Newly-crowned Hong Kong Open champion, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, made an early exit after being knocked out by Canare in the opening round while the other Malaysian and second-seed, Lai King Ngoh was also eliminated in Round 1 by debutant, Daphne Tan of Singapore.
Hong Kong's Joey Yip, who defeated compatriot, Sylvia Kong in the opening round but lost to Vanessa Fung in the second round, missed the cut for the grand finals in 17th position. The top 16 men and women based on the rankings have qualified for the TOurnament of Champions which will be held in January, 12-15, 2007.
ABF Tour last stop will be in Hong Kong on the 17th September, 2006. The ABF Tour 2006 comprises 8 Legs and a Grand Final. Top 16 men and 16 women bowlers from the preceding International Open Masters Event (Open Grade) will be qualified and competed in a one-game match play knock-out competition for the individual men's and women's titles.
Highlights of the ABF Tour - Hong Kong will be televised on Hong Kong TVB Jade (Sports World) and later on local television stations of the eight countries where the tour was being held. It is also broadcast later from parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, China and Australasia with an estimated audience of around 90 million.
For further information and details please contact ABF Tour Committee Marketing and Event Management Division at Tel: (852) 2810 5191; Fax: (852) 28105192; Mr. Ritchie Lai (Mobile: (852) 93598669; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting ABF Tour official website: www.abftour.com.
Photos by Ritchie Lai, TND Group.