Youth and experience took separate routes to share honors in the May 2016 monthly championships of the 3rd SM Bowling Millionaire’s Cup 2016 held over the weekend at the SM Bowling Center in Megamall and Cebu.
13-year old Norel Nuevo defeated Audi Castro, 235-214 in the premiere Open Masters finals for Luzon held at Megamall to capture her second title in three weeks. Nuevo earned the first finals slot by defeating Khen Abad, 213-184, in the first semifinal match, while Castro booked his finals seat with a nail-biting 195-194 victory over Rowena Cabas in the other semifinal match. Nuevo topped the 8-game qualifying series with 1784, followed by Castro (1720), Cabas (1699) and Abad (1694) respectively. Nuevo made up for her earlier loss in the semifinals of the Classified Masters where she finished third.
In the Classified Masters finals for Luzon also held in Megamall, Bien Lozada finally nailed his first title by defeating Nelia Santos in the final match, 217-182. Lozada, who finished second in last month’s Open Masters finals, also topped the 8-game qualifying series with 1630. He booked his finals slot with a 210-192 thrashing of Khen Abad, while Santos subdued Open Masters champion Norel Nuevo, 231-199 in the other semifinal match.
IN the Vis-Min finals held at SM Bowling Center Cebu, Emi Osada became the first double winner of the tournament by capturing both the Open Masters and Classified Masters crowns. Osada first captured the Classified Masters title with a when she beat Ging Francisco, 199-161, in the title match. The fourth seeded Osada earlier disposed of top seed Baby Bacon 228-162, while Francisco ousted Ronan Barredo, 201-193 in the other semifinal match to earn the spot in the finals against Osada.
Osada then captured her second title the next day by topping the premiere Open Masters (Vis-Min) division with 219-204 victory over Ronan Barredo in the finals. Still ecstatic over her victory the day before in the Classified Masters, Osada topped the 8 game qualifying in the Open Masters, then ousted Joselito Longcanaya, 228-216 in the first semifinal match, while Barredo earned the right to face Osada, by ousting Baby Bacon, 225-190. Longcanaya and Bacon finished third and fourth respectively.
The second monthly final followed the success of the first monthly championships where Ramil Bonus of Olongapo City and Imus’ Glenn Geluz took the Open and Classified Masters titles respectively.
The top sixty bowlers collected during the 8-game series based on Ranking Points will qualify for the National Grand Finals, with the top 24 taking a bye directly to Round 2. The third monthly championships move on to SM City Clark in Pampanga on June 25 & 26. The top eight bowlers from MOA, Megamall, Southmall, Fairview, North EDSA and Clark will qualifying for the said finals. While the second Vis-Min (SM Cebu, Seaside and Lanang) finals on July 30-31 shifts to SM Lanang in Davao City.
More than PHP 6.0 M in prizes are at stake in the tournament, touted as the biggest bowling tournament to be held in the country.