RM20,000. First and second runners-up will take home RM10,000 and RM5,000 respectively.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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