Singaporean boys capture the coveted Team gold medal at Asian Youth Championships


    2015 AYC

    Korea beats out first-block leader Malaysia for the silver medal by one pin; Muhd Rafiq Ismail (MAS) cruises to victory in All-Events



    2015AYCBoysSingapore2.jpgThe boys team from Singapore (pictured left) bowled a consistently high three-game block on medium oil Sunday at Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China, to leap one spot and to capture the coveted Team gold medals at the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships.

    Starting the day in second place behind a 2615 series on long oil yesterday, Javier Tan, Brandan Tan, Joel Tan and Muhammad Jaris Goh posted games of 884, 900 and 890 for 2674 pinfall, a 222.83 average, to lead the field of 14 countries with 5289 total and an overall average of 220.38.

    2015AYCBoysKorea.jpgJoel Tan carried the team with 701 and 1416 total, Goh was distant second with 1316 and Brandan Tan and Javier Tan contributed 1282 and 1275.

    Korea and first-block leader Malaysia battled it out for the silver medal. Korea's Choi Hyung Jin, Hong Jun Yeong, Seo Hyo Dong and Kim Hee Jin (right) overcame a 157-pin deficit with games of 901 and 878 to lead Malaysia by 56 pins heading into the sixth and last game.

    2015AYCBoysMalaysia2.jpgMalaysia's Christopher Tiong, Muhd Syafiq Sajeli, Qalif Adnor Adam and Muhd Rafiq Ismail (pictured left) rebounded with a huge 930 game but the Koreans countered with 875 to maintain a one-pin lead and to secure the silver medal, 5164 to 5163. It is the first medal for Korea in this Championships.

    2015AYCBoysAllEventsTop3.jpgSingles and Doubles champion Muhd Rafiq Ismail (center) led the Malaysian team with 652 and 1382 (230.33) to win his third gold medal of the Championships in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) with 4443 total and an average of 246.83 for 18 games.

    Ismail broke the previous record of 4245 set by Michael Mak of Hong Kong in 2010 by 198 pins and held a 278-pin lead over Enzo Hernandez (left), Philippines, who secured the silver medal with 4165 (231.39) after a fine 741 series today. Hernandez rolled the lone 300 game of the championships so far on his way to the silver medal in Singles.

    Javier Tan (right) was 23 pins behind to earn the bronze medal with 4142 (230.11). Hayato Hijikata of Japan took the 16th and last spot to advance to the Masters finals with 3789 and an average of 210.50.

    The boys are done for today while the girls will bowl their second three games on medium oil later this afternoon.

    The top 16 boys and girls in All-Events qualify for Masters match play on Monday (eight games on medium) and Tuesday (eight games on long). The top three boys and girls advance to the stepladder finals at 4.10 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) Tuesday.


    The 18th Asian Youth Championships in Macau, China, will be held March 24-31 at 24-lane Macau Bowling Center inside the Cotai International Sports Complex in Macau, China.

    The Championships drew 98 players, 58 boys and 40 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation - Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1995, will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on medium oil), Doubles (long oil), four-player Teams (first block long, second block medium), All Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block medium, second block long).

    Competition concludes on Tuesday, March 31, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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