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Filipino, Korean shares glory

17th June, Manila: Top-seed, Biboy Rivera of the Philippines ended a long draught to bag the Men's Open Masters title of the concluding 35th PBC-Boysen International Open while Kang Hyun-Jin of Korea claimed the Ladies' crown.

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The 32-year-old captian of the Philippines National squad, broke the ice to end a long draught after he edged compatriot and teammate, Markwin Tee in the deciding stepladder match, 246-242. Rivera, who scored two perfect games bring his career tally to 28, was forced into the sudden-death match after he lost to Tee, 227-258 in the first match.

But the champion prevailed with a strong comeback and determination to win the Men's title in the final crunch. Manila SEA Games Gold medalist, Markwin Tee settled for second despite ousting second-seed, Purvis Granger and winner of the first match, Frederick Ong, 253-224-212.

In the first stepladder match, Malaysia's only survivor, Alex Liew and sole Korean, Seo Jung-Hwan crashed out after loosing to Frederick, 156-194-215. Rivera pocketed Peso150,000 (US$2,800) while Markwin settled for Peso75,000 (US1,400).

Chester King
Biboy Rivera emerging as the Men’s champion

Kang Hyun-Jin of Korea, who topped the Ladies' second block finals going into the stepladder finals as top-seed, outclassed compatriot and challenger, Koo Hyun-Jee, 279-210 in one match to claim the coveted crown.

Koo, who squeezed into the stepladder finals in sixth position, won the first match knocking out fourth-seed, Marjo Reyes of TBAM-Prima and first block leader, Kim Eun-Jung, 258-190-225 in the first match.

Koo went on to take the second match eliminating Philippines' only lady survivor, Cecilia Yap and fellow Korean, Kim Soo-Kyoung, 202-190-159 before loosing to the champion in the finals. Kang took home Peso80,000 (US1,500) and the runner-up took home Peso40,000 (US750).

Kang Hyun-Jin
Kang Hyun-Jin claiming the Ladies' crown

The top 16 Asian men and ladies qualified for ABF Tour Philippines leg which will take place Sunday, 18th June at Estwood Bowling Center. LIVE scores will be featured at www.abftour.com.

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Korea, Philippines share domination

16th June, Manila: Korea's Kim Eun-Jung, Kim Soo-Kyoung and Kang Hyun-Jin dominated the Ladies' Open Masters first block finals of the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open occupying the top 3 positions while Filipino, Biboy Rivera topped the Men's division.

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The Korean ex-national Kim Eun-Jung from Kyungki City, literally led from start to finish in the 8-game first block finals with a total score of 1929. Except for breifly giving away in lead at the halfway mark to teammate, Kang Hyun-Jin, the 33-year-old fought back strongly to end the block in pole just 9 pins ahead.

2003 Malaysian Open champion, Kim Soo-Kyoung stormed home in the final two games to snatch second spot with 1920 while Kang Hyun-Jin, who posted the tournament's fifth perfect game on lanes 29 and 30, settled for third with 1869 to give Korea a top 3 finishes.

World Youth Singles Gold medalist, Angkana Netvriseth of Thailand did well to take fourth spot with a score of 1837 while the best Filipinas, Cecilia Yap and Irene Benitez finished fifth and sixth spots with 1810 and 1767 respectively.

Kim Eun-Jung
Kim Eun-Jung leading a Korean 1-2-3 finish

Meanwhile, a keen tussle for the lead developed in the men's division but Filipino, Biboy Rivera prevailed to grab the lead with a total of 1960. The 32-year-old Philippines national team captain blazed the lanes with his second perfect game in the tournament at the start of the 8-game block.

Armed with a 15 pound Storm Depth Charge on lanes 11 and 12, Rivera knocked down 12 consecutive strikes and brought his tally of perfect games to 28 to the delight of the crowd at Green Valley Bowling Center.

American, Purvis Granger of PBAP-Bowlmart, who kept a relentless pursuit on the leader, had to settle for second with 1883 while Japanese, Takahiro Yoshida did well to finish third with 1842 ahead of Filipino youngster, Frederick Ong fourth with 1830.

Biboy Rivera
Biboy Rivera scoring the tournament's sixth perfrect game

Malaysia's charge saw Malaysian Games 4 Gold medalist, Mohd Noer Said taking up fifth with 1819 ahead of compatriot, Alex Liew in sixth with 1811. Defending champion, Chester King failed to impress ending up the block in 16th position.

