Lee Tak Man (MAC), Korngunya Aree (THA) triumph in ABF Tour Thailand leg


    2015 ABF Tour #4

    2015ABFT04KorngunyaAreeLeeTakMan.jpgLee Tak Man (right) of Macau and Thailand's Korngunya Aree (left) remained undefeated in the single-elimination matches Friday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok to capture the men's and women's titles in the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg.

    2015ABFT04SamCooley.jpgThe men's title match was decided in the 10th frame. Leading his opponent Sam Cooley (right) by just two pins heading into the last frame, Lee struck three times to shut out the Aussie and to win his second Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour title, 225-213.

    Lee's first title came in the 2013 Macau leg. Cooley, who won his lone ABFT title in in the Thailand leg, also in 2013, had to settle for second place. With four events in the books for the men, Bahrain winner Yaqoub Al-Shatti of Kuwait leads in the ABFT point ranking with 121 total points.

    2015ABFT04YaneeSaebe.jpgIn the first leg of the season for the women, Aree met Yanee Saebe (left) in an all-Thai women's finale. After a poor start into the match, Saebe finished with a four-bagger and a nine-count for 183 to force Aree to bowl strike-spare or spare-strike to win the match.

    Aree struck on her first shot and left a 9-pin standing on her second ball, which she spared to wrap up her first ABF Tour title with a one-pin victory, 184-183.

    The top 16 Asian men and the top eight Asian women in the 41st MWA Singha Thailand International Open advanced to the ABF Tour Thailand leg, which was the fourth stop of the 2015 season for the men and the first for the women.

    ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2015 ABF Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Asian bowlers only are eligible to participate.

    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 2015 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions scheduled for March 2016 (tbc) in Kuwait.

    The fifth leg of the 2015 Tour is for men only and will be held on May 1 at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt, following the 17th Sinai International Open Tenpin Bowling Tournament (April 24-30, 2015).

    Photos courtesy of www.abftour.com.


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    2015 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Men's Division

    Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok, Thailand (April 17, 2015)

    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Sam Cooley, Australia, def. 225-213

    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, 220-166
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 200-184

    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 224-180
    Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, def. Nazdmi Fikri, Malaysia, 213-177
    Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, def. Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 233-210
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 212-194

    Round of 16:
    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Hareb Al-Mansoori, United Arab Emirates, 190-173
    Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, def. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 277-224
    Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, def. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 171-152
    Nazdmi Fikri, Malaysia, def. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong, 244-169
    Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, def. Attitarat Cheng, Thailand, 258-145
    Isaac Russell, Malaysia, def. Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 233-189
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 232-226
    Kim Bolleby, Thailand, def. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 237-164.


    2015 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Men's Final Standings

    Players with position, country and ranking points

    2015ABFT04LeeTakMan.jpg1. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 75
    2. Sam Cooley, Australia, 60
    3. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 46
    4. Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, 45
    5. Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 33
    6. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 32
    7. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 31
    8. Nazdmi Fikri, Malaysia, 30
    9. Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 20
    10. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 19
    11. Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 18
    12. Hareb Al-Mansoori, United Arab Emirates, 17
    13. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong, 16
    14. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 15
    15. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 14
    16. Atittarat Cheng, Thailand, 13


    2015 ABF Tour Men's Ranking - Standings after 4/10 events

    Players with position, country and ranking points. The top 16 will qualify for the ABFT Tournament of Champions.

    1. Yaqoub Al-Shatti, Kuwait, 121
    2. Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, 105
    3. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 95
    4. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 92
    5. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates, 90
    6. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 75
    (tie) Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar, 75
    8. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 65
    (tie) Salem Al-Hajras, Kuwait, 65
    10. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 64.5
    11. Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, 63.5
    12. Mohammed Janahi, Bahrain, 61
    13. Sam Cooley, Australia, 60
    (tie) Aseel Al-Roomi, Kuwait, 60
    15. Shaker Al-Hassan, United Arab Emirates, 46
    (tie) Tony Balabbo, Philippines, 46

    17. Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, 45
    (tie) Mohammed Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia, 45
    19. Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait, 37
    20. Hareb Al-Mansoori, United Arab Emirates, 36
    21. Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 33
    (tie) Hazeem Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, 33
    23. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 32
    (tie) Mansour Al-Hajri, Qatar, 32
    25. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 31
    (tie) Rakan Al-Ameeri, Kuwait, 31
    27. Nazdmi Fikri, Malaysia, 30
    (tie) Jassem Al-Saqer, Kuwait, 30
    (tie) Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, 30
    30. Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 20
    (tie) Ebrahim Al-Jadi, Kuwait, 20
    (tie) Mohammed Al-Merekhi, Qatar, 20
    33. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 19
    34. Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 18
    35. Fahad Al-Rageeb, Kuwait, 17
    (tie) Khaled Al-Dossari, Qatar, 17
    (tie) Mohammed Sultan, Bahrain, 17
    38. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong, 16
    (tie) Hashim Al-Hashimi, United Arab Emirates, 16
    40. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 15
    (tie) Ayad Al-Ameeri, Kuwait, 15
    (tie) Abdulrahman Al-Jaidah, Qatar, 15
    43. Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, 14.5
    (tie) Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 14.5
    45. Abdulla A. Karim, Bahrain, 14
    46. Attitarat Cheng, Thailand, 13
    (tie) Bader Al-Deyab, Qatar, 13
    (tie) Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 13


    2014 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Women's Division

    Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok, Thailand (April 17, 2015)

    Korngunya Aree, Thailand, def. Yanee Saebe, Thailand, 184-183

    Yanee Saebe, Thailand, def. Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, 214-200
    Korngunya Aree, Thailand, def. Kantaporn Singhabubpha, Thailand, 194-128

    Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, def. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 201-178
    Yanee Saebe, Thailand, def. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 212-211
    Kantaporn Singhabubpha, Thailand, def. Kritsanakorn Sangaroon, Thailand, 216-187
    Korngunya Aree, Thailand, def. Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand, 224-169.


    2015 ABF Tour Thailand leg - Women's Final Standings and 2015 ABFT Rankings

    Players with position, country and ranking points

    2015ABFT04KorngunyaAree.jpg1. Korngunya Aree, Thailand, 75
    2. Yanee Saebae, Thailand, 60
    3. Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, 46
    4. Kantaporn Singhabubpha, Thailand, 45
    5. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 33
    6. Kritsanakorn Sangaroon, Thailand, 32
    7. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 31
    8. Natthida Sertluecha, Thailand, 30
    9. Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, 20
    10. Tanaprang Sathean, Thailand, 19
    11. Thitima Thongsaard, Thailand, 18
    12. Benchawan Phoungthong, Thailand, 17
    13. Agung Ayu Trisna Dewi, Indonesia, 16
    14. Zoe Tam, Hong Kong, 15
    15. Thanchanok Vilailak, Thailand, 14
    16. Regina Damiyati, Indonesia, 13