AS­SAULT ON AMER­ICA

Ke­glers set tar­get of win­ning at least one PWBA ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

MALAYSIAN bowlers aim to con­quer the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent as they re­turn to the United States for a sec­ond straight year to com­pete in the Pro­fes­sional Women’s Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (PWBA) Tour in June.

For the record, the team have won nu­mer­ous ‘Open’ ti­tles in ev­ery con­ti­nent in re­cent times but they have yet to achieve any in Amer­ica.

They will com­pete in four PWBA Tour events - Wi­chita Open (June 1-3), Lin­coln Open (June 8-10), Detroit Open (June 15-17) and the Play­ers Cham­pi­onships in Green Bay (June 2115).

Malaysian Ten­pin Bowl­ing Congress (MTBC) sec­re­tary Ge­orge Tan said six bowlers will be picked for the chal­lenge and the tar­get this time will be to re­turn with one ti­tle.

Podium pro­gramme bowlers Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane, Syai­datul Afi­fah Badrul Hamidi, Siti Safiyah Ami­rah Ab­dul Rah­man and Es­ther Cheah are ex­pected to be au­to­matic choices for the PWBA Tour with one more spot left for the best per­former from the ‘Kita Juara’ Sea Games pro­gramme.

“We have not se­lected a squad for the tour. We will only send our best team to the US. Those in the Podium Pro­gramme must also jus­tify their spots for the tour,” said Ge­orge yes­ter­day.

Last year, Li Jane recorded a sig­nif­i­cant first when she be­came the first Malaysian to fin­ish run­ner-up in a PWBA Tour event. She did so in the Detroit Open

The PWBA Tour at­tracts the best bowlers in the world. We made quite a mark in 2016 and I hope we can make fur­ther in­roads this year. A ti­tle from the tour will be a dream come true for Malaysian bowl­ing and I be­lieve it is achiev­able.

GE­ORGE TAN

MTBC sec­re­tary

and also fin­ished fifth in the USBC Queens.

Syai­datul was the next best per­former by achiev­ing third in the Wi­chita Open.

Shalin, who was not in the squad in 2016 as she was re­cov­er­ing from a foot in­jury, will re­turn to the PWBA Tour for the first time since com­pet­ing on merit for three sea­sons be­tween 2008-10. Her best re­sult was fin­ish­ing sixth at the Salvino Scor­pion Cham­pi­onship in Illi­nois in 2008.

“The PWBA Tour at­tracts the best bowlers in the world. We made quite a mark in 2016 and I hope we can make fur­ther in­roads this year. A ti­tle from the tour will be a dream come true for Malaysian bowl­ing and I be­lieve it is achiev­able,” Ge­orge added .

The bowlers leave for Mu­nich to­day for the Brunswick Euro Chal­lenge.

Sin Li Jane be­came the first Malaysian to fin­ish run­ner-up in a PWBA Tour event last year.

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