Lee, who ended last year's campaign in a disappointing 16th position, will be hoping to make amends with a better showing when he takes to the lanes on June 22 after earning a bye and automatically advancing to Round 2 finals as top qualifier.
His compatriot, Au Hou Chon, who shared top spot with Lee on an identical total of 1410, also made the Round 2 finals automatically. Lei Hok Hin, who totaled 1399 is the third local qualifier to skip Round 1 finals.
2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, remained in the lead of the overseas pool with 1479 followed by two-time Macao-China Open winner, Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan in second with 1446. 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand occupied third spot with 1436.
Ex-Hong Kong international, Rickle Kam headed the mixed pool with 1402 while the current cut at 16th position went to Danny Lee of Hong Kong with 1337. Last year's cut was a massive 1461 but will be substantially lower as no Korean and Malaysian bowlers are competing this year.