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Aaron Kong is Malaysian Men’s National Champion 2010

 Two new National Champions have emerged from the recent 34th Malaysian National Bowling Championships…one each in the Men’s and Ladies’ Divisions. For Aaron Kong who hails from Penang, it has been a long overdue win as he has not won a title since winning the Youth Masters Gold medal at the 2008 World Youth Championship held in Orlando, USA.

The 24-yr old bowler has had a rather challenging year after trying to adapt to a new bowling style without much success. By clinching his first National Closed title, he has laid to rest his jinx of finishing in second position at numerous tournaments.

On Saturday, Aaron, who trailed in sixth position after a ten-game Masters Finals roll off, managed to defeat third seed, World Cup representative and former National Champion, Zulmazran Zulkifli with a 2-0 win at the quarter finals round (214-204,269-180). He went on to demolish top seed, two-times National Champion Adrian Ang 2-0 in the semi finals (216-185,237-227) to set up a challenge with Defending Champion, Muhd Shafiq Ridhwan. Nothing was going to stop him from claiming his first National Championship title. He breezed through his challenge with Shafiq with wins of 204-163 and 202-182 in the best of three games format. Aaron pocketed RM 7000 for his win.

National Champions 2010

In the Ladies’ Division, National backup squad member Sin Li Jane had a more challenging path to the top. She had trailed top seed and former National Champion Sharon Koh by only nine pins after a ten-game Masters Finals to finish second on the table. In the quarter finals, she defeated Penang Pesta 2009 Champion Zatil Iman in straight sets of 185-162,195-180 wins to proceed to the semi finals against fifth seed and former National Champion Wendy Chai. She rolled games of 236-214-237 to defeat Wendy who only managed games of 203-222-189 for a 2-1 win over Wendy.

In the Grand Finals round, Li Jane also was stretched to a three-game decider with sixth seed Fatin Syazliana, also a member of the National backup squad. Fatin opened with a 246-218 win over Li Jane, who came back with a 229-207 win over Fatin in the second game. In the final decider, Li Jane stormed home with a 215-175 win to claim her first National Closed Championship title. Li Jane won herself RM3000 prize money.

18-yrs old Li Jane, from Perak, has had some time off to prepare for her SPM exams. She’s happy to have done well this time round as she did not fare well at the recent All Stars and Penang Pesta. Li Jane is hoping that this will be the start of better performances in the year ahead.

Men’s Open final results:

CHAMPION: Aaron Kong
2. Muhd Shafiq Ridhwan
3. Adrian Ang
4. Kelvin Keong
5. Zulmazran Zulkifli
6. Mohd Zaim
7. Muhd Nur Aiman
8. Kang Bo Long

Ladies’ Open final results:

CHAMPION: Sin Li Jane
2. Fatin Syazliana
3. Sharon Koh
4. Wendy Chai
5. Nur Syakirah Yeoh
6. Zandra Aziela
7. Zatil Iman
8. Yap Wi Yin

For more detailed scores, visit MTBC official website.

Have a great bowling year ahead.

Jonathan

 

 

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7th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge

Midtown Bowl, Manila, Philippines

Courtesy of BowlingDigital.com

Two-time Asian Youth Games gold medalist Michael Mak of Hong Kong, out averaged his nearest competitor in the Round of 24 by almost 14 pins to lead the top 8 players into the match play portion of the 7th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge.
 
Michael Mak (left) Cha Mi-Jung (centre) Aaron Kong (right)

Mak had a slow start into the 8 game block starting from scratch with 199 and 201, then fired games of 238, 288, 279, 257, 257 and 238 to finish atop the leaderboard with 1957 8-game total and an average of 244.63.

Korean women’s pro bowler Cha Mi-Jung, who rolled the tournament’s first 300 game in the qualifying, was a distant second with 1866 including 8 pins handicap per game. Round of 48 leader, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, was third with 1847.

His fellow countryman, Aaron Kong, made the cut in fifth place with 1838 followed by Hussain Al-Suwaidi in sixth place with 1823.

Three of the top eight spots belonged to PBA bowlers. 2-time PBA champion and 2007-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, Rhino Page was fourth with 1840, with 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year, Doug Kent in seventh at 1817 and 2009 USBC Masters champion John Nolen in 8th at 1814.

Those 8 will determine the four finalists in round robin match play over seven games plus position round, once again starting from scratch (10 pins bonus per win, 5 for a tie).

The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals. No. 4 bowls No. 3 and the winner takes on No. 2. The winner of the semifinal match must defeat the top seed twice to win the title. The winner will walk away with one million Philippine Peso or approx. 21,000 U.S. Dollar.

 

 

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Bowling Tips From WORLD YOUTH 2-Gold Medalist AARON KONG

    My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting up with two of my former youth bowlers recently. They had been invited as part of the Team that won the 10th World Youth Championship Team Gold Medal in Orlando,USA, to give away prizes and sign autographs for the Under 12 Category of the Sportexcel Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Junior Circuit.

As their former Coach, I was of course thrilled with their progress and success. And they were gracious enough to accept Ivy’s request to share their success story with the bowling community. Here are excerpts of the interview with Aaron Kong.

Ivy: Aaron, congratulations on your 2-Gold Medal haul. (Aaron also won the World Youth Masters Gold Medal)

Aaron: Thank you.

Ivy: Can you tell me what made you choose Tenpin Bowling instead of some other sport?

Aaron: My dad, Roland Kong, was an ex-National Bowler. He was part of the Team to the 1977 SEA GAMES. He would bring me to the Bowling Alley when I was young and I guess that’s how I developed a love for the sport.

Ivy: How old were you when you started bowling?

Aaron: I think I was about 8-9 years old.

Ivy: What was your most memorable moment as a young bowler?

Aaron: When I was selected into the Single A Youth Development Program!

Ivy: I know it was a long time ago, but can you recall any memorable occasion with Jonathan as your Coach?

Aaron: Of course! I remember one Circuit in Johore. I was really fumbling and struggling with my game. Coach saw me and immediately told me what to do. He helped me to qualify for the Finals. I will always remember and appreciate that.

Ivy: What would you say is the most important aspect or stage of bowling that aspiring bowlers should focus on?

Aaron: Their Basic Fundamentals. That is very very important.

Ivy: What additional bowling tips would you give to those who wish to emulate your success?

Aaron: I would tell them to never give up. They have to be confident they can do well, and they must never be afraid to make changes.

Ivy: Thank you so much, Aaron, for willing to share some of your success secrets. Jonathan and I wish you every success in your bowling career. We know you have an outstanding future ahead of you.

Aaron: My pleasure. You are most welcome.

Well folks, those are golden tips from a World Champion. Stay tuned for another revealing moment with Team mate Adrian Ang in next week’s post.

Enjoy your bowling.

Jonathan

 

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