National bowler Jasmine Yeong-Nathan wrte a proud new chaper in the history of Singapore sport and Singapore bowing when she defeated Ann-Maree Putney to win the 44th QubicaAMF World Cup at the Bol 300 Centre in Hermosillo, Mexico, toay.
The 20-year-old Singapore Polytechnic student became the first Singapore bowler to win the prestigious competition, ending the Republic’s silver streak in the competition. The closest Singapore had ever come to winning the AMF World Cup was in the men’s finals in 1970 and in 2002. On both occasions, Henry Tan and Remy Ong came up short, as they faltered at the final hurdle.
The best a national woman bowler has ever done at the World Cup was fourth spot – achieved by Grace Young in 1994.
But Yeong-Nathan made sure the curse of the silver streak did not rear ts head this time as she blitzed defending champion Putney 263-222 and 298-215 in the step-ladder finals today.
Putney, who hails from Australia, had reached the final after beating England’s Zara Glover 246-219 and 248-202 in the first step-ladder final.
However, the defending champ had no answer to Yeong-Nathan’s sizzling form on the lanes. The 2005 national champion reeled off nine consecutive strikes in the first game before falling prey to a split in the last frame. But that was enough to give her a commanding 263-222 win over Putney, and a great morale booster going into the final clash.
Yeong-Nathan then looked as though she could scored her second perfect game of the tournament in the second game. The Singapore Polytechnic student hammered 11 strikes in a row and could have, with her last throw, capped off her triumph with a second perfect game.
But she left two pins standing instead.
“I tried to throw the best ball that I could, and if that meant a 300, then that is what it meant,” she said on the Singapore Bowling Federation website.
When asked what the triumph meant to her, she seemed at a loss of words and could only muster stock phrases. As she said in a Channel News Asia report: “I feel happy and excited, and honoured to be able to bring home the title for Singapore. I’m really grateful for the chance to be here.”
And we are all excited and happy for you too, Jasmine. You’re now our first AMF world champion and we are all so proud of you!
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan