Veterans Paul Pangelinan and Ron Cal recorded their first win of the season in the Saipan Bowling Association Budweiser King and Queen of the Lanes after ruling the August roll-offs held over the weekend at the Saipan Bowling Center.
Pangelinan survived a tough challenge from three-time winner Robert Talavera (March, April, and July) to barge into the win column past the halfway mark of the season. Pangelinan scored 200 pinfalls in the first two games last Sunday against the 220 and 225 of Talavera and the latter kept up with the leader after three games with his 215 in Game 3 against the former’s 199. However, Pangelinan stole the August plum when he knocked down 241 pins in Game 4, while Talavera collapsed in the final game with his 170. The August winner totaled 840 and averaged 210 for a 10-pinfall win over Talavera, who posted an average of 207.50.
Two more bowlers averaged 200-plus pinfalls in the August roll-offs with Raymond Zapanta and Raymond Angeles registering 206 and 203.75, respectively, last Saturday. Zapanta took the early lead in the monthly tournament, as he notched 200-plus pinfalls in three games (216, 217, 225) and got 824 pinfalls after adding his 166 in Game 3. Angeles came in at second with his 208, 228, 190, and 189, but he and Zapanta werebooted out of the Top 2, as Pangelinan and Talavera showed up in Day 2 and eclipsed their marks. Bowlers are allowed to compete in either or both days of the monthly roll-offs, but only the higher score will be counted. Angeles came back for the Sunday event, but got only 746 pinfalls.
Ten other keglers joined the King of the Lanes roll-offs. The list included Raul Dumapit (790), Percy Omchelang (778), Ariel Dumapit (762), Ramir De Leon (757), Tony Verdaguer (742), Simon Manacop (717), Raphael Zapanta (712), Roger De Guzman (699), Arnel Ibarreta (693), and Lito Teodoro (684).
In the Queen of the Lanes, Cal also surpassed the score of Day 1 leader and three-time winner Yho Villavicencio (January, February, and June) after submitting 702 last Sunday. Villavicencio had 695 in last Saturday’s roll-off to take the temporary top spot and also played last Sunday, but mustered only 654 pinfalls and slid to third.
Cal foiled Villavicencio’s bid for a fourth monthly win despite a rough start. The August champion had 135 in Game 1 before improving her performance in the last three games (178, 215, and 174) for an average of 175.50. Cal won by only seven pinfalls against Cora Muna, who tallied 695 pinfalls (185, 164, 183, and 163).
Other female bowlers who joined last weekend’s competition were Gloria Omechelang (671), Tess Fabie (645), Diane Chong (640), Lala Taitano (618), Elena Soll (607), Mel Regis (600), Gigi Zapanta (589), Lyn Santos (556), Cynthia Gugunan (543), and Cristy Villaflor (516).