Team Prima’s Dianne Galendez topped the Open Masters division to complete a back-to-back feat in the annual SM Bowling Millionaires Cup on Wednesday held at SM City Clark in Pampanga.
The 21-year old Galendez accumulated 418 pinfalls on 212 in the first game and 206 in the second game to beat Glenn Geluz in the finals.
Geluz had 402 on 217 and 185 scoring.
“I feel so blessed talaga kasi unexpected din po talaga ‘yung game. Thankful talaga ako dahil may opportunity na i-defend ko ulit ‘yung title ko,” Galendez told The Manila Times.
Galendez took home the P1 million top purse while Geluz received the P500,000 runner-up prize.
Hadji Baracal shared the spotlight by winning the Classified Masters crown as he defeated Noel Abad in the finals, 404-398.
Vivian Padawan dominated the Senior Masters beating second placer Ben Pacheco and third placer Nelia Santos while her son, Aui Padawan, ruled the Youth Masters against silver medalist Kayle Cedric Abad and bronze winner Patrick Neil Nuqui.
“It’s open to all but they have to pass an elimination series which I think Dianne has, having full time work also, opted not to. But bowlers like her who consistently win in tournaments like this, the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC) are very cognizant of these bowlers,” said PBC Secretary-General Francis De Leon.
“We are very proud to see the challenge of [her]winning back-to-back. There’s the pressure, at the same time. This isn’t an easy tournament. If you talk to other players, they will say it is a very challenging tournament and she delivered. She was able to adjust to the conditions and her becoming a two-time champion only underscores her talent,” De Leon added.
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