Singapore's Justin bowls crowd over

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 September, 2007, 12:00am

15-year-old captures three crowns

A15-year-old Singaporean schoolboy caused a sensation at the 33rd Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships when he beat seasoned talents from around the world to clinch three victories. The event was held over September 14 and 22 at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) Bowling Centre.

In a bid to promote bowling among teens, an Under 18 (U18) category was introduced this year. The championships were divided into Open, Graded A, Graded B, Youth and Senior Divisions.

Singapore's Justin Lim, who won this year's Indonesia Open Youth Under 18 title in July, repeated his success by capturing the Youth U 18 crown on September 20 at the SCAA Bowling Centre.

The Singapore Sports School student set the lanes on fire as he collected an awesome average of 225.4 points in a total of 10 games. Except for a comparatively low score of 152 in the eighth game, Justin posted above 200 in the other nine games, and posted 268 in the final game.

Ernie Cheng of Chinese Taipei came second in the U18 with a score of 2,120, followed by Jack Leong of Singapore, who took third place with 2,020, while top qualifier and Hong Kong national team member Michael Tsang took fourth spot with 1,988.

The next day Singapore Sports School players made a clean sweep of the Open Men's Graded A Masters finals when Justin clinched the championship with the victory of 2,879.

Basil Low and Jack Leong came second and third.

Justin led all the way in the 14-game finals to bag his second consecutive international title.

Justin Lim picked up his third title at the championships in the Youth Master division. Mark Wong of Singapore and Derek Lee of Hong Kong came second and third respectively.