Jasmine finishes with women's Masters bronze
Senior bowler wins Masters bronze to emerge as Republic's best performer
Jasmine Yeong-Nathan is Singapore's best bowler at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, which ended yesterday.
She came in seventh in the women's singles, fifth in the doubles and had the highest six-game average in her team, as Singapore clinched a bronze in the team event on Monday.
Yesterday, the 27-year-old finished in style with a bronze in the women's Masters, after she lost 224-177 to South Korea's Jung Da Wun in the first stage of the step-ladder finals.
Jung then beat teammate Baek Seung Ja 440-364 to win the gold.
Of her match with Jung, Yeong-Nathan said: "I tried to make shots as best as I could, but I guess I was too slow to make adjustments on the lane, and I will learn from that."
Yeong-Nathan finished eighth in the All Events - an accumulation of individual scores of the singles, doubles, trios and team events - and was joined in the Masters finals on Tuesday by teammates Daphne Tan and Joey Yeo, who were ninth and 15th on the list respectively.
Yeong-Nathan was fifth after the first block of eight games on long oil on Tuesday, while Yeo was second behind Baek.
Yesterday's second block of eight games was played on medium oil, which the Singapore team have struggled in previous events in this tournament.
But Yeong-Nathan found her groove, scoring 1,711 pins to propel her to third with a combined 3,519, with a high-game of 277 in her second game.
Baek topped the pool of 16 with 3,794, while Jung was second with 3,571.
Yeo finished fifth (3,410 pins) while Tan was 14th (3,249).
On the team's performance in the whole tournament, assistant national coach Clara Lau said: "They gave their best and definitely learnt together from their experience in the last 10 or 11 days... They went away each day learning more in terms of strategies and game plans."
Yeong-Nathan's results in Hong Kong will put her in contention for a spot in the year-ending World Singles Championships in Qatar, where each country can send a maximum of two men and two women.
Competition for the two women's places would be high though, with Bernice Lim, Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen all winning titles on the US Professional Women's Bowling Association circuit this year.
Yeong-Nathan said: "The girls have had a fantastic year this year and I don't know that much about selection, but I am sure whoever gets selected eventually would be a strong one capable of medalling."