JEDDAH: PIP R. PLANAS
Published — Thursday 20 December 2012
Last update 19 December 2012 10:36 pm
Robert de Guzman protected his lead and won a battle for survival to secure the men’s division title while May Lourdes recovered well after a slow start to seal the ladies crown with three outstanding sets as they emerged Bowlers of 2012 at the conclusion of a grueling year-round quest for the most prestigious accolade of the Filipino Expatriate Damayan Bowling Group at the Bowling City here.
De Guzman was actually among those at the bottom during the crunch match wherein Marcelo Manalo and Melvin Lising qualified for finals on 936 and 852 among the monthly champions and Ronnie de Castro on 861 from the class periodic winners. But a long awaited opportunity for a shot at the title caused an adrenaline rush for De Guzman that saw him finish the semifinals at the top on 887, well in front of Jay Bengco and Abdulfatta Mogawan with 878 and 845 respectively. Richard Antonio missed the cut on 828.
Bowling along with the seeded finalists, Ge Guzman stayed in contention while keeping first place on 220 with Mogawan and Lising trailing on 199 and 191.
With the finalists rolling at average de Guzman upheld the lead at 399 as Mogawan close behind on 393 and top favorite Manalo within striking distance at 370.
But then de Guzman widened the gap at 612 after a 213 with Mogawan the closest pursuer on 562, and the eventual winner kept his nerve in light of a Lising rally and consistent display from veteran Mogawan.
After briefly succumbing to pressure De Guzman managed to stay afloat with 175 to save the most coveted men’s Bowler of the Year title on 4-game series with handicap of 787. Mogawan finished second on 758, Lising with a 206 blitz ranked third on 753 while Manalo, Bengco and de Castro claimed the last three prizes on 737, 728 and 722 in that order.
On the ladies division, Lourdes started slow with 166 to be behind early leader Malou Gime (180). Mariz Resano, Grace Funtilon and Aileen Miralbuna took off on 161, 158, 152. Lourdes hit 210 in the next game to seize top spot on 376 with Gime sliding to second on 367.
Lourdes never looked back hitting 221 and 202 in her last two games to earn the ladies Bowler of the Year cron with a total of 799.
Funtilon beat Gime by one pin for second place 714-713 while Miralbuna and Resano claimed fourth and fifth places.
This FEDBG Bowler of the Year quest was supported by L’ Occitane through Eva Garcia.