Mar 2, 2008

Chang Continues To Dominate In Guinness 9-Ball Tour, Defeats Bustamante in the Finals










The defence of Chinese Taipei's Chang Jung-Lin's Grand Finals crown is off to a rousing start as he demolished top-ranked Joven Bustamante of the Philippines, 11-5, to emerge victor of the first leg of the Guinness 9-Ball Tour 2008 season.

Chang's demolished Bustamante in a flawless showcase of pool in the 2-hour final. Chang came into the final with a dip in form but a positive mindset and performance saw him emerge truimphant.

For their efforts, Chang pocketed US$15,000 while Bustamante nets US$6,000. The Tour's next stop will be in Penang Malaysia, which will take place next month from April 4-6, 2008.

Attached is the media release, final drawsheet and hi-rez photo of Chang, for your use.


Cheers,

Cheryl

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Chang Continues To Dominate In Guinness 9-Ball Tour, Defeats Bustamante in the Finals

2 March 2008, Chinese Taipei: The defence of Chinese Taipei's Chang Jung-Lin's Grand Finals crown is off to a rousing start as he demolished top-ranked Joven Bustamante of the Philippines, 11-5, to claim the first trophy of the Guinness 9-Ball Tour 2008 season. His victory was a
continuation of the impressive showing of the Chinese-Taipei contingent, which is out to repeat last year's six-city sweep.

A new-comer to the Tour, Bustamante was out to make a name for himself amongst the elite 24-man field comprising of Asia's best cue-masters. As such he vowed that he would not aim for nothing less than the championship at the kick-off leg in Chinese Taipei. This was almost the case as he defeated his opponents in emphatic victories and made it all the way to the finals, knocking out Chinese Taipei teen wonder, Ko Pin Yi, 9-7 in the semi-final.

However, blocking his way to the top was a focused Chang, who is the defending champion of the annual six-city event and emerged a triumphant 9-5 over countryman Yang Ching-Shun in the semis.

In the finals encounter, Chang was absolutely flawless, racing to an early 5-1 lead to stump his Filipino rival. But a break and run out from Bustamante in the seventh rack followed by table routs at the eighth and ninth brought Bustamante back into the fray at 4-5.

However, an exposed pushout from the Filipino in the 12th frame and a dry break in the 13th doused the Filipino's hopes as Chang was able to capitalize on opportunities with incredible jump shots and stunning slice pots to extend his lead to 8-5.

With lady luck turning away from Bustamante, it did not take long for Chang to get on the hill, 10-5.

A final miss on a corner pocket bank shot attempt on the pink ball off a difficult Chang safety ended Bustamante's sterling debut run.

"Luck was not on my side this time around. Even though I broke cleanly and balls went down off the break, I was not given open looks at the table. This forced me to adopt a defensive game which disrupted my rhythm. On the other hand I really need to give a hand to the skill of Chang, he was the better man out there. Hopefully in my next try, I will finally be able to get my hands on that beautiful trophy. Actually, I'm pretty happy with the way I performed since this was my first attempt. It just goes to show that I have what it takes, the breaks just need to be there at the right time," said Bustamante.

Chang, who played well throughout the tournament, was confident of his chances from the get-go. "I came into this tournament with a dip in form but right from the start, I told myself I will win this tournament and I felt that I did well in this leg. I felt really good about my chances today so much so that I knew I was going to win it. I intend to maintain this positive mindset and performance throughout the Tour," said Chang.

For their efforts, Chang pocketed US$15,000 while Bustamante nets US$6,000. The Tour's next stop will be in Penang Malaysia, which will take place next month from April 4-6, 2008.

The Guinness 9Ball Tour is sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and organized by ESPN STAR Sports' Event Management Group (EMG). Taipei City Government is the co-organiser for the Chinese Taipei leg while Guinness is the title sponsor for the Tour. The local sanctioning body is the Chinese Taipei Billiards Association and Iwan Simonis and Aramith supply the official tablecloth and official balls respectively. Brunswick provides the official pool table while Predator is the official cue. The Official Hotel is the Sherwood Hotel while STAR Sports is the official broadcaster.

Further information can be obtained at www.g9bt.com


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About Guinness 9-Ball Tour

The Guinness 9-Ball Tour is Asia's premier pool competition which carries the name of its sponsor Guinness and boasts a total prize money of US$320,000. Organised by Asia's Number One Sports Broadcaster, ESPN STAR Sports, and sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU), the Tour has featured some of the world's best pool players and is the only ranking tournament that offers automatic qualification to the WPA World Pool Championship for its Top
Ten finishers.

Beginning life in 2003 as the Asian 9-Ball Tour, the Tour featured 22 events so far and visited numerous cities in Asia. Up till end 2007, Filipino cue masters dominated the roll of honour with 12 wins and 'The Magician' Efren Reyes is the biggest winner with 7 titles, followed by Yang Ching-shun of Chinese Taipei who pocketed 6 crowns.

The Guinness 9-Ball Tour 2008 will have five legs and a Grand Final in Jakarta. Each leg will feature 24 players with the overall top ten players making the Grand Final. At stake each leg is US$50,000 and Word Pool Championship ranking points. Winners for each leg walk away with US$15,000 prize money. The Grand Final will boast a US$70,000 purse with the Champion
pocketing US$36,000.

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Long (ESPN STAR Sports)
DID: +65 6216 6032
Email: longc@espnstar.com

Dux Carvajal (PROSolutions)
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Email : dux@prosolutions.com.ph

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