Sunday, November, 19, 2017 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam
The stage was set for the last monthly qualifier for the year towards the hosting of the Budweiser King and Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes Grand Finals. The November finals for the King division boiled down to two non-title holders. One, a member of the National Team while the other a scrappy crowd favorite trying to win his first ever title.
10th seed Zayne Zamora used his unorthodox style to eliminate Youth and National Team members during the elimination rounds, emerging as a monthly finalist. In the first round, he took command of struggles encountered by 5th seed Noah Taimanglo 200-153. In the quarter finals, he strung seven strikes in a row to defeat National Team captain Jay Leon Guerrero 257-213. He then reversed the role of top seed Greg Borja, who averaged 263 pins per game during the qualifying rounds, obliterating the pins on his way to a 241-192 drubbing in the semi-final match. He was well on his way to achieving his first title against 3rd seed Ray San Nicolas in the final match as he stayed on level ground halfway through the match. Unfortunately for Zamora, San Nicolas was able to make the right adjustments that enabled him to pull away from his feisty opponent. A crucial four bagger from the sixth to the ninth frames earned him the title 212-181 and etch his name into the year-end grand finals. San Nicolas’ route to the championship match included victories over 9th seed Jae Sang Lee 215-206, 8th seed Aaron Elliott 221-150 and 2nd seed Zachary Ford in the semi-final match 236-225.
Greg Borja bowled games of 276, 260, 246, 279, 276 and 243 on the 44’ long oil pattern for a 1580 total running away from the running and securing the top spot with one game remaining. Ford finished second, 304 pins adrift followed by San Nicolas, Nikko Gutierrez, Taimanglo, Leon Guerrero, Dante Godoy, Elliott Lee and Zamora.
The Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes finals boiled down to an extra frame to decide the winner of the November event. 2nd seed Eya Salandanan and 6th seed Josiah Lanuza kept the crowd entertained as they finished the game with identical scores. The match was extended an extra frame as Lanuza threw the first ball into the pocket flushing the pins into the deck. With a one pin advantage, Salandanan needed a nine count to tie and a strike to be crowned. The ball sailed into the head pin leaving three pins standing as Lanuza basked in the limelight.
Lisa Duenas topped the Prince category during the qualifier with a 1265 total including handicap followed by Salandanan, Jesse Fllickinger, Darien Borja, Naiyah Taimanglo Lanuza, Jaecelyn Espiritu, JR Naron, Michelle Evangelista and Alan Aperocho.
The Grand Finals of the Budweiser King and Aloha Maid Prince of the Lanes 2017 will be held on January 14, 2018 at the Central Lanes Bowling Center. The event will feature two different lane patterns on a pair of lanes that each qualifier consisting of the monthly winners and bowlers qualifying through the points system battling over 12 games for the King and 8 for the prince.