47th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open
Convincing victory for Malaysian and Taiwanese
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25th July, Bangkok: Lavinia Kho Jia Jie of Malaysia and Lin Yifeng of Chinese Taipei took a convincing victory in the Ladies' Grade A and Men's Grade B Masters finals of the 47th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin on Tuesday.

Kho, who won this year's Malaysian International Open Women's Masters crown, led from start to finish in the 8 games finals for a convincing win with 1731, 210 pins ahead of her nearest rival. Chinese Taipei's Hsu Yuan-Ping had trailed the Malaysian in second but was overtaken by Thailand's Thnakorn Wutti after the third game.

Wutti did well to claim second position with 1521 while Roengjit Techakiatsujit of Thailand edged Hsu for third position with 1489. Hsu and Malaysia's Piretishaaip Ravichandran rounded out the top 5 with 1457 and 1438 respectively.

Kho took home Thai baht 50,000 (approx. US$1,450) as champion. Wutti and Techakiatsujit earned 25,000 and 12,000 baht for finishing second and third respectively. Fourth and fifth-placed finishers pocketed 6,000 and 5,000 for their effort.

Top 3 winners, Thnakorn Wutti, Lavina Kho and Roengjit Techakiatsujit

Meanwhile in the Men's Grade B division, Nguyen Thanh Tung set a blistering pace with 267 opener followed by 241 and 225 to take an early lead. Malaysia's Mohd Aiman Faris trailed the Vietnamese for 2 games before Singapore's Winston Loo Yu Cheng held second spot, also for 2 games.

Lin Yifeng of Chinese Taipei, who had 4 inconsistent games eventually came good when he fired back-to-back 278 and 279 to take over the running ahead of Nguyen holding second spot. Lin ended with 246 and 207 to win convincingly with 1831.

Nguyen fought back but fell short by 22 pins to settle for second position with 1809. Loo claimed third position with 1750. A second Vietnamese, Pham Hong Duc snatched fourth spot with 1733 leaving Loo taking fifth position with 1714.

Lin pocketed 80,000 Thai baht (approx. US$2,300) as champion. Nguyen and Loo taking home 40,000 and 20,000 baht for finishing second and third respectively. The Senior and Men's Grade A will contest their Masters finals later today.

Nguyen Thanh Tung, Lin Yifeng and Winston Loo, the top 3 winners

The classic-style qualifying rounds for the Open division will be held over the next three days, 5 games each day commencing tomorrow. There will be four squads comprising of 186 registered players todate.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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