18th May, Manila: Singapore continued to shine in the qualifying rounds of the PBF 4th Philippine International Open 2023 as Darren Ong and Jazreel Tan sat firmly atop the Men's and Women's Open Masters qualifying standings.
Ong, who took over the lead yesterday with 1483, looks unbeatable and sits comfortably in pole position. His team-mate, Timothy Tham remained in second with 1469. 2023 Asian Championships Masters gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia, improved with a 3-game series of 672 to take his total to 1432 for third position.
A second Malaysian and a two-hander, Azriq Izamuddin almost shot the tournament's second perfect game but saw a stubborn pin 10 standing for a 299 game. However, he did improve with a 761 series to tie with Rafiq in third.
Singapore's Ryan Toh also moved up into fifth position with 1423, just one pin ahead of compatriot, Muhd Jaris Goh completing the top 6 with 1422.
The top six positions in the local pool remained unchanged with 17-year-old, Zach Ramin leading with 1413 followed by former Philippine Open Youth Boy's winners, Ivan Malig and Jordan Dinham in second and third.
Jolo Ramirez, Stephen Diwa and Marc Custodio completed the top 6 local pool qualifiers and earning a bye into Round 2 finals along with the top 6 overseas pool qualifiers. Joel Tan of Singapore headed the mixed pool with 1322 while the cut in 20th position went to Ian Dychangco of Philippines with 1261, averaging 210.167.
Meanwhile no were no big movers in the Women's Open overseas pool standings. First perfect gamer and four-time Singapore National champion, Jazreel Tan remained unchallenged in top spot with 1417. Left-hander Malaysian, Nerosha Keligit and Singapore's Charmaine Chang occupied second and third positions with 1319 and 1317 respectively.
2010 Youth Girl's Open champion, Alexis Sy, who missed the podium at the 2022 SEA Games Team event finishing fourth, shot into the lead of the local pool with 1313, the first local women to surpass the 1300-mark.
2017 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Macatula settled for second with 1276 followed by Grace Gella in third with 1274. The top 3 local pool and top 3 overseas pool qualifiers will earn a bye and automatically qualify for Round 2 finals.
Nora Lyana Nastasia of Malaysia, headed the mixed pool with 1259 while the cut in ninth position went to Alyssa Ty of Philippines with 1201, averaging 200.167.
Qualifying will continue for the last day tomorrow, May 19 with the last squad at 11.30pm followed by the one-game Desperado squad as a last chance for 3 men and 2 women to make the cut for Round 1 finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.