21st June, Macau: Hwang Sung Hyun of Korea National Sports University registered two identical 775 series to take over the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying leaderboard of the 2017 Macau China International Open while Dhruv Sarda of India took third spot with 1506.
Hwang, who trailed overnight leader and second perfect gamer, Joshua Chow of Hong Kong by 45 pins, overturned the deficit with an identical 775 series this morning to become the second bowler to surpass the 1500-mark for the lead with 1550.
Dhruv Sarda, who missed the perfect game with 299, finished his latest squad with 772 to leapfrog from fifth in the mixed pool up to third and and also became the third qualifier to surpass the 1500-mark. Tony Wong of Hong Kong, slipped out of the top bracket into fourth position with 1492.
Timmy Tan of Malaysia, who also missed the perfect game with 299 late last night, completed the top five with 1484. Lee Tak Man, who also came near to registering a perfect game, but ended with 279, remained in the lead of the local pool with 1444.
Zoe Dias Ma and Choi Hou In made up the top three local qualifiers who would automatically advance to Round 2 finals. 2015 AMF World Cup winner, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong headed the mixed pool with 1460 while the cut in 18th position went to Korean Lee Ga Ram with 1409. Last year's cut was 1419 and with two additional days left for qualifying, the cut could rise to as much as 1450 based on the number of qualifiers surpassing the 1400-mark.
In the Women's Open division, 2015 Macau Open champion, Lee Young Seung of Korea National Sports University, sits firmly in top spot with 1534. Joey Yip of Hong Kong held second spot with 1395 as Radin Nur Najwa of Malaysia leapfrog from fifth in the mixed pool to third on a total of 1388.
Jung Ha Eun of Korea dropped out of the top bracket into fourth position with 1364 while her compatriot, Kim Su Bin rounded out the top five with 1340. The top three local spots remained unchanged for Julia Lam, Filomena Choi and Un Im Cheng.
Ex-international, Kristin Quah of Singapore headed the mixed pool with 1310 as the cut for the Women's Open division went to Tilda Shum of Hong Kong with 936. The top three overseas and top three local qualifiers will automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Qualifying will end for the Youth and Senior divisions on June 22 while qualifying will end for the Open and Graded divisions on June 23. The Open and Graded Masters finals will be held on June 24 and 25.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.