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2017 Philippine International Open

First and second runner-ups for Hong Kong
24th May, Manila: 2007 Philippine Open champion and top seed, Wu Siu Hong and third seed, Michael Mak finished first and second runner-ups in the Men's Open Masters finals of the 2017 Philippine International Open just concluded at Coronado Lanes.

Wu, who earned a bye for Round 2 finals after qualifying in fourth position in the overseas pool, topped the round with 1741, 48 pins ahead of tournament's first perfect gamer, Kenneth Chua of Philippines in second with 1696.

2017 ABF Tour Thailand leg champion, Michael Mak joined Wu in the stepladder finals after finishing third with 1693, just three pins from the Filipino. 2016 Asian School Masters gold medallist, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait missed the cut by four pins in fourth.



First and second runner-ups for Wu and Mak


Hong Kong's Tony Wong also missed the stepladder finals by six pins with 1687. 2016 Asian School Doubles gold medallist, Ivan Tse and top overseas qualifier, Rickle Kam found the going tricky ending their campaign in tenth and 11th positions.

Chua, who defeated Mak, 247-217 in the semi-final match, went on to cruise to a convincing straight-set victory over Wu, 247-162 and 267-217 in the best-of-three title match to win his first-ever international crown. The champion picked up 500,000 pesos (approx. HK$78,000) as champion. Wu settled for 250,000 pesos while Mak took home 125,000 pesos.


Meanwhile, 2010 Philippine Open first runner-up and top seed, Lara Posadas finally won her first Philippine Open title with an easy victory over second seed and winner of the semi-finals, Iliya Syamin of Singapore, 232-209 and 188-166 in the title match.

Posadas, who also rolled 300 during her qualifying rounds, won 200,000 pesos (approx. US$4,000) and the champion's trophy. She had earlier topped the Ladies' Open Round 2 finals with 1692, 73 pins ahead of her nearest rival. SYamin, who defeated team-mate, Jermaine Seah, 223-203 in the all-Singapore semi-finals, settled for 100,000 pesos.

The first runner-up was second with 1675 in Round 2 finals while third seed, Seah, who total 1615, took home 50,000 pesos. 2008 Philippine Open Ladies' champion, Krizziah Tabora missed the cut for the stepladder finals by 37 pins with 1582.



2017 Champions, Kenneth Chua and Lara Posadas


A total of 61 men and 23 ladies from 11 countries participated in the revived 2017 Philippine International Open during the qualifying rounds over best-of-two three-game series which commenced on May 13 culminating in the two days of final rounds.

Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end on May 25 with the finals on May 26. The Masters finals for the Youth Under-16 division and the Senior division will be held on May 27. The championships will conclude with the Masters finals for the Associate division and the Graded division on May 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

Sole Hong Kong national advances
23rd April, Manila: 2016 Asian School Doubles gold medallist, Ivan Tse was the sole Hong Kong national bowler to advance to Round 2 finals of the 2017 Philippine International Open after finishing in the top ten in Round 1.

Nicco Olaivar of PBA-Philippines and 2016 Asian School Team and All Events gold medallist, Merwin Tan of TBAM-Prima-RP set the early pace in the first two opening games. Singapore's Ahmad Safwan took over the running after the third game and held it for three games before his compatriot, Marcus Leong rolled a stunning 278 in the sixth game to move into the lead.

The 20-year-old 2012 Asian School Team silver medallist went on to end the round with 208 and 188 to win the round with 1685. Tan claimed second spot with 1681 while Hengki Susanto of Indonesia finished third with 1674.



Ivan Tse advancing into Round 2 finals

2017 ABF Tour Thailand leg first runner-up, Jey Leon Guerrero of Guam took fourth spot with 1655 while early pace-setter, Safwan completed the top five with 1608. 2016 Asian School Masters gold medallist, Mostafa Almousawi did well to take up sixth position with 1597.


JM Villanueva of MBA-Philippine, Ebrahim Aljadi of Kuwait, Benshir Layoso of MTBA-Philippines, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong, Nicco Olaivar and Keith Tan of Singapore finished seventh to 12th positions to make the cut for Round 2 finals. Francis Tan of Malaysia missed the cut by 4 pins finishing 13th position with 1549.

Tse's team-mate and 2016 Asian School Doubles gold medallist, Alex Yu also missed the cut by 12 pins to finish 14th position with 1537 while James Lui and Wicky Yeung found the going tough and ended their campaign in 27th and 28th positions respectively.

The top 12 will be joined the top six local and top six overseas seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Round 2 Finals commencing at 10.00am.



Four Hong Kong national bowlers in Round 1 finals

Rickle Kam, Michael Mak, Wu Siu Hong and Tony Wong, who finished in the top six of the overseas pool will join Tse in Round 2. The top three finishers at the end of the second round will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

Hong Kong nationals dominate qualifying
22nd April, Manila: Hong Kong national bowlers dominated the Men's Open Masters qualifying rounds of the 2017 Philippine International Open by occupying five of the top six positions with 2012 ABF Tour Macau champion, Rickle Kam taking over the lead.

