41st Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Championships
41st Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Championships
L-R) Kim Dong Gyun, Son Young Seok both of Korea and Michael Mak of Hong Hong with their 1st Runner Up, Champion and 2nd Runner Up trophies after the Final of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

L-R) Kim Dong Gyun, Son Young Seok both of Korea and Michael Mak of Hong Hong with their 1st Runner Up, Champion and 2nd Runner Up trophies after the Final of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Son Young Seok and Lim So Hyun of Korea, Men’s and Women’s Champions of the Open Masters competitions of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Son Young Seok and Lim So Hyun of Korea, Men’s and Women’s Champions of the Open Masters competitions of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Players taking part in the Men’s Open Masters Block 1 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday August 29, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Players taking part in the Men’s Open Masters Block 1 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday August 29, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

The start of the Men’s and Women’s Open Masters Block 1 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday August 29, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

The start of the Men’s and Women’s Open Masters Block 1 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday August 29, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Results of the Women’s Open Masters Block 2 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015.
(Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Results of the Women’s Open Masters Block 2 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Results of the Men’s Open Masters Block 2 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Results of the Men’s Open Masters Block 2 playoff’s of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Esther Cheah of Malaysia competing in stage 2 of the Women’s Open Masters step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Esther Cheah of Malaysia competing in stage 2 of the Women’s Open Masters step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Defending Champion Victoria Chin of Malaysia prepares to bowl during the Step Ladder Head to Head Final of Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Defending Champion Victoria Chin of Malaysia prepares to bowl during the Step Ladder Head to Head Final of Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Lim So Hyun winner of the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships preparing to bowl on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Lim So Hyun winner of the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships preparing to bowl on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

A happy looking Lim So Hyun of Korea, close to victory in the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

A happy looking Lim So Hyun of Korea, close to victory in the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Lim So Hyun of Korea, winner of the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Lim So Hyun of Korea, winner of the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

(L-R) 1st Runner Up, Victoria Chin of Malaysia; Champion Lim So Hyun of Korea, and Esther Cheah of Malaysia 2nd Runner Up in the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

(L-R) 1st Runner Up, Victoria Chin of Malaysia; Champion Lim So Hyun of Korea, and Esther Cheah of Malaysia 2nd Runner Up in the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Tong Wong of Hong Kong shakes hands with Lee Tak Man of Macau and M. Surasak of Thailand at the start of the Men’s Open Masters Step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Tong Wong of Hong Kong shakes hands with Lee Tak Man of Macau and M. Surasak of Thailand at the start of the Men’s Open Masters Step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

A happy Kim Dong Gyun of Korea as he posts 7 strikes to progress to the Men’s Open Masters Step Ladder Head to Head Final at the of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

A happy Kim Dong Gyun of Korea as he posts 7 strikes to progress to the Men’s Open Masters Step Ladder Head to Head Final at the of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Top seed Son Young Seok, winner of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships bowling on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Top seed Son Young Seok, winner of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships bowling on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Kim Dong Gyun watched by winner Son Young Seok, sees the funny side to his narrow loss in the Final of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Kim Dong Gyun watched by winner Son Young Seok, sees the funny side to his narrow loss in the Final of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

HONG KONG—The Open Masters Finals of the Amateur Bowling Federation (ABF), 41st Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Championships were concluded at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 30, with Korean men and women winning the Open Masters Finals. ABF is a member of World Bowling.

According to the bowlers I have spoken with, Korea is now the top 10-Pin Bowling country, at least in Asia. From the WBT Rankings Korea has 10 players in the top 100 in the WBT rankings but none in the top 30 places, whereas USA has 38 in the top 100 and 12 players in the top 20. So it seems that USA is still the leading Tenpin Bowling country.

Michael Mak of Hong Kong ranked 23 in the world was the highest ranked player in the tournament.

In the women’s rankings USA are again leading the table with the top 3 places but interestingly Singapore has a string of 4-players ranked at 8 to 11. Honk Kong does not have a ranked player in the 359 listed. Korea is well represented with 16 players in the top 100.

Esther Cheah of Malaysia ranked 59 was the top ranked woman in the tournament.

Esther Cheah of Malaysia competing in stage 2 of the Women's Open Masters step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Esther Cheah of Malaysia competing in stage 2 of the Women’s Open Masters step Ladder Finals of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

The Hong Kong International Open is listed in the World Bowling International Calendar but the higher level International World Tour events take place mainly in USA and the Middle East but of the 21 Bowling Tour events Korea and Japan each hold a Major tournament,

Open Masters Finals
The first round of the Open Masters Finals (Block 1) were played on Saturday August 29 with 33 men and 24 women taking part in 8-game events to fill the balance of places needed to make 24 men and 21 women in the Block 2 play offs. A total of 6-players were seeded in both the men’s and women’s Masters Finals after the Qualifier competition, leaving 18 men’s places and 15 women’s places to be filled from the Block 1 results for the Block 2 Finals.

Block 2 Open Masters Finals playoffs (8-games) took place on Sunday morning August 30, from which the top 6-players in both the men’s and women’s competition moved forward to Step Ladder Finals.

In the Step Ladder Finals the 4th, 5th and 6th players from Block 2 Finals play one game and the winner moves forward to play the 2nd and 3rd players, in a similar 1-game match, the winner moves to play a one-on-one final with the top player from the Block 2 competition. In the head to head final, if the top player wins the first game that person will be crowned champion but if the challenger wins the first game a second deciding game will be played.

Women’s Step Ladder Finals
In the women’s Step Ladder Finals, Lee Na Young (KOR), Veronica de Souza (MAC) and Natasha Roslan (MAS) played first and Lee Na Young was successful in moving to step-2 to meet Lim So Hyun (KOR) and Esther Cheah (MAS). Lim So Hyun won to play the head to head final with defending Champion, Victoria Chin (MAS).

The Challenger Lim So Hyun, was successful in winning the first game 213-177 pushing the final into a second decisive game. Lim also won the second game, this time 226-167 to become the Women’s Open Masters Champion. Victoria Chin was 1st Runner Up and Esther Cheah finished 2nd Runner Up. Lim took the top women’s prize of HK$26,000, Chin received HK$7,000 and Cheah HK$7,000.

A happy looking Lim So Hyun of Korea, close to victory in the Women's Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
A happy looking Lim So Hyun of Korea, close to victory in the Women’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Men’s Step Ladder Finals
In the men’s Step Ladder Final Tony Wong (HKG), M. Surasak (THA) and Lee Tak Man (MAC) played first with Tong Wong (last year’s Youth Champion) moving forward to play Michael Mak (HK) and Kim Dong Gyun (KOR). Kim strung together 7 consecutive strikes to end his game scoring 258 to win and move forward to meet fellow countryman Son Young Seok for the title.

The all Korean men’s Step Ladder Final head to head was a low scoring match played in good spirits which the top seed Son Young Seok won with a score of 170 against 167 for the challenger Kim Dong Gyun. Son picked up the top prize of HK$55,000 and Kim received HK$22,000. Michael Mak was 2nd Runner Up collecting HK$14,000.

Kim Dong Gyun watched by winner Son Young Seok, sees the funny side to his narrow loss in the Final of the Men's Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Kim Dong Gyun watched by winner Son Young Seok, sees the funny side to his narrow loss in the Final of the Men’s Open Masters of the 41st Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships on Sunday August 30, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
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