12th June, Manila: 2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist and perfect gamer, Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore took over the lead of the Men's Open Masters qualifying table in the PBF 3rd Philippine International Open at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City.
Jaris Goh, who rolled the tournament's first 300 yesterday for a stunning 782 3-games series and 567 in his second attempt, notched up an improved 3-game series of 704 to leapfrog into the lead with a 6-game tally of 1486.
Hardy Rachmadian was Indonesia's best performer moving up into second spot with 1482 while overnight leader, Timothy Tham of Singapore slipped down to third with 1441. Jaris' compatriot, Joel Tan also improved to take up fourth spot with 1442 while Basil Ng of Singapore and Abdulla Ali of Bahrain slipped down to fifth and sixth positions with 1419 and 1403.
In the local pool, 2017 champion Kenneth Chua remained firmly in pole position with 1483 followed by Kenzo Umali and Merwin Tan in second and third positions with 1433 and 1426 respectively.
Joining the trio are 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Singles bronze medallist, Frederick Ong, Jonas Baltasar and Kevin Cu taking up fourth to sixth positions. The top 6 overseas qualifiers will also automatically advance to Round 2 finals. 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.
In the Ladies' division, Malaysia's Nurul Alyssa shared the lead in the overseas pool with 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallist, Amabel Chua of Singapore on a total of 1241. Overnight leader and 2019 Malaysian Open champion, Charlene Lim of Singapore slipped down to third with 1234.
Two additional Singaporeans and 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallists, Jermaine Seah and Charmaine Chang occupied fourth and fifth positions while Indonesia's Putty Armein completed the top 6, who would automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Philippine are well represented with 2017 champion, Lara Posadas-Wong emerging as a strong contender to regain the crown she failed to defend last year. Posadas-Wong registered two convincing 3-games series of 690 and 748 to take up pole position in the local pool with 1438.
Adding to Philippines' challenge are Dyan Coronacion and reigning AMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora in second and third with 1421 and 1358 respectively. Making up the top 6 are Alexis Sy, Bea Hernandez and Mades Arles in fourth to sixth positions.
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.
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.