16th May, Manila: 2017 SEA Games Team silver medallist, Jazreel Tan of Singapore is eyeing for a maiden win of the PBF 4th Philippine International Open 2023 by occupying top spot in the Women's Open Masters qualifying table after rolling the tournament's first 300.
Tan, who managed only 588 in her first 3-games attempt, went on to blaze the Coronado Lanes at Starmall EDSA Shaw with a perfect game for a sizzling 732 second attempt to take her 6-game tally to 1320.
Her impressive effort put her well on top of the Women's Open Masters qualifying standings. Her compatriot, Charmaine Chang gave Singapore a one-two finish with 1317 while Siti Safiyah Amirah of Malaysia finished in a distant third with 1229. Another Singaporean Amabel Chua, who took the crown in 2019, will be defending her title this weekend.
2017 AMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Macatula of Philippines led the local charge by occupying top spot of the local pool with 1276 followed by 2019 Youth Girl's Open second runner-up Grace Gella in second with 1274 and Rachelle Leon in third spot with 1266.
The top 3 local qualifiers and the top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn the Saturday Round 1 Finals bye and will automatically advance to Round 2 finals on Sunday. 2019 first runner-up, Lara Posadas-Wong headed the mixed pool with 1211.
Qualifiers positioned 4 to 6 in both the local and overseas pool together with the defending champion and qualifiers positioned 1 to 9 in the mixed pool will contest the 8-game finals in Round 1. The top 6 at the end of the round will be joined by the 6 seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 where the top 3 will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.
Meanwhile, 2022 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Merwin Tan will be defending the title he took in the 2019 Philippine Open. Although his best 6-games total of 1344 would not give him a bye into Round 2, he will certainly be making more attempts to improve his score.
Zach Ramin led the Men's Open local pool with an impressive 1413 total ahead of 2022 SEA Games Team gold medallist and 2018 Philippine Open Youth Open first runner-up, Ivan Malig in second with 1406. Also part of the 2022 SEA Games winning men's team, Patrick Nuqui finished third with 1375.
Singapore men dominated the early qualifying rounds by occupying the top 3 spots in the overseas pool with Ryan Toh in the lead of 1423. Muhd Jaris Goh and Timothy Tham finished second and third with 1422 and 1365 respectively.
2023 Asian Championships Masters gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia impressed with a second 3-games series of 760 after an average first attempt of 593 to take up fourth position with 1353. The top 6 qualifiers in the local pool and top 6 qualifiers in the overseas pool will skip Round 1 and automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 in both the local and overseas pools along with 20 qualifiers in the mixed pool, the defending champion and top 3 from the Desperado squad will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals. The top 12 finishers in Round 1 will be joined by the 12 seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 finals. Like the women's division, the top 3 at the end of Round 2 will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.
Qualifying will continue for another three days and will end on May 19 in the last squad at 11.30pm which will be followed by the one-game Desperado squad as a last chance of making the cut for the Round 1 finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.