Bowling: Brash Rash

Bowling: Brash Rash

Bears, crabs and huskies - that's what Singaporeans will associate with Alaska.

And perhaps Sarah Palin, the former Governor.

Just maybe, the Singaporean bowling public will add Alaskan native Sean Rash to the list after this week.

The American bowler aims to win the 47th Singapore International Open at Orchid Country Club's Orchid Bowl.

Speaking to The New Paper last week, the 31-year-old said: "I love the Singapore Open and have some great friends in Singapore. I have been here twice before and finished fifth and second in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

"Hopefully, this year, I can improve my position again."

Rash says he is a go-getter who likes to take things into his own hands.

When he was 13, he was frustrated by a lack of tournaments for junior bowlers and started his own competition called Sean Rash Stars of the Future.

From a modest winner's cheque of US$500 ($626) then, funded by entry fees and donations, the tournament has grown into one with a prize purse of more than US$35,000 today.

He said: "I wanted to give kids in Alaska more events to bowl and compete in and also a chance to win scholarship money.

NOT ENOUGH EVENTS

"It's cold in Alaska but all of the bowling centres are normal up there.

"I was introduced to the sport by my parents, Gene and Diana Rash. It became a family activity that we all did together, but there weren't enough events for kids.

"My happiest moments are watching kids today have fun and excel in something they love like I did when I was their age."

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