2019 Macao China International Open
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18th June, Macau: 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Michael Mak of Hong Kong and 2016 ABF Tour Macau winner, Veronica De Souza of Macau led the Men's Open and Women's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 2019 Macao-China International Open underway at COTAI Bowling Centre.


Mak posted two stunning three-game series of 768 and 711 for a superb 1479 total to lead the Men's Open overseas pool. Two-time Macao-China Open champion (2014 and 2015), Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan trailed in second with 1446.

2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand finished third with 1436. The top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. 2019 H.H. Emir Cup champion, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong missed the top bracket by two pins to take up fourth with 1434.

2018 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Lee Tak Man shared the lead of the local pool with Au Hou Chon on a total of 1410. Lei Hok Hin joined the duo in third with 1399. The top 3 local qualifiers will also automatically advance to Round 2 finals.

Yuki Tsutsumi of Japan headed the mixed pool with 1395 while there was a tie in 15th and 16th positions between Tanaka Ryoya of Japan and Edmond Loh of Hong Kong with 1318.



Michael Mak taking the early lead of the Men's Open division

The top 3 local seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, 16 qualifiers from the mixed poool, top 3 qualifiers from the desperado squad together with the defending champion will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals.

The top 18 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 1 finals will advance to Round 2 finals, joined by the 3 local and 3 overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 finals. The top 6 at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals.


In the women's division, Veronica De Souza led the local pool with 1367 followed by 2017 Asian School triple gold medallist, Wong Son Ian in second with 1208. Third position went to Au Man Wai with 1204.

Malaysia's ex-international, Hee Kar Yen topped the overseas pool with 1362 ahead of another ex-international from Hong Kong, Joey Yip with 1281. 2016 Thailand Open champion, Yanee Saebe of Thailand joined the duo in third with 1248.

The top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Kingkamon Sarntong headed the mixed pool with 1037.

The top local seeded qualifier, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, 15 qualifiers from the mixed poool together with the defending champion, Misaki Mukotani of Japan will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals.



Veronica De Souza leading the Women's Open local qualifying pool

The top 12 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 1 finals will advance to Round 2 finals, joined by the 3 local and 3 overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 finals. The top 6 at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals.

Qualifying will continue for another 2 days and the Round 1 will be staged on June 21 and Round 2 finals on June 22. The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women will also qualify for the 2019 ABF Tour first leg, Macau on June 23.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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