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Malaysia’s Muaz, Siti Safiyah sweep the Masters titles in Indonesia Open

2016INAOpenAhmadMuazMalaysian national team members Ahmad Muaz and Siti Safiyah Amirah swept the men’s and women’s open masters titles in the 14th Indonesia International Open Bowling Championship Sunday at Jaya Ancol bowling center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Muaz (right), seeded sixth, averaged 262.50 for four games in the stepladder finals to celebrate a come-from-behind victory and to earn the top prize of 150 million Indonesian rupiah or approximately US$11,490.

2016INAOpenKimBollebyThe 22-year-old right-hander started his title quest with a 237-161-203 win against No. 4 Tommy Jones, United States, and No. 5 Marcus Kiew of Singapore. Muaz then eliminated second and third seeded lefties Kim Bolleby (left), Thailand, and Lee Tak Man Macau, 257-238-153, for the right to bowl two-time PBA campion DJ Archer for the title.

Like in most of the Asian international open tournaments, Muaz had to defeat the top seeded American twice in the championship match to win the title.

2016INAOpenDJArcherArcher (right) started the finale with back-to-back open frames and Muaz, who came out of the gates with a double, took an early lead and never looked back. The Malaysian struck on 10 of his twelve shots and converted two single-pin spares in the third and ninth frame to force a deciding second game with a 258-216 win

Muaz was perfect until the last shot of the second game where he left two pins standing to celebrate a 298-203 win to wrap up the title.

Archer was consoled with 100 million rupiah for second place, Bolleby earned 60 million, Lee got 40 million, Kiew received 25 million and Jones garnered 17.5 million rupiah.

2016INAOpenSitiSafiyahAmirahOn the women’s side, Malaysian national team members finished 1, 2, 3 and 5. In the all-Malaysian title match, Siti Safiyah Amirah (left) had to bowl two games as fifth seeded Shalin Zulkifli forced a decider with a 226-197 win in game one.

2016INAOpenShalinZulkifliSiti Safiyah, who bowled back-to-back 287 and 290 in the second round on her way to the No. 1 seed, took a comfortable 31-lead after four frames as she got a double in the second and third while Zulkifli (right) suffered two open frames. The top seed then reeled off six consecutive strikes to put the match away well before the final frame, 253-182.

2016INAOpenSinLiJaneIn the opening shootout match, Zulkifli sidelined fifth seeded Malaysian Esther Cheah and No. 4 Jasmine Yeong-Nathan of Singapore, 204-194-180. Zulkifli carried the momentum into the semi-final match, defeating team mate Sin Li Jane (left), seeded second, and third-seeded Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 216-201-186.

Siti Safiyah earned the women’s top prize of 70 million Indonesian rupiah or approximately US$5,362. Zulkifli walked away with for 35 million for second place, Sin earned 17.5 million for third place, while Pluhowsky, Cheah and Yeong-Nathan received 10, 8 and 7 million rupiah for fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.

The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women from the final masters standings qualified for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Indonesia leg, the final leg of the 2016 season which will be held Monday also at Jaya Ancol bowling center.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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14th Indonesia International Open – Men’s Stepladder Finals

Jaya Ancol bowling center in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 17-23, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1050 (4 games), 150.000.000 Indonesian rupiah (approx. $11,490)
2. DJ Archer, United States, 419 (2 games), 100.000.000 Rp
3. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 238 (1 game), 60.000.000 Rp
4. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 153 (1 game), 40.000.000 Rp
5. Marcus Kiew, Singapore, 203 (1 game), 25.000.000 Rp
6. Tommy Jones, United States, 161 (1 game), 17.500.000 Rp

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 6 Muaz (237) def. No. 5 Kiew (203) and No. 4 Jones (161)
Second Match: Muaz (257) def. No. 2 Bolleby (238) and No. 3 Lee (153)
Championship: Muaz def. No. 1 Archer, 258-216
and in the decisive game, Muaz def. Archer, 298-203.

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13h Indonesia International Open – Women’s Stepladder Finals

Jaya Ancol bowling center in Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 17-23, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 450 (2 games), 70.000.000 Indonesian rupiah (approx. $5,362)
2. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 828 (4 games), 35.000.000 Rp
3. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 201 (1 games), 17.500.000 Rp
4. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 186 (1 game), 10.000.000 Rp
5. Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 194 (1 game), 8.000.000 Rp
6. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 180 (1 game), 7.000.000 Rp

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Zulkifli (204) def. No. 6 Cheah (194) and No. 4 Yeong-Nathan (180)
Second Match: Zulkifli (216) def. No. 2 Sin Li (201) and No. 3 Pluhowsky (186)
Championship: Zulkifli def. No. 1 Amirah, 226-197
and in the decisive game, Amirah def. Zulkifli, 253-182.

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12th Indonesia International Open – Men’s Round Two

Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.

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14th Indonesia International Open – Women’s Round Two

Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.

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14th Indonesia International Open – Men’s Round One

Top 18 advance to the second round.

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14th Indonesia International Open – Women’s Round One

Top 15 advance to the second round.

14th Indonesia International Open – Men’s Qualifying

12 players each from the local and overseas as well as 11 players from the mixed (local & obverseas) pool plus defending champion Jeong Tae Hwa, Korea, advance to the finals

14th Indonesia International Open – Women’s Qualifying

10 players each from the local (including defending champion Bernice Lim), overseas and mixed (local & obverseas) pool advance to the finals

Author: Herbert Bickel
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