Sunday, August 6, 2017 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER
With one game remaining, Shannon Bukikosa, Annastashia Leon Guerrero, Frank Manibusan Jr., Josiah Lanuza and Nick Gutierrez were within striking distance for the classic master’s event title. With only thirty pins separating the top five positions, enthusiasm built towards the final game along with tension picking up a notch.
Lanuza pocketed the first five frames of the last game to assume the lead midway through the final game. Unfortunately, tides turned and Lanuza ended up opening four of the last five frames to end with a 195 game. Manibusan struggled during the first half of the last game, but rallied with a four bagger in the wading frames for a 209 game as both Bukikosa and Leon Guerrero maintained their averages.
When all the scores were tabulated and handicap factored in, Manibusan edged out Josiah Lanuza by four pins. Bukikosa settled for third while Leon Guerrero finished in fourth place.
After winning the event, Manibusan said “I was surprised to win, I felt lucky and I knew I had to stay relaxed and focused on what I needed to do.” The future looks bright for the 15-year-old who is also in the running for the National Youth Team who will compete in the 2017 Asian Youth Championships in Manila this coming October.