Saturday, March 25, 2023 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER, Tamuning, Guam
The Pin Point Guam Youth bowler of the month took place at the Central Lanes Bowling Center on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Youth bowlers competed in three categories: girls, boy junior and boys senior as they continued their year long march towards the December finale. Each bowler competed over three games during the youth league with the top four bowlers in each division advancing through the Pins Over Average challenge.
Aubreale Charfauros led the girl’s division with 62 points followed by Jaeani Cruz, Aha’ani Sablan and Juliana Lagman advancing to the monthly step ladder format. Lagman edged Sablan in the first step ladder match by 2 pins to advance to the medal rounds. In the semi-final match, Cruz amassed 55 pins over her average to move into the gold medal match as Lagman settled for third place with 8 points. In the final match, top seed Charfauros rose to the occasion to win the match and the gold medal, as she bowled a personal best 178 game, to beat her average by 82 pins with Cruz awarded the silver medal bagging 37 pins over her average.
The boy’s junior division was a close contest for the top four spots. It was a mere 28 pins difference between the top qualifier Graig Reyes, and 6th placer Dwaine Golle. Micaiah Benton finished in 2nd, seven pins adrift of the top post, with Eyan Duenas in 3rd by a pin and Koren Espia another two pins back for the coveted final spot. Tristan Adonay missed the cut by two pins with 88 points.
4th seed Espia outpaced 3rd seed Duenas in the first match to advance to round two, 27-9. Espia continued his mission towards the gold medal round by slipping by 2nd seed Benton in the semi-final round by four pins with a tally of 14-10. For his efforts Benton took third and the bronze medal. Espia seemed to find his groove early in the final match against Reyes, as he took a twenty-pin lead after three frames. However, top seed Reyes was able to find his mark slamming three pocket shots in a row to take advantage of back-to-back missed frames by Espia and closed the door on the lower seed. With the 60-24 win, Reyes won his first Junior division gold medal while Espia was awarded the silver medal.
Calvin Cabuhat paced the boy’s senior division with 39 pins over average followed by Kristian De Roca, Ricardo Duenas II and Matt Santos to qualify for the March elimination rounds. In round one, Santos made up the handicap advantage of Duenas during mid game to oust the 3rd seed with a score of 33-12. In the semi-final match, 2nd seed De Roca took full advantage of a struggling Santos to easily advance to the gold medal match by 67 sticks. De Roca continued his dominance in the stepladder against top seed Cabuhat to win his first title by 48 pins.