46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships
Indonesian poised to retain title
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12th December, Seberang Prai: 2018 World Men Championships Trios silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia is well poised to defend the Mixed Open Masters title of the 46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships after topping the qualifying standings.

Lalisang posted two stunning and identical three-games series of 722 to lead the overseas pool with 1444 total pinfalls. 2017 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Nadia Pramanik gave Indonesia a one-two finish after taking up second with 1439.

Hot on their heels came reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Sam Cooley of Australia in third position with 1438. he top three qualifers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals on December 15.

Debutant Park Dae Hee of Jeonnam City, Korea and a second Aussie, Jordan Dinham both missed the bye by 26 pins to share fourth position with 1412. Overnight leader, Syaffique Ikhwan of Kuala Lumpur remained the lead of the local pool with 1407.

Ryan Lalisang poised to successfully retain the title he won last year

Syaffique was joined by two-time Asian School Masters silver medallist, Aizuddin Mustaqim and Negeri Sembilan's Afizal Azizan in second and third with 1406 and 1361 earning all three a bye into Round 2 finals automatically.

Penang's Shafiy Zaim and ex-international turn PBA pro, Zulmazran Zulkifli completed the top five in the local pool with 1359 and 1329 respectively. Indonesia's Diwan Rezaldy headed the mixed pool with 1300 followed by his compatriot, Oscar in second with 1293.

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 13, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 13 and qualifiers positioned 1 to 25 in the mixed pool together with the defending champion will contest the 8-games Round 1 finals on December 14.

The top 18 finishers based on the highest pinfalls plus the six seeded qualifiers will contest Round 2 finals on December 15. The top three will then proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the champion. Qualifying for the Mixed Open Masters will end on December 13.

Meanwhile earlier in the morning, Bobby Ho Po Hei of Very Proshop, Hong Kong bagged the Senior Masters title with 1767, with a handicap of 8 pins. Two Taiwanese, Chou Hueh Yun and Chen Chi Tung finished as first and second runners-up with 1700 and 1678.

Men's Grade B Masters Top 3 winners, Jamlidin Manap, Muhammad Faiz and Muhammad Hamizan

The Men's Grade B Masters finals also saw Mohammad Faiz Dzuhairy of Brunei picking up the title with 1713. Jamlidin Manap of Sabah and Muhammad Hamizan of Sunway Megalanes finished second and third with 1708 and 1684 respectively.

Ms Chloe Ooi, Senior Marketing Manager of Ban Heang presented the prizes to the Men's Grade B Masters winners while Mr Michael Seymour, Vice President of ABF gave away the prizes for the Senior Masters winners.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Seberang Prai, Malaysia.

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