SINGAPORE: It has so far been a frustrating 12—year quest to land the one title he has yet to win.
This week, Singapore bowling star Remy Ong, 33, embarks on his latest attempt to win that elusive crown at the 45th Singapore International Open bowling championships at the Orchid Bowl.
The triple Asian Games champion has been in good form this year, with runner—up finishes at last week’s Euro—Med Storm International in Manila and February’s Dubai International Open.
And he told TODAY he is not about to tempt fate this time.
"I have been saying that I want to win the Singapore Open title each time I compete," Ong said on Monday. "And I have been saying that for at least 10 years now.
"Maybe this time, I should just keep my mouth shut and not say anything about winning the title for a change."
Despite boasting a trophy cabinet that includes winner’s medals from the 2006 men’s world championships, three gold medals from the 2002 Asian Games, and two Sportsman of the Year trophies, the Singapore International Open has proved elusive for Ong.
A strong field is expected this year with the likes of defending men’s champion Shaker Al Hassan of the United Arab Emirates, 2012 Euro—Med Storm International champion Alex Liew of Malaysia, and the debut of the South Korean national side. In the women’s draw, defending champion Kelly Kulick of the United States is the early favourite.
The tournament, which started last week with the local qualifiers, will see the entry of the foreign competitors this week.
More than 500 competitors will compete for a total prize purse of S$150,000 leading up to Saturday’s stepladder finals. —