Sam Cooley, Wendy Chai conquer Asian Bowling Federation Tour Hong Kong leg

    09/01/15

    2015 ABF Tour #7

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    2015ABFT07JimmyCheung.jpg2015ABFT07SamCooleyVivianLau.jpgAustralia's Sam Cooley (pictured left with Vivian Lau) and Wendy Chai of Malaysia remained undefeated in the single-elimination match play finals to conquer the Asian Bowling Federation Tour Hong Kong leg Monday at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China.

    It marked the second time in their career that Cooley and Chai won the men's and women's division in the same ABF Tour event after the 2013 ABFT Thailand leg.

    Cooley, a former World Youth Champion and a member of the Australian national team, bested Jimmy Cheung (right) of Hong Kong in the men's title match, 222-170. It was the second career ABFT title for the Aussie, who received US$1,000 and a trophy for the feat.

    2015ABFT07SamCooleyLeeTakMan.jpg2015ABFT07JimmyCheungSyaffiqueIkhwan.jpgCooley flew past ABF Tour Thailand leg winner Lee Tak Man (left) of Macau in the semifinal 245-189, to take revenge for 225-213 defeat in the Thailand leg finale.

    In the other semifinal match, Cheung ousted Syaffique Ikhwan (right) of Malaysia, 224-215, to book his spot in the final.

    2015ABFT07WendyChaiVivianLau.jpg 2015ABFT07WendyChaiVeronicaDeSouza.jpgIn the women's division, three-time ABFT Tournament of Champions winner and long-time Malaysian national team member Wendy Chai (left with Vivian Lau) denied Veronica De Souza's (right) bid for back-to-back ABFT titles by defeating the Macau national team member, 222-180, to win her fifth career title, $500 and a trophy.

    Vivien Lau, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, ABF Honarary Life President and secretary general of World Bowling presented the trophies to the winners.

    2015ABFT07JuliaLamWendyChai.jpg2015ABFT07JoanChengVeronicaDeSouza.jpgChai edged reigning TOC champion Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong in the opening round, 206-191, and then eliminated Macau's Julia Lam (left) in the semifinals, 223-170.

    De Souza, who won the ABF Tour Macau leg in June, topped her fellow countrywomen Victoria Chan (213-181) and Joan Cheng (right; 207-167) on her way to the title match.

    Her second place finish propelled De Souza into the lead in the women's division with just one event in Indonesia remaining for the women.

      Michael Mak of Hong Kong held onto the lead in the men's ranking heading into the last three events in Indonesia, UAE (tbc) and Saudi Arabia.

    The top 16 men and the top 8 women (places 9-16 earn ranking points) from the 41st Hong Kong Open advanced to the ABFT Hong Kong leg, the seventh stop of the 2015 ABF Tour.

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    The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (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.

    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 will qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions scheduled for March 13-14, 2016 in Kuwait.

    The 2015 ABF Tour takes a break until October 26th when the season resumes with the eighth leg at Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta, Indonesia, immediately following the 13th Indonesia International Open Oct. 19-25, which serves as the qualifying event.

    Photos courtesy of www.abftour.com.

     


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    2015 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg - Men's Division


    South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China

    2015ABFT07SamCooley.jpgChampionship:
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, 222-170

    Semifinal:
    Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, def. Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 224-215
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 245-189

    Quarterfinal:
    Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, def. Ng Tiac Pin, Singapore, 194-184
    Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, def. Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait, 278-225
    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 235-227
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Otto Leung, Hong Kong, 206-171

    Round of 16:
    Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, def. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 245-202
    Ng Tiac Pin, Singapore, def. Mike Chan, Hong Kong, 199-160
    Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, def. Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, 186-185
    Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait, def. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 234-194
    Lee Tak Man, Macau, def. Mustafa Al-Mousawi, Kuwait, 246-236
    Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, def. Lau Kwun Ho, Hong Kong, 258-242
    Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 267-210
    Otto Leung, Hong Kong, def. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 193-180.

     


    2015 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg - Men's Final Standings


    Players with position, country and ranking points

    1. Sam Cooley, Australia, 75
    2. Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, 60
    3. Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 46
    4. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 45
    5. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 33
    6. Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait, 32
    7. Ng Tiac Pin, Singapore, 31
    8. Otto Leung, Hong Kong, 30
    9. Lau Kwun Ho, Hong Kong, 20
    10. Mustafa Al-Mousawi, Kuwait, 19
    11. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 18
    12. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 17
    13. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 16
    14. Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, 15
    15. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 14
    16. Mike Chan, Hong Kong, 13

     


    2015 ABF Tour Men's Ranking - Standings after 7/10 events


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

     


    2015 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg - Women's Division


    South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China

    2015ABFT07WendyChai.jpgChampionship:
    Wendy Chai, Malaysia, def. Veronica De Souza, Macau, 222-180

    Semifinal:
    Veronica De Souza, Macau, def. Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, 207-167
    Wendy Chai, Malaysia, def. Julia Lam, Macau, 223-170

    Quarterfinal:
    Veronica De Souza, Macau, def. Victoria Chan, Hong Kong, 213-181
    Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, def. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 266-169
    Julia Lam, Macau, def. Katherine Wu, Hong Kong, 170-139
    Wendy Chai, Malaysia, def. Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, 206-191.

     


    2015 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg - Women's Final Standings


    Players with position, country and ranking points

    1. Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 75
    2. Veronica De Souza, Macau, 60
    3. Julia Lam, Macau, 46
    4. Joan Cheng, Hong Kong, 45
    5. Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, 33
    6. Victoria Chan, Hong Kong, 32
    7. Milki Ng, Hong Kong, 31
    8. Katherine Wu, Hong Kong, 30
    9. Tanaprang Sathean, Thailand, 20
    10. Rebecca Voukolos, Australia, 19
    11. Zoe Tam, Hong Kong, 18
    12. Hui Tong, Macau, 17
    13. Jasmine Chui, Hong Kong, 16
    14. Gloria Yung, Hong Kong, 14,5
    15. Filomena Choi, Macau, 14,5
    16. Kritsanakorn Sangaroon, Thailand, 13

     


    2015 ABF Tour Women's Ranking - Standings after 3/4 events


    Players with position, country and ranking points