Kong sweeps Richards to win Boys Masters title in 10th World Youth Championships


    2008 World Youth Championships

    Boardwalk Entertainment Center in Orlando, Florida, USA (July 18-26, 2008)

    2008WYCDeanRichards_small.jpg 2008WYCAaronKong_small.jpgTeam champion Aaron Kong (l.) from Malaysia captured his second gold medal in the 10th World Youth Championships in Orlando, when he swept Junior Team USA's Dean Richards (r.), three-games-to-none, to claim the title in the Boys Masters event.

    Richards, who earned the silver medal, eliminated Singles and All Events winner Dominic Barrett, England, in the semi-finals, 3-2.

    2008WYCDominicBarrett2_small.jpg 2008WYCFredrikTjernes_small.jpg Kong eliminated Fredrik Tjernes, Norway, in the other semi-final match, 3-1, for the right to bowl for the title.

    Barrett (left) and Tjernes (right) shared the bronze medal. The Girls and Boys Masters concluded the competition at 80-lane Boardwalk Bowl.

    Boys Masters Finals - Round of 16:

    2008WYCMagnusLonnroth.jpg All Events champion Dominic Barrett, England, John Szczerbinski, USA, and Singles runner-up Fredrik Tjernes made quick work of their opponents in the Round of the Boys Masters final at the 10th World Youth Championships, winning their matches three-games-to-none.

    2008WYCJohnSzczerbinski.jpg The American (right) denied defending champion Mads Sandbaekken's bid for back-to-back Masters titles.

    Magnus Lönnroth (above left), Finland ousted Young Seon Cho, Korea, 3-1, while Jaime Eduardo Gonzalez (below left) went the distance to beat his fellow countryman Juan Rodriguez (below right) in the deciding fifth game, 186-179.

    2008WYCJaimeEduardoGonzalezJuanRodriguez.jpg Aaron Kong, Malaysia, sidelined Mark Wong, Singapore, 3-1 after they tied after two games. Finn Joonas Jehkinen (pictured below) used a 205 triplicate and a 203 final game to beat fellow Scandinavian, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 3-1.

    2008WYCJoonasJehkinen.jpg The match between Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela and Dean Richards, United States, went into the fifth game.

    Leading by two-games-to-one, Richards spared the 3-4-6-7 split in the 10th frame of game #4 to tie Ruiz at 211, He lost the one-ball roll-off, 10-9, but rebounded with a 214-180 victory to win the match, 3-2.


    2008WYCFredrikTjernes.jpg Fredrik Tjernes (left) of Norway is 6-0 after two rounds of best-of-five single-elimination match play as he topped Magnus Lönnroth, Finland, three-games-to-none in the quarterfinals of the Boys Masters. Tjernes, who won silver in Singles had a high game of 258 and two 230s.

    Team champion and Malaysian anchor, Aaron Kong, ousted Jaime Eduardo Gonzalez, Colombia, with the same result including a high game of 268.

    2008WYCDominicBarrett2.jpg Dominic Barrett, England, lost his first game of the event to John Szczerbinski, USA, but defeated the American in three games, to cruise to the semi-final, 3-1.

    2008WYCDeanRichards.jpg Szczerbinski's team mate Dean Richards led against Joonas Jehkinen, 2-0, but the Finn won games 3 and 4 to level the match. Game 4 almost ended in a 224 tie.

    Jehkinen, who needed a double and a 9-count to win by one pin, left a 5-10 spilt on his fill ball but the 1ß pin fell late for a 225-224 win to force a deciding fifth game.

    Richards rebounded with a 257-235 win to earn the final spot for the semis.


    2008WYCAaronKong.jpg Aaron Kong (left), Malaysia, the No. 12 seed started out his match against No. 7 Fredrik Tjernes of Norway, with 265 and 234 to take an early 2-0 lead.

    The Norwegian, targeting to follow in the footsteps of team mate Mads Sandbækken, who won the title two-years ago, won a low-scoring third game, 178-174, but looked like the winner at the half way point of the fourth game.

    2008WYCDeanRichards.jpg Tjernes suffered three opens in the last five frames to hand the victory to the Malaysian.

    The other semi-final between No. 1 seeded Dominic Barrett, England and No. 13 Dean Richards (right), United States, was a close one until the very last frame. The American took a 1-0 lead, lost the next two games but leveled the match in game #4, and eliminated the Singles and All Events champion, 3-2, by winning the final game, 232-215.

    Boys Masters - Best-of-five game matches

    Single-elimination match play, the highest seed vs. the lowest seed, the second highest vs. the second lowest, and so on.