Third double victory for Philippines as RP Team Bowler Lara Posadas Wins her First International Open Masters Titles
May 24, 2017, MANDALUYONG CITY – Lara Posadas of PBAP-Bowlmart-RP gave Philippines its third double victory since 2010 in the Men’s and Ladies’ Open Masters stepladder finals of the 2017 Philippine International Open at Coronado Lanes. Compatriot Ken Chua earlier won the Men Open Masters Crown.
After adding another perfect game to their athlete resume during the qualifying round of the Philippine International Open (PIO) held in Coronado Lanes, RP Team bowlers Kenneth Chua and Lara Posadas wrapped the prestigious competition and bagged their first International Open Masters Title on the evening of May 24.
Posadas took the top spot after eight games with 1,692, and was joined by two bowlers from Singapore Iliya Syamim (1,675) and Jermaine Seah (1,619) in the stepladder finals.
Syamin beat Seah in the first match 223-203, but failed to beat Posadas in the title match. The RP bowler rolled 232 and 188 against Syamin’s 209 and 166 to clench the PIO Ladies Open Masters title.
“The step-ladder match with Iliya wasn’t easy,” recalled Posadas. “The lanes were much slower than the lanes, where we played during the 8 games. I (however) was able to see what’s coming, because the top seed was able to practice on the other side, while waiting for the final match. (I, therefore,) got my weakest bowling ball and tried it out. I used Roto Grip-Outcry and changed a bit of my ball speed, since the lanes were really slow and that (decision) helped me a lot. Also, being patient and taking my time to spare helped me win the match.”
Aside from RP head coach Paeng’s teachings on mental preparation, Posadas credits her consistent performance in the PIO to her regular bowling and physical fitness training with the RP team and her recent training experience in Korea.
Prior to the PIO, Posadas, along with other RP team female bowlers, spent 10 days in Korea and experienced how the country’s multi-awarded national team trains. “We were bowling from 9am to 5pm with breaks in between. The facilities were well-maintained; and they also have their own canteen, where all the athletes eat. Everything is provided by the government and they are all well-compensated. (These factors) make us want to work harder if we want to be better than them (the Koreans),” shared Posadas.
Posadas of PBAP-Bowlmart-RP Team brought home a Datuin sculpture.
“This (title) means a lot to me, because all the effort and sacrifices that I’ve been doing for our country have finally paid off. Being an athlete is not easy, especially when you have an 8-5 job and still have to go to training at night,” expressed the champion.
Chua and Posadas will partake in upcoming SEA Games in Malaysia, and both aim to bring home more medals for the Philippines this year.
National coach Paeng Nepomuceno was pleased with the Nationals’ performance.
“So far, so good. They have showed a lot of improvement,” said the six-time world bowling champion and bowling Hall of Famer who is overseeing the team’s preparations.
Next stop for the national bowlers is the Singapore Open set June 4.
The 2017 Philippine International Open is hosted by the Philippine Bowling Federation, the country’s only governing bowling body is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee World Bowling and Asian Bowling Federation.
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