A mixture of the short oil lane pattern and experience combined with a hint of luck propelled Joey Miranda III to his first monthly title of the year. Miranda opened the event in 10th place and inched his way to the elimination rounds finishing in fourth place behind top seed Michael Gadia, 2nd seed Jae Sang Lee and 3rd seed Dante Godoy.
Miranda took a scenic route to the monthly finals as his opponents crumbled one by one. In the opening match, 8th seed John “Skittles” Mercado rolled the arch of the rainbow but was unable to find the pot of gold finishing 90 pins behind Miranda. Thereafter, 3rd seed Dante Godoy tried to take advantage of Miranda’s second frame miss during the quarter final match up. After the early mishap, Miranda strung eight strikes in a row to shut the doors on Godoy with a 230-204 round.
In the semi-final round, Miranda took full advantage of the inexperience of 2nd seed Jae Sang Lee, manipulating the younger foe’s mindset. Miranda was almost able to doubled up on Lee’s output to match the age gap between the two competitors. Meanwhile, top seed Michael Gadia put a stop on 7th seed Nikko Gutierrez’ drive to the finals, defeating the lower seed by 52 pins.
The finals between top seed Gadia and 4th seed Miranda went all the way to the wire with both competitors unable to stroke through the shot. In the end, Miranda claimed the Budweiser King of the Lanes title with a 178-170 victory assuring him of a slot in the year end Grand Finals.
Other top ten finalists for the month included 5th seed Teliann San Nicolas, 6th seed Ricky Gutierrez, 9th seed Brandon Manibusan and 10th seed John Leon Guerrero.
10 year old Jaymason Doyle retired top seed Rudy Palaganas in the monthly finals of the Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes division. 8th seed Doyle, 55 years junior of his opponent, won 142-134 to secure his post in the Grand Finals. In the semi-final round, Palaganas toppled 6th seed Bal Perez 188-133 while Doyle turned away 2nd seed Lucie Sowade 204-169 to set up the finale.
Palaganas led all Prince of the Lanes competitors during the six games qualifier held earlier in the day followed by Sowade, Mike Wong, Alex Kloulubak, Arlene Reyes, Perez, Jeremiah Camacho and Jhun Viray rounded off the top ten.
The next Budweiser King of the Lanes and Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.