Pip R. Planas
Sunday 3 January 2010
Last Update 3 January 2010 12:00 am
JEDDAH. Scratching par on the first salvo, Ed Sardiña insured the title by prudent performance on the ultimate game of the men’s division while Malou Nidoy patiently chase till she placed second after 4 games and finally clinched the ladies’ crown at the end of their 5-game sudden death showdown on the Filipino Expatriate Damayan Bowling Group Quest for Bowler of the Year finals at the Bowling City here.
Entering the poll of aspirants via topping the desperado match, Sardiña paced second with 861 behind top finisher Archie Santos who completed 885 for a special prize. Joel Nidoy, Jack Jarin, Willie Cordero, Jimmy Aragones, Romy Antonio, Jun Pilipiña, Pip R. Planas, Mio Centeno, Ernie Geslani and Ruel Santoc joined Santos and Sardiña on the 12 finalists.
Topping game 1 of the 2-game finals with 262 Sardiña preserved a high adrenaline at the lane transfer after the first salvo. In close contention was Aragones with 235 followed by Jarin at 234 and Nidoy with 231. Santos and Antonio were on the 5th and 6th positions with 216 and 212 respectively. On the ultimate game Haj Bowlfest champion Antonio mounted a solid pursuit. Alarmed by the capability of his manager to launch a great chase Sardiña fortified his trench. Antonio blasted 249 but the lefty “designer” (bowling pen name of Sardiña) garnered his most wanted FEDBG Bowler of the Year 2009 title with 479 tpf including his 213 scratch parry on the last game. Antonio gained the first runner-up post with 461, Jarin was second runner-up with 425 and Geslani saved the last berth with 418.
Second runner-up on the quest for December ‘09 bowler wherein Nurissa Ramos was the champion, Malou Nidoy and Edna Domingo were deadlock at 195 in number 6 as Aisah Silabay showing expected dominance with 218 joined by Fatima Jintarat 216, Ramos 216, Jannah Felismenia 213 and Fuly Primo 211 in top 5 after game 1. As Jintarat grabbed the top spot with 410, Nidoy went deeper at 8th when Minda Guevarra and Jay Perez joined the barriers. As Silabay retake the top with 634 after a 222 thrust, Malou jumped to 6th post on her 191 bell ringer game. Feeling heightened adrenaline, the campaigner lobbed the pressure to her competitors with a 209 and with an anemic 148 of Silabay that shaky maintains top rank with 786, Nidoy shadowed her with 781 after the penultimate game.
The last game then was a display of admirable female bowler powers with Puri Parena showing greatest at 213 scratch. Ester Santoc also had massive offense at 199. Primo and Evelyn Santoc were also at their earnest performance.
But with Nidoy being the closest to the top her final push of 178 scratch awarded her of the FEDBG female Bowler of the Year 2009 title with total 5-game series of 970. S
ilabay who was hobbled by lane problems on the last two games took the second place with 948 while Domingo and Guevarra settled third and fourth with 945 and 937 respectively. Parena got short of 4 pins at 933 into the winning column.