Australian Bowler Blake Walsh Shines at the 42nd Malaysian International Open

By Matt Stevens
April 29, 2024

Australian tenpin bowler Blake Walsh secured a well-deserved second place at the Youth Boys Open Masters during the 42nd Malaysian International Open 2024.

Held at the Sunway Mega Lanes, in the Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya, the Youth division event saw top young talents from around the region compete, but it was Walsh who captivated the audience with his spectacular finish.

Walsh entered the top 24 finals phase as the 9th seed qualifier within the 8-bowler mixed pool. Qualifying with an average of 228.17 from his two three game series qualifiers, Blake was the lone Australian competing in the division.

In the top 24 finals, bowlers would need to complete 8 games of scratch to determine the final placings. Three countries were showcased in the finals including Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. Starting his eight-game final stretch off slowly with games of 196, and 183, Walsh did not let this deter him from his aim as he kept at it bowling strongly to mount his fightback.

While Malaysian Ethan Damien Goh dominated the tournament with a total score of 1732, leading from start to finish, it was Blake Walsh who emerged as a standout performer. Walsh’s strategic play and consistency culminated in a thrilling final game where he bowled an impressive 243 to leapfrog Malaysia’s Tsen Fan Yew for the silver finishing with 1,683, a mere 4 pins ahead of Tsen Fan Yew who scored 1,679.

Tenpin Bowling Australia congratulates Blake for this outstanding achievement!

As we celebrate Blake’s success, we continue to offer our full support and look forward to his future contributions as himself and other Australian’s continuing to attempt to qualify for the men’s and women’s open master’s events.

The next five days will see master qualifying squads occur. Bowlers will bowl their two best attempts (total 6 games) to make the finals of the master’s events.

A total of 36 male bowlers will advance to the first round of the finals and a total of 27 bowlers in the female division. The below table helps explain who will advance to the different final rounds of the events.

Round 3 – Semi- Finals (Both Men’s and Women’s)

The 2nd and 3rd placed from Round 2 to bowl 1 game. Highest pinfall to proceed to Round 4, 2nd highest pinfall to take 3rd position.

Round 4 – Finals (Both Men’s and Women’s)

The 1st placed bowler from Round 2 and the winner from Round 3 will meet in the finals. The Finals will be held on a 1+1 game format. If the top placed bowler from Round 2 wins the 1st game, he/she shall be declared the champion. Should the winner from Round 3 wins the 1st game, there would be a ‘sudden death’ play-off on 1 game. Whoever wins, will be declared champions.

We invite all fans and supporters to follow along as our athletes prepare to shine on this international stage.