Saturday, January 20, 2019 – Central Lanes Bowling Center, Tamuning, Guam
Alex Kloulubak provided a steady performance during the classified masters finals to earn his maiden tournament win of the year. His output of 211, 229, 224 and 192 games placed him in pole position to counter the handicapping of his rivals. The 980 total pinfall including handicap was 17 sticks better than runner up Ray Cruz while Jordan Hattori slipped past Josh Munoz in the final game to qualify for the step ladder finals by one pin.
In the semi-final match, Cruz erased a twenty-pin handicap advantage of 3rd seed Hattori in the early frames as he doubled and took advantage of missed spares by the lower seed. However, a couple of errand shots resulted in splits that provided Hattori the opportunity to reduce Cruz’ lead. As the game entered into the final stanza, Cruz’ held on to a slight advantage before pulling out the win 218-211 to advance to the final match.
With a five-pin handicap deficit, Kloulubak found himself in a deeper hole as 2nd seed Cruz doubled early in the match. The top seed was able to crawl his way back into the match during the late frames as he filled each frame for a 184 game. Cruz missed a couple of frames that caused him the title as he fell two pins short in the final output. With the win, Kloulubak earned the first place cash prize.
Competition continues on Sunday, January 21, 2019 with the Youth and Senior Masters event at 9:00 a.m. and the Masters Finals at 12:30 p.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.