KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese believe that a new born usually brings good luck. And that is what national bowler Alex Liew is hoping for when he heads down to Singapore for two tournaments next week.
Yesterday, the 27-year-old Alex celebrated the “full moon”, a Chinese tradition when sweets, cakes and boiled red coloured eggs were given to relatives and close friends on the day the first child is one-month old.
Alex together with wife Belinda Kang were in a joyous mood as they celebrated daughter Liew Li Cia's turning one-month old.
The southpaw, who had sleepless night caring for his bundle of joy over the last one month, said that he hoped that the arrival of his daughter would roll in good fortune for him in bowling this year.
“I hope my daughter will bring me luck. I want this year to be the best in my bowling career,” said Alex, who was roped into the national team in 1997.
He will compete in the Singapore Open, starting on Wednesday.
He will then play in the Asian Bowling Tour’s Grand Slam Finals, scheduled to be held a day later.
Both tournaments are equally important to Alex.
“The Singapore Open is the final tournament that offers ranking point for bowlers to qualify for the World Bowling Masters (in United States on May).
“I can only qualify if I win the Masters title,” he said.
He is currently in 16th position in the Asian ranking list. Only the top eight men bowlers in the Asian region get to compete in the Masters.
For the Asian Grand Slam Finals, Alex qualified by virtue of finishing as the top sixth men bowler after the completion of the six-leg Tour.
“I competed in the last year's Finals and finished fourth. This year, I aim to reach the top three,” said Alex, who works as a manager in the pro-shop at Bangsar Bowl.
The other men bowlers who have booked their tickets are Zulmazran Zulkifli, Gerald Samuel and Daniel Lim. Malaysia will also be represented by six women bowlers - Shalin Zulkifli, Lai Kin Ngoh, Sarah Yap, Choy Poh Lai, Sharon Chai and Wendy Chai.
Besides the tournaments in Singapore, Alex is also eyeing a place in the team for the World Tenpin Team Cup tournament in Denmark from Feb 16-24 and the World Championships in Malaysia from Sept 9-20.