The national bowling team started its campaign on a bright note, winning a silver in the opening day of the 47th Singapore International Open 2014 being held at the Orchid Bowl-Orchid Country Club.
Promising kegler Bea Hernandez claimed the country’s first medal by placing second in the youth girls’ under-18 event. She scored 1,581 on 188, 227, 225, 203, 172, 176, 200 and 190 in the finals.
Singapore’s Melyssa Madelein Chua took the top spot with a total output of 1,595 on 161, 179, 212, 189, 259, 184, 218 and 193 while another Singaporean Syasya Bte Ismail wound up third in 1,532 (213, 198, 215, 210, 169, 189, 158 and 180).
Hernandez, winner of the 42nd Philippine International Open last year, made it to the 12-player finals after placing sixth in the qualifying round by virtue of her 1,173 showing. She will be gunning for medal in the youth open division along with Enzo Hernandez, Jomar Jumapao and Ken Chua, who will be seeing action in the youth boys’ open.
In the seniors division, 2006 World Masters champion Biboy Rivera and Asian Championships veteran Raoul Miranda take part in the men’s category while former world champions Liza Clutario and Liza del Rosario, and Rachelle Leon, Mades Arles and Krizzah Tabora compete in the women’s class.
The tournament serves as the team’s build up for the 2014 Asian Games scheduled on September 19 to October 4 in Incheon, South Korea.