Kam, who had two earlier attempts of 727 and 609, improved his lower three-game series with a splendid 758 for a new six-game tally of 1485 to take over top spot in the leaderboard. Overnight leader and compatriot, Michael Mak slipped down to second on 1468 to give Hong Kong a one-two finish.

A third Hong Kong national and 2015 AMF World Cup champion, Wu Sui Hong improved to take up third position with 1420 while India's Dhruv Sarda continued to drop down to fourth with 1346. Tong Wong and James Lui made up the top six with 1341 and 1298 giving Hong Kong five of the top six places.



Rickle Kam taking over the lead with 1485


Hashim Guinomla of MBA-DFBC, who became the third qualifier to break the 1400-mark, took over the lead of the local pool with 1423 dislodging compatriot and first perfect gamer, Kenneth Chua into second spot with 1389.

Three TBAM-Prima qualifiers, Jomar Jumapao, Paolo Darroca and Raoul Miranda rounded out the top five with 1328, 1309 and 1323 respectively. Wicky Yeung, Ivan Tse and Alex Yu were the remaining three Hong Kong nationals who also made the cut in seventh, ninth and tenth in the mixed pool. Kuwait's Ebrahim Aljadi headed the mixed pool with 1280 while the cut at 21st position went to Mohammad Najem of Kuwait with 1148.


There were not many changes in the Ladies' Open division as Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia continued to lead the overseas pool with 1208. Jermaine Seah and Amabel Chua took second and third spots with 1202 and 1137.

Filipina veteran, Liza Clutario also remained in the lead of the local pool with an improved 1237. Marjo Reyes of TBAM-Prima and Lara Posadas of PBAP finished second and third with 1235 and 1220 respectively to earn the bye into Round 2 finals.

Qualifiying will continue through to May 22 and the Round 1 and Round 2 finals will be contested on May 23 and 24. Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end on May 25 with the finals on May 26.



Leader of the Ladies' Open local pool, Liza Clutario

The Masters finals for the Youth Under-16 division and the Senior division will be held on May 27. The championships will conclude with the Masters finals for the Associate division and the Graded division on May 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

Hong Kong national rolls second 300
21st April, Manila: ABF Tour Thailand 2017 champion, Michael Mak of Hong Kong rolled the tournament's second perfect game en-route to taking over top spot of the Men's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 2017 Philippine International Open.

Mak, who posted 696 in his first attempt a squad earlier, started his second attempt at the 10.00pm suqad with just 214 but picked up his pace with a superb 258 in the second game. The winner of four ABF Tour titles then fired 12 consecutive strikes to roll the tournament's second perfect game.

His effort gave him a three-game series of 772 to add to his first attempt of 696 for a six-game tally of 1468 to become the first bowler to suprass the 1400-mark and to take over the lead. Overnight leader of the overseas pool, Dhruv Sarda of India slipped down to second on 1346.



Michael Mak rolling the tournament's second 300


Mak's compatriot, Rickle Kam also did well to take up third spot with 727 and 609 for a total of 1336. Hengki Susanto of Indonesia occupied fourth with 1295 while newly-crowned Asian School Masters gold medallist, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait and compatriot, Faisal Saleem rounded up the top six with 1294 and 1291 respectively.

Other Hong Kong men finishers were Tony Wong in eighth position with 1255, Wu Siu Hong in 12th position with 1233, Ivan Tse second in the mixed pool with 1227, Alex Yu third with 1216, Wicky Yeung seventh with 1177 and James Lui in 16th with 1129.

First perfect gamer, Kenneth Chua of TBAM-Prima remained in the lead of the local pool with 1380 followed by Hashim Guinomla in second with 1329. Jomar Jumapao took third spot with 1328 followed by Paolo Darroca, Raoul Miranda and Anton Alcazaren completing the top six.


Local qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, overseas qualifiers positioned 7 to 12, top 21 qualifiers from the Mixed pool and top three qualifiers from the desperado squad in the Men's Open division will bowl eight games in Round 1 finals.

The top 12 finishers will be joined by the top six local and top six overseas seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Round 2 finals. The top three will advance to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the winners.

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, top 10 qualifiers from the Mixed pool and top two qualifiers from the desperado squad in the Ladies' Open division will bowl eight games in Round 1 finals. The top 6 finishers will be joined by the top three local and top three overseas seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Round 2 finals.



Hong Kong Men team at Coronado Lanes

The top three will advance to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the winners. Qualifiying will continue through to May 22 and the Round 1 and Round 2 finals will be contested on May 23 and 24. Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end on May 25 with the finals on May 26.

The Masters finals for the Youth Under-16 division and the Senior division will be held on May 27. The championships will conclude with the Masters finals for the Associate division and the Graded division on May 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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