Hock Keong upsets form books to clinch title


PRAI: Penang Sukma 2004 squad trainee Ooi Hock Keong upset the form books by winning the boys’ Open title in the Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships at the Megalanes Prai yesterday. 

The 20-year-old spinner kept his cool to stun a much fancied field, which included national juniors Aaron Kong, Adrian Ang and the Philippines' Juan Candano. 

Hock Keong rolled down 2,055 pins, just 17 ahead of Aaron, with the recently-crowned Junior All-Star champion Adrian in third spot with 2,025 pinfalls. 

National back-up squad bowler Zandra Aziela lived up to her top billing to win the girls’ Open title. Zandra comfortably led from start to finish to win with a 1,965 total. She finished 156 pins ahead of Sabah’s Trish Khoo. 

In the women’s Open qualifying round, South Korean Kim Hyo-mi is threatening to disrupt the Malaysian party by clinging on to the lead with 878 pins. 

The Asian Games gold medallist is just 13 pins ahead of Shalin Zulkifli, who is leading a pack of nine Malaysians occupying the top 12 spots. 

Adrian is proving that his Junior All-Star victory last week was no fluke by hanging on to top spot in the men’s Open qualifiers with 960 pins. 

Malaysian bowlers round up the top four spots with Mustafa Yassin and Azidi Ameran all looking to sign off the year with a victory in Penang. 

The top bowlers in the qualifiers will join defending champions Purvis Granger of the Philippines and Singapore’s Jennifer Tan in the semi-finals in the afternoon today. 

RESULTS * Malaysians unless stated 

Men’s Open (qualifiers): Purvis Granger (Phi, defending champion), 1. Adrian Ang 960, 2. Aaron Kong 892, Mustafa Yassin 880, 4. Azidi Ameran 873, 5. Rohezan Abdul Manaf (Sin) 872, 6. Richard Leo (Sin) 865, 7. FJ Lim 858, 8. Azizan Haniff 855, 9. Zulmazran Zulkifli 843, 10. Sandra Segaran (Sin) 842, 11. Frederick Ong (Phi) 834, 12. Lai Siew Wai (Sin) 830, 13. Kim Kyung-min (Kor) 827, 14. Ng Keng Heong (Sin) 821, 15. Daniel Lim 821. 

Women’s Open (qualifiers): Jennifer Tan (Sin, defending champion), 1. Kim Hyo-mi (Kor) 878, 2. Shalin Zulkifli 865, 3. Tang Joh Six 852, 4.Low Poh Lian 837, 5. Lim Jiachyi 832, 6. Alice Tay (Sin) 820, 7. Sharon Chai 810, 8. Zandra Aziela 801, 9. Rohaya Abdul Rahim 788, 10. Wendy Chai 780, 11. Voon Kim Ling 730, 12. Choy Poh Lai 721, 13. Angelina Karto (Ina) 693, 14. Elaine Lam 659. 

Boys’ Open (final): 1. Ooi Hock Keong 2055, 2. Aaron Kong 2038, 3. Adrian Ang 2025, 4. William Koh 2016, 5. Richard Foong 1989, 6. Frederick Ong (Phi) 1980, 7. Eric Ang 1960, 8. Zaid Izlan 1945, 9. Juan Candano (Phi) 1941, 10. Mohd Faiz Sharuddin 1921. 

Girls’ Open (final): 1. Zandra Aziela 1965, 2. Trish Khoo 1809, 3. Voon Kim Ling 1801, 4. Elaine Lam 1768, 5. Yap Pui Yee 1766, 6. Esther Cheah 1765, 7. Sharon Koh 1759, 8. Ting King Yi 1728, 9. Irene Lee 1721, 10. Nur Syakirah Yeoh 1678. 

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