PBF 3rd Philippine International Open 2019
Singaporean snatches lead in Round 1
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15th June, Manila: 2019 Asian Youth Team gold medallist, Jermaine Seah of Singapore snatched victory in the Ladies' Open Masters Round 1 finals of the PBF 3rd Philippine International Open in the final game at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City.

Defending champion, Liza Del Rosario got off to a cracking start with a superb 233 in her opening game of the Ladies' Open Masters Round 1. 2019 Asian Youth Masters gold medallist, Gillian Lim also started well with 215 to trail the Filipina by 18 pins.

Rosario continued to set a blistering pace reeling in 207 and 215 to extend her lead to 25 pins. Newly-crowned 2019 Malaysian International Open champion, moved up quickly into second spot folllowed by RP's Alexis Sy in third.

Jermaine Seah crawled her way up to fourth after a moderate start while Lim slipped away into fifth. Rosario held on to her lead despite managing only 182 in the fourth game. Seah added a splendid 234 to take over second spot and narrowed the gap to just 15 pins.

Jermaine Seah snatching the Open Round 1 finals victory

Another strong game of 216 from Seah allowed the Singaporean to take over the running past the halfway mark. Rosario managed 194 to slip down to second with Iliya Syamin of Singapore moving gradually up to third.

The Filipina recovered with two big games of 232 and 223 to regain the lead and moving 34 pins ahead of Seah, although the Singaporean knocked down 213 and 201. But it was Seah who ended the round strongest with 248 to snatch the win with 1700.

Rosario finished second with 1679, 21 pins adrift while the Malaysian bounced back with 245 and 193 but had to share third spot with Youth Girls Masters second runner-up, Bea Hernandez of Philippines, who stormed home with a sizzling 279 on a total of 1616.

Syamin and Charlene Lim finished fifth and sixth positions to advance to Round 2 finals with 1600 and 1599 respectively. Alexis Sy missed the cut by 13 pins when she slipped down to seventh position with 1586.

The top 6 finishers in this round advanced to Round 3 and will be joined by the top 3 local and top 3 overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games. The top 3 finishers at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.

Round 1 Top 4, Rosario, Seah, Hernandez and Gillian Lim

The Men's and Ladies' Graded Masters finals will be held later this evening. The third 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, MVP Foundation, Cafe Puro, Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler and Timberpro.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila, Philippines.

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