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Korea’s Lee Jung Min, Park Geon Ha sweep Masters gold at Asian Youth

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Lee Jung Min and Park Geon Ha of Korea swept the gold medals in stepladder finals of the girls’ and boys’ masters competition, which concluded the 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday afternoon at Corodano Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Park finished the round robin match play atop the leaderboard to earn the No. 1 seed for the boys’ stepladder finals. He sat and watched the opening match between Indonesia’s Paolo M. Hernandez and Billy Muhammad Islam. Hernandez flew past his teammate, 277-192, to advance to the title match in two games, total pins format.

Park took a comfortable 54-pin lead with a 225-171 win in game one and wrapped up the title with a 248-245 win in game two for a 473-416 victory. It was the second gold medal for Park (the first came in the team event) and the fourth for the Korean boys. Hernandez and Islam got silver and bronze, respectively.

Lee Jung Min had to take a different route to the gold medal as she finished the 16 games of round robin match play in third position to grab the last spot for the girl’s stepladder finals. Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni and Faten Najihah earned the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds, respectively.

In the opening game Lee made quick work of Faten, 258-211, for the right to bowl Nur Amirah for the title.

Lee carried the momentum into the gold medal match and won the first game, 212-163, to take a 49-pin lead into the second game. The Korean cruised to the title with 234-218 for a 446-381 victory.

It was the third gold medal for the Korean girls and the second for Lee (the first came in doubles). Nur Amirah and Faten received silver and bronze, respectively.

With the gold medal sweep in Masters, Korea led the medal tally with seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Malaysia, Japan and Singapore each took home one gold medal.

The 19th Asian Youth Championships were held Oct. 21-28 at 38-lane Corodano Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines.

The Championships drew 94 players, 60 boys and 34 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation – Australia, Bahrain, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and the host country Philippines.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1997, bowled in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on long oil), Doubles (medium oil), four-player Teams (first block medium, second block long), All-Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block long, second block medium).

Competition concluded on Saturday, Oct. 28, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.

Photos courtesy of ABF-online.org.

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19th Asian Youth Championships – Girls’ Masters Stepladder Finals

Championship Round:
1. Lee Jung Min, Korea, 704 (3 games)
2. Nur Amirah Auni, Malaysia, 381 (2 games)
3. Faten Najihah, Malaysia, 211 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Lee def. No. 2 Faten, 258-211
Championship Match: Lee (212, 234) def. No. 1 Nur Amirah (163, 218), 446-381.

19th Asian Youth Championships – Girls’ Masters Match Play Block 2 Results

First block on long oil, second block on medium oil; top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

18th Asian Youth Championships – Girls’ Masters Match Play Block 1 Results

First block on long oil, second block on medium oil; top 3 will advance to the stepladder finals.

19th Asian Youth Championships – Boys’ Masters Stepladder Finals

Championship Round:
1. Park Geon Ha, Korea, 473 (2 games)
2. Paolo M. Hernandez, Indonesia, 693 (3 games)
3. Billy Muhammad Islam, Indonesia, 192 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Hernandez def. No. 3 Islam, 277-192
Championship Match: No. 1 Park (225, 248) def. Hernandez (171, 245), 473-416.

19th Asian Youth Championships – Boys’ Masters Match Play Block 2 Results

First block on long oil, second block on medium oil; top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

18th Asian Youth Championships – Boys’ Masters Match Play Block 1 Results

First block on long oil, second block on medium oil; top 3 will advance to the stepladder finals.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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