Returnee Su Hea Jin competed in the Saipan Bowling Association Budweiser Queen of the Lanes for the first time this season and won the September roll-offs held last Sunday and Monday at the Saipan Bowling Center.
Su joined the last day of the September tournament and collected 779 pinfalls to surpass the score of Day 1 leader Gloria Omechelang, who slid to third after Marie Candado snuck into second place. Su, who last won the monthly competition in September 2006, stunned her competition right from the get-go when she gained 219 pinfalls in Game 1. Su was the only player in her field to post at least 200 pinfalls and she had another impressive roll-off in Game 3 (201) to go with her 174 and 185 in the two other games. The eventual winner went on to take a 63-pinfall win over Candido and averaged 194.75.
Candado also bowled last Monday and had an inconsistent showing in the first three games (184, 179, and 160) before tallying 193 in Game 4 to dislodge Omechelang from the second spot. Omechelang had a roller-coaster performance in the first day of the roll-off, but her 191 and 200 in Games 1 and 3 were enough to compensate for her 154 and 160 in the two other games and give her the temporary lead. The veteran kegler logged 705 pinfalls in Day 1 to lead eventual fourth place Kathy Mersai (671) by 34 pinfalls.
Omechelang came back for the last day of the tournament, but failed to keep her lofty spot, as she only earned 608 pinfalls in Day 2. Omechelang had a tough time in the first three games, registering 150, 144, and 146 before nailing her most pinfalls in the last game (169) for a measly average of 152. Mersai also returned for the Sunday contest, but only got 613 pinfalls (140, 159, 164, and 150). Bowlers are allowed to join both days of the tournament, but only the higher score is counted.
Ten other female keglers joined the September Queen of the Lanes. Elena Soll was one of them and rounded out the Top 5 with her 666 pinfalls (138, 171, 191, and 166). Diane Chong finished sixth with her 640 pinfalls, followed by Yho Villavicencio (637), Lala Taitano (635), Gina Sablan (617), Ron Cal (605), Cynthia Gugulan (549), Beth Janeo (546), Cecilia Puserio (542), and Myrna Santos (527).
Meanwhile, results of the King of the Lanes Tournament will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Friday edition.