Runaway winners in team event of May Masters


From left, Kathy Mersai, Kari, Janice, and Diana Camacho pose with their team event trophies during the awards ceremony for the 35th CNMI May Masters Tournament last Sunday at the Nami Bar of Kanoa Resort. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Mother and daughter Diana and Kari Camacho, Janice Camacho, and Kathy Mersai won the women’s team event in the 35th CNMI May Masters Tournament by a big margin, besting three other squads in the competition held over the weekend at the Saipan Bowling Center.

The winning foursome collected 2,061 pinfalls and was the only team to score over 2,000 as runners-up Gigi Zapanta, Gloria Omechalng, Mel Regis, and Ron Cal combined for only 1,940. The team of Maridel Camacho, Lucy Deleon Guerrero, Connie Lizama, and Diana Villagomez logged 1,799 to rank third, while Elena Soll, Yho Villavicencio, Lala Taitano, and Tess Fabie earned 1,608 for fourth place.

Diana Camacho had the best score for the winning team with her three-game total of 537 (211, 178, and 148), while Mersai contributed 534 (146, 209, and 179), and Janice and Kari made 509 (176, 190, and 143) and 481 (144, 166, 171), respectively.

Diana Camacho also knocked down the most pins in the women’s singles (549) to beat 11 other female bowlers who joined the weekend competition. Diana earned 169 in Game 1 and 191 and 189 in the last two games to finish 16 pins ahead of Maridel Camacho, who totaled 533 (187, 187, and 159. Mersai rounded out the Top 3 in the women’s singles, just two short of tying Maridel’s output.

In the women’s double, Janice Camacho had a 1-2 finish, as her partnership with Diana produced the field-best 1,023 pins. Janice scored 532 pinfalls, while Diana recorded 491 to beat the 1,006 of the former and Mersai. Janice and Mersai had three-game totals of 481 and 525, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mersai got her second first place finish after topping the All Events Category. With her 531 in the singles, 473 in the doubles, and 534 in the team event, Mersai collected 1,538 and average 170.89 for a close win against Diana (1,529/169.89 average). Mel Regis was ranked third with her 1,497 total and average of 166.33.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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