The Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships for men and women got underway Tuesday at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong with the singles competition on medium oil.
After two out of three squads Timmy Tan of Malaysia led the 92-player men’s field with 1372, while Korea’s Jung Da Wun (pictured above, r-l) paced the 44 women with 1362.
Tan (above right) rolled two consistent three-game blocks of 692 and 680 in squad 2, including games of 248, 226, 218, 238, 224 and 218, an average of 228.67, to beat out local favorite Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong for the top spot by 26 pins.
The two-time Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour champion this season led squad 2 after three games with 732 but slipped to second place with 1346 behind a last game of 183 and 614 for the second block.
World and Asian champion, Park Jong Woo (right) of Korea, had five games between 191 and 233 and a high game of 279 in squad 2 to finish the first day in third place with 1321.
Squad 1 leader Yuhi Shinbata (left; 1317) of Japan and the other 88 bowlers are already out of the race for the medals.
On the women’s side, Jung Da Wun (right), who won the prestigious gold medal in masters at the 2015 Women’s World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE, averaged 227 in squad 2 to overtake squad 1 leader Futaba Imai of Japan by 80 pins. Jung had games of 205, 234, 257, 190, 247 and 229.
Imai (left), who finished her 1282 series with a 223 game to overtake Victoria Chin (below right) of Malaysia by just one pin to lead the opening squad, slipped to second place with Chin in third at 1281.
Singapore’s Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (below left) and USBC Queens champion Bernice Lim were the first players out of the medals in fourth and fifth place with distant 1234 and 1223, respectively.
The singles competition concludes on Wednesday morning with the men and women of the third and last squad taking to the lanes at SCAA bowling center.
The Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships will be held from Sept. 18-28, 2016 at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong.
20 athletes, 135 men, 65 women, from 24 member federations of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) participate in the event, which also serves as the qualifier for the 2017 World Bowling World Championships and the X World Games 2017.
The participating countries are Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, North Korea, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and the host country of Hong Kong.
Each team consists of maximum six men and six women who compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines, singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.
The Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern – a 40 feet medium pattern with 24.48 mL volume oil total and a 45 feet long pattern with 25.355 mL volume oil total. .
Singles (six games on medium oil) and doubles (six games on long oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while trios (long/medium) and team (medium/long) will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The player/team with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champion.
The top 3 in all-events (24 games; total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) receive gold, silver and bronze medals. The top 16 in all-events advance to the masters finals. The top 3 after two eight-game blocks, each block on a different pattern, will determine the champions in the stepladder final.
The top 12 teams (based on the combined all-events total of the top five players) qualify for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held December 4-18 at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait.
The top 5 teams (based on the combined all-events total of the top two players) qualify for the X World Games 2017. The bowling competition will be contested July 20-24 at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
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Top three men after 2/3 squads – from left, Michael Mak, Timmy Tan and Park Jong Woo.
Target 24th Asian Championships – Men’s Singles after 2/3 squads
Target 24th Asian Championships – Women’s Singles after 2/3 squads