It was a bittersweet day for Singapore bowling on the lanes of the Orchid Country Club yesterday. While the boys finally won the gold which had been eluding them throughout the tournament, the girls’ team surprisingly let slip the gold which they seemed favourites to win.
Basil Low caused much rejoicing in the Singapore camp when he won the Boys Masters title.
The 16-year-old was in superb form throughout the qualifying stages, scattering a total of 3,576 pinfalls to emerge at the top of the pile when the dust settled.
Finishing top meant instant qualification for the second step-ladder final and while Basil could afford to take a much-needed breather, it meant that South Korea’s Choi Kyung Hwan (3,558) and Jose Collins of the Philippines (3,507) had to slug it out in the first step-ladder final for the right to face Basil in the final showdown.
In the end, it turned out to be Choi after he narrowly edged out Collins 218-211.
But there was to be no such close battle in the two-game final step-ladder clash as Basil came out on top each time.
In front of a partisan and wildly-cheering crowd which packed the OCC, he won the first game 236-220 before stringing an impressive nine consecutive strikes to win the second game 265-213 and the much sough-after gold.
But there was to be no similar achievement for Singapore in the Girls Masters, despite the fact that it was two-gold heroine New Hui Fen (3,524) and teammate Darshini Krishna (3,502) who finished first and second respectively after the qualifying rounds.
Hui Fen also raised hopes of a Singapore gold with her qualifying form which saw her scoring a perfect game.
Instead, it was third-placed South Korean Sim Ui Jyin (3,421) who did a double slaying act on the two Singaporeans. She first sent Darshini packing with a comprehensive 249-199 victory in the firs step-ladder final.
Then, it was Hui Fen’s turn.
While Sim continued to enjoy consistency on the lanes, the Singapore Sports School alumnus struggled to find her lines throughout the two-game grand finale and eventually succumbed 182-239 and 168-214.
Despite the miss in the Girls Masters, Singapore ended the AYG bowling competition on a successful note. The Republic won a total of three golds, two silvers and three bronzes.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan