15th November, Petaling Jaya: Philippines' Benshir Layoso and Danilo Tuazon concluded the 16th Asian Senior Bowling Championships 2022 by winning the Men's Senior 50+ and Grand Senior 65+ Masters gold while host Malaysia's Zarina Halim and Japan's Honami Yanagawa won the Women's Senior 50+ and Grand Senior 65+ Masters gold.
The ex-Philippines international, Layoso, who won five matches in the first block of the 16 games Round-Robin Masters finals yesterday and six matches and a draw in the second block today to seal the victory with a total of 3588.
Two silver medallist, HRH Mohammed Alsaud of Saudi Arbaia, who was third in the first block, picked up his third silver medal finishing second after with ten wins and a total of 3568, just 20 pins from the champion.
Doubles gold medallist, Paiman Bin Dali of Singapore improved his first block finish of fifth to snatch the bronze medal with 3518 from nine wins and a draw. Australia's Graeme Morgan dropped from second in the first block to fourth in the second block to miss the podium by 43 pins on 3475.
In the Women's Senior 50+ division, Singles bronze and All-Events silver medallist, Zarina Halim finally captured the gold medal with a total of 2137 from ten wins altogether over two blocks and gave host, Malaysia its first and only gold medal.
Filinda, a Filipina residing in Malaysia and bowls regularly here, moved from fifth in the first block to seal the silver medal with 3096 from an amazing 13 wins and a draw over two blocks. Eiko Suzuki also made a big jump from sixth overnight to snatch the bronze medal with 3051.
First block leader and Team gold medallist, Akiko Nakagawa of Japan had a poor second block of 1379 to miss the podium ending in a disappointing fourth position with 3048 total.
Meanwhile Philippines celebrated with a grand double when Danilo Tuazon picked up the Men's Grand Senior 65+ Masters gold medal with 3324 from a total of ten wins over two blocks. The 74 year-old Tuazon moved from fourth overnight to take a well-deserved victory.
Japan's 76-year-old Yusuke Harimoto, who was third in the first block, moved into second to win the silver medal with 3290 from a total of ten wins after missing out on the Team of 4 event with a fourth-place finish.
Doubles bronze medallist, Samuel Ho of Singapore, who topped the opening block yesterday, settled for his second bronze medal after slipping down to with with 3283 from ten wins. Singles gold medallist and Hall of Famer, Paeng Nepomuceno of Philippines, who was second in the first block, missed the podium in a disappointing fifth position with 3240.
The Masters finals limelight undoubtedly went to 67-year-old Honami Yanagawa of Japan when she led from start to finish to win her second gold medal with 3234 from a massive 14 wins from both blocks. She pickup her first gold in the Singles and added her second, 242 pins well ahead of her nearest opponent.
Veronica Soon, 74 of Singapore, leapfrog from eighth in the first block to second position on a total of 3024 to win the silver medal from a three wins yesterdy and all eight matches. Japan's Misako Karatsu, who was second yesterday, settled for the bonze medal with 2992.
Korean men, who competed in the first block finals, pulled out after some technical issues that occured after the 12th match were encountered. The tournament committee had to take almost half-an-hour to resolve the issue.
A 10-minute warm up before the start of the 13th match were not acceptable to the Korean team leader and hence they pulled out. Korean women also did not start their second block as ordered by their team leader. No protest were entered by Korea despite their dissatisfation.
Japan concluded the championship as Overall Champion after a medal haul of 8-6-11. Korea finished second with 8-7-5 while Philippines had their best-ever Senior Championships outing with a haul of 3-1-2. Singapore and Malaysia were the other two countries to have won a gold medal.
Singapore was awarded the Men's Senior 50+ champion, Korea the Women's Senior 50+ champion, Japan both the Men's Grand Senior 65+ and Women's Grand Senior 65+ champions.
The medal presentation for the Masters was held at Sunway Resort during the victory banquet while players and officials were treated with a scrumptious 10-course dinner. Souvenir in the form of framed-up team photos were also presented to the paritipating countries.
The banquet ended with an flag handling over from Malaysia to Singapore, the host of the next Asian Senior Bowling Championships in 2024. Exchange of gifts were also held by some of the countries to hand them to other countries.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya.