SINGAPORE - South Korean bowlers swept the top honours at the Singapore International Open, which concluded on Sunday at SingaporeBowling @ Rifle Range.
The last time the competition saw a Korean sweep was in 2012.
This year, 2012 champion Jung Da Wun beat top seed and compatriot Baek Sung Ja 239-196 in the women's final. She regained her title and pocketed $8,000 in prize money.
The 30-year-old had to earn her spot in the final showdown with Baek after topping a three-bowler semi-final round in the stepladder finals. She registered 203 pinfalls to knock out Singapore's Charlene Lim (157) and Tracy See (197).
Jung said: "The Singapore team are the closest to us (in standards). We are strong rivals. I was tired and my condition was not so good after playing many games. But I just tried to become more and more focused."
In the men's final, 2014 Asian Games champion Park Jong Woo beat 17-year-old Singaporean Timothy Tham 201-155 to claim his first Singapore title and $20,000.
Timothy, who won the Singapore National Bowling Championships last November, entered the final after scoring 224 pinfalls in the semi-final, beating his compatriot Marcus Kiew and Malaysian Timmy Tan, who both had 209 pinfalls.
Park, 25, said: "I think I have more experience than him (Timothy), that's why I felt more comfortable out there. And maybe it's because he felt a bit tired after the semi-finals too."