Malaysia’s Siti Safiyah Amirah came from a game down and fight tooth and nail to defeat Korea’s Jeon Eun Hee to wrest the inaugural All Stars Classic bowling title in an all women final at the Sunway Mega Lanes.
Siti won RM30,000 for her win, while Jeon picked up RM15,000. Another Malaysian – national back bowler – Kang Bo Long picked up RM10,000 for his third placed effort.
Siti’s win yesterday evening sort of made up for her disappointment of finishing 23rd in the Milo International Junior All-Stars Bowling championship which ended on Saturday at the same venue where Esther Cheah emerged champion.
Siti yesterday finished tops in the final round of 24 bowlers to make the stepladder finals and waited for the winner from the earlier rounds of stepladders finals which finishers from second spot to sixth to meet her in the final.
“For a while, I thought the I am going to lose the final when I had difficulties with the lanes, while the Korea was stringing one after the other,” said Siti who went down 187-255 in the first game.
“Coach Holloway got me to move my position and for the second game also made a ball change. That did the trick, as got off to four strikes in a row, while Jeon was having problems.
“Then a split in the sixth frame and Jeon finding her lines, put me under pressure. Likely I recovered and while Jeon fizzled out,” said Siti who fired 215 to Jeon’s 180 for the title and cash prize.
“It was a close battle and I am glad that I survived the strong challenge. I am happy, but still cannot get over my performance in the All Stars Junior championship, for I wanted badly to do well there,” said Siti who had won the title in 2004 and 2006.
“I suppose I will just have to seek consolation with this victory.”
Earlier, Kang was carrying the burden of men bowlers in the tournament to see a make representative in the final after he emerged winner from the first semifinals stepladder defeating Korea’s Kim Ju Young and Aloysius Goh from Singapore
In the second semifinal, Kang simply found Jeon, the second ranked women bowler in
But Kang’s score of 209 was enough to push
The women bowlers who bowled together with the men in this championship were give handicap of 8 pins in the earlier rounds.
15 out of the 24 qualifiers for the final round of six games were men. And in top six after that, there was an equal representation of three men and three women, although the top three finishers were women.
There was no handicap for the stepladder finals and in the end the women ruled.
Grand Final: 1st v winner from 5th round
Siti Safiyah Amirah (Mas) : 187/215 (Champion)
Jeon Eun Hee (Kor): 255,180 (Runner-up)
5th Round: Winner 4th round, 2nd and 3rd
Jeon Eun Hee (Kor) – 265 (winner)
Kang Bo Long (Mas) – 209 (3rd Placed)
Tannya Roumimper (Indon) – 205 (4th Placed)
4th Round: Stepladder Semifinal – 4th, 5th and 6th – 1 game
Aloysius Goh (Spore) – 203 (5th placed)
Kim Ju Young (Kor) – 194 (6th placed)
Kang Bo Long (Mas) – 207 (winner)
3rd Round (24 bowlers – six games each): Top Six qualify for stepladder finals:
1. Siti Safiyah Amirah (Mas) handicap per game 8 - hcp total – 1,519
2. Tannya Roumimper (Indon) hc per game 8 – hcp total - 1,483
3. Joen Eun Hee (Kor) hc per game 8 – hcp total – 1,481
4. Aloysius Goh (Spore) hc per game 5 – hcp total 1,466
5. Kang Bo Long (Mas) hc per game 0 – total – 1,464
6. Kim Ju Young (Kor) hc per game 0 – total – 1,451
7. Adrian Ang (Mas)
8. Park Jong Woo
9. Jang Jong Woo (
10. Esther Cheah (Mas)
11. Yusuf Abd Raof (Mas)
12. Mohd Noer Said (Mas)
13. Zulmazran Zulkilfi (Masa
14. Zandra Aziela (Mas)
15. Sysfiq Ridhwan (Mas)\
16. Mats (Mas)
17. Sam Cooley (Aus)
18. Syakira Yeoh (Mas)
19. Lim He Young (Kor)
20. Sheqal Jahuri (Mas)
21. Youn Dae In (Kor)
22. Jo Hyun Jung (Kor)
23. Lee Young Jun (Kor)
24. Shalin Zulkifli (Mas)