The national team can gauge its progress against the strong foreign field vying in the ongoing Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships in preparation for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games slated in Thailand in November.
Bowling legend and commissioner Bong Coo of the Philippine Sports Commission said this was why top players from as far as Ireland, Australia and the Middle East plus regional neighbors Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore were invited to see action in the blue-ribbon competition.
She said that this was also the reason why the PBF through the assistance of the PSC hired crack American coach Joseph Slowinski to prepare the Filipino bowlers for the AIMAG, set Nov. 17 to 26 in the Thai capital of Bangkok and province of Chonburi, and other future international tournaments.
A three-time world champion and Bowling Hall of Famer, Coo said the Nationals were also scheduled to compete in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand after the PIO kegfest supported by the PSC and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp in their build-up for the AIMAG.
Meanwhile, the standings virtually stayed the same in the tournament held at the Coronado Lanes inside the Starmall in Mandaluyong that is also backed by Senators Bong Go and Sonny Angara.
The top three spots in the qualifying phase of the men’s and women’s open divisions were untouched with national junior bowler Zach Ramin and former World Cup champion Krizziah Tabora-Macatula continuing to lead the way in both categories.
Ramin clung to the No. 1 spot in the men’s division (1413) while Macatula’s 1276 was also still tops on the distaff side of the kegfest (622-654) at the Coronado Lanes inside the Starmall in Mandaluyong of the bowling meet also backed by Cuisiniers, Starbalm, The Bowler, Robinson’s Land Corp. and Pasig Bowling Association.