Tamuning, Guam – Guam Senior Bowlers Federation president and tournament 2nd seed Joe Mafnas made it three titles in a row by topping 4th seed Norison Catbagan 219-208 with handicap to take the first senior bowling title of 2013.
The 24-person field played the long oil pattern with moderate difficulty. Rudy Palaganas was the top seed after the 6 games qualifying round. In the shootout round, 8th seed Dave Fejeran knocked off 9th seed Rick Torres and 10th seed Roger Mejares. In the other bracket shootout, 5th Jim Pinaula nipped fellow seniors, 6th seed Ben San Agustin and 7th seed Ben Taimanglo.
[Photo insert: L-R: Col. Joe Mafnas, Ret GPD, Champion and Norisson Catbagan, Runner Up.]
The quarterfinals continued with Catbagan romping over Pinaula while 3rd seed Remy Matanane stopped Fejeran to make the semi-finals. Catbagan continued by upsetting top seed Palaganas while Mafnas cruised past Matanane to get to the championship round.
The championship round see-sawed back and forth till a key strikes by Mafnas made it too little too late for Catbagan who made a valiant effort to overcome the handicap difference that made it possible for Mafnas to take the victory.
The next tournament will be the Guam Senior Bowlers Federation annual championship January 27th. The next senior monthly bowling championship will be February 17th at 11AM at Central Lanes.
Article from a press release.