Under-strength women's team blaze lanes in Detroit By Ajitpal Singh

    04/23/08

    United States

    Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (April 23, 2008)

    2008USBCWCLogo_small.jpg An under-strength Malaysian women's team made their presence felt in the US$2 million (RM6.28 million) USBC Women's Championships by topping the team event at the 60-lane Super Bowl in Detroit on Monday.

    The absence of Shalin Zulkifli, Wendy Chai and Zatil Iman did little to affect the team's performance as the five-woman team posted 2,965 pinfalls to lead by a massive 193 pins in the Classic division. In second place are the Detroit All-Stars led by Tamika Glenn on 2,772 followed by Googles Inn (2,703).

    2008USBCWCZandraAziela.jpg Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi (right), last year's Malaysian Open winner, blazed the lanes with an awesome 683 (203, 246, 234) pins.

    2008USBCWCSharonKoh.jpg The others -- Sharon Koh (636, left), Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (606), Choy Poh Lai (601) and Mary Davidson (439) -- steered Malaysia to the impressive total. Mary is a local bowler in Detroit who replaced Esther Cheah.

    Esther decided not to compete as she's sitting for her exams at the University of Nebraska. However, she will be competing in the Women's Queens Championships starting on Saturday.

    Shalin, Wendy and Zatil were left out of the United States competition as the trio are preparing for the World Ranking Masters in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 30-May 6.

    However, despite the impressive lead, Malaysia will not be declared winners until the last day of competition on June 7.

    Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary general Sidney Tung was delighted with the brilliant display of the keglers.

    "If only Esther was in the team, Malaysia would have posted a much higher score," said Sidney yesterday.

    "Her replacement Mary is a little-known bowler in the United States and she did not do too well. However, the performance here proves that our women's team is one of the best in the world."

    For the record, Malaysia are the reigning World and Asian champions.

    The bowlers will roll-off in the singles and doubles today.