Jung Da-Wun, Yousif Falah hold slim lead in Masters after first block of Match Play


    Hong Kong

    Participating countries determined for 2013 Combined World Championships and 2013 World Games


    Jung Da-Wun (pictured left) of Korea and Bahrain's Yousif Falah took a three- and six-pin lead, respectively, in the first round of the Women's and Men's Masters Match Play Monday morning at the Hong Kong Asian Championships.

    2012AsCDaphneTan2.jpg Jung, who won the gold medal in Doubles, had the highest average on the medium oil pattern of both men and women with 224.38 and won the last six of her eight matches to set the tone in the women's division with 1855 total including 60 pins bonus (10 per win).

    Daphne Tan (right) of Singapore, who made it into the masters finals by winning the bronze medal in All Events, won all but one match averaging 222.75 to sit mere three pins behind Jung in second place at 1852.

    2012AsCWangYaTing.jpgWith another eight-game block on short oil to go before the cut to the top three for the stepladder finals, Wang Ya-Ting (left) of Team champion Chinese Taipei held the last spot to advance with 1815 including a 7-1 match play record.

    2012AsCKimMoonJeong.jpgThe next three players are less than 100 pins behind third place. Jazreel Tan of Singapore was fourth with 1764 including 50 bonus pins and was followed by Yang Sui-Ling of China in fifth place with 1754 despite a 3-5 won-loss record.

    Rounding out the top 6 was Daphne's sister Cherie Tan, silver medalist in All Events, with 1716 and a 4-4 match play record.

    All Events champion Kim Moon-Jeong (right) of Korea averaged only 201.50 and won just three of her eight matches to sit in 11th place with 1642, 173 pins off the pace for the medals.

    2012AsCYousifFalah2.jpgOn the men's side, Bahrain's Yousif Falah (left) toppled 1756 pins, an average of 219.50, and won five of his eight matches to finish the round atop the leaderboard with 1806.

    2012AsCEricTseng2.jpgEric Tseng (right) of Team champion Hong Kong was just six pins behind with 1800 on the nose including a 4-3-1 won-lost-tie record (a 221-221 tie against compatriot Wu).

    Third place belonged to Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia, who was further 23 pins behind Tseng with 1777 including the field-best 7-1 match play record. The next seven players were 100 pins or less behind the top three.

    Muhd Nur Aiman of Malaysia was fourth with 1769 and was followed by Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong in fifth place with 1735. All Events gold medalist Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand was sixth with 1707 with Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan in seventh place at 1691.

    Hong Hae-Sol was the best bowler from Korea in eighth place with 1683. Rounding out the top 10 were Hong Kong's Michael Tsang and Michael Mak with 1683 and 1677.

    2012AsCMenMasters.jpg 2012AsCWomenMasters.jpg The top 16 men (left) and women (right) in the All Events, who advanced to the Masters finals, will return Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. for the second block on short oil.

    The top three after 16 games will advance to the stepladder finals at 12.30 p.m. (women) and 2.40 p.m. (men), respectively.

    2012AsCLogo.jpg The 22nd Asian Championships will be contested on two oil pattern - a 36 ft. short pattern and a 41 ft. medium pattern, which will be conditioned by Kegel using the battery powered Kustodian ION Sport Model. Lane conditioner and lane cleaner of choice for the championships are Infinity and Defense C.

    Men and women compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All Events and Masters.

    Singles (six games on short oil) and Doubles (six games on long oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while Trios and Team will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The players and teams with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champions.

    The top 16 players in All Events (24 games; individual pinfall total in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team event) will advance to the Masters finals which will be played on dual lane condition.

    The All Events standings also determined the Asian qualifiers for 2013 Combined World Championships as well as the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

    The top 12 countries in each gender with the highest All Events total of the top five players qualified for the World Championships which will be held Aug. 18-31, 2013 at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in suburban Las Vegas.

    Qualified for the women's competition are: Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, China, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau and New Zealand. Participants for the men's competition are: Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, UAE, Australia, Kuwait, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain and Macau.

    The top eight countries with the highest All Events total of the top five men plus the top five women qualified for the World Games, which will be held in Cali, Colombia. The bowling competition runs from Aug. 1-4 and features one man and one woman per country. The eight qualifiers are: Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and China.


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    Women's Masters Match Play - Standings after the first block

    First block on medium oil, second block on short oil



    Men's Masters Match Play - Standings after the first block

    First block on medium oil, second block on short oil


    Qualifying standings for the 2013 World Championships (Women's Division only)


    Qualifying standings for the 2013 World Championships (Men's Division only)


    Qualifying standings for the 2013 World Games