13th June, Manila: Indonesians competiting in the PBF 3rd Philippine International Open at Coronado Lanes are making great progress with Sharon Limansantoso leading the Ladies' Open qualifying table while Hardy Rachmadian took up second in the Men's Open division.
2017 SEA Games Doubles gold medallist, Limansantoso chalked up two 3-games series of 631 and 662 to take over the lead with 1293. The Philippine International Open is the first major tournament that the national team is participating in preparation for this year's SEA Games to be held in Manaila.
2017 Asian School Doubles, Team and All Events gold medallist, Puteri Nurul Dini of Malaysia moved up to second spot with 1287 followed by 2017 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia in third with 1285.
Newly-crowned Malaysian International Open champion and 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallist, Charlene Lim of Singapore finished fourth with 1260. 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Team silver medallist, Novie Phang of Indonesia and 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallist, Amabel Chua making up the top 6 with 1271 and 1263 respectively.
The top 3 qualifiers in the overseas pool will earn a bye and advance automatically to Round 2 finals. Leading Philippines' challenge are top local qualifier and 2017 champion, Lara Posadas-Wong with 1438 with Dyan Coronacion and reigning AMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora in second and third with 1241 and 1358 respectively.
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 in the Men's Open division, Indonesia's best performer so far is Hardy Rachmadian who has secured his place in Round 2 finals after taking up second position in the overseas pool with 1482. Rachmadian posted series of 715 and 767.
2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore, who recorded the tournament's first perfect game two days ago, topped the table with two stunning sereis of 782 and 704 for a 6-game tally of 1486.
His compatriot, Timothy Tham occupied third spot with 1441. Two additional Singaporeans, Joel Tan and Basil Ng finished fourth and fifth positions with 1422 and 1419 while early leader, Abdulla Ali of Bahrain occupied sixth position with 1403.
2017 champion, Kenneth Chua leads Philippines' challenge after firming up his pole position in the local pool with 1483 followed by Kenzo Umali in second with 1433 and 2019 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Merwin Tan in third with 1426. Joining the trio are 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Singles bronze medallist, Frederick Ong, Jonas Baltasar and Emerson Gotencio 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.
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.