22nd June, Macau: 2015 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Nora Lyana Natasia and her Malaysian team-mate, Radin Nur Najwa both made the top bracket of the Women's Open Masters qualifying table at the 2017 Macau China International Open.
Nora Lyana, who was eighth in the overseas pool with 1335, dramatically improved her lower three-game series of 571 to a splendid 727 taking her six-game tally to 1491 and up into second position. Radin, who was in fourth position with 1388 behind Joey Yip of Hong Kong, improved her lower three-game series by 20 pins taking her six-game aggregate to 1408 for third.
2015 Macau China Open winner, Lee Young Seung remained in pole position with 1534. Yip dropped to fourth followed by a third Malaysian, Sharon Koh completing the top five with 1365. Julia Lam, Filomena Choi and Veronica Dias De Souza occupied the top three positions of the local pool with 1334, 1243 and 1231 respectively.
A fourth Malaysian, Nur Syazwani Sahar headed the mixed pool with 1334 ahead compatriot, Victoria Chin in second with 1324. The cut at 13th position for the Women's Open division went to Jasmine Chiu of Hong Kong with 1119.
Whilst many bowlers are vying for a place in Round 1 Masters finals, some were eyeing for one of the top three spots. Amongst them was 2015 AMF World Cup champion, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong. Wu, who was second in the mixed pool with 1460, notched up an improved series of 782 for a new total of 1548.
His fine effort moved him up to third behind two Koreans, Lee Jae Jung and Hwang Sung Hyun occupying first and second positions with 1571 and 1550. Wu dislodged team-mate and second perfect gamer, Joshua Chow out of the top bracket.
Michael Mak of Hong Kong, who was the early leader after posting the first perfect game and had slipped down to eighth position, came close to making it back into the top bracket but registered 1528 for sixth behind India's Dhruv Sarda in fifth with 1530.
Third perfect gamer, Adrian Ang of Malaysia headed the mixed pool with 1477 while the cut at 18th position was occupied by 2016 Indonesia Open champion, Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia with 1429. With five squads remaining until 10.30pm, the cut could rise up to 1450.
Round 1 Masters finals is schedule for tomorrow and Round 2 finals on June 24. The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian Women from their final positions will qualify for the 2017 ABF Tour Macau leg, which will be held on June 25.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.