FOR the second straight year, a bowler from Makati has ruled the Association of Cebu Bowlers Inc. (ACBI) Sinulog National Open.
Merwin Tan of Tenpin Bowlers Association of Makati (TBAM) captured the Mixed Open Masters crown after beating local bet Luke Bolongan of ACBI-Prima, 215-194, in the championship game on Sunday night, Jan. 26, 2020, at the Gaisano Bowlingplex in Banilad.
Last year, TBAM’s Kenneth Chua walked away with the same title.
Tan topped the qualifying round with a total score of 2,134 after 10 rounds to secure the No. 1 seed that came with an automatic slot to the finals. The second to fifth-ranked players--Aui Padawan, Bolongan, Clarence Tiu and Chua--played in a step-ladder elimination.
Bolongan scored 197 in the first match and escaped with a narrow one-point win over Tiu. Chua was also booted out with a 158.
Bolongan then faced fellow ACBI-Prima bowler and No. 2 seed Aui Padawan. The former prevailed with a 222-189 score giving him a shot for a title against top qualifier Tan.
Tan tallied scored rounds of 202, 192, 227, 183, 236, 217, 268, 213, 201 and 195 in the qualifying round to get the top spot in the championship game.
Tan had a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals but needed only one game to defeat Bolongan with a score of 215-194.
Tan won a cool P60,000 cash prize, while the second to fourth placers bagged P30,000, P15,000, P7,500 and P5,000, respectively.
The 21st Sinulog National open was organized by ACBI, which was formerly known as Bowlingplex Tenpin Association. (RSC)