Tenpin Bowling powerhouse South Korea
started the 13th World Youth Championships presented by The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society (CGSE) with a sweep of the gold medals in Under-21 Girls and Boys Singles Saturday evening at SCAA Bowling Center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China.
The picture shows gold medalists Choi Woo Sub and Yang Su Jin (l-r).
In the girls’ playoffs, Yang defeated two Japanese bowlers en route to win the fourth consecutive Girls Singles gold medal at World Youth Championships for Korea.
In the semifinals, fourth-seeded Yang eliminated top-seeded Kana Shimoide, 237-208, and went on to defeat No. 2 seed Shion Izumune (left, l-r) with almost the same score in the title match, 236-208.
Izumune, who survived a low-scoring semifinal match against Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, 173-167, earned the silver medal while Shimoide and Wegner shared the bronze medal.
On the boys’ side, Choi, seeded third, sidelined local favorite Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong in the semis, 217-176, before he topped 17-year-old Wesley Low (right) of defending champion United States in an all-lefty affair, 226-214, to seal the victory.
Low earned his berth into the finals with a close 225-223 win over Jesper Svensson (below left) of Sweden in a unique clash of two two-handed lefties. Low earned the silver medal while Mak and Svensson shared bronze.
The Singles competition was contested on the 35 feet Beijing lane conditioning pattern. All 96 girls and 166 boys from 46 countries were split into four squads (A-D) to bowl six games of qualifying over two days to cut to the top four players, who advanced to the semifinals. The No. 1 took on the No. 4 and the No. 2 bowled the No. 3 in the semifinals. The winners bowled for gold and silver while the losers shared the bronze medal.
The fourth and last qualifying squad, Squad D, brought some major changes in the girls and boys leaderboards. Scoring was high from the beginning and practically all of the girls and boys leaders were in Jeopardy to fall out of the top 4.
That happened indeed in the girls division. Two Japanese bowlers, Kana Shimoide and Shion Izumune (pictured), were the only girls who surpassed the 1300-mark to finish 1, 2 with 1310 (218.33 average) and 1303, respectively.
Shimoide finished her six-game series with 267, 236 and 220 (723) to overtake her teammate by seven pins. Izumune’s 1303 series was boosted by a pair of 250s.
Sweden’s Jenny Wegner (left) slipped out of the top four due to a 180 in the penultimate game, but rebounded with 269 to jump into third place with 1288. Despite finishing with a 186 game, Yang Su Jin (right) of Korea overtook previous leader Tania Yusaf of Scotland by 12 pins to secure the fourth and last spot for the playoffs with 1271 and an average of 212.
Yusaf, who would have become the first Scottish medalist in a Bowling World Championship, youth and adult, finished in fifth place with 1258 and was followed by the third Japanese, day one leader Mirai Ishimoto, in sixth place with 1252.
Two-handed lefties Wesley Low (left), USA, and Jesper Svensson (right) of Sweden, who won the prestigious Ballmaster Open Open in Finland in 2013, battled it out for the Squad D lead.
Low, the 2013 Junior Gold Championships champion and 9-time gold medalist at the Tournament of The Americas (2012 and 2013), came out of the gates quickly connecting for a 279 game.
He added four consistently games of 210, 235, 219 and 224 before he closed out with huge 264 to win the squad with 1431 and an average of 238.50 en route to overtake previous leader Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong by 14 pins.
The hometown favorite finished second with 1417 (236.17) and was followed by Day one leader Choi Woo Sub (right) of Korea, who slipped to third place with 1413 (235.50). Svensson chalked up 207, 255, 233, 247, 237 and 233 to secure the fourth and last spot for the finals with 1412 (235.33).
Choi’s teammate Lee Ik Kyu made a late charge with games of 247 and 256 but fell 16 pins short of the top 4 to finish fifth with 1396. Mario Herrera of Mexico and Muhd Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia slipped from third and fourth place all the way out of the playoffs to sixth and seventh place with 1388 and 1371, respectively.
In cooperation with the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, Bowlingdigital.com will cover the Championships live from Hong Kong.
The United States Bowling Congress is working in cooperation with the host federation, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, to provide live streaming on BowlTV.
The WYC is made possible by title sponsor, The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society World, and co-sponsors Chancellor Precious Metals, Fine Metal Asia Limited, Glory Sky and Safe Gold Bullion Limited as well as Watsons Water and Mr. Juicy, the Official Drink Sponsor of the event.
13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Singles Playoffs
SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong, China (August 9, 2014)
1. Choi Woo Sub, Korea
2. Wesley Low, United States
3. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, and Jesper Svensson, Sweden
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Low def. No. 4 Svensson, 225-223
Semifinal Match 2: Nr. 3 Choi def. No. 2 Mak, 217-176
Championship: Choi def. Low, 226-214.
13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls Singles after Qualifying
Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs.
13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Singles after Qualifying
Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs. *Score correction as of August 10.