Daphne Comes Close To Golden Dream
So close, was Singapore Sports School alumnus Daphne Tan from winning Singapore's first ever Gold at the World Women's Championships. So close, was she, from joining an elite club of SSP student-athletes and alumni like sailors Darren Choy and Victoria Chan who have become world champions. Yet, there was certainly no shame in defeat. In the final match of the Masters event, Daphne managed to even the series by winning the second game in the best-of-five games series but American Shannon Pluhowsky was in her zone, bowling scores of 300, 219, 299 and 223 to prevail by three games to one. It was Daphne's maiden World Women's Championships but she showed no signs of nerves. She had earlier beaten Singapore Open Champion American Kelly Kulick by three games to one, and top-ranked bowler, Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark, by the same score to qualify for the final match.
Although Team Singapore did not strike gold at the World Women's Championships 2011 in Hong Kong, the six bowlers, including three Singapore Sports School alumni - Jazreel Tan, New Hui Fen and Daphne, picked up a total of three Silvers and one Bronze, by far the best result Singapore had ever achieved in the competition's 57-year history.
Following the Bronze medal feat by Shayna Ng in the Singles event, Singapore Sports School alumni Jazreel Tan and New Hui Fen did one better by striking Silver in the Doubles event at the World Women's Championships in Hongkong on 6 September 2011. The pair lost 392-453 to the American duo of Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson in their final match.
En route to second place, Jazreel and Hui Fen broke two competition records - the one-game total of 535 pinfalls and the three-game high score of 1,468 pinfalls. However, following the Singaporean duo's record breaking feat, another American pair of Carolyn-Dorin Ballard and Kelly Kulick bettered those marks with their own high scores of 556 pinfalls and 1,536 pinfalls.
In the Trios event, Jazreel, Hui Fen and Shayna in Team 1, were 34th, while Team 2, which featured Daphne, her sister Cherie and Geraldine Ng, finished 8th.
In the Team of 5 event, Daphne, Hui Fen, Cherie, Shayna and Jazreel picked up another Silver medal, beating Colombia by 1,225 pinfalls to 1,103 pinfalls in the semi-finals before losing to the American team by 70 pinfalls - 1,140 pinfalls to 1,210 pinfalls in the final.
Jazreel, Shayna and Daphne qualified for the Masters Round of 16 which eventually saw Daphne finishing in second place.