Meanwhile in the Men's Open division, Kenneth Chua, who despite automatically qualifying for Round 1 finals as defending champion, earned a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals as the top local qualifier with a total of 1544.
Jomar Jumapao, who topped the local pool with 1520, will join Chua as second seeded local qualifier for Round 2. 2017 Asian School Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali occupied third with 1497. JP Macatula, newly-crowned Youth Masters champion, Merwin Tan and ex-international, Paulo Valdez made up the top six local qualifiers.
In the overseas pool, Sam Cooley of Australia maintained pole position with 1530. Hussain Alsuwaidi of UAE and 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong occupied second and third positions with 1494 and 1477.
Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia, in fourth position with 1468 will be joined by two Singaporeans, Cheah Ray Han and Jonovan Neo in fifth and sixth positions and automatically advancing to Round 2 finals.