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Shogo Wada, Baek Seung Ja lead in Masters match play

2016AsCMenMastersShogoWadaTeam champions Shogo Wada of Japan Baek Seung Ja of Korea set the pace in masters match play Tuesday as the top 16 men and top 16 women in all-events have completed the first eight-game block at the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships.

2016AsCMenMastersMichaelMakWada (right) averaged 227.75 and won six out of eight matches on the long lane conditioning pattern to lead the men’s field with 1882 total, 1822 scratch and 60 bonus pins, including a near-perfect 299 in game five.

Just two pins behind Wada in second place was Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong, who is targeting his fourth gold medal of the Championships after winning the titles in doubles, trios and all-events.

2016AsCMenMastersTomoyukiSasakiMak had the field-best 228.75 average and a 5-3 won-lost record for 1880 total. Wada’s fellow teammate Tomoyuki Sasaki was further 36 pins behind in third place with 1844, including a 4-4 match play record and an average of 225.50.

Just outside the box looking in was doubles and trios champion Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong who won all eight matches for 1832 total.

2016AsCWomenMastersBaekSeungJaBaek Seung Ja (left) averaged 224.13 and won six of her eight matches to lead the women’s division with 1853 total, including sixty bonus pins. Baek started with six games between 208 and 244 before finishing with a high game of 278 and a low game of 188.

2016AsCWomenMastersJoeyYeoJoey Yeo (right) of Singapore was just 13 pins back in second place with 1840 and a 6-2 match play record. So far, the Singaporean women have only won one bronze medal in this Championships in the team event.

2016AsCWomenMastersShalinZulkifliMalaysian veteran Shalin Zulkifli (left) proved that she still has it finishing the first block in third place with 1791 total, including a 5-3 match play record. Zulkifli posted eight games between 235 and 202.

Three-time gold medalist Jung Da Wun of Korea was mere 15 pins off the pace for the Wednesday’s medal round with 1776 total. Jung, who is aiming toward her fourth title this year after winning in singles, team and all-events, averaged 214.50 and won six of her eight matches.

The masters competition concludes the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships. The top 16 players in all-events bowl eight games on long oil on Tuesday and eight games on medium oil on Wednesday before the cut to the top 3 for the medal round in stepladder format.

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 qualified for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held December 4-18 at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. This was determined by the all-events total of the top five players.

The qualifying teams on the men’s side were Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Guam. The advancing teams on the women’s side were Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and DPR Korea.

Additionally, the top five countries qualified for the X World Games 2017, which is held every fourth year and next will be contested July 20-24 at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland. This was determined by the all-events total of the top two players for each country.

The qualifying teams on the men’s side were Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and Korea. The advancing teams on the women’s side were Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and Chinese Taipei.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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Target 24th Asian Championships – Men’s Masters after Block 1/2

Top 3 after 16 games will advance to the medal round in stepladder format

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Target 24th Asian Championships – Women’s Masters after Block 1/2

Top 3 after 16 games will advance to the medal round in stepladder format

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