20th June, Macau: 2015 Macau China Open champion, Lee Young Seung and her Korean National Sports University team-mates ruled the lanes during the fifth day of qualifying rounds of the 2017 Macah China International Open by leading the Women's Open division.
Just when second perfect gamer, Joshua Chow of Hong Kong registered a stunning 1500-series in the Men's Open yesterday, Lee matched the feat after she notched up two three-games series of 791 and 743 for a 1534 six-game tally to take over the lead.
Lee, who also won the 2016 ABF Tour Macau leg after she failed to defend her Open title, looked a firm favourite to regain the crown come Saturday. Early leader, Joey Yip of Hong Kong slipped down to second on 1395 while Kim Su Bin held third spot with 1340.
Koreans also occupied four of the remaining six places in the overseas pool. Kim Mi Ae missed the top three bye by a single pin on 1339 followed by Kim Hyun A in fifth on 1311 and Jung Ha Eun in sixth with 1295.
The best non-Korean was 2013 Asian Youth All Events bronze medallist, Joan Cheng of Hong Kong in seventh with 1259. Malaysia's Sharon Koh in eighth with 1216. A fourth Korean, Lee Hyeon Gyung completed the nine overseas qualifiers with 1198. Julia Lam, Filomena Choi and Un Im Cheng remained the top three in the local pool with 1321, 1243 and 1219 respectively.
In the Men's Open division, second perfect gamer, Joshua Chow looks unbeatable at the top of the leaderboard with 1540. Hwang Sung Hyun of Korean National Sports University leapfrog into second spot with 1495 while Tony Wong of Hong Kong snatched third spot with 1492.
Early leader and first perfect gamer, Michael Mak of Hong Kong slipped down to fourth position with 1471 while Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand rounded out the top five with 1473. Lee Tak Man, Zoe Dias Ma and Choi Hou In occupied the top three spots of the local pool with 1444, 1429 and 1397 respectively.
Japan's Yuhi Shinbata headed the mixed pool with 1453 while the cut at 18th position went to 2016 ABF Tour China leg winner, Mi Zhong Li of China with 1386, averaging 231. Adrian Ang of Malaysia registered the third 300 for a 738 and has yet to make his second attempt.
So far there has been near perfect game misses too. Au Hou Chon of Macau shot 298 late last night while Timmy Tan of Malaysia rolled 299 at the 9.00 pm squad. There is one day left for the Senior and Youth divisions while the qualifying will end on June 23 for other divisions.
Hong Kong bowlers dominate qualifying