Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships 2024
Malaysians sweep Youth Open titles
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24th May, Petaling Jaya: Malaysian national youth, Muhammad Hariz Adlan and 2023 Malaysian Open Women champion, Lavina Kho Jia Jie of ABAS, Sarawak swept the Youth Open Boys and Girls titles of the Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships late Friday.

Newly-crowned Malaysian International Open Youth Open champion, Ethan Damien Goh of ABAS, Sarawak got off the mark with a superb 236 to lead Nicolas Ong Tzi Liang of Wilayah Persekutuan by just a single pin and team-mate Amin Zulkarnain a futher single pin away.

Ong added another strong game of 234 to take over the running while National youth, Muhammad Hariz Adlan fired a sizzling 255 to share second spot with 2023 Penang Pesta champion and team-mate, Izz Naqiuddin Bin Islahuddin. Goh kept pace with 212 for fourth spot.

Ong continued to set the pace with 256 and 254 in his third and fourth games as Muhammad Hariz also added splendid games of 232 and 181 to remain in second, relegating Izz Naqiuddin into third. Goh again stayed close to the leading trio in fourth.

Top 3 winners of the Youth Boys Open Masters finals

Another national youth, Wan Muhd Zarif Ikram shot a stunning 278 and 222 in the fifth and sixth games to lead for two games. Sayed Syawal Irfan of MSN Selangor and Muhammad Hariz traded second while Ong and Goh began to fade away.

The 21-year-old Penangnite Muhammad Hariz ended the finals with 203 and 243 to seal a comfortable victory with 1814. National youth, Shaqeem Izwan Teh stormed home with 207 and 238 to snatch second position with 1722 while Goh bounced back with 258 and 191 to claim third position with 1702.

Meanwhile, Sarawak's brightest female talent and 2023 Malaysian International Women's Open and Youth Girls Open champion, Lavina Kho Jia Jie added yet another title to her collection after winning the Youth Girls Open crown. National youth Adelia Nur set the pace by leading the first two games.

Newcomer, Nada Nawwarah Abdul Jalil breifly led the third game before MSN Negersi Sembilan's Piretisha Rauichandra led the fourth game. Kho had 190, 212, 220 and 220 in her first four games before adding a sizzling 258 in the fifth game to lead the pack.

Piretisha trailed the 18-year-old Sarawakian for the next two games and then faded off. Kho went on to take the title with 1758 after ending on 224 and 212. Nada Nawwarah fought back with 222 and 231 in her last two games to claim second with 1708.

National youth Anis Hannani Binti Romzy finished third with 1680 followed by team-mate, Adania Redzwan in fourth with 1655. Early pace-setter, Adelia Nur completed the top five with 1632. Muhammad Hariz and Lavina Kho won RM4,000 and RM2,500 as champions.

Top 3 winners of the Youth Girls Open Masters finals

KLTBA Deputy President, Mohd Hisham Mohd Nor was on hand to present the trophies and prizes to the winners. Qualifying will end at 2.30 pm squad for the Graded division and their Masters finals will roll-off at 9.00 pm on May 25.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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