2018 Macao-China International Open
Maiden victory for Guam youth
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21st June, Macau: Debutant Jeremiah Camacho of Guam claimed his first-ever international youth title with victory in the Youth Masters finals of the 2018 Macao-China International Open while China's veteran, Mi Zhong Li took the Senior's crown.

Hong Kong's Jacky Lo got off the block with a splendid 231 to lead Tseng Hung En of Chinese Taipei by 7 pins. Hong Kong's Jupiter Chan was third followed by Ambrose Hon in fourth with Camacho and Chan Hei Io of Macau sharing fifth positions.

Camacho, 14 and son of 2003 World Championships Singles bronze medallist, Duane rolled a stunning 266 in the second game to take over the running. Hong Kong's Chan added 206 to his 236 opener to take up second spot, 47 pins adrift.

Chan took over the lead briefly after the third game as Camacho slipped to second with 178. The Guam youth bounced back with another superb 258 to regain the lead. Tseng trailed in second by 72 pins as Chan stumbled to a poor 159.

Youth Masters champion, Jeremian Camacho with his trophy

Camacho never looked back since finishing the second half with 212, 256, 187 and 198 to take a comfortable victory with 1765 total pinfall. Tseng, 16 did well to finish second with 1705 while Oscar Poon, 20 of Hong Kong stormed home to snatch third spot with 1688.

Boco Wong of Hong Kong took fourth position with 1668 while early pace-setter, Lo completed the top 5 with 1660. The champion earned MOP 3,000 (approx. US$350) with the first and second runners-up picking up MOP 1,500 and 1,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, 2018 Sarawak Open champion and China's national team member, Mi Zhong Li picked up his second title this year with an easy victory in the Senior Masters finals. The 58-year-old Mi led from start to finish to romp home 139 pins ahead on 1792 pinfall.

Hong Kong's Lo Tim Fat finished second with 1653 followed by Sio Hon Meng of Macau in third with 1629. A second Hong Kong veteran, Ho Bo Hei who was second in the early stages, took fourth position with 1611.

Singapore's James Lim completed the top 5 with 1579 pinfall. Mi pocketed MOP 3,000 as champion with Lo and Sio earning 1,500 and 1,000 respectively. Qualifying for the Open and Grade A divisions resumed after the finals and will end late tonight.

The Men's Open Round 1 finals will take place tomorrow morning at 9.30am local time followed by the Women's Open Round 1 finals at 2.30pm. The Men's and Women's Grade A Masters finals will be contested at 7.00pm. Competition will resume with the Round 2 finals on June 23 and the ABF Tour Macau leg on June 24 at the same bowling center.

Top 3 Senior Masters winners, Lo Tim Fat, Mi Zhong Li and Sio Hon Meng

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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