11th June, Manila: Newly-crowned 2019 Malaysian Open champion, Charlene Lim and Basil Ng of Singapore set the qualifying pace of the 3rd PBF Philippine International Open underway at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.
Lim blitzed the lanes with a stunning 3-games series 706 in her first attempt and then followed it up with a moderate 577 in her second try to move into the lead of the Ladies' Open Masters overseas qualifying pool with 1283.
The 21-year-old who also won the Team gold and Masters bronze medal at her last 2019 Asian Youth Championships in Kuching, Malaysia two months ago, can cement her pole position in her subsequent attempts.
Charmaine Chang and Amabel Chua gave Singapore a two-three finish taking up second and third spots with 1226 and 1178 respectively. The top 3 qualifiers wil earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Three additional Indonesians, Nadia Pramanik, Aldila Indryati and Putty Armein made up the top six.
In the local division, Lara Posadas-Wong occupied top spot with 1438 with Dyan Coronation and reigning AMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora in second and third positions with 1421 and 1358. The trio will also automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
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, Liza Del Rosario of Philippines and 2 qualifiers from the one-game Desperado squad will contest the 8-game Round 1 on Saturday, June 15.
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 JUne 16. The top 3 finishers at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.
Meanwhile, Basil Ng of Singapore took over the lead in the Men's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool with 1406 from his first two attempts of 716 and 690. Early pace-setter, Abdulla Ali of Bahrain slipped down to second on 1403.
Joel Tan of Singapore also did well to take up third spot with 1365. The top 3 qualifiers will earn a bye and advance automatically to Round 2 finals. 2019 Asian Youth Doubles and Team gold medallist, Brandon Ong of Singapore took fourth spot with 1355 followed by his compatriot, Muhd Jaris Goh, who rolled the first 300 of the tournament, in fifth with 1349.
Kenneth Chua of RP led the local pool with 1440 ahead of 2019 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Merwin Tan in second with 1426 and 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Singles bronze medallist, Frederick Ong with 1412. Jonas Baltasar of TBAM-Prima and Kenzo Umali of RP rounded out the top 5.
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, Sam Cooley of Australia and 3 qualifiers from the one-game Desperado squad will contest the 8-game Round 1 on Saturday, June 15.
The top 12 finishers from Round 1 will be joined by the 12 seeded qualifiers (the top 6 from local pool and the top 6 from overseas pool) for another 8-games in Round 2 finals on June 16. 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 June 14. The Open Senior and Youth Masters finals will be held on June 14 while the Graded Masters finals will be staged on June 15.
The third 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, MVP Foundation, Cafe Puro, Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler and Timberpro.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila, Philippines.