Tan, Oqab pace Open Masters Qualifying in 42nd Singapore International Open



    SuperBowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore (May 25 - June 6, 2009)

    2007BWCDaphneTan.jpg2009SORemyOng2.jpgSingapore national team members Daphne Tan and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan in the women's division and Naif Oqab in the men's division pace the Open Masters qualifying in the 42nd Singapore International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships currently underway at SuperBowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore.

    Tan (pictured left) felled 984 pins over four games in the Local Pool, an average of 246.00, to lead QubicaAMF World Cup champion Yeong-Nathan by two pins. Three Malaysians, Shalin Zulkifli (918), Zandra Aziela (899) and Wendy Chai (846) sit atop the Overseas Pool.

    Oqab had 986 or an average of 246.50 to lead the men's Overseas Pool with Vijay M Punjabi, India, a distant second at 849. Gregory Gan leads the Local Pool with 974. World and Asian Games champion Remy Ong (pictured right) is fifth with 926.

    The Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF), formerly known as Singapore Tenpin Bowling Congress, is expecting intense heat for the competitors as more overseas bowlers start their competition from June 1.

    The top 13 men each from the Local Pool, the Overseas Pool and the Local & Overseas Pool plus the top 3 from the Desperado Squad will join defending champion Hussain Al-Suwaidi in the finals (total 43 players).

    On the women's side, the top 10 from each pool will meet defending champion Cherie Tan, Singapore, in the finals (total 31 players).

    The 31 women and the 43 men will bowl two rounds of 8 games. The top six women and the top six men after 16 games will advance to the stepladder finals. In the opening match, players seeded 4th, 5th and 6th will face off in a one-game shoot-out match. The winner meets No. 2 and No. 3 seed for the right to bowl the top-seeded player for the title. The No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    The men's champion will receive 25,000 Singapore Dollars, while the women's champion will walk away with $5,000.


    Men's Open Masters Qualifying - Standings as of May 31 at 14.30


    Women's Open Masters Qualifying - Standings as of May 31 at 14.30