Tamuning, Guam – Twenty finalists took to the lanes on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 9:30 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center and one came away with the title 2013 Guam Senior Bowler of the Year.
Chuck Meno led all competitors in the first elimination series with a 1284 total averaging 201 pins per game to outpace the field over six games. His total included 45 bonus points and 30 pins of handicap. Mary Pangelinan finished second with 1242 pins followed by Joe Mafnas 1217, Kathy Mandapat 1147, Jim Pinaula 1140, Norison Catbagan 1134, Manny Torre 1130, Edgar Caper 1127, Bart Lanada 1114 and Jhun Viray 1112 who capped the field of bowlers ascending to the second elimination series.
[Photo L-R: 3rd Place Jim Pinaula, Champion Norison Catbagan and Runner Up Kathy Mandapat. Photo courtesy of Joey Miranda III.]
With all scores from the previous round erased, a new set of three games was contested amongst the top 10 qualifiers. Kathy Mandapat took pole position with a 624 total including 60 pins of handicap and 20 bonus points followed by Norison Catbagan 607, Joe Mafnas 590, Jhun Viray 577 and Jim Pinaula’s 571 who moved to the knock off rounds.
The first knock off round witnessed Asian Intercity Senior’s Singles event champion Jim Pinaula slip by Jhun Viray 207+8 handicap and Joe Mafnas 182+17 as he banged a 227 scratch game to advance to the semi-final match against Norison Catbagan.
In the best 2 of 3 game set semi-final round, Norison Catbagan ousted Jim Pinaula in two sets 209-177 and 236-201.
The finals featured Kathy Mandapat against Norison Catbagan on lanes 17 and 18 in a best 2 of 3 games format. Catbagan outclassed the higher seed 204+5 to 157+20 in the first game. In the second game, Mandapat took an early lead on Catbagan as the later opened with a split on the second fame. However, Catbagan found his groove and began striking, first with a turkey on the third to fifth frame followed by another set of strikes to close out the game and erase the handicap deficit for the crown on a set of 181+20 to 231+5.
Article from a press release.