Both the ladies and men will bowl another 8 games in the second block on Saturday, 17th June and the top 6 from each division will make the stepladder finals.

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Filipino, Korean triumphs in Graded Masters

16th June, Manila: Mar Serac of TBAM-Prima and Korea's Hwang Moon-Jung triumphed in the Men's and Ladies' Graded Masters finals of the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open Friday afternoon at Green Valley Bowling Center.

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Insurance Agent Mar Serac of TBAM-Prima and a two-time Philippines representative in Brunswick Tourney of Champions scored 2571 and an impressive 214.25 average for the title. Former national bowler turned coach, Angelo Constantino of TBAM came in second with a score of 2562 while Marlon Sia of MTBC-Henrich, finished third with 2532.

Matthew Yu from Hong Kong, missed the podium to finish fourth with 2514 ahead of Kim Jang-Ho of Korea and Kenneth Chua of TBAM-Prima-Powerbowl, in fifth and sixth positions on 2481 and 2430 respectively.

Meanwhile Korea's youth bowler, Hwang Moon Jung of Korea, captured the Ladies' Graded Masters title with 2563 over the 12-game finals. Hwang, who finished a disappointing sixth in the Youth Masters finals two days ago, made amends to take her first international youth title.

Graded Masters Champions
Graded Masters champions, Hwang Moon-Jung and Mar Serac

Filipino youth, Mades Arles of TBAM-Prima, settled for second with 2539 ahead of another Korean, Jung Mi Ra in third with 2438. Top qualifier, Angeli Lao and Lara Posadas, both from PBAP-Bowlmart, completed the top 5 with 2411 and 2287.

Lawyer Joey Velez and businesswoman Lynn Tan captured the Associate Men's and Ladies' Masters crown even as Anjo Lecaros scored the tournament's fourth perfect game yesterday. The 36-year-old Velez, playing out of San Juan Bowling Association, shot 2004 to capture the men's title.

PBAP-Bowlmart's Carlos Candano finished second with 1980 followed by the 13-year-old Lecaros of TBAM-Prima-Powerbowl, who scored his first-ever perfect 300 using a 14 lbs Uranium Buzzaw ball on the second game of his 10 game series of 1936.

Lecaros lined himself up for the P100,000 prize which will be divided among the players who registered perfect games like 2003 AMF World Cup champion CJ Suarez, 2005 SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Liza Clutario and former national bowler Richie Poblete.

Associate Masters Champions
Joey Valez and Lynn Tan winning the Associate Masters title

Lynn Tan, a member of the TCBA team, tallied 1768 to win the Ladies' Associate Masters title ahead of TBAM's Dina Granada who scored 1748 for second place while PBA's Susan San Diego totaled 1752 for third place.

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Koreans occupy top four qualifying spots

13th June, Manila: Korean bowlers dominated the Men's Open Masters qualifying on Day 11 of the on-going 35th PBC-Boysen International Open as they occupied the top 4 positions and surpassing the 1,000-mark scoreline.

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Seo Jung-Hwan led the Korean's charge with a scintillating 1052 with 266, 252, 290 and 244 to top the Men's qualifying table followed by Son Young-Seok in second just 1 pin adrift on 1051. Compatriots, Kim Hyun-Suk and Kong Jin Suk took third and fourth spots with 1017 and 1005 respectively.

Overnight leaders, Surasak Manuwong and this year's Thailand Open champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand dropped to fifth and sixth positions while Malaysia's best finisher was Azidi Ameran, who posted 969 for seventh place.

Lead also changed hands in the men's local pool with 2003 Asian Schools Doubles Bronze medalist, JC Tupaz of the Philippines taking over top spot with 994, relegating early leader, Tyrone Ongpauco into second with 986. Filipino youngster, Diego Candano was thid with 981.

Seo Jung-Hwan
Seo Jung-Hwan topping the overseas pool

There was no changes in the local pool of the ladies' division with Liza Clutario maintaining pole position with 938 followed by Marjo Reyes in second with 906 and 2004 ABF Tour Philippines leg champion, Irene Benitez in third spot with 892.

While Thailand's Angkana Netvriseth remained top of the ladies' overseas pool with 934, Korea's Koo Huyn-Jee impressed with 930 to take up second spot. Koo posted 234, 223, 242 and 231 to stay ahead of compatriot, Kim Soo-Kyoung in third with 900.

