2018 Macao China International Open
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21st June, Macau: Pak Kyung Rok of Korea National Sport University extended his lead in the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 2018 Macao-China International Open by rolling the tournament's second perfect game.


The 21-year-old Pak, who had led the standings for the last three days with 1513, improved his lower 3-game series of 751 with 766 after the Korean rolled his 300 at last night's 9.00pm qualifying squad to extend his lead in the standings with 1528. Pak also earned MOP 5,000 for the perfect game.

2017 Macao-China Open Men's Graded a champion and team-mate, Hwang Sung Hyun remained in second with 1507 while 2018 Thailand Open Grade A champion, Lee Won Seok gave Korea a sweep of the top 3 positions with 1501.

2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, who is off the top 3 bracket by one pin, will surely make a final bid to make the top 3 spots. Wu is fourth with 1500 while Indonesia's Yeri Ramadona rounded out the top 5 with 1497.

There were no changes in the top 2 spots of the local seeded pool reserved for national players as well as the top 3 in the local pool. Zoe Dias Ma headed the standings with 1476 followed by Lei Hok Hin and Lee Tak Man in second and third with 1457 and 1454 respectively.



Second perfect gamer, Pak Kyung Rok extending his lead


2017 World Championships Doubles silver medallist, Lau Kwun Ho headed the mixed pool with 1476 as the cut of 1436 at 16th position increased by 15 pins to 1451 occupied by China's Qi Wan Kan. With everyone scrambling to make the cut, this score could eventually be as much as 1460 by the end of the qualifying rounds.

The top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Local qualifiers positioned 6 to 10, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, the 16 qualifiers from the mixed pool and the defending champion will contest the Round 1 finals over 8 games.

The top 12 finalists with the highest total pinfall after the 8 games will advance to Round 2 finals, joined by the 6 seeded qualifiers for another 8 games. The top 6 finalists with the highest pinfall after the 8 games will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.


In the Women's Open division, 2015 ABF Tour Macau leg champion, Veronica De Souza took over the lead of the local pool with a superb 1362 effort. 2011 ABF Tour Macau leg champion, Julia Lam also improved to move up to second with 1291.

2017 Asian School Championships triple gold medallist, Won Son Ian settled for third spot with 1266 pushing down overnight leader, Hui Tong into fourth position with 1226. Au Man Wai completed the top 5 with 1180.

Malaysian women continued to shine as Nerosha Keligit remained in the lead of the overseas pool woith 1397. Her compatriot, Alisha Iman Cheong moved up to second position with 1326. Japan's Misaki Mukotani slipped down to third with 1343.

Surprisingly, Koreans were not making major impact in the Women's division. A third Malaysian, Sharon Koh is off the top 3 cut by 8 pins to finish fourth with 1335 as a second Japanese, Nanami Irie rounded out the top 5 with 1326.



Top Women's Open local pool qualifier, Veronica De Souza

Korea National Sport University debutant, Kim Hyun A headed the mixed pool with 1310 as the cut at 15th position went to Thailand's Thanchanok Vilailak with 1261 much higher than last year's cut at 1123.

The top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, the 15 qualifiers from the mixed pool and the defending champion will contest the Round 1 finals over 8 games.

The top 18 finalists with the highest total pinfall after the 8 games will advance to Round 2 finals, joined by the 6 seeded qualifiers for another 8 games. The top 6 finalists with the highest pinfall after the 8 games will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals. A one-game desperado squad will be held to add the top 3 with the highest pinfall to join Round 1 finals after the last squad of 10.30pm.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.


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