Jazreel Ends Title Drought In Masters Event
2018 Singapore International Open
By Kimberly Neo Kar Min
Bowling Academy Alumna
Pictures by Singapore Bowling Federation
It was the last day of the 13-day event and the final event of the day. Jazreel Tan Shi Hua and national teammate Joey Yeo were the only two left standing in the Women’s Open Masters event and on the lanes. Jazreel made the wait worthwhile as she emerged champion and ended Singapore’s nine-year hiatus in the Women’s Open Masters event to clinch the coveted title at the 50th Singapore International Open.
Ranking third at the end of the qualifying rounds, Jazreel earned direct entry into Round 2, where she bowled a high score of 287 pinfalls in the first of eight games. The Singapore Sports School alumna climbed a spot to second place, with a total pinfall of 1,809 pins over eight games, to secure her place among the top four bowlers that advance into the Stepladders stage.
Semi-Final 1 of the Stepladders saw Jazreel going head-to-head with the third and fourth qualifiers. She had a rough start, trailing in the initial three frames, but managed to recover and pull ahead to win the match with 223 pinfalls. Her score bettered those of her Korean rivals Jeon Eun Hee (No. 3 Qualifier) with 211 pinfalls and Baek Seung Ja (No. 4 Qualifer) with 191 pinfalls.
Jazreel had two more matches before the winner could be decided – Semi-Final 2 and the Final. She was successful in both games, defeating Joey with 196-181, 210-190 respectively. Relief washed over Jazreel as she lifted her first title since she last took home the Women’s Masters gold medal at the Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
Shortly prior to Jazreel’s victory, IBDP Year 6 bowler Aidan Poh gave an outstanding showing in the Men’s event. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme student-athlete’s resilience throughout several rounds of the event carried him into the Stepladder semi-finals. Having qualified for Round 2 in 11th position with a total eight-game pinfall of 1,631, Aidan had the tough job of fighting for a top 4 spot to ensure progression into the Stepladders.
Undeterred by the challenge, he stuck his head in the game and bowled a creditable total of 1,787 pinfalls in Round 2. Aidan knocked off several world-class players and regional champions to lock in his position in the Stepladders. The Singaporean delivered a brave performance in the first semi-final against his older and more experienced opponents, Choi Bok Eum of Korea and Anthony Simonsen of USA, but succumbed to the pressure and finished with 161 pinfalls. Due to tournament rules, Aidan eventually took home the bronze medal, a remarkable achievement by a 17-year-old in the Men’s Open category.
Present and past Sports School bowlers managed a 1-2-3-4 finish in the Girls Youth Division. Jermaine Seah’s high game of 297 pinfalls in Game 7 of the Masters Finals gave her a comfortable lead over her competitors. The Year 2 student-athlete in Sports School’s post-secondary Diploma in Business Studies programme maintained her composure and emerged champion with a total pinfall of 1,800 pins. Charlene Lim Jia Yi (1,721 pinfalls), also a post-secondary student-athlete, alumni Charmaine Chang Yu Qian (1,659 pinfalls) and Iliya Syamim Muhammad Azni (1,657 pinfalls) took the 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots respectively.
The boys also did the school proud in the Under 18 category with a 1-2 finish by Secondary 4’s Owen Wong Wen Fei (1,612 pinfalls) and Secondary 3’s Jovan Chua Min Han (1,585 pinfalls).
Three bowlers kept the strikes coming, knocking down a perfect game each during the tournament from 28 May to 9 June 2018. They were bowled by IBDP Year 6 bowler Jarred Lim Jia Le, and alumni Daphne Tan Shi Jing and Muhammad Danial Zheng Yi Abdul Nasir.
Boys Under 15 Masters Finals
2nd – Irfan Hamed
Girls Under 15 Masters Finals
3rd – Mandy Koh Mun Leng
Boys Under 18 Masters Finals
1st – Owen Wong Wen Fei
2nd – Jovan Chua Min Han
Boys Youth Division Masters Finals
3rd – Timothy Theodore Tham Fu Rong
Girls Youth Division Masters Finals
1st – Jermaine Seah
2nd – Charlene Lim Jia Yi
3rd – Charmaine Chang Yu Qian
Men’s Open Masters Stepladders
3rd – Aidan Poh
Women’s Open Masters Stepladders
1st – Jazreel Tan Shi Hua