Twists and Turns

Bowler Cherie Tan Delivers Three Golds Along With Some Sporting Highs & Lows

Photo By Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council

By Jeannette Xavier

For a glimpse of the twists and turns in sports, you can count on kegler Cherie Tan. You can also depend on her for some of the most consistent performances in bowling as she delivered three golds for Team Singapore at the SEA Games here in Indonesia.

Narrow Win

At the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta, she first narrowly won the women’s singles title. Scoring a total of 1,286 pinfalls, she just edged out Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane (1,284) while her team mate Jazreel Tan (1,283) clinched the bronze.

Tight Contest

With form on her side, she, partnering her sister Daphne, was expected to shine in the women’s doubles. She did but luck was not on the side of the Singapore girls as they clinched silver after a tight contest. They scored a total of 2456 total pinfalls, just behind Malaysia’s Zandra Aziela and Jacqueline Sijore (2463) but ahead of another Malaysian pair, Sharon Koh and Dayang Khairuniza (2413). Then came the women’s trios. Here Cherie teamed up well with Daphne and Jazreel but, with a total of 3,763 pinfalls, they lost narrowly to a team from Thailand (3,777).

Turning Around

That was when things turned around for the better. Together with Jazreel, Daphne, Shayna Ng, New Hui Fen and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Cherie won her second gold. The five girls won in style as they combined for a score of 6,322 pinfalls, well ahead of Indonesia (5,846) and Malaysia (5,788). This paved the way for Cherie’s third gold. Continuing her sizzling form, she beat Malaysia’s Sharon Koh 497 pinfalls to 372 pinfalls in the gold medal match to win the women’s Masters title.