PBF 2nd Philippine International Open 2018
Filipina extends lead in Ladies' table
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11th May, Manila: Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Krizziah Tabora of Philippines extended her lead in the Ladies' Open Masters qualifying leaderboard of the PBF 2nd Philippine International Open with a stunning record-breaking six-games total of 1606.

Krizziah, who became the third Filipina to win bowling's most prestigious event last year, following Lita Del Rosario (1987) and Bong Coo (1979). Her feat also gave Philippines their eighth world cup titles.

Filipino legend and four-time winner was Paeng Nepomuceno (1980, 1986, 1992 and 1996), who now coaches the Philippine national team and C.J. Suarez (2003). The 27-year-old Krizziah had already topped the Ladies' Open standings with a commanding 1515 for several days.

But she took to the lanes at the 4.30pm squad and scorched the Coronado Lanes with a stunning 812 to take her 6-games tally to a whopping 1606 and to cement her contention for the title.

Krizziah Tabora, a strong Ladies' Open Masters title contender

2010 Asian Youth Masters gold medallist, Alexis Sy and Rachelle Leon remained in second and third with 1433 and 1416. Uella Marcial of UAE also remained atop the overseas pool with 1252 ahead of two Malaysians, Linda Grzybowska in second and newly-crowned Youth Girls Masters champion, Farah Nur Iman in third with 1107.

The top 3 local qualifiers and top 3 overseas qualifiers will automatically advance to Round 2 finals. Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 6 and qualifiers positioned 1 to 9 in the mixed pool will contest Round 1 finals on May 12.

Meanwhile in the Men's Open division, Kenneth Chua, who despite automatically qualifying for Round 1 finals as defending champion, earned a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals as the top local qualifier with a total of 1544.

Jomar Jumapao, who topped the local pool with 1520, will join Chua as second seeded local qualifier for Round 2. 2017 Asian School Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali occupied third with 1497. JP Macatula, newly-crowned Youth Masters champion, Merwin Tan and ex-international, Paulo Valdez made up the top six local qualifiers.

In the overseas pool, Sam Cooley of Australia maintained pole position with 1530. Hussain Alsuwaidi of UAE and 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong occupied second and third positions with 1494 and 1477.

Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia, in fourth position with 1468 will be joined by two Singaporeans, Cheah Ray Han and Jonovan Neo in fifth and sixth positions and automatically advancing to Round 2 finals.

Another strong title contender in the Men's Open division, Jumar Jumapao

Adel Albarqi of Saudi Arabia headed the mixed pool with 1394 while the cut at 20th position went to his fellow-countrymen and 2017 Hong Kong Open champion, Ammar Tarrad with 1294, averaging 215.67. Local qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, overseas qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 and qualifiers positioned 1 to 20 in the mixed pool will contest Round 1 finals on May 12. The top 12 finishers will advance to Round 2 finals along with the 12 seeded qualifiers on May 13.

Qualifying will end late tonight with the staging of the one-game desperado squad to add the three Men's Open qualifiers for Round 1 finals and two Men's Graded qualifiers.

The second 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, Cafe Puro, 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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