PBF 2nd Philippine International Open 2018
Aussie moves into top spot
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10th May, Manila: Triple ABF Tour winner and second perfect-gamer, Sam Cooley of Australia moved into the top of the Men's Open Masters qualifying leaderboard at the PBF 2nd Philippine International Open on Thursday.

Winner of two ABF Tour Thailand leg and one Hong Kong leg, Cooley improved his lower 669 3-game series with 737 and took his 6-game tally to 1530 to moved from fourth overnight and into the the lead of the overseas pool.

Overnight leader and another multiple ABF Tour titles winner, Hussain Alsuawaidi of UAE settled for second with 1494 after topping the standings yesterday. 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siou Hong slipped down to third with 1477.

Joining the trio is 2006 Doha Asian Games Doubles gold medallist, Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia, and two Singapore national keglers, Cheah Ray Han and Jonovan Neo in fourth to sixth positions with 1468, 1463 and 1458 respectively.

Second perfect-gamer, Sam Cooley moving into the lead

The top six will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. There were no changes in the local pool as defending champion, Kenneth Chua remained firmly in the lead with 1522. Joma Jumapao and Filipino youngster, Kenzo Umali took second and third spots with 1520 and 1497. JP Macatula, Merwin Tan and Paulo Valdez joined the trio in fourth to sixth positions and will automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Archie Nabas of MBA-Timerpro-EC-Proshop headed the mizxed pool with 1466.

2017 Asian School Masters silver medallist, Alex Yu headed the mixed pool with 1386 while the cut at 20th position went to 2017 Hong Kong Open and ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Ammar Tarrad of Saudi Arabia with 1281, averaging 213.5.

Local pool qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, overseas pool qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, mixed pool qualifiers positioned 1 to 20 together with the top 3 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad will contest Round 1 finals.

In the Ladies' Open division, reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora, Alexis Sy and Rachelle Leon occupied the top three positions with 1515, 1433 and 1416 respectively. Philippine-born Uella Marcial of UAE and Linda Grzybowska of Malaysia were the only two women in the overseas pool.

Marcial occupied pole position with 1252 while Grzybowska finished second with 1164. Mades Arles headed the mixed pool with 1343. The top 3 local qualifiers and top 3 overseas qualifiers will automatically advance to Round 2 finals. The rest will contest Round 1 finals on May 12.

Qualifying rounds will run for another two days before the start of the finals. The top 12 finishers in Men's Open Round 1 finals will be joined by the 12 seeded qualifiers for Round 2 finals on May 13.

The top 6 finishers in the Ladies' Open Round 1 finals will be joined by the 6 seeded qualifiers for Round 2 finals.

Debutant, Uella Marcial topping the overseas pool

At the end of the Round 2 finals, the top 3 will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine this year's champions and runners-up. The top prize for the Men's Open division is 500,000 Philippine peso (approx. US$9,800) and top prize for the Ladies Open division is 200,000 peso (approx. US$3,800).

The second edition of the new PBF Philippine International Open is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and other sponsors including Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler, Timberpro, Young’s Town Sardines, Vectron Trade Corporation, Black Arrow Express and Fujihaya LS.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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