23rd June, Macau: Korea swept clean the Women's and Men's Graded Masters titles of the 2017 Macau China International Open with Jung Ha Eun winning the women's crown and Baek Jong Yun clinching the men's title.
Kim Hyun A made the early running with a superb opening game of 247 to lead compatriot, Jang Ryeon Gyeong by three pins and Jang Ha Eun a further 19 pins in third. Hyun A led for the next two games with 199 and 220 but was soon overhauled by Ha Eun after the fourth game.
Ha Eun, who was last year's Women's Open and Women's Grade first runner-up, continued a blistering pace with 211, 201, 213 and 238 to fianlly claim the women's title with 1784. Kim Mi Ae stormed home with 253 to snatch second position with 1729, 55 pins behind the champion.
Jang Ryeon Gyeong, who trailed Ha Eun after game six and seven, settled for third position with 1719 while early leader, Hyun A dropped to fourth with 1711.
2017 Asian School Championships Team gold medallist, Ian Un Lam of Macau did well to finish fifth with 1669. Ha Eun won MOP$8,000 (approx. US$1,025) as champion while the first and second runner-ups took home MOP$4,000 and MOP$3,000 respectively. Third and fourth runner-ups earned MOP$2,000 and MOP$1,000.
Meanwhile, Korea took all the top nine positions of the Men's Grade division. Park Geon Ha led from game 2 and held the lead until the seventh game which saw Baek Jong Yun ending strongly with 246 to snatch the title with 1917.
Park settled for second with 1911, just 6 pins adrift. Lee Ga Ram finished third with 1848 while Lee Ho Hyeon and Men's Open Masters Round 1 winner, Yang Jong Won completing the top five with 1820 and 1804 respectively.
Lee Han Sol, fifth perfect gamer Lee Jung Soo, Pak Nam Young and Lee Seung Baek finished sixth to ninth positions leaving tenth place to Lo Ka Hou of Macau with 1678.
Baek picked up the top prize of MOP$20,000 (approx. US$2,500) as champion. Park settled for MOP$10,000 as first runner-up while Lee pocketted MOP$5,000 as second runner-up.
Positioned fourth to eighth took home MOP$3,000, MOP$2,500, MOP$2,000, MOP$1,5000 and MOP$1,000. Competition will resume with the Women's Open Round 2 finals in the morning followed by the men in the afternoon. The top six finishers in both the divisions will proceed to the stepladder shootout grand finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.
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