Bowling: South Koreans sweep Singapore International Open titles

South Korea's Jung Da Wun bowling during the Singapore International Open, on June 12, 2016.
South Korea's Jung Da Wun bowling during the Singapore International Open, on June 12, 2016.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI
South Korea's Park Jong Woo bowling during the Singapore International Open on June 12, 2016.
South Korea's Park Jong Woo bowling during the Singapore International Open on June 12, 2016.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

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."