PETALING JAYA: Two-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour winner Tom Daugherty and current No. 1 Andrew Anderson are among the top American stars who will be gracing the Malaysian Open at the Sunway Mega Lanes from April 26 to May 4. The American pros will be challenged by the Asian top contenders who also play on the PBA Tour like Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat and Annop Saromsaranon; and Sam Cooley of Australia.
Malaysia’s challenge will be spearheaded by defending men’s and women’s champions Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane as well as the in-form Adrian Ang, who just claimed the Thailand Open title.
The nation’s premier bowling tournament is making a comeback after a lapse of two years and has attracted a record overseas participation of more than 200 bowlers from 17 countries.
Anderson’s participation will add an interesting story line to the tournament as there is a possibility for a World Championships final rematch with either Adrian Ang or Tun Ameerul Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam should they make the step-ladder finals.
If that happens, Anderson will be out to seek his revenge after he and partner EJ Tackett were pipped to the men’s doubles gold by Adrian-Ameerul in Hong Kong last December.
Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) president Datuk Dr P. S. Nathan said it is very important to host and to invite top bowlers to come for the Malaysian Open.
“It is important to showcase to the young and up coming youth bowlers what being world class means.
“We want to continue to give our bowlers world class competition.
“Bowling has continuously produced world champions. We are not relying on just one bowler but all our elite bowlers are of world class standard and have finished on the podiums in almost every tournament we participates in.
“No other sport in Malaysia can match this feat,” he said.
MTBC also welcomed on board new kit sponsors Caerus while Rafiq, Adrian and Tun Ameerul also received official certification from Malaysia Books of Records for being the country’s first world champions in men’s singles and doubles respectively.
The tournament was scrapped in 2017 due to refurbishment and upgrading works at the Sunway Mega Lanes in preparation for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017.
MTBC dropped the meet last year as it clashed with the 14th General Election.