Malaysian Open runner-up, Choy Poh Lai was Malaysia's top qualifier taking up fifth spot with 883, 8 pins behind Thailand's Saruta Songserm in fourth with 891.

JC Tupaz
JC Tupaz taking over the lead of the local pool

Qualifying ends tomorrow (15th June) and the masters finals will be contested on 16th and 17th June over two blocks of 8 games. The top 6 at the end of the 16 games finals will make the cut for the stepladder finals.

Photos courtesy of PBC.

The Thais signal their arrival

11th June, Manila: The Thais signalled their arrival in Manila to challenge for glory as Surasak Manuwong and Angkana Netrviseth grabbed pole positions in the Men's and Ladies Open Masters qualifying table of the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open.

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Surasak, who was second runner-up twice in 2005 and 2006 Thailand Open, led the Thai's attack as soon as the team arrived Manila posting the highest 4-game qualifying score of 992 to grab pole position.

The leader chalked up lines of 246, 246, 262 and 238 to pip this year's Thailand Open champion and compatriot, Yannaphon Larpapharat by just 1 pin. Yannaphon, who won the 2005 ABF Tour Thailand Leg posted 991, ahead of 2005 Thailand Open champion, Sithiphol Kunaksorn in third with 938.

Korea's Oh Young-Ki, who finished runner-up in the ABF Thailand leg and overnight leader, settled for fourth with 930 with fellow-countrymen, Kong Byoung-Hee in fifth with 900. Filipino, Tyrone Ongpauco continued to top the local pool with 986.

Surasak Manuwong
Surasak Manuwong leading the Thai challenge

Meanwhile, the Thais also occupied the top 2 positions of the Ladies' Open Masters overseas pool with Angkana Netvriseth posting 934. The 17-year-old, who stormed into the bowling scene winning the Singles Gold medal in the 2002 World Youth Championship, has yet to win a major title and only managed a fifth place in this year's Thailand Open.

Her teammate, Saruta Songserm did well to take up second spot with 891. Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Liza Clutario of the Philippines maintained top of the local pool with 938 with newcomer, Marjo Reyes storming into second spot with 906.

2004 and 2005 ABF Tour Philippines leg champions, Irene Benitez and Apple Posadas, took up third and fourth positions with 892 and 891 respectively.

Angkana Netvriseth
Angkana Netvriseth leading the ladies' division

In the Youth Masters contested this morning, Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Markwin Tee of the Philippines, strolled to an easy victory in the Boy's division with a total score of 2345, 51 pins clear of his nearest opponent, Won Jong-Yoon of Korea in second, who posted 2294. Ian Dychangco claimed third spot with 2222.

The Youth Girl's title went to Angeli Lao of PBAP-Bowlmart, who scored 2136, 49 pins ahead of top qualifier, Marjo Reyes of TBAM-Prima with 2087. Another PBAP-Bowlmart team member, Holly Josef settled for third spot with 1949.

Participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore are expected to arrive the capital city, Manila on Monday and will be making their bid to make the finals over the remaining three days of qualifying, which will end on the 15th June.

Markwin Tee
Markwin Tee capturing the Youth Boy's title

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Filipina stake claims on title

9th June, Manila: 2005 ABF Tour Philippines leg champion, Apple Posadas of the Philippines staked her claim on the title of the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open with an impressive third place finish in the Ladies' Open Masters qualifying table Friday evening.

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After 8 days on intensed qualifying rounds where local bowlers are making a last dash to make the cut for the finals before the influx of overseas bowlers, 17-year-old Apple Posadas posted lines of 246, 209, 212 and 224 for a total of 891 to take up third.

Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Liza Clutario of the Philippines, continued to occupy pole position in the local pool with a 938 posted on second day of the competition. The 26-year-old Filipino, who had a chance to take the Singapore Open title last month after making the stepladder finals as top-seed, lost to eventual champion, Huang Chiung-Yao of Chinese Taipei.

Clutario will be hoping to improve on that form to win the Ladies' title when

Apple Posadas
Apple Posadas occupying third spot

the finals take place on the 16th and 17th June. 2004 ABF Tour Philippines leg champion, Irene Benitez maintained third with 892, just 1 pin ahead of Posadas.

The top 3 positions in the Men's division also remained unchanged with Tyrone Ongpauco comfortably at the top with 986. Filipino youngster, Diego Candano took second spot with 981 while Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Markwin Tee is third with 976.

Newcomer, Kerwin Law of the Philippines, posted lines of 224, 238, 245 and 268 to take up fourth with 975, just 4 pins ahead of perfect game scorer, Biboy Rivera in fifth with 971. Season campaigner and American, Purvis Granger could only manage 919 to finish top of the mixed pool.

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Lead changes hand on Day 6

7th June, Manila: The lead on Day 6 of the on-going 35th PBC-Boysen International Open Bowling Championship change hands with 2005 ABF Tour Singapore leg champion, Tyrone Ongpauco taking over the Men's Open Masters qualifying leaderboard.

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The 30-year-old Filipino, who qualified for the ABF Tour Grand finals after he bagged the ABF Tour Singapore leg last year, posted lines of 252, 224, 223 and 287 to take over the lead with 986. Ongpauco, who also won the Team Silver medal in the Manila SEA Games, will be hoping to do well here to make the squad for the Jakarta Asian Championship in August and the Busan Men's Championship in September.

Filipino youth, Diego Candano impressed with a superb second when the 17-year-old posted 981 on lines of 246, 268, 225 and 242. Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Markwin Tee improved on his earlier score of 934 to move up to third spot in the table with 976.

Overnight leader, Biboy Rivera dropped to fourth on 971 followed by Takahiro Yoshida in fifth spot with 964 while former AMF World Cup champion and scorer of the first perfect game, CJ Suarez also dropped to sixth with 942.

Tyrone Ongpauco
Tyrone Ongpauco taking over the lead

The top of the ladies' division remained unchanged with Manila SEA Games Masters Gold medalist, Liza Clutario occupying top spot with 938. 2004 ABF Tour Philippines leg champion, Irene Benitez took second spot with 892 ahead of last year's ABF Tour Philippines leg champion, Apple Posadas in third with 891.

Holly Josef and Elaine Florencio of the Philippines made up the top 5 in fourth and fifth spots with 885 and 882 respectively. Chinese Taipei's Tsai Hsin-Yi will defend the ladies' Masters title while the defending champion in the men's division is Filipino, Chester King.

Qualifying continues through to the 15th June and the masters finals will be held on the 16th and 17th June. The top 16 Asian men and women at the end of the two blocks masters finals will make the cut for the ABF Tour Philippines leg which will be held on the 18th June.

Irene Benitez and Elaine Florencio
Benitez and Florencio in second and sixth

Photos courtesy of PBC.

Filipino shoots first perfect game

6th June, Manila: Former World Cup champion, CJ Suarez of the Philippines, shot the tournament's first perfect game in the Men's Open Doubles event of the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open Bowling Championship underway at the Green Valley Bowling Center in Pasig City.

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Teaming up with 2005 Manila SEA Games gold medalist, Markwin Tee, who shot 500, the 27-year-old Suarez posted 258 in the first game before rolling the perfect game, which gave the pair a total of 1058 pinfalls.

"I had two perfect games in last week's tournament in Rockwell and so my confidence was very high," said Suarez, who used a Roto Grip silverstreak special edition ball for his 12th perfect game since joining the national team in 2001.

Meanwhile, Filipino, Biboy Rivera had a four-game series of 971 to top the Men's Open Masters qualifying table. Rivera posted 279, 225, 209 and 258 for the lead. Perfect gamer, CJ Suarez finished second with 942 followed by Markwin Tee third with 934.

CJ Suarez
CJ Suarez scoring the first perfect game

In the Ladies' division, PBAP's Liza Clutario totaled 938 to take up pole position followed by ECBA's Irene Benitez and PBAP's Apple Posadas in second and third position with 892 and 891 respectively.

PTBA's Franklin Pardo scored 892 to stay on top of the Men's Graded division while PBAP's Angeli Lao had 862 to lead the Ladies' category. Associate Men's leader was AMBA's Ceasar Muere, who cored 914 and TBAM-Prima's Liza Vicente topped the Assiciate Ladies' division with 808.

Top bowlers from the Asian region will arrive this weekend to join the country's top bets led by defending Masters champion, Chester King in this event serving as qualifying for the sixth leg of the Asian Bowling Federation Tour slated June 18 at the Eastwood City Bowling Center.

Biboy Rivera
Biboy Rivera leading the Men's Open qualifying table

Photos courtesy of PBC.

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