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Korea, USA win Masters gold at 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships

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Cortez Schenck of Phoenix ended Junior Team USA’s run at the 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships in memorable fashion, claiming the Masters gold medal Friday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan.

The girls title went to Korea’s Lee Jungmin, who defeated her teammate Son Hyeonji in the championship match.

Schenck, a 19-year-old right-hander, started the best-of-three final with six consecutive strikes, and he threw 17 strikes overall in 2-0 victory over Malaysia’s Shahrukh Zulkifli, which included scores of 244-216 and 247-198.

Masters match play this week included the top 24 boys and top 24 girls, who qualified based on their 18-game pinfall totals from singles, doubles and team. Each event featured a six-game format. Seven of the eight Junior Team USA members at the event advanced to the Masters competition, but Schenck was the only one to win a match.

On the way to the gold medal, Schenck averaged nearly 231 in four matches and lost just one of the nine games he bowled. The climb included a 2-0 (234-199, 226-199) win against Abdulrahman Alkheliwi of Saudi Arabia, a 2-0 (256-221, 266-217) victory over Sweden’s Robert Lindberg and a 2-1 semifinal win against Japan’s Hideaki Hata (193-210, 199-186, 213-104).

Zulkifli, who took home the Masters silver medal, earned his spot in the championship match by downing all-events silver medalist Han Jaehyeon of Korea, 2-1 (202-235, 279-210, 227-210).

In the all-Korea girls final, Lee topped Son, 2-0, to claim the gold medal. After the two tied at 214 in the opening game, Lee won a series of three one-ball roll-offs to officially take the game and a 1-0 advantage. Both players struck on their first two shots, before Lee ended the extra play, 10-8.

Lee won the second game 223-194, giving the Koreans their first win of the 2018 World Youth Championships. Son earned the Masters silver medal.

The two also were part of Korea’s silver-medal effort in team, while their teammate, Hong Sunhwa, tied for the silver medal in all-events.

Lee earned her spot in the Masters final by defeating all-events gold medalist Sahar Nur Syazwani of Malaysia, 2-0, by scores of 245-207 and 246-241. Son had to do a little more work against Australia’s Emma Williamson, winning 2-1, by scores of 171-179, 227-169 and 192-189.

Sahar, Williamson, Han and Hata each earned bronze medals for advancing to the Masters semifinals.

The World Youth Championships is held every two years, and the 2018 edition has brought 214 competitors from 37 countries to the Detroit area to bowl for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters competition.

For more information on the 2018 World Youth Championships, click here.

Photos courtesy of Max Bulanov.

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From left: Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli, Cortez Schenck, and Han Jaehyeon.

15th World Bowling Youth Championships – Boys Masters

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., USA (Aug. 2 & 3, 2018)

Final Standings:
1. Cortez Schenck, United States
2. Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli, Malaysia
3. Han Jaehyeon, Korea, and Hideaki Hata, Japan

Gold Medal Match:
#8 Cortez Schenck, United States, def. #19 Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli, Malaysia, x-x
(244-216, 247-198)

Semi-finals:
#19 Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli, Malaysia, def. #2 Han Jaehyeon, Korea, 2-1
(202-235, 279-210, 227-210)
#8 Cortez Schenck, United States, def. #13 Hideaki Hata, Japan, 2-1
(193-210, 199-186, 213-104)

From left: Han Jaehyeon, Jesse Ahokas, Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli, Georg Skryten, Hideaki Hata, Robert Lindberg, Cortez Schenck and Ghanim Aboujassoum.

Quarterfinals:

 

 

Round of 16:

 

 

Round of 24:

 

 

From left: Son Hyeonji Lee Jungmin, Sahar Nur Syazwani and Emma Williamson.

15th World Bowling Youth Championships – Girls Masters

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., USA (Aug. 2 & 3, 2018)

Final Standings:
1. Lee Jungmin, Korea
2. Son Hyeonji, Korea
3. Sahar Nur Syazwani, Malaysia, and Emma Williamson, Australia

Gold Medal Match:
#17 Lee Jungmin, Korea, def. #7 Son Hyeonji, Korea, 2-0
(214-214 (30-28), 223-194)

Semi-finals:
#17 Lee Jungmin, Korea, def. #1 Sahar Nur Syazwani, Malaysia, 2-0
(245-207, 246-241)
#7 Son Hyeonji, Korea, def. #15 Emma Williamson, Australia, 2-1
(171-179, 227-169, 192-189).

From left: Raquel Orozco, Juliana Botero, Sahar Nur Syazwani, Maria Bulanova, Hong Sunhwa, Lee Jungmin, Son Hyeonji and Emma Williamson.

Quarterfinals:

 

 

Round of 16:

 

 

Round of 24:

 

 

Herbert Bickel

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