23rd September, Bangkok: 2019 US Amateur Championships winner and two-hander, Wesley Low of Los Angeles, Cal., took over the top spot of the qualifying standings at the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand on Day 2.
Low, who had two attempts of 666 and 610 yesterday, improved with 658 and 642 to go top of the standings with a 9-game aggregate of 1966. The 22-year-old, who bagged two gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 World Youth Championships, has not won anything except for this year's US Amateur Championships and will be eyeing for a good finish.
2017 SEA Games Trios gold medallist, Surasak Manuwong was the best Thai thus far and is occupying second in the standings with 1963. Another American debutant, Nathan Bohr took up third with 1936 while Anar David Jonsson of Iceland finished fourth with 1932.
Overnight leader, Kim Bolleby of Thailand slipped down to fifth despite improving from 1853 to 1931. Callum Borck of Australia, who shot the tournament's first 300 to take top spot briefly, dropped down to sixth with 1922.
Defending champion, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. did well to register 1903 to be the best female qualifier occupying seventh position while 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup champion, Annop Arromsaranon took up the eighth position reserved for the top Thai who will join the top 7 earning two byes into Round 4 finals.
Thai left-hander, Atchariya Cheng occupied ninth position and will only have one bye for Round 3 finals. Early pace-setter, Chong Jun Foo of Malaysia headed the second bracket in tenth position with 1898 while Ali Aljaberi of UAE took up 24th position with 1423.
2019 Hong Kong Open champion and 2018 World Men Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail headed the third bracket in 25th position with 1349 on just two attempts. The Malaysian lefty had a strong 730 to put him a top bracket contender.
Current cut at 37th position went to 2019 Sarawak International Open first runner-up, Nora Lyana Natasia with 1208, averaging 201.33 on just two attempts. Last year's cut based on three attepmts was 2150, averaging 238.89.
2017 champion, Jesper Svensson of Sweden and 2014 champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland have arrived Bangkok and are expected to take to the lanes today of tomorrow. There is still three days of qualifying left until the finals scheduled to be held on September 27 and 28.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.
Ex-Thai international takes early lead