PBF 2nd Philippine International Open 2018
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9th May, Manila: Winner of six ABF Tour titles, Hussain Alsuwaidi of UAE took over the lead of the Men's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool at the PBF 2nd Philippine International Open after nearly a year's break in active competition.


27-year-old 2006 Doha Asian Games Doubles gold medallist and the recent Arab Championships Trios gold medallist, Hassan Alshaikh had topped the overseas pool with 1468. Hussian, who was sixth with 1410, nothed up an improved series of 746 over his lower 662 series to take over top spot with 1494.

2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, who was fifth overnight, also improved from 1416 to 1477 to move up to second. Alshaikh settled for third position ahead of second perfect-gamer, Sam Cooley of Australia in fourth with 1462.

Two more Saudis, Yousef Akbar and Mohammed Alsaud completed the top six with 1449 and 1420. The top 6 will skip Round 1 finals and automatically advance to Round 2 finals.

Defending champion, Kenneth Chua continued to lead the local pool with a stunning 1522 registered yesterday. Jomar Jumapao and Kenzo Umali remained in second and third positions with 1520 and 1497 respectively.



Hussain Alsuwaidi showing his old spark by taking over the lead


Joining them were JP Macatula of MBA-Timberpro in fourth with 1476, first perfect-gamer, Paulo Valdez of TBAM-Prima in fifth with 1467 and making the cut for Round 2 in sixth position was Merwin Tan with 1434.

Heading the mixed pool was Aui Padawan of BTA-Prima with 1333 while the cut for Round 1 finals in 20th position went to Jay Leon Guerrero of Guam with 1219. Six local qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, six overseas qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, twenty qualifiers from the mixed pool and the top 3 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad will contest the Round 1 finals on May 12.


Meanwhile, there were no changes in the Ladies' Open division with reigning 2017 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora leading the local pool with 1515. Alexis Sy and Rachelle Leon made up the top 3 local qualifiers earning a bye with 1433 and 1416.

Philippine-born Uella Marcial of UAE topped the overseas pool with 1252 followed by Malaysia's Linda Grzybowska in second with 1164. Mades Arles headed the mixed pool with 1343.

Three local qualifiers positioned 4 to 5, three overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, nine qualifiers from the mixed pool and the top 2 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad will contest the Round 1 finals on May 12.

The top 12 finishers from the Men's Open Round 1 will be joined by the six seeded qualifiers (the top 3 from local pool and the top 3 from overseas pool) for another 8-games in Round 2 finals on May 13.



Krizziah Tabora in stunning form to lead the Ladies' Open division


The top 3 finishers at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion. The top 6 finishers from the Ladies' Open Round 1 will be joined by the six seeded qualifiers (the top 3 from local pool and the top 3 from overseas pool) for another 8-games in Round 2 finals on May 13. The top 3 finishers at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.

Qualifying will continue through to the last squad at 10.00pm on Friday May 11. The Senior and Youth Masters finals will be held on May 11 while the Graded Masters finals will be staged on May 12.

The second edition of the new PBF Philippine International Open is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and other sponsors including Boysen Paints, Smart Communications, Cafe Puro, Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler, Timberpro, Young’s Town Sardines, Vectron Trade Corporation, Black Arrow Express and Fujihaya LS.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.


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