Ng wins 1st PWBA title in Las Vegas

From far left: Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland. Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.
Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland. Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday (above).PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION, REMY ONG, THE NEW PAPER FILE
From far left: Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland. Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.
Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland (above). Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION, REMY ONG, THE NEW PAPER FILE
From far left: Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland. Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi. Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.
Beats two-time defending champion Guerra Aumi in 2012 at the AMF World Cup in Poland. Wins the all-events at the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi (above). Takes the PWBA title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION, REMY ONG, THE NEW PAPER FILE

Bowler beats 112-strong field to become fifth Singaporean to triumph on the US circuit

Shayna Ng has won at the highest level - the all-events at the 2015 World Women's Championships, the 2012 AMF World Cup and the team gold at the 2014 Asian Games.

And more than a decade into her bowling career, the Singaporean scored another first with her maiden Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) title, the Las Vegas Open, on Saturday.

"It means a lot to me, I have been on tour for a couple of years now and I've made a couple of (TV finals), but I've never won anything yet," the 28-year-old told the PWBA website, referring to the televised step-ladder finals.

Ng, a Straits Times Athlete of the Year 2017 nominee, finished third at the 2016 US Women's Open and the 2013 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Queens.

The Las Vegas Open featured a 112-strong field that included American Kelly Kulick, a three-time winner of the US Women's Open and two-time winner of the USBC Queens, as well as compatriot Shannon O'Keefe, who won six PWBA titles including the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship last year. The three tournaments are considered majors on the PWBA circuit.

Ng topped the field after the two qualifying rounds with 3,640 pinfalls at the South Point Bowling Centre, but fell to third after the Round of 32 with 5,403 from 24 games, behind Latvia's Diana Zavjalova (5,502) and American Liz Johnson (5,424). But Ng overtook Johnson for second place after the Round of 12 to enter the step-ladder finals as the second seed.

"It would have been ideal to be the top seed because if I were the top seed, I would have just needed to win one match (to win the title)... but I was glad it turned out well," Ng told ST in a phone interview.

  • 2012 

    WORLD CUP WINNER

  • 2015 

    WORLD CHAMPION (ALL-EVENTS)

  • 2018

    FIRST PWBA TITLE

FIRST AT LAST

It means a lot to me, I have been on tour for a couple of years now and I've made a couple of (TV finals), but I've never won anything yet.

SHAYNA NG , Singapore bowler, on winning her first PWBA title.

Leanne Hulsenberg beat her fellow USBC Hall of Fame inductee Johnson 213-202 in the first round of the step-ladder finals, but lost 167-193 to Ng in the second round of the finals.

Ng told ST: "Both Leanne and Liz are super experienced players, they both are Hall of Famers and either would have been hard to beat. But, in bowling, your main opponent is really just yourself. It is really about overcoming the pressure and just staying in the moment to focus on one shot at a time.

"I think the match against Leanne helped me loosen up a bit more, and allowed me to understand the lanes, the same ones that were used in the final match."

Ng used that advantage to beat Zavjalova 231-211 in the last round of the final to win her second title in two weeks. She had defeated team-mate Bernice Lim to clinch the Thailand International Open title in Bangkok on April 14.

"I guess I've just been bowling pretty decently and I'm just trying to maintain my current form," said Ng, who collected US$10,000 (S$13,240) for her PWBA win.

"It's pretty surreal to win two titles back to back, but I'll take it and enjoy the moment while it lasts."

With her victory yesterday, Ng joined her team-mates Jazreel Tan (2015 Lubbock Sports Open), Cherie Tan (2016 Sacramento Open), Lim (2016 USBC Queens) and New Hui Fen (2016 Tour Championship) in the winners' circle of the PWBA Tour.

Singaporeans Daphne Tan (10th), Joey Yeo (12th), Lim (18th), Geraldine Ng (29th), Cherie (31st), New (36th), Jazreel (38th) and Tracy See (55th) also competed in the Las Vegas Open.

They will compete in the PWBA Sonoma County Open in California from Thursday to Saturday before returning to Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'Ng wins 1st PWBA title in Las Vegas'. Print Edition | Subscribe