PBF 2nd Philippine International Open 2018
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8th May, Manila: Defending champion, Kenneth Chua of Philippines is poised to defend the Men's Open Masters title after securing pole position in the qualifying standings of the PBF 2nd Philippine International Open underway at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA.


As a defending champion, Chua is automatically seeded for Round 1 finals and his two 718 3-game series only gave him a total of 1436, not good enough to be positioned in the top three. Jomar Jumapao topped the local pool with 1520 followed by 2017 Asian School Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali in second with 1497 and JP Macatula of MBA-Timberpro third with 1476.

Chua took to the lanes at the 5.00pm squad to notched up an improved 804 series to take his 6-game tally to 1522 and top spot. Jumapao and Umali slipped down to second and third respectively.

The top 6 would earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Macatula slipped down to fourth ahead of first perfect gamer, Paulo Valdez of TBAM-Prima and Merwin Tan rounding out the top six with 1467 and 1434.



Defending champion, Kenneth CHua earning top spot

2006 Doha Asian Games Doubles gold medallist, Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia topped the overseas pool with 1468 followed by second perfect gamer and triple ABF Tour winner, Sam Cooley of Australia in second with 1462.

Hassan's team-mate, Yousef Akbar clinched the third position with 1449. The top 6 overseas qualifiers will also earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. ABF Tour Egypt champion, Muhammaed Alsaud of Saudi Arabia took fourth with 1420 followed by 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siu Hong in fifth with 1416.

Winner of six ABF Tour titles and making a comeback after a year's absent in active competition, Hussain Alsuwaidi of UAE completed the top six with 1410. The current cut in 12th position of the overseas pool is held by 2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Joel Tan of Singapore with 1318.

Last year's Youth Masters champion, Ivan Malig headed the mixed pool with 1321 followed by third perfect gamer, and 2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore with 1317. The cut at 20th position went to Jhong Asuncion of MBA, Philippines with 1177.


Meanwhile, Philippine women are well represented with defending champion, Lara Posadas. But the Filipina managed only 1353 and not good enough for the top 3 bracket and will have to contest Round 1 finals.

2017 QubicaAMF World Cup champion and 2008 Philippine Open champion, Krizziah Tabora is in great form kncoking down two stunning 721 and 794 series to go top of the local pool qualifying standings with 1515, the first women to surpass the 1500-mark.

Rachelle Leon finished second with 1416 ahead of seasoned campaigner and 2007 Philippine Open champion, Lisa Del Rosario third with 1407. Alexis Sy, Bea Hernandez and Dyan Coronacio completed the top six respectively.

Filipina, Uella Marcial from United Arab Emirates topped the overseas pool with 1238 followed by Linda Grzybowska of Malaysia in second with 1132.



Defending champion, Lara Posadas needing a strong score to earn a bye

The qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 in the local pool, qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 in the overseas pool and the top 20 qualifiers in the local and overseas (mixed) pool along with the defending champion and 3 qualifiers from the one-game will contest the 8-game Round 1 on Saturday, May 12.

The top 12 finishers from 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.

In the Ladies' Open division, qualifiers positioned 4 to 6 in the local pool, qualifiers positioned 4 to 6 in the overseas pool and the top 9 qualifiers in the local and overseas (mixed) pool along with the defending champion and 2 qualifiers from the one-game will contest the 8-game Round 1 on Saturday, May 12.

The top 6 finishers from 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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