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Filipino shoots 300 to go top

20th May, Manila: Kenneth Chua of TBAM-Prima shot the first perfect game of the 2017 Philippine International Open on Thursday at Coronado Lanes to move into the top of the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings.


Chua, who recently bagged the 2017 TBAM Masters title, achieved the feat on the first game of the final squad on May 17 en-route to finishing with a three-game series of 716 to add to his earlier effort of 637 for a total of 1353.

The 25-year-old Filipino has not made much progress in the international scene after moving from the youth division when he picked up two silver medals at the 2011 Asian Youth Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

A strong showing here on home ground would give Chua a boost in being selected for the 29th South-East Asian Games scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur in August. Hashim Guinomla, who actively competes in the Middle East tournaments while working abroad, took second spot with 1329.



Kenneth Chua with the bowling ball which he used for the 300

Three TBAM-Prima regulars, Jomar Jumapao, Paolo Darroca and Raoul Miranda occupied third to fifth positions with 1328, 1209 and 1303 respectively while Jay-Ar Tan held sixth position with 1241. The top six local qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals.

India's Dhruv Sarda topped the overseas pool with 1339 well ahead of Hengki Suasanto of Indonesia in second with 1295. Early leader, Hashim Alhashimi of UAE slipped down to third with 1177. American debutant, Rick Guevarra took fourth spot with 1170.

Two Bahrainis, Ayoob Haji and Esa Taqi occupied fifth and sixth postions with 1067 and 1011 respectively. Similarly, the top six overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Bowlers from Guam, Hong Kong and Singapore will be arriving Manila soon and will definitely dirve the qualifying scores higher.


Meanwhile, three-time Youth Open Masters first runner-up of the 2014 Malaysian Open, 2014 Singapore Open and 2014 Chinese Taipei Open, Bea Hernandez of PBA-Nobleland snatched pole position in the Ladies' Open local pool with 1177.

National veteran, Liza Clutario of MTBA settled for second spot with 1164 while Marjo Reyes of TBAM-Prima occupied third position with 1131. The top three local qualifiers will automatically advance to Round 2 finals.

In the overseas pool, winner of four ABF Tour titles and two ABF Tour Tournament of Champions titles, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia was the only overseas qualifier after just one attempt. With the return of the Philippine national women team from a training stint in Korea and the arrival of women bowlers from Singapore, scores will undoubtedly rise to a higher level.



The only overseas qualifier, Sharon Limansantoso

Local qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, overseas qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, top 21 qualifiers from the Mixed pool and top three qualifiers from the desperado squad in the Men's Open division will bowl eight games in Round 1 finals. The top 12 finishers will be joined by the top six local and top six overseas seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Round 2 finals. The top three will advance to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the winners.

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, top 10 qualifiers from the Mixed pool and top two qualifiers from the desperado squad in the Ladies' Open division will bowl eight games in Round 1 finals. The top 6 finishers will be joined by the top three local and top three overseas seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Round 2 finals. The top three will advance to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the winners.

Qualifiying will continue through to May 22 and the Round 1 and Round 2 finals will be contested on May 23 and 24. Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end on May 25 with the finals on May 26. The Masters finals for the Youth Under-16 division and the Senior division will be held on May 27. The championships will conclude with the Masters finals for the Associate division and the Graded division on May 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.


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