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Son Yun-Hee wins Women’s Masters gold in all-Korean affair

2013WCKimMoonJeong3.jpg2013WCSonYunHee3.jpgIn an all-Korean championship match, Son Yun-Hee defeated Kim Moon-Jeong, 211-193, to win the gold medal in Women’s Masters at the World Championships in the Las Vegas area.

Yun-Hee (pictured above with her husband, men’s Masters champion Cho-Young-Seaon), the No. 3 seed, never trailed in the title match on dual lane condition (left lane dressed with long oil, right lane dressed with short oil) after starting with two strikes. Top-seeded Moon-Jeong, who failed convert a 6-7 split in her opening frame, fell behind early but narrowed the gap with three strikes in frames 3-5.

Yun-Hee countered with another double to lead by seven pins. Nothing changed until the ninth frame as both players managed only to strike once in frames 6-8. When Yun-Hee spared a 10-pin her ninth frame, Moon-Jeong had chance to shut her team mate out with three strikes and a seven count on the fill ball.

Finishing first, Moon-Jeong left a wash-out (1-2-10) and failed to convert it. Her last chance were three strikes in the 10th frame, which would have forced Yun-Hee to mark in the 10th. When Moon-Jeong left a 10-pin on her next shot the match was practically over.

Needing a five-count on the first ball, Yun-Hee toppled nine pins to seal the win.

2013WCRyuSeoYeon3.jpg2013WCLizJohnson3.jpgIn the semifinals, Moon-Jeong def. fourth-seeded Ryu Seo-Yeon (left) of Korea, 208-180. Singles and Trios World Champion Seo-Yeon never got lined-up and had only one strike in the entire match. Moon-Jeong struck on five of her first six shots to take the lead and never looked back.

In the other semifinal match, Yun-Hee held a 20-pim lead over Team USA’s Liz Johnson (right) heading into eighth frame. Both players struck on their next two shots. When Yun-Hee left the bucket (2-4-5-8) on her first shot in the tenth, spared and finished with a strike, Johnson had a chance to strike out for a 4.pin win.

When she left the 6-9-10 combination on the first ball, the match was over and Yun-Hee advanced to the title match, 232-213.

Yun-Hee captured the gold medal, Moon-Jeong got silver and Seo-Yeon and Johnson shared the bronze medal.

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2013WCLogo.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station’s Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The Championships will award medals in six disciplines – Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.

The entire competition will be broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV. Bowling fans will be able to watch live and on demand for free. The schedule is available at BOWL.com/LiveStream.

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2013 WTBA World Championships – Women’s Masters Finals

Championship Round:
1. Son Yun-Hee, Korea, 443 (2 games)
2. Kim Moon-Jeong, Korea, 401 (1 game)
3. Liz Johnson, United States, 213 (1 game)
and Ryu Seo-Yeon, Korea, 180 (1 game)

L-R Moon-Jeong, Yun-Hee, Johnson and Seo-Yeon.

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Moon-Jeong def. No. 4 Seo-Yeon, 208-180
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Yun-Hee def. No. 2 Johnson, 232-213
Championship: Yun-Hee def. Moon-Jeong, 211-193.

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