21st June, Macau: A second Korean National Sports University student, Lee Jae Jung added a stunning 823 series to take over the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying top spot of the 2017 Macau China International Open with 1571.
The 20-year-old Lee, who was third in the mixed pool with 1454, started his qualifying round with 256 and 278 before reeling in ten consecutive strikes and going for the fourth perfect game of the tournament. But a stubborn pin 9 on his elevnth throw prevented him from winning MOP$5,000 and instead settled for 289.
His incredible feat gave him the stunning 823 series to add to his other highest three-game series of 748 for the new six-game tally of 1571. At the same squad, his compatriot, Lee Jung Soo had better luck than him, rolling 12 consecutive strikes for the fourth perfecto.
However, Lee's perfect game did not help him much in the standings, managing only 695 series to improve a few positions in the mixed pool. Hwang Sung Hyun of Korea, who led breifly, settled for second spot with 1550 while second perfect gamer, Joshua Chow of Hong Kong slipped down to third with his 1540 total.
India's Dhruv Sarda dropped out of the top bracket into fourth position with 1506 with Tony Wong of Hong Kong completing the top five with 1492. There are now four qualifiers having surpassed the 1500-mark. Lee Jae Hyeon of Korea headed the mixed pool with 1464 while the cut at 18th position went to another Korean, Lee Han Sol with 1415.
There were no big movers in the Women's Open division except Sharon Koh of Malaysia moving up from sixth in the mixed pool to sixth in the overseas pool with 1340. Three Korean women, Jung Ha Eun, Kim Su Bin and Kim Mi Ae occupied fourth, fifth and seventh positions respectively.
Lee Young Seung of KNSU sits comfortably in pole position with 1534 followed by Joey Yip of Hong Kong in second with 1395 and Radin Nur Najwa of Malaysia in third with 1388. Julia Lam, Filomena Choi and Un Im Cheng occupied the top three local spots.
2014 Hong Kong Open champion, Victoria Chin of Malaysia headed the mixed pool with 1324 while the cut in 13th position went to Zheng Mei Leng of Macau with 1104.
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.