Monday October 8, 2012
Isaac overcomes Barret for his first Open title of the year
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: National champion Isaac Russell Paul nailed his long-awaited Open title of the year when he beat Dominic Barret of England in the Indonesian Open bowling championships yesterday.
Isaac, who made a return to the national squad this year after a four-year hiatus to focus on his job, defeated current European Bowling Tour leader Barret 202-170, 241-232 in the step-ladder final at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.
“I have to thank my lucky stars today. My first Open title and it came against a top bowler like him,” said an ecstatic Isaac when contacted.
Isaac, who automatically qualified for the Masters second round by virtue of being the top three overseas players in the qualifying rounds, knocked down 2,184 pins to be seeded second in the step-ladder behind Barret.
The Sabahan then produced a sterling performance to roll a 204-game in the step-ladder to pip Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand (181) and Hsieh Chin Liang of Taiwan (190) for the spot in the final against Barret.
“While I did not win that many titles this year, clinching the national crown and now the Indonesian Open is good enough for me,” said Isaac.
“I came close to getting into the final of the KL Open last month but I finished fourth ... but everything now points to a good year,” he said.
In the women’s competition, Shalin Zulkifli came close to landing her first title since becoming a mother in June last year but found Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia too strong, falling 243-205, 213-232. Shalin also came close to winning the Indonesian Open in 2006, when she lost to Zara Glover of England in the final.
Earlier in the step-ladder, the 34-year-old Shalin rolled a 234-game to beat Singapore’s Geraldine Ng (223) and Novie Phang of Indonesia (202) to earn the spot in the final.
MASTERS SECOND ROUND
Men: 1. Dominic Barret (Eng) 2276, 2. Isaac Russel Paul (Mas) 2184, 3. Yannaphon Larpapharat (Tha) 2153, 4. Surasak Manuwong (Tha) 2134, 5. Zulmazran Zulkifli (Mas) 2132, 6. Hsieh Chin Liang (Tpe) 2117.
Women: 1 Sharon Limansantoso (Ina) 2137, 2. Shalin Zulkifli (Mas) 2134, 3. Geraldine Ng (Sin) 2134, 4. Novie Phang (Ina) 2122, 5. Sharon Koh (Mas) 2116, 6. Wendy Chai (Mas) 2106.
Men: Chin Liang 210 (advance), Zulmazran 204, Surasak 164. Isaac 204 (advance), Yannaphon 181, Chin Liang 190.
Final: Isaac bt Dominic 202-170, 241-232.
Women: Novie 215 (advance), Sharon Koh (180), Wendy (174). Shalin 234 (advance), Geraldine 223, Novie 202.
Final: Sharon Limansantoso bt Shalin 205-243, 232-213.