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Kelly Kulick wins in Malaysia

 American Kelly Kulick, the first woman to win a PBA Tour title earlier this year, again showed her supremacy at the 33rd CANON MALAYSIAN INTERNATIONAL OPEN. She emerged top seed going into the Women’s Open Masters Final knockout matches. She did not disappoint, although she had her scary moments.

Kelly Kulick and Carolyn Ballard were the only two American PBA bowlers to take part this year. Carolyn was here to defend the title she won last year.

The lane conditions were described as ‘challenging’ and even Kelly, who has been bowling for 27 years (since she was 6 yrs old) had to dig deep into her experience to lift this year’s crown. In the quarter finals, she defeated 2005 Champion, Siti Safiyah of Malaysia with games of 196/212/224 against Safiyah’s 178/238/197 (won 2-1). Kelly had a relatively easy match against Liza Del Rosario of Philippines in the semi finals when she bowled lines of 191/216 to beat Liza’s 188/178. In the final matchplay, Kelly was stretched to the limits when she had to face a ‘spinner’ from Chinese Taipei in the name of HL Chien. Kelly lost the first game 184/211. She recovered to win the second game by a mere 6 pins when she shot a 218 game against Chien’s 212. Again in the decider, she had a close call although she finally clinched the title on a 211 game against Chien’s 201 game.

With her win, Kelly took home RM15000 prize money and a chance to defend her crown next year. HL Chien had to settle for RM7500.

In the Men’s Division, defending Champion Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia was unable to make it a 3-times hattrick after crashing out in the quarter finals. However, team mate Adrian Ang was able to keep the title in the country when he beat Osku Palermaa of Finland in an exciting match to claim his first Malaysian Open title.

Adrian had earlier disposed off Shaker Al Hassan of UAE with wins of 279-191 and 238-202 in the quarter finals. He however did not have an easy passage against Hussain Al Suwaidi, also of UAE, in the semi finals. He was stretched to games of 261/238/199 against Hussain’s 187/247/169 (won 2-1) to set up a meeting with Osku who had earlier disposed off another Malaysian youngster, 18 yrs old Yusof Abdul Raof in the semi finals.

Both Adrian and Osku succumbed to apparently challenging lane conditions on their opening games…with Adrian shooting a poor 163 game and Osku with an even poorer 147 game. However, after many ball changes, they were able to get their act together in game 2 with Osku levelling the points to one each. In the decider, Adrian was able to prove he was a better bowler on that day, when he shot a 222 game against Osku’s 214 game.

An exciting match to watch overall. Home ground, home advantage, plus a hot streak after coming in second and beating a few PBA fellows at the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris just a week ago may have added to this young gun’s confidence to win his first Malaysian Open title. 

Adrian pocketed RM35000 for his win and Osku took home RM17000.

For detailed scores, please go to MTBC official website.





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