Seven Bruneians qualified for the main round of the 5th Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Championship 2013 at Kuchai Avenue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
The seven cueists will join national players Ahmad Taufiq Murni, Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar, Mohd Qusyairi Zainuddin and Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi ZH Pg Anak Hj Latifuddin at the tournament proper today.
Kamarul Ariffin Hj Kamis, Jong Wee Lee and Shaiful Bahani Hj Abd Rahman all came out victorious in their respective groups in the qualifier at the Golden Break, Kepong Baru in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Kamarul Ariffin defeated compatriot Mohd Alias 7-5 to earn a spot in the main round.
Jong defeated Thomas Tiong in the other match with a similar scoreline while Shaiful defeated Bensin Ong 7-1.
Mohd Alias Hj Rashid, Lim Charng Hui and Lim Wei Kok also qualified for the main round by ranking points while Bakthyar Zaini qualified via a wild card.
The main round starts today at the Golden Break, Kuchai Avenue in Kuala Lumpur.
Dennis Orcollo, who is ranked second in both the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA) and Asia Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and Chang Jun Lin, who is first on the APBU rankings and eighth in the world, will also feature in the tournament.
The competition offers a cash prize of US$8,000 to the winner, while the runner-up will take home US$4,000.
Semi-finalists will be awarded US$2,000 while quarter-finalists will get US$1,000.
The last-16 will take home US$500 while the last-32 will get US$200.
Trophies and medals will also be awarded to the respective winners.
Prior toleaving Taufiq said that he will focus on one game at a time at the August 17-24 tournament.
"It is important to be able to get into the second round first, so I am going to focus on one game at a time and see from there," said Taufiq in a previous report.
The 24-year-old was the best performer in the annual tournament last year after losing 10-7 to Ronnie Alcano in the last-16.