2019 Macao-China International Open
National bowler to lead Macau's challenge
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19th June, Macau: 2018 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Lee Tak Man is poised to lead Macau's challenge for the Men's Open Masters title of the 2019 Macao-China International Open after topping the local qualifying pool.

Lee, who ended last year's campaign in a disappointing 16th position, will be hoping to make amends with a better showing when he takes to the lanes on June 22 after earning a bye and automatically advancing to Round 2 finals as top qualifier.

His compatriot, Au Hou Chon, who shared top spot with Lee on an identical total of 1410, also made the Round 2 finals automatically. Lei Hok Hin, who totaled 1399 is the third local qualifier to skip Round 1 finals.

2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, remained in the lead of the overseas pool with 1479 followed by two-time Macao-China Open winner, Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan in second with 1446. 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand occupied third spot with 1436.

Lee Tak Man leading Macau's title challenge

Ex-Hong Kong international, Rickle Kam headed the mixed pool with 1402 while the current cut at 16th position went to Danny Lee of Hong Kong with 1337. Last year's cut was a massive 1461 but will be substantially lower as no Korean and Malaysian bowlers are competing this year.

The top 3 local seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, 16 qualifiers from the mixed poool, top 3 qualifiers from the desperado squad together with the defending champion will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals.

The top 18 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 1 finals will advance to Round 2 finals, joined by the 3 local and 3 overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 finals. The top 6 at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals.

Meanwhile, ex-Malaysian international, Hee Kar Yen led the Women's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool with a splendid 1362. The 2018 ABF Tour Macau leg second runner-up posted 695 and 667 to take up the top spot.

Hong Kong's Joey Yip finished second with 1281 while 2016 Thailand International Open champion, Yanee Saebe of Thailand joined the duo for Round 2 finals automatically in third with 1248. Joan Cheng of Hong Kong headed the mixed pool with 1165.

Although there are 15 places available in the mixed pool, there are only 10 qualifiers so far. The top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Kingkamon Sarntong headed the mixed pool with 1037.

The top local seeded qualifier, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, 15 qualifiers from the mixed poool together with the defending champion, Misaki Mukotani of Japan will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals.

Women's Open Masters defending champion, Misaki Mukotani

Qualifying will end tomorrow, June 20 and the Round 1 will be staged on June 21 and Round 2 finals on June 22. The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women will also qualify for the 2019 ABF Tour first leg, Macau on June 23.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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