2018 Macao China International Open
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22nd June, Macau: Korea National Sport University students swept the Men's and Women's Graded Masters titles of the 2018 Macao-China International Open as Lee Jung Soo led seven team-mates to occupy the top 8 spots and Kim Hyun A led six team-mates for the top 7 positions.


Yang Jong Won set the early pace with 275, 249 and 220 in his first three games to lead second perfect gamer, Pak Kyung Rok by 20 pins. 2018 Thailand Open second runner-up, Han Jae Hyeon was third with Lee in fourth.

Pak moved into the lead past the halfway mark with 227 as Yang managed only 200. Han, Kim Jun Seong and Lee kept a close third to fifth positions. Another strong game of 238 in the fifth allowed Pak to remain in the lead.

Lee fired a sizzling 279 to move into second spot and reduce the gap to just 3 pins. But it was Lee who ended the 8-game finals with 236, 264 and 213 to take victory with 1899. Pak, who was trailing by 53 pins before the final game posted a stunning 278 to seal second spot with 1894, only 5 pins adrift.

Han knocked down back-to-back 258 and ended with 227 to clinch third position with 1860. Early pace-setter Jang finished a distant fourth with 1770 while Jo Young Bin rounded out the top 5 with 1709.



Top 3 men winners, Pak Kyung Rok, Lee Jung Soo and Han Jae Hyeon

Kim JUn Seong, Oh Jin Won and Lee Ho Hyeon finished in the money to complete Korean's clean sweep of the top 8 positions. Chinese Taipei's Lin Kuan Yi and Tseng Hung En tied ninth positions with 1648. Lee pocketed the top prize of MOP 20,000 (approx. US$2,500) as champion with Pak and Han earning MOP 10,000 and MOP 5,000 as first and second runners-up.

Meanwhile the Korea also dominated the Women's Graded division by occupying the top 7 positions. Kim Hyun A, who trailed Jang Ryeon Gyeong in the first 3 games before taking over the lead from the fourth game, claimed the title with 1739.

Jang settled for second position with 1665 after trailing Kim since the fourth game. Min Hyeon Ji edged Choi Hyeon Gyung by 7 pins to clinch third position with 1626 while Choi and Lee Hyeon Gyung completed the top 5 with 1619 and 1609.

Kim Su Kyung and Shin In Seo rounded out the seven spots swept by the Koreans in sixth and seventh positions. Judy Alban of India was the best non-Korean finalists in eighth with 1466. The champion took home MOP 8,000 with Jang and Min pocketing MOP 4,000 and MOP 3,000 respectively.

Competition will resume with the Women's Open Round 2 Masters finals tomorrow morning and the Men's Open Round 2 Masters final in the afternoon. The top 6 women and top 6 men with the highest pinfall after 8 games will proceed to the Stepladder shootout finals.


Top 3 women winners, Jang Ryeon Gyung, Kim Hyun A and Min Hyeon Ji

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.


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