Friday October 5, 2012
Alex hopes to play patient game on tough lane conditions
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: National bowler Alex Liew is hoping that the tougher lane conditions will not derail his plans of bagging a fourth Indonesian Open title at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.
Alex, who won the tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2008, admitted that he will have to quickly adapt to the tricky lane conditions before the Masters first round roll off tomorrow.
Alex last bowled at the venue during the SEA Games last year, when the national bowlers brought back five gold medals.
Alex played a part in three of the gold medals by winning the doubles (with Adrian Ang), trios (with Adrian and Zulmazran Zulkifli) and team events.
“The lane conditions are slightly tougher this year and it’s apparent from the average scores of other bowlers here,” said Alex from Jakarta yesterday.
“I’ve changed my style of bowling a bit before coming here and all I need to do now is get used to it.”
Alex, who won the Euro-Med Storm International Masters in the Philippines in May, is hoping to add more feathers to his cap by winning in Indonesia.
Thirty bowlers will compete in the men’s Masters first round, where they will play 10 games.
“Winning a couple of tournaments a year is just nice. But I’m in no rush for it and I have to keep it cool. Everybody here has a chance of winning ... so I have to be patient,” said the 36-year-old veteran.
The other national bowlers in the fray are Zulmazran, Chong Jun Foo, Isaac Russel Paul, Mohd Haziq Sahli and Aris Ardila Santosoh.
The women bowlers vying for spots in the Masters are Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Hee Kar Yen, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon, Sharon Koh, Shalin Zulkifli, Victoria Chin and Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi.
Twenty-four bowlers will compete in the women’s Masters first round tomorrow.