43rd Hong Kong International Open
Thai takes over lead
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12th July, Hong Kong: 2014 Asian Games Singles silver medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand and 2015 Indonesia Open champion, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia took over the lead of the Men's and Women's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 43rd Hong Kong International Open.

Yannaphon, who was also the first runner-up in 2009 here in Hong Kong, shot a stunning 717 series to add to his other three-game series of 668 for the lead with 1385. Overnight leader and defending champion, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia slipped down to second on 1379.

A second Thai, Surasak Manuwong claimed third spot with 1377 to join his compatriot and Lalisang for the automatic entry into Stage 2 finals. Lee Gyo Hwan of Korea, who rolled the tournament's first perfect game, missed the top bracket in fourth with 1375 while a third Indonesian, Yeri Ramadona completed the top five with 1362.

New leader, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand

Hong Kong national team member, Wicky Yeung become the first qualifier to surpass the 1400-mark with 1423 to take over top spot in the local pool. Tony Wong and overnight leader, Michael Tsang finished second and third with 1330 and 1327 respectively.

Won Jong Yoon of Ulsan, Korea headed the mixed pool with 1293 as Ernest Kwok of Hong Kong occupied the cut for the Stage 1 finals in tenth position with 1245 (average 207.5). Last year's cut stood at a whopping 1374, way higher than this year's scores. Based on the tremendous response for this year's championships and the limit of squads availability, the cut may not be as high as last year and could be in the region of 1350.

In the women's division, the lead also changed hands with Nadia Pramanik taking over pole position after rolling 1350. Malaysia's ex-international, Dayang Khairuniza moved up into the overseas' top bracket to tie in second with overnight leader, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia on 1328.

2013 Asian Youth All Events bronze medallist, Joan Cheng shared the local pool lead with 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei second runner-up Chan Shuk Han on 1201. Zoe Tam occupied third position with 1179 as 2015 Asian Youth Silver medallist, Joy Yap of Singapore headed the mixed pool with 1265.

The cut for the women's division at ninth position went to Kong Min of China with 1162. Last year's response in the women's division was much better than this year and the cut then was 1311. This will probably down up slightly to around 1260.

Lee Gyo Hwan shooting the tournament's first 300

Meanwhile, Hong Kong ex-international, David Tsang captured the Hong Kong Cup for local bowlers with an eight-game total of 1690. Chung Kwong Chuen and Jason Sin finished first and second runners-up with 1623 and 1557 respectively. The champion will earn an automatic entry into the Stage 1 finals of the Men's Open Masters finals.

2017 Asian School multiple Gold medallist, Won Son Ian of Macau showed her supremacy in the Youth 15 & Under Masters finals by claiming yet another title. The 14-year-old from Macau amassed a total of 1217, thanks to an 8-pin handicap per game received competing against the boys.

Abdallah Al Dubayan of Kuwait took first runner-up spot with 1132 and Hong Kong's Keith Mark finished second runner-up with 1080. Qualifying will end for the Youth 18 & Under and the Senior division at 8.30pm squad while for the other divisions, they will end late tomorrow evening.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

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