2019 Macao-China International Open
Hong Kong dominates Youth Masters finals
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20th June, Macau: Hong Kong dominated the Youth Masters finals of the 2019 China-Macao International Open with Jacky Lo capturing the title ahead of compatriots, Lee Chun Him in second and Oscar Poon in third.


China newcomer, Huang Tian Yun set a blistering pace with an opening game of 279 to lead Hong Kong's Matthew Pang by 21 pins. Two Hong Kong youths, Jupiter Chan and Jacky Lo stayed close to the leading duo in third and fourth positions.

Despite stumbling to a poor 146 in the second game, Huang remained in the lead but not for long as Lo posted a stunning 289 in the third game to take over the running. Pang kept pace to stay in second, 49 pins adrift.

There was simply no match for Lo from his opponents as the 19-year-old Hong Kong national youth member ended the finals with 225, 185 and 232 to capture his first-ever international youth title with 1320.

Youth Masters winners, Lee Chun Him, Jacky Lo and Oscar Poon

Lee Chun Him of Hong Kong stormed home with 259, 189 and 267 to snatch second position with 1273 while Poon settled for third with 1227. Pang and Boco Wong completed the top five with 1210 and 1208. Lo, Lee and Poon were awarded a trophy each along with MOP$5,000, MOP$3,000 and MOP$1,000 respectively.

Similarly in the Senior division, top qualifier of the Men's Open division, Mi Zhong Li of China was a class above the rest as he successfully defended the title he won in 2017 and 2018 with a 6-game total of 1347, averaging an impressive 224.5.

Hong Kong's Bobby Ho moved into second after the fifth game and remain second at the end of the finals with 1296. 2015 and 2016 Senior champion and perfect gamer, Vong Vang Ip of Macau settled for third position with 1261.

The trio picked up a trophy each together with MOP$5,000, MOP$3,000 and MOP$1,000 prize money for their effor. A new division was introduced this year which was the Men's Grade B category.

Macau's Wong Man Ioi snatched victory from pace-setter, Zhang Se Feung of China in the sixth and final game after Zhang managed a poor 169 game. Wong picked up the champion's trophy along with MOP$5,000 prize money with a pinfall of 1199.

Senior Masters winners, Booby Ho, Mi Zhong Li and Vong Vang Ip

Zhang settled for MOP$3,000 after totalling 1191, just eight pins while Lio Wai Keong of Macau finished third with 1177 and MOP$1,000. Qualifying for the Men's and Women's Open and Grade A division will end late tonight. A one-game desperado squad for the Men's Open division will be held for a final chance to qualify for their respective Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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