Singapore – Female keglers – Kelly Kulick of USA and Jazreel Tan of Singapore who have shown recent strong achievements in USA will be competing amongst many others in the 44th Singapore International Open to be held from 24 May – 4 June 2011 at Orchid Bowl, Orchid Country Club.
Kelly, the first woman to claim two women’s bowling majors (US Women’s Open and the United States Bowling Congress Queens Title) in 2010 and Jazreel Tan who was named the WBAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year last month are expected to add greater prominence to this year’s championship in Singapore. This will be Kelly’s first participation in our Singapore International Open.
Homegrown talent Cherie Tan who emerged as the first non-European women champion in the EBT Masters 2011 will also be returning to Singapore to compete in the championship. Expected to attract some 500 bowlers this year, bowling enthusiasts can expect a spectacular display of bowling prowess with the presence of these prominent bowlers. Defending champions Sin Li Jane and Cheng Chao-Yu and overseas bowlers from countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Indonesia, Guam, Bahrain, UAE and Hong Kong will also be making their presence here this year.
The stepladder grand finals will be broadcast LIVE via Starhub SuperSports Arena (channel 201) on Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 6.30pm, allowing the local community to catch the final action.
“Bowling is one of the key sports that has consistently brought sporting glory to Singapore over the years. As the international championship participated by our home-grown talents such as Remy Ong, Jason Yeong-Nathan, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Cherie Tan, the live broadcast of the stepladder grand finals will elevate the awareness of our key marquee event and our local athletes more prominently through a local sports channel,” said Mrs Jessie Phua, President of SingaporeBowling.
Fringe activities this year includes a dialogue session on 1 June 2011 for youth bowlers to meet up with a panel of prominent bowlers that include Kelly Kulick (USA), Zulmazran Zulkifli (Malaysia) and Singaporeans Cherie Tan and Jazreel Tan. Youth bowlers will have the opportunity to listen to these bowlers sharing their experience competing on the lanes and be involved in the Q&A session. This dialogue session will be chaired and moderated by our national bowler and world champion Remy Ong.
Other fringe activities held concurrently with the 44th Singapore International Open include the IBPSIA Hands On Training Seminar (H.O.T.S) which will be held for the first time in South-East Asia from 31 May – 3 June 2011 and a 3-day seminar targeted for bowling coaches, sports administrators and youth bowlers from 31 May – 2 June 2011.
“The strong support from the various regional bowling federations is one important factor to help us sustain the appeal and widen the international participation to our Singapore International Open for the 44th year, added Jessie.
“In return for their support, we are providing this platform for the different stakeholders to be more highly involved in the various fringe activities organized during their presence this year in Singapore, which gives them more reasons to be here.”
This year’s event will feature a total prize fund of $150,000 which includes perfect game prizes worth a total of $50,000 and more prizes set aside for the youth division this year.
For more information on the 44th Singapore International Open, visit http://www.singaporebowling.org.sg