16th July, Hong Kong: 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Eric Tseng of Hong Kong took over the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 45th Hong Kong International Open with a record-breaking 1503 pinfalls.
Tseng, who was seeded second in the local seeded pool, made several attempts without much progress. But the Hong Kong national bowler finally found his way to reel in 242, 253 and 247 for a promising 742 series.
The leader then followed it up with an even higher series of 761 with 279, 247 and 235 to take his six-games aggregate total to 1503. First perfect gamer and ex-international, Wicky Yeung settled for second with 1471 while Lau Kwun Ho, who won the 2017 World Championships Doubles silver medal with Tseng, occupied third spot with 1448.
A former Hong Kong national team member, Rickle Kam improved his earlier attempts but missed the top bracket by 12 pins for that crucial bye and to automatically advance to Stage 2 Masters finals. The top three advance automatically to Stage 2 Masters finals.