Bowling: Jazreel Tan finishes third in US Open

National bowler Jazreel finished third in the US Open after being eliminated in the penultimate round of the stepladder finals.
National bowler Jazreel finished third in the US Open after being eliminated in the penultimate round of the stepladder finals. PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - National bowler Jazreel finished third in the US Open after being eliminated in the penultimate round of the stepladder finals.

The 25-year-old Singaporean had qualified as the fourth seed for the match-play round on Monday morning (Singapore time) and defeated three-time US Open champion Kelly Kulick, who was the fifth and final qualifer, by a score of 195-190.

Tan won her next match of the televisied final, beating another American Danielle McEwan 172-165 at the Brunswick Zone Carolier in New Jersey.

She fell at the next hurdle however, losing 177-199 to defending champion Liz Johnson, who would go on to beat compatriot Shannon O'Keefe 190-189 in the tense final and claim the US$50,000 winner's cheque.

This was the 41-year-old Johnson's fourth US Open title and she became the first player to successfully defend the title since Dorothy Fothergill in 1969.

For her third-placed efforts, Tan, who won the Professional Women's Bowling Association Lubbock Sports Open in July, earned US$14,500 (S$20,631).

Fellow Singaporeans Shayna Ng, Daphne Tan and New Hui Fen finished 17th, 19th and 23rd respectively in the tournament.

jonwong@sph.com.sg