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Singapore’s Jonovan Neo wins his first international title in Dubai IBC Open


In an all-Singaporean final that went down to the decisive game, Jonovan Neo defeated Muhd Jaris Goh, 248-201, to land his first international triumph in the 6th Dubai International Bowling Center Open Bowling Tournament Saturday, March 17 in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE.

“I’ve been in the national team for six years, and I’ve spent a long time trying to win my first international tournament,” the 21-year-old told The Straits Times in a phone interview. “To finally do it feels absolutely fantastic – now my aim is to get another win this year.”

Neo (right), who average 244.33 in round three to earn the no. 1 seed for the four-player stepladder finals, fell to Goh in the first game, 234-258. Neo, who needed to be beaten twice to be denied his first international title, easily won the second game to receive the winner’s check of 25,000 dirhams or roughly US$6,800.

Goh, who also finished second at the H.H. Emir Cup two weeks ago in Doha, Qatar, losing to another Singaporean, Basil Ng, who also won his first international title, received 12,000 dirhams.

In the opening stepladder match, third-seeded Goh ousted 2017 DIBC champion Mahmood Al Attar of the United Arab Emirates, 215-193, and then flew past no. 2 seed Khamis Al Shamsi, UAE, in the semi-final match, 255-190.

Al Shamsi earned 8,000 dirhams after finishing third, while Al Attar pocketed 5,000 AED for fourth place.

Total 24 players, including the top 22 and the top 2 from the Desperado Squad, survived qualifying (9 games in blocks of 3 games; women received eight pins handicap each game). The top 2 plus the next two UAE bowlers received one bye.

The remaining 20 bowlers rolled six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who joined the top 4 qualifiers in round three. The top 4 after another six-game block from scratch advanced to the stepladder finals.

From left: Muhd Jaris Goh (2nd), champion Jonovan Neo and Khamis Al Shamsi (3rd).

6th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament 2018

Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE (March 11-17, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Jonovan Neo, Singapore, 471 (2 games), 25,000 AED
2. Muhd Jaris Goh, Singapore, 929 (4 games), 12,000 AED
3. Khamis Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates, 190 (1 game), 8,000 AED
4. Mahmood Al Attar, United Arab Emirates, 193 (1 game), 5,000 AED

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Goh def. No. 4 Al Attar, 215-193
Second Match: Goh def. No. 2 Al Shamsi, 255-190
Championship: Goh def. No. 1 Neo, 258-223

and in the deciding game: Neo def. Goh, 248-201.

6th DIBC Open – Places 5-24 (Cashers)

Players with position, country and prize money; (F) denotes female.

5. Joel Tan, Singapore, 4.000 AED
6. Hussain Al Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates, 3.000 AED
7. Darren Ong, Singapore, 2.000 AED
8. Shaikh Abdul Hameed, India, 1.800 AED
9. Timothy Tham, Singapore, 1.600 AED
10. Shabbir D. India, 1.400 AED
11. Elliot Crosby, England, 1.000 AED
12. Ahmed Al Goud, Bahrain, 1.000 AED
13. Mohamad Al Nuaimi, United Arab Emirates, 1.000 AED
14. Essa Ahmed, United Arab Emirates, 1.000 AED
15. Uella Marcial (F), Philippines, 1.000 AED
16. Tony Balabbo, Philippines, 1.000 AED
17. Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 800 AED
18. Akaash Ashok, India, 800 AED
19. Talal Al Towereb, Saudi Arabia, 800 AED
20. Dhruv Sarda, India, 800 AED
21. Ahmad Al Mahri, UAE, 800 AED
22. Muhd Danial, Singapore, 800 AED
23. Hamid Al Khial, Saudi Arabia, 800 AED
24. Ali Suria, Pakistan, 800 AED

6th DIBC Open – Round 3 Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals

5th DIBC Open – Round 2 Results

Top 10 advance to the third round

Herbert Bickel

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