19th MILO Storm U22 International Junior All-Stars 2018
Australian leads "the Masters" qualifying
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7th December, Petaling Jaya: Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Sam Cooley of Australia led "the Masters" qualifying standings of the 19th MILO Storm U22 International All-Stars Bowling Championships 2018 underway at Sunway Megalanes.

Cooley scorched the lanes with a superb three-game series of 736 and added a second stunning 765 series to lead the field with 1501. After drawing blank at last week's 2018 World Men Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, the Aussie is hoping to make amends when the 10-game final is contested on December 9.

Debutant and top female qualifier, Kim Yu Mi of Daejeon City, Korea took second spot with 1491 with a handicap of 6 pins per game. 2013 "the Masters" first runner-up, Hee Kar Yen of Malaysia and the second best female, finished third with 1486.

Last year's second runnerup and PBA Hall of Famer, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., USA put in an impressive show to position himself in fourth place with 1484 while another Korean debutant, Shin Soon Chul rounded out the top five with 1483.

Sam Cooley of Australia in superb form to lead "the Masters" qualifying table

Newly-crowned World Men Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia, who rushed back from Hong Kong yesterday to make his qualifying rounds, needed just two attempts of 752 and 718 to take up ninth with 1470.

Last year's third runner-up, Nerosha Keligit of Malaysia is the cut at 47th position as of December 7, 5.30pm squad with 1372, just three pins behind World Men Championships Trios silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in 46th position with 1375.

Meanhile, Singapore's 2016 national champion, Timothy Tham topped the Boy's Open division overseas pool with a three-game series of 804. Double debutants, Jesse Ellis of Australia and Lim Dingxi of Singapore finished second and third with 750 and 749 respectively.

Muhammad Azizi Naim and Muhammad Arif Iskandar shared the lead of the local pool with 767. "the Masters" defending champion, Shahrukh Amin took third spot with 752. 2017 Penang Pesta Open first runner-up, Cullum Borck of Australia headed the mixed pool with 712.

In the Girl's Open division, Singapore dominated overseas pool with Charmaine Chang taking pole position with 753 followed by compatriots, Iliya Syamin and Althea Ding of Agape in second and third with 751 and 702.

Malaysian national youth, Faten Najihah topped the local pool with 717 ahead of Ameera Dato Aznel in second with 710 and another national youth, Nurul Alyssa Junaidi in third with 690.

Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end late tonight and a one-game desperado squad will be held to add the top three boys and the top two girls for their respective 10-game finals, to be contested tomorrow morning.

Timothy Tham leading the Youth Boy's Open overseas qualifying standings

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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