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Double victory for Korean top seeds

13th July, Daejeon, Korea: Korea took a double victory at the conclusion of the 2013 It's Daejeon International Bowling Tournament after top seeds, Kim Jun Yung and Kang Soo Jin captured the Men's and Women's Open Masters titles on Saturday.

In an all-Korean men's finals, national bowler Kim Jun Yung defeated compatriot and second-seed Kim Jae Hoon of Incheon Transit Corporation, 237-200 to win his first major PBA-WBT title.

Jae Hoon started off better of the Korean pair with three strikes-in-a-row but opened in the fourth frame as Jun Yung responded with four-in-a-row from frame two onwards to open up a gap of 26 pins.

Although the challenger recovered with a double thereafter, Jun Yung rolled another double after a spare in the sixth frame to retain a healthy lead of 29 pins. And when Jae Hoon had a split in the ninth frame, the match was all over in favour of the top seed.

"I felt comfortable in the match against Jae Hoon as he is my team-mate at Incheon Transit," said the 33-year-old national rookie, who made amends with the victory after losing the Singles event gold medal match at last week's Asian Indoor Games in which he took home the silver medal.

Men Champion
Big pay day for Korean national Kim Jun Yung

"And when I struck four times and rolled another double, I knew I had the match and the title," added the champion, who won 40 million Korean won (approx. US$36,000) as top prize.

Jae Hoon had earlier earned a crack at the title after eliminating third-seed, Sean Rash of USA and fellow compatriot and fourth-seed, Kim Tae Young, 227-186-169 in the first TV shootout match.

In the women's division, top seed Kang Soo Jin of Pyeong Taek City took top honours when after she edged challenger and third-seed, Kang Hyun Jin, 226-214 in another all-Korean title match.

Despite encountering a split in her opening frame against Hyun Jin, Soo Jin bounced back with five strikes-in-a-row while her opponent kept pace with three strikes-in-a-row of her own. Both contenders made no mistakes marking their frames then on.

Hyun Jin needed a strike in the ninth frame to have any chance of snatching the victory but left a stubborn pin 10 in which she spared. All Soo Jin needed was to mark her tenth frame and she answered with a strike to seal the win.

"This is my first-ever open tournament title and I'm so delighted," said the 23-year-old champion, who was the star of the 2011 Asian Youth Championships in Cairo, Egypt in which she won 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal for Korea.

Women Champion
First open title for Kang Soo Jin of Pyeong Taek City

Runner-up Hyun Jin ousted second-seed and ex-national, Jeon Eun Hee of Seoul Metropolitan City team, 224-203 to face the top seed. Soo Jin won 10 million Korean won for her effort while Hyun Jin and Eun Hee took home 5 million and 3 million won respectively.

A total of 100 Men's Open, 99 Women's Open and 60 Seniors competed in the week long third edition of the Deajeon International Open and the eighth stop of the PBA-World Bowling Tour which is a major PBA-WBT with prizes well over 215 million won.

Mr Kim Eun Sik, President of the Korean Professional Bowling Association and Mr Yum Hong Chul, Mayor of Daejeon Metroplitan City gave away the prizes and bouquets to the winners.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit www.worldtenpinbowling.com.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Daejeon, Korea.

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