2017 South East Asian Games Team silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang had topped the standings with 1330 but lost the lead to Hong Kong's James Lui after the national bowler posted a 6-game aggregate of 1333. Billy Muhammad Islam, who had 665 and 557 series, improved with a stunning 771 series to haul himself up from 12th position to pole with 1436.
Two-time ABF Tour winner, Sam Cooley of Australia also improved his total of 1287 to 1350 to take up second position while overnight leader, James Lui slipped down to third. The top 3 would automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Lalisang dropped out of the top 3 bracket to settle for fourth position. A third Indonesian and 2017 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Nadia Pramanik was the top female qualifier occupying fifth position with 1301.
Diwan Rezaldy and Novie Phang took up sixth and seventh positions with 1283 and 1279 respectively followed by Remy Ong of Singapore in eighth with 1265. Fachri Ibnu Askar, Alisha Nabila and Hardy Rachmadian have all qualified in ninth, tenth and 12th positions.