Another year, not another winner. The Saudi British Bank successfully defended its championship crown at the recently concluded Interbank Tenpin Bowlers of Riyadh (ITBR) 2013 tournament at the Riyadh InterContinental Hotel Bowling Center here.
Shabab SABB made a convincing finale when its toppled challenger SAMA-Abana Unified during the final rounds of the 17-week league among local banks in Riyadh. Shabab hammered its opponent in four games with staggering 574 points. Team captain Ahmed Qarqoush lead his five-man team to victory with a superb 835 four-game series. Teammates Arnold Jesena, Jaffer Al Kathiri, Luis Bonguit and Fahad Al Heza produced excellent output of 811, 807, 804 and 753 respectively to retain the championship crown.
SAMA-Abana team captained by Teody Zulaybar dropped from second to fourth place with a low score of 90 bonus points.
PNB Unified mentored by Usman Navarro leap-frogged from fifth to second position during the final games as it surprised the top four contenders with a significant 470 win points against Banque Saudi Fransi which defaulted its final match.
Alinma Bank team captained by ITBR Chairman Bobby Ting outplayed former champion Saudi Hollandi Bank 351-50 to clinch third place, only one point adrift of second placer PNB.
BSF-CBG tcaptained by Ken Hechanova blanked Saudi Investment mentored by Dong Calub (290-0).
The champion, runners-up and special awardees received handsome trophies and cash prizes during the awards night held at the Marhaba Restaurant in Riyadh recently. Special thanks to Mounir Melliti, recreation manager at InterCon who provided gift vouchers to lucky winners.
The ITBR group collected cash donations from all participating banks and bowlers during the awards night. This ITBR gesture was in response to typhoon Yolanda relief efforts in the Philippines.
The league committee (Robert Ting - chairman, Froy Garcia – finance director, Teody Zulaybar – statistician), all team captains and the participating banks expressed their thanks to all who contributed to another wonderful and successful year for ITBR.
Here are the individual and team awardees:
Clash of the Titans (Top 30) — Titan King Angelo Train (Alinma), first runner-up Clem Salazar (SHB), second runner-up Arnel Bernabe (SHB)
Group B Winners — First Edison Austria (SAIB ), second Jil Hembra (SHB), third Joey Salem (SAIB)
Most Valuable Player Ahmed Qarqoush (Shabab SABB)
Most Improved Player Angelito Tolentino (Alinma Bank)
Elite Bowlers: Mixi Lechuga, BSF (264) and Fahad Al Heza, SAMBA (255)
Individual awards — High Game Scratch (264) & High Game with Handicap (280) was awarded to Mixi Lechuga of PNB Unified team while the High Series Scratch (873) & High Series with Handicap (889) went to Fahad Al Heza of Shabab SABB team.
Team awards — High Game Scratch, High Series Scratch & High Series with Handicap went to Shabab SABB (1019, 3898 & 4046) while High Game with Handicap awarded to Alinma Bank (1061).
Winner Consolation Round – Banque Saudi Fransi/CBG Team
Sportsmanship Award – Saudi Investment Bank & Saudi Hollandi Bank