Villega takes July honors

JULY'S TOP BOWLERS: From left, Rene Cariaso, Manny Villega, Jimmy Pinaula and Virgil Toledo are shown after placing in the Senior Bowlers Association July tournament Sunday at The Central Lanes Bowling Center in Tamuning. Photo courtesy of Guam Bowