MANILA, Philippines – Philippine bowling’s rising star Merwin Tan bagged the boys’ masters title in the 51st Singapore International Open 2019 on Saturday, June 29.
The 19-year-old rolled to a leading 1,687 pinfalls in 8 games to beat Malaysian Megan Zaqrul Haiqal by 5 pins and clinch the championship.
Japanese Keita Tokushia settled for 3rd place with 1,657 pinfalls at the Singapore Bowling Tamasek Club in Rifle Range, Singapore.
The country’s emerging national junior bowler continued his golden streak after topping the boys’ division of the 20th Asian Youth Championships and copping men’s open masters title in the Philippine International Open.
“I don’t want to put pressure on Merwin, but he is favored to win the title because of his performances in the last few months. Merwin has very good work ethic, trying to improve himself everytime and master his craft. He’s always practicing what he does. He is a good example to other youth bowlers,” said head coach Biboy Rivera.
Meanwhile, Bea Hernandez fell short by 7 pins (1,667) in the girls’ youth masters to settle for 2nd place against winner Yuen Hui Shan Natalene of Singapore (1,674).
Singaporean Tay Kai Lin Arianne finished 3rd with 1,643 pin falls.
Besides Tan and Hernandez, the other members of the team include Alexis Sy, Liza Del Rosario, Kenzo Umali, Grace Gella, Kenneth Chua, Lara Posadas, Dyan Coronacion, Patrick Nuqui, Mades Arles, Raoul Miranda, Enzo Hernandez, Rachelle Leon, Alyssa Ty, Norel Nuevo, Emerson Gotencio, and Kayle Abad.
Singapore Open is one of the Philippine Bowling Federation’s international exposures to hone the skills of the Philippine bowling team for the upcoming hosting of 30th Southeast Asian Games in the country. – Rappler.com