43rd Hong Kong International Open
Hong Kong youth wins another title
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13th July, Hong Kong: 2017 Asian School multiple gold medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong wins yet another youth title after finishing atop the Youth Open Masters finals of the 43rd Hong Kong International Open at SCAA Bowling Centre.

2017 Asian School Singles gold medallist, Alex Yu got off to a cracking pace with 225 in his opening game to lead Malaysia's Mohad Uzair Irsyad by three pins and team-mate, Nixon Chan in third a further three pins away.

Mohd Uzair took over the lead after the second game but lost it immediately in the third game when Yu rolled a superb 247 to the lead. Tse, who had a moderate start in his first two games, posted a bigger game of 253 to take up second, three pins behind Yu.

Tse added another strong game of 246 to become the new leader midway through the finals, 44 pins ahead of Yu. Tse bowled consistently with 190, 216, 258 and 191 to end the finals with 1762 to capture the Youth Open title.

Ivan Tse with his champion's trophy

Wang Yu Huei of Chinese Taipei stormed home along with her handicap of 8 pins per game to clinch second position with 1651 while Tse compatriot, Boco Wong claimed third position with 1610. A second youth girl, Gigi Leung missed the podium to take up fourth with 1599.

Meanwhile, Ooi Hock Keong of Malaysia bagged the Men's Grade B Masters title with an eight-game total of 1556. Udomchai Wongphanlak of Thailand finished second, just seven pins adrift. Chen Jr Wei of Chinese Taipei took third spot with 1533.

Lin Yin Tong of Chinese Taipei triumphed in the Women's Grade B Masters finals with 1488 to pick up her first international crown. Debutants, Chethana R. and Judy Alban did exceptionally well to claim second and third positions with 1388 and 1344 respectively.

Trophies were awarded to the top winners of Youth, Men's and Women's Grade B finals. The Men's Open and Women's Open Stage 1 finals will be staged later this afternoon. The Men's and Women's Grade A finals will be held this evening.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Top 3 winners, Udomchai, Ooi Hock Keong and Chen

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