Sammy Say Sy, a regular competitor in the local keg circuit, shot a 12-game series of 2622 pinfalls to lead the first batch of 34 male and 24 female finalists in the 2016 National Bowling World Cup championships at SM Fairview recently.
Sy finished ahead of veteran Angelo Constantino, who carded 2619 at Superbowl during the first center finals of the prestigious annual competition to determine the two Philippine representatives in the international Bowling World Cup finals slated on October 14 to 23 at Hao’s Bowling Centre in Shanghai, China.
Rochelle Munsayac showed the way in the ladies’ division by scoring 2002 pinfalls in 10 games. She was followed by Bea Camille Santarin with 1848 and Krizziah Tabora (1832).
Champions from more than 80 countries vie for honors in the World Cup international finals, which is considered the world’s toughest individual bowling event.
Four Filipinos, led by legendary Paeng Nepomuceno, have already won the World Cup. In fact, Nepomuceno holds the distinction of being the first bowler to win the crown four times so far.
The other Filipino champions are Lita dela Rosa, Bong Coo and C.J. Suarez.
Biboy Rivera and Liza del Rosario, who represented the Philippines in last year’s BWC international finals at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Nevada, are expected to taske another crack at the title.
Competition is ongoing to determine participants in the second center finals scheduled from July 8 to 14 in 14 different centers.