Perfect Day for bowler Siti Shazwani of Malaysia

Although there was a notable absence of many top foreign youth bowlers, this year’s 11th Milo International Junior All Stars Bowling Championship nevertheless posed stiff competition for the younger participants.

Malaysia’s Siti Shazwani ended the Junior All Stars Bowling Championship 2010 with a bang. Not only did she start the Girls Open Masters Finals with a perfect 300 game, but she cruised through the other nine games and ended as top seed riding on 2298 pinfalls. Siti only needed a single 233-208 game to edge Singapore’s Clara Lau in the final step ladder round to cap the title she had set her eyes on from the beginning of the year.

Having reached the age limit for the prestigious tournament, Siti knew this was her last chance to capture the Junior All Stars title. With a PBAP Bevida-Storm International Classic Championship title under her belt this year, the 23 year old engineering student achieved her Junior All Stars goal with style. She is also a member of the country’s National Elite Back Up Squad.

Siti Shazwani pocketed RM18,000 for her Championship win and another RM25,000 (RM50,000 Perfect Game Bonus she had to share with another perfect game winner), making it a RM43,000 Christmas Bonus.

Second and third placings went to Clara Lau (RM6,000) of Singapore and Hee Kar Yen (RM3,000) of Malaysia, respectively.

In the Boys Open category, another Malaysian, 19 years old Khoo Beng Khai made it a double joy for the Malaysian contingent. He beat his Asian Youth Championship Boys Team gold-medal teammate Aris Ardila to capture his first individual International title. The top seed who finished the Masters Finals with a good 2374 series said there was no pressure as it felt like just another training session with Aris. A single 253-217 game in the final step ladder round was all he needed to become Champion. Beng Khai is a member of the country’s National Youth Squad.

For his win, Khoo Beng Khai took home RM30,000. He is now setting his sights on the on-going All Stars Classic and Penang Pesta.

Second and third placings went to Aris Ardila (RM15,000) of Malaysia and Michael Chan (RM8,000) of Hong Kong, respectively.

This year’s Junior All Stars must also be the most memorable for two fifteen year olds. Singapore’s Javier Tan came with the sole intention of qualifying for the Under-15 category. This being his third and final attempt, he was trying to get it right. Fate had something better for him. He was unable to qualify for his age group category but managed to qualify for the Youth Boys Open.

In the Masters Finals, Javier opened with a perfect 300 game. This immediately changed his goal to going all out to win the tournament. Javier eventually finished on fourth position and pocketed RM5000. Coupled with the RM25,000 for his share of the Perfect Game Bonus, this makes him a very wealthy fifteen year old!

The other fifteen year old is Malaysia’s Victoria Chin. She came out second in her age group category, but walked away with the Girls Graded Championship win and a fourth placing in the Girls Open category. Victoria took home a trophy/bag/ball for her Under-15 category, RM6,000 for her Graded category win and RM3,000 for fourth placing in the Girls Open category. Another youth with a big Christmas present.

Final Overall Results:

BOYS OPEN – Champion: Khoo Beng Khai (Malaysia), second: Aris Ardila (Malaysia), third: Michael Chan (Hong Kong).

GIRLS OPEN – Champion: Siti Shazwani (Malaysia), second: Clara Lau (Singapore), third: Hee Kar Yen (Malaysia).

BOYS GRADED – Champion: Wan Nadzmi Fikri (Malaysia), second: Jeremy Jerome Jonathan (Malaysia), third: Muhammad Faizal Rahmat (Malaysia).

GIRLS GRADED – Champion: Victoria Chin (Malaysia), second: Nur Amirah Auni (Malaysia), third: Siti Nurzulaika Ismail (Malaysia).

BOYS UNDER -15 – Champion: Shaun Lau (Singapore), second: Muhammad Danial (Singapore), third: Muhd Rafiq Ismail (Malaysia).

GIRLS UNDER-15 – Champion: Steffira Zeandea Greater (Malaysia), second: Victoria Chin (Malaysia), third: Kwa Lay Theng (Singapore).

BOYS UNDER – 12 – Champion:Soh Yong Ping (Singapore)

GIRLS UNDER – 12 – Champion: Nur Dayana (Malaysia)

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Wishing all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Jonathan and Ivy

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