44th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open
Second double title for Korea
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10th April, Bangkok: Youth Under-21 Masters champion, Park Geon Ha and debutant, Choi Hyeon Ji gave Korean National Sports University their second double titles at the 44th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open with victory in the Men's Grade B and Ladies' Graded finals.

Kim Jun Seong got off the block with a cracking 257 to lead team-mate, Hwang Sung Hyun by 24 pins as Park and a fourth Korean, Oh Jin Won followed closely with 232 and 226. Kim held the lead after the second another strong 220 in the second game.

Kim lost his lead after a poor 167 in the third as Oh took the opportunity to surge ahead into the lead. Hwang stayed close, 27 pins behind in second. Koreans occupied the top five spots as Oh remained in the lead after the fourth game.

Park, who following closely behind the leading duo, fired a stunning 268 in the fifth game to leapfrog into the lead. Hwang continued to trail in second with Oh slipping back to third. Napat Buspanikonkul of Thailand moved into third.

Top 3 winners, Han Jae Hyeon, Park Geon Ha and
Napat Buspanikonkul

There was no stopping the in-form 20-year-old from Gyeong Gi-Do city as he ended the 8-game finals with 1800 to pick up his second title at the championship. Han Hae Hyeon, who finished second to Park in the Youth Under-21 finals, again had to settle for first runner-up with 1732 despite a strong finish.

Napat did well with a big game of 266 in his final game to clinch third spot with 1708 while the early pace-setters, Hwang and Oh rounded out the top five with 1694 and 1678 respectively. Park earned 80,000 Thai baht as champion. Han and Napat pocketed 40,000 and 20,000 baht respectively.

Choi bounced back brilliantly with a scintilating 266 in the fourth game to regain the lead pushing Hsu into second. Despite only knocking down 184 in her next game, Choi, the 18-year-old from Daejeon strolled home with 245, 201 and 203 to win the title with 1698.

Min and another Korean, Lee Hyeon Gyung traded second spot before Min sealed it with a big game of 257 with 1665. Lee settled for third spot with 1638. Ex-international, Chien Hsiu Lan of Chinese Taipei making a comeback finished fourth with 1589.

Vietnam's Ha Dieu Huong completed the top five with 1579. Choi earned 45,000 Thai baht as champion with Min picking up 23,000 baht and Lee 12,000 baht as first and second runners-up. The Men's Grade A and Senior Masters finals will be held later this evening.

The Men's and Ladies' Open Masters qualifying rounds will commence April 11 for the next three days over three blocks of five games each. The bowlers will be divided ionto four squads. Their Round 2 and ROund 3 finals will be held on April 14.

Top 3 winners, Min Hyeon Ji, Choi Hyeon Ji and
Lee Hyeon Gyung

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

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