18th MILO International Junior All-Stars 2017
American pro tops Masters standings
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9th December, Petaling Jaya: PBA Hall of Famer, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., topped the Masters qualifying leadboard of "the Masters" Bowling Championships 2017 at Sunway Megalanes on Saturday.

The two-time PBA Player of the Year (1999, 2001-02) registered two impressive high series of 779 and 769 for a 6-game aggregate of 1548 to lead "the Masters" qualifying standings. Top female qualifier, Korean ex-international and Asian Games gold medallist, Kim Hyo-Mi trailed the American in second with 1516.

2017 South-East Asian Games Doubles and Trios bronze medallist, Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia, leapfrog into third spot with 1511 after an improved 765 series to add to his 746 effort. A second Korean, Park Min Su and Singapore's Suresh Elangovan rounded out the top five with scores past the 1500-mark.

Parker Bohn III topping the standings with an impressive 1548

Japan's Shota Amakaso put in a respectable 1495 to take up seventh position, four pins behind Kim Jong Wook in sixth position with 1499. Shahrukh Amin of Malaysia, Choi Suk Byung of Korea and Japan's top professional, Shota Kawazoe completed the top 10 with 1490, 1474 and 1472.

The top 47 alongside defending champion, ex-international, Kang Bo Long will contest the finals over 10 games tomorrow. Men's Graded bowlers (average 195 and below) and women bowlers receive 6 pins handicap per game.

The top six finishers at the end of the finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals with the first match amongst 4th, 5th and 6th seeds. The winner of the first match will advance to play against the 2nd and 3rd seeds in the second match.

The winner of the second match will meet the topseed over a beat-twice format to determine the champion, who will pocket the top prize of RM35,000 (approx. US$8,500), the first runner-up RM20,000, second runner-up RM10,000. Positions 4 to 6 will take home RM9,000, RM8,000 and RM7,000 respectively.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Top female qualifier, Kim Hyo Min of Korea

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