Gloria Omechelang gained her second monthly plum in the Saipan Bowling Association Budweiser Queen of the Lanes Tournament after winning the October roll-offs last weekend at the Saipan Bowling Center.
Omechelang, who topped the May tournament, competed in both days of the October event with her Saturday total of 706 pinfalls besting 11 other keglers who joined the two-day tournament. Omechelang took the lead after Day 1 after closing out the first day of the event with 194 pinfalls. She recorded in 154, 171, and 187 in the first three games for an average of 176.50 pinfalls.
Eventual runner-up Elena Soll led Omechelang after three games, 561-512, but fell to second after a meltdown in Game 4 (140 pinfalls). Soll was one of the only two bowlers in the women’s field to score at least 200 pinfalls with her 208 in Game 3 and adding her 161 and 192 in the first two games, she registered an average of 175.25 pinfalls and just five pinfall short of matching Omechelang’s record.
September winner Hea Jin Su also joined last Saturday’s roll-off and finished third with her 659 pinfalls in four games. Su was the other participant in the women’s field to nail at least 200 pinfalls with her 212 in Game 4 and she averaged 164.75 pinfalls after collecting 123, 150, and 174 in the first three games.
The eventual Top 3 finishers also joined the last day of the tournament, but Su failed to eclipse Omechelang and Soll’s records, as the former earned only 669 pinfalls last Sunday to settle for another third place finish. Soll had a fifth-best 653 pinfalls last Sunday, while Omechelang knocked down 642 pins in the second day of the roll-offs.
With Omechelang getting her second monthly victory, she became only the second female bowler to win more than once this season. Yho Villavicencio was the first one, ruling the January, February, and June editions of the monthly competition.
Other keglers who joined the October tournament were Diane Chong (645), Villavicencio (634), Tess Fabie (633), Kathy Mersai (623), Ron Cal (619), Cynthia Gugulan (596), Gigi Zapanta (546), Cecilia Puserio (559), and Marie Candado (512).