JR BANES of Imus Tenpin and Bowling Association outshone other top bowlers in the country and captured the National Tenpin Tournament at the Lopue's East Bowling Center over the weekend.

Vivian Padawan of Cebu Tenpin and Bowling Association finished second while Crystal Chaves of Davao Tenpin and Bowling Association took the third place.

The championship round started with a prayer for the late lawyer Andy Hagad, who was a founding member and corporate secretary of Sugarbowl Tenpin Association Inc.

Jaime Dechaoco, chairman of Philippine Bowling Congress and National Bowling Tour, graced the affair and was welcomed by Billy Lopue who hosted the tournament which served as a qualifying for the National Bowling Tournament Championships.

Lopue's bowling instructor Herman Santos said the teams in the competition were Marikina, Manila, Las Pinas, Parañaque, Cavite, Davao, Cebu, Baguio, Iloilo and host-Bacolod.

The tournament was also a venue to discover new talents in tenpin bowling seen to follow the footsteps of world-acclaimed champion Paeng Nepomuceno, Bong Coo, and others who won medals in the world championships, Asian Games and SEA Games.