Raul Dumapit and Ron Cal set the bar in last weekend's Saipan Bowling Association Budweiser King and Queen of the Lanes Tournament at the Saipan Bowling Center to take the July crowns.
Dumapit competed in the first day of the July roll-offs last Saturday and earned Day 1's best score of 813 pinfalls, beating 11 other keglers. His four-game total was then unbeaten on Day 2, as eventual runner-up mustered only 792 pinfalls last Sunday. Bowlers are allowed to join both days of the monthly roll-offs, but only the higher score is counted.
A 254-pinfall performance in Game 1 gave Dumapit the needed momentum at the start of the monthly tournament. He also knocked down 200-plus pins in Game 4 (213) to go with his 158 and 188 in Games 2 and 3 for an average of 203.05 pinfalls.
Dumapit was the lone bowler to average at least 200 pinfalls, as Omechelang fell a pinfall short (199) and third placer and January King Robert Talavera only averaged 196.25 pinfalls. Omechelang posted 200-plus pinfalls on three occasions (209, 216, 213), but failed to snatch the King of the Lanes crown from Dumapit, as the latter had only 158 in Game 1. Talavera's lone 200-plus pinfalls came in Game 4 (248) last Sunday and he settled for third after only posting only 178, 192, and 167 in the first three games.
In the Queen of the Lanes, Cal also bowled in the opening day and her four-game total of 653 remained on top of the list after Day 2 of the competition. Diana Chong, who also joined the Day 1 roll-off retained the No. 1 spot with her 639 pinfalls, while Myrna Santos bowled on Day 2 and rounded the Top 3 with her 637 pinfalls.
Cal, who got her second monthly title after winning the May roll-offs, enjoyed a 14-pinfall lead over Chong after collecting 146, 139, 225, and 143 pinfalls from Games 1 to 4 and averaging 163.25. Chong had her best showing in Game 1 with 176 pinfalls and tallied 143, 172, and 148 in the last three games for an average of 159.75. Santos knocked down at least 170 pins twice (173 in Game 1 and 170 in Game 4) and adding her 160 and 134 in Games 2 and 3, she averaged 159.25.
Meanwhile, in the Fiji Prince of the Lanes, M.J. Aldan won for the fifth straight time.
Aldan, who started his winning run in March, had a four-game total of 667 pinfalls to easily beat Gus Demapan (541), Ryan Batac (514), and Angel Iglecias (459).
Aldan made progress in the first three games of the July roll-off last Sunday, recording 158, 171, and 200 pinfalls before slowing down with his 138 in Game 4. He averaged 166.75 pinfalls, more than 30 pinfalls ahead of Demapan (119.146, 132, and 144), who had a 135.25 average.