3 eyed to make good in Octoberfest darts-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
WHEN the Octoberfest Darts tourney concludes Sunday, a Grade V public school teacher, a youngster wanting to make his mark in the local if not the national darts scene and a part time contractor, wagwag seller are deemed worthy to raise the trophy.
Val Capuyan, the Grade V teacher of Laurel Elementary School, survived a strong 54-man field and extreme elements of weather to rule the Baguio Match Play at the SM City recently.
Capuyan hit a double 8 to stop a similarly hot Bryan Gangpao to win the match play that concluded the month long Darts Madness Sunday evening.
Gangpao is an architect major, who is part time contractor and a wagwag vendor, who gave Capuyan a big scare in the extreme weather competitions that lured 64 of the best players in a showdown called Darts Madness on October 6 concluding a month long competition also called the Baguio Darts Tournament.
The third is Nelson Uligan who last month lost to Gangpao in the non-rated singles to continue his bad luck in local competitions, but avenged it with an Elite Eight victory over Gangpao, beat Rex Balangcod before edgeing Capuyan for the local ranking singles title of the opening salvo of Darts Madness or the Baguio Day Darts Tournament.
That earned Uligan the 17th seed in the SM Match Play, followed by Gangpao, Kenneth Madalang and Capuyan. Madalang and Capuyan are part of the Sadati team which took the fixed four man team title in the Baguio Day offering.
Last weekend, Uligan finished fourth in the open singles of the P150,000 Darterong Pinoy in Cainta, Rizal.
The Sadati team with Capuyan, Madalang, Max Tudlong, whom Capuyan defeated in the semifinals of the SM Match Play to get into the finals, and Cyril Batawig finished fourth in the fixed four man team.
In the doubles, Uligan was paired with an unnamed partner to land 8th (Madalang and Tudlong were fourth), and later with Balangcod to finish fourth in the fixed doubles. Madalang and Batawig finished eighth.
The weekend event, dubbed as Aliping Cup, offers P45,000 in three competitions, the P10,000 non rated singles, the P15,000 classified doubles and a second and bigger classified doubles on Sunday that offers P20,000. A fourth competition, a ladies singles is also in the offing.
"I know I'm ready and I hope to make good," said the soft spoken Gangpao, who Cordillera Darts Association president Wayne Seo-as is a reliable and solid player.
"I won't be joining if I know I am not prepared," said the 36 year old head of the Tebteb Darts at Guisad Central, which organizes regular for cause darts competitions in his barangay. (Pigeon Lobien)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 19, 2013.