Choi Jin A undefeatable, cruises to women's Masters title

    12/11/06

    15th Asian Games

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 3-10, 2006)

    2006AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2005WWCChoiJinA_small.jpg Top seeded Choi Jin A from Korea defeated Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 482-397 over two games total pinfall to win the gold medal in women's Masters at the 15th Asian Games at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Jin A, who posted the highest match play series on both long and short pattern had a comfortable 37-pin lead after winning game #1 with 236-199 and never looked back.

    She cruised to the title with a 246-198 win in game two. Her teammate, second seeded Kim Yeau Jin, earned bronze after falling 215-212 to Cheah in the opening match.


    15th Asian Games - Women's Masters Finals


    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 3-10, 2006)

    Championship Round:
    1. Choi Jin A, Korea, 482 (2 games)
    2. Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 612 (3 games)
    3. Kim Yeau Jin, Korea, 212 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match: Cheah def. Yeau Jin, 215-212
    Title Match: Jin A (236+246) def. Cheah (199+198), 482-397.


    Koreans take No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in Women's Masters Finals


    2006AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2005WWCChoiJinA_small.jpg Choi Jin A and Kim Yeau Jin from Korea took the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the 15th Asian Games women's Masters finals at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Jin A, who already led the field after 8 games on long oil yesterday, widened her lead on the short oil pattern to 174 pins after shooting the highest series of the day with 1886 (235.75) . Jin A averaged of 228.13 over 16 games and compiled a 10-6 won-loss record to finish the match play rounds with 3750 pinfall total.

    Two-time 2002 Asian Games champion Kim Yeau Jin (Trios and Team) leaped from sixth to second place after having the third-best total (1801) on the short pattern and despite a 4-4 record. Yeau Jin totaled 3486 pins including 100 bonus for ten games won.

    Yeau Jin will meet No. 3 Esther Cheah, Malaysia, in the opening match of the stepladder finals. Cheah is not only targeting her third gold medal of the Games behind victories in Singles and Team, but also to defend the Masters title for her country. Cheah secured the third place with 3572 including a 9-7 won-loss record.

    Angkana Netrviseth from Thailand, who won mere 3 of her 16 matches, missed the cut by 71 pins to finish fourth with 3501. Fifth place belonged to Putty Armein, Indonesia, with 3497 and a 10-6 record.

    Defending Masters champion Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, won seven matches on Sunday and tied the eighth, but was unable to score higher than 237, which cost her a spot in the finals. Zulkifli landed in sixth position with 3465 including the field-best 13-2-1 won-loss-tie record.

    Liza Del Rosario from the Philippines closed out match play the high game of the day (288) and the second-best series (1817) to improve from last to 10th place.

    The top 16 women in All Events - but only two players from one country in each division - advanced to Masters play. They bowled two blocks of 8 games - Saturday on long oil (45 feet), Sunday on short oil (35 feet)) - to cut the top 3 who will bowl for the prestigious Masters title in a stepladder final.


    Women's All Events - Standings after 16 Games Round Robin (long/short)





    Korea's Choi Jin A sets the pace in women's Masters


    2006AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2005WWCChoiJinA_small.jpg Choi Jin A from Korea followed in the foot prints of her male counterparts when she took the lead in the women's Masters competition at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, after the first block of eight games round robin on the long oil pattern.

    Jin A had high games of 250 and 255 and won five of her eight matches to set the pace after 8 of 16 games with 1814 pinfall total and an average of 220.50. Players receive 10 pins bonus for each win.

    Esther_Cheah_5010.jpg Trailing the Korean by 38 pins to sit in second place is two-time Asian Games gold medalist Esther Cheah (l.) from Malaysia. The Singles and Team champion totaled 1776 after going 5-3 in match play.

    Yang_Suiling_5371.jpg Third place belonged to 2005 World Championship Masters winner Yang Suiling (r.) from China, who was five pins behind Cheah with 1771 (5-3). Another five pins behind in fourth place was Singles silver medalist Putty Armein from Indonesia with 1766 and the field-best 6-2 won-loss record.

    The next five players Apple Posadas, Philippines (1747), Kim Yeau Jin, Korea (1735), Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand (1732), Valerie Teo, Singapore (1729 including the women's high game of 278), and defending Asian Games Masters champion Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia (1717) are less than 55 pins off the top 3.

    The top 16 women in All Events - but only two players from one country in each division - advanced to Masters play. They bowl two blocks of 8 games - Saturday on long oil (45 feet), Sunday on short oil (35 feet)) - to cut the top 3 who will bowl for the prestigious Masters title in a stepladder final.


    Women's All Events - Standings after 8 Games Round Robin