Lucky the Pusan Asian Games are still a couple of months away. Hosts Hong Kong ended the Asian Championships without a medal yesterday and officials know they need to speed up their search for a national coach ahead of the Pusan Games, which begin on September 27. The SAR's elite bowlers were under huge pressure to deliver a medal at the Asian Championships, but their below-par performance can be put down to the lack of a national coach since American Brian Berg left last November. Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress chairperson Vivien Fung Lau Cheung-chu admitted she had little idea who would lead the squad to Pusan after stand-in coach Larry Barwick returned to America when his four-week contract ended last week. 'It's disappointing not to be able to win a medal here. We have to see if we would hire Larry for Pusan. If not, we have to find somebody else as soon as possible,' Fung said. Defending Asian Games men's singles champion Sunny Hui Cheung-kwok, who won the team's only medal at the Bangkok Games four years ago, said a good coach was 'the soul of the team'. Hui said: '[Former coach] Purvis Granger was crucial to my 1998 success. He had stayed in Hong Kong long before he became the national coach, so he knew our styles well. The lack of a long-term coach affected us tremendously [this week] because we changed coaches a few times and we had to get used to their different styles.' But the veteran bowler said it was no disgrace bowing out of the Asian Championships without a medal. 'The level of the competition here was just as high as the Asian Games. The same bowlers will compete in Pusan. I'm not surprised that we didn't win anything. The expectations on us to win medals may be a bit too high, but we realised that we have to improve the pacing of our game and to deal with pressure better,' Hui said. South Korean Cha Mi-jung capped her country's dominance of the event - held at the South China Athletics Association - by winning the women's masters gold, while mainlander Zhang Ye captured China's first gold, in the men's masters. South Korea topped the medal standings with five gold, five silver and a bronze medal, followed by Philippines who won three golds, a silver and two bronze medals. The other four gold medallists were from United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia and China.