Bowling: Jazreel Tan top qualifier in US pro event, joined in next round by three teammates

Jazreel Tan at a victory ceremony at the 28th SEA Games Bowling Women's Master Step-Ladder final at Orchid Country Club on June 14, 2015.
Jazreel Tan at a victory ceremony at the 28th SEA Games Bowling Women's Master Step-Ladder final at Orchid Country Club on June 14, 2015. PHOTO: NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - SEA Games masters champion Jazreel Tan has carried her fine form into the ongoing Lubbock Sports Open in Texas.

The 25-year-old was the top qualifier in the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) event. She averaged more than 224 pinfalls and her 12-game score of 2,697 at the South Plains Lanes earned herself one of the 16 spots in the next round.

American Missy Parkin was second overall with a 2,572 total while Tan was joined in the match play stage by fellow Singaporean bowlers Shayna Ng (third with 2,564 pinfalls) and sisters Cherie (2,501 and sixth) and Daphne (2,468 and 10th).

The round robin starts at 9.30am (9.30pm Saturday in Singapore) and the tournament concludes with the stepladder finals at 7.30pm (7.30am Sunday in Singapore) with the top prize of US$10,000 (S$13,700) for the winner.

Said Jazreel, who was a four-time first-team All-American and two-time collegiate player of the year at Wichita State from 2009-2013: "I was in a zone today and making the right decisions, and the pins really fell my way during the first block.

"The lanes are not easy, but I was able to stay ahead of the transition and finish strong."

She added: "I've only been back to bowl one time since I graduated in 2013, but I always enjoy bowling here and having a chance to see everyone. I think now with the PWBA back, we are excited to be here and show that bowlers from Singapore can compete at this level."

She and her teammates will compete in next week's PWBA Wichita Open in Kansas and are also scheduled to participate in September's Bowlmor AMF US Women's Open.

All rounds of the Lubbock Sports Open are being broadcast live on Xtra Frame (www.xtraframe.tv/pba/).