Sam Cooley, Wendy Chai win men's and women's title in ABF Tour Thailand leg


    2013 ABF Tour #3

    S.F. Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (April 23, 2013)

    2013ABFT03SamCooleyWendyChai.jpgSam Cooley (pictured left) of Australia and Malaysia's Wendy Chai (right) captured the men's and women's title in the first combined event of the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour, the third overall, Tuesday at S.F. Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women in the 39th MWA Thailand International Open advanced to the ABF Tour Thailand, which featured four rounds of single-elimination one-game matches.

    2013ABFT03SamCooley.jpgCooley, 21, the gold medalist in All Events at the 2012 World Youth Championships, averaged 248.25 en route to his first title on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour. He topped former World Ranking Masters champion Khalid Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait, in the opening Round of 16, 243-208, and then eliminated Al-Dubyyan's compatriot, Rakan Al-Amiri, in the quarterfinals, 241-212.

    The semifinal match against another Kuwaiti, Basel Al-Anzi was a strike fest, in which Cooley advanced with a huge 279-257 win. The Aussie carried the momentum into the title match against local favorite Dechochai Tinjiratip and cruised to victory with a final 237-195 win.

    2013ABFT03WendyChai.jpgOn the women's side, 2010 ABF Tour Tournament of Champions winner, Wendy Chai, and Hong Kong's Milki Ng faced seven Thai and seven Indonesian players. Ng and all seven local bowlers were eliminated in the Rounds of 16 and 8.

    Chai defeated two Thai bowlers, Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 225-182, and Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand, 240-213, to advance to the semifinals together with three Indonesian women.

    Chai rolled the lone 200 game in the semifinals defeating Cheya Chantika, 201-180, to meet Sharon Limansantoso in the finale, who edged Shinta Noen, 172-166. Chai took down Limansantoso, 216-188, to captured her fourth win on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour.

    ABFTourLogo_small.jpgThe 2013 ABF Tour consists of nine legs, four in the Middle East with a men's division only and five in East and South East Asia featuring men and women in separate divisions. The fourth tournament is the ABFT Egypt leg on May 1.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions scheduled for March 2014 (date and venue tba).

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    2013 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Men's Division

    S.F. Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (April 23, 2013)

    Sam Cooley, Australia def. Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand, 237-195

    Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand def. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 224-216
    Sam Cooley, Australia def. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 279-257

    Surasak Manuwong, Thailand def. Jerry Ramadona, Indonesia, 209-187
    Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand def. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 229-224
    Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait def. Rakan Al-Amiri, Kuwait, 241-212
    Sam Cooley, Australia def. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 234-213

    Round of 16:
    Surasak Manuwong, Thailand def. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, 220-206
    Jerry Ramadona, Indonesia def. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 193-154
    Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong def. Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 227-149
    Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand def. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 241-150
    Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait def. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 212-190
    Rakan Al-Amiri, Kuwait def. Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkit, Thailand, 209-206
    Sam Cooley, Australia def. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, 243-208
    Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand def. Billy M. Islam, Indonesia, 244-218


    2013 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Men's Final Standings

    Players with position, country and ranking points

    1. Sam Cooley, Australia, 75
    2. Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand, 60
    3. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 46
    4. Surasak Manuwong, Indonesia, 45
    5. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 33
    6. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 32
    7. Rakan Al-Amiri, Kuwait, 31
    8. Jerry Ramadona, Indonesia, 30
    9. Billy M. Islam, Indonesia, 20
    10. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, 19
    11. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, 17.5
    (tie) Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkut, Thailand, 17.5
    13. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 16
    14. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 15
    15. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 14
    16. Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 13


    2013 ABF Tour Men's Ranking

    1. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, 106
    2. Mansour Al-Awami, Qatar, 92
    3. Rakan Al-Amiri, Kuwait, 77
    4. Sam Cooley, Australia, 75
    5. Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, 70
    6. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 64
    7. Ahmed A. Jabbar, Bahrain, 60
    (tie) Mohannad Ibrahim, Kuwait, 60
    (tie) Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand, 60
    10. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 59
    11. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, 54.5
    12. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 49
    13. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 46
    (tie) Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 46
    (tie) Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 46
    16. Ahmed Amin Al-Awahdi, Bahrain, 45
    (tie) Surasak Manuwong, Indonesia, 45
    18. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 34
    19. Andrew Frawley, Australia, 33
    (tie) Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, 33
    21. Jerry Ramadona, Indonesia, 30
    (tie) Michael Tsang, Hong Kong, 30
    (tie) Mohammed Al-Ragebah, Kuwait, 30
    24. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 28
    25. Billy M. Islam, Indonesia, 20
    (tie) Mohammed Janahi, Bahrain, 20
    27. Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, 19
    28. Sayed Al-Hashemi, UAE, 18
    29. Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkut, Thailand, 17.5
    30. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 16
    31. Jaseem Darwish, Kuwait, 15
    (tie) Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, 15
    33. Mohammed Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia, 13
    (tie) Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 13


    2013 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Women's Division

    S.F. Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (April 23, 2013)

    Wendy Chai, Malaysia def. Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia, 216-188

    Wendy Chai, Malaysia def. Cheya Chantika, Indonesia, 201-180
    Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia def. Shinta Noen, Indonesia, 172-166

    Cheya Chantika, Indonesia def. Thanchanak Vilailax, Thailand, 154-143
    Wendy Chai, Malaysia def. Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand, 240-213
    Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia def. Putty Armein, Indonesia, 214-199
    Shinta Noen, Indonesia def. Anak Agung Ayu, Indonesia, 237-175

    Round of 16:
    Cheya Chantika, Indonesia def. Yanee Saebe, Thailand, 215-201
    Thanchanak Vilailax, Thailand def. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 205-198
    Wendy Chai, Malaysia def. Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 225-182
    Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand def. Ivana Hie, Indonesia, 186-178
    Putty Armein, Indonesia def. Alisha Nabila Larasati, Indonesia, 192-168
    Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia def. Tanaprang Sathean, Thailand, 215-135
    Anak Agung Ayu, Indonesia def. Korngunya Aree, Thailand, 195-180
    Shinta Noen, Indonesia def. Chantanee Sanrswang, Thailand, 214-158


    2013 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Women's Final Standings and 2013 ABF Tour Women's Ranking

    Players with position, country and ranking points

    1. Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 75
    2. Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia, 60
    3. Cheya Chantika, Indonesia, 46
    4. Shinta Noen, Indonesia, 45
    5. Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand, 33
    6. Putty Armein, Indonesia, 32
    7. Anak Agung Ayu, Indonesia, 31
    8. Thanchanok Vilailax, Thailand, 30
    9. Yanee Saebae, Thailand, 20
    10. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 19
    11. Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 18
    12. Korngunya Aree, Thailand, 17
    13. Ivana Hie, Indonesia, 16
    14. Alisha Nabila Larasati, Indonesia, 15
    15. Chantanee Sarnswang, Thailand, 14
    16. Tanaprang Sathean, Thailand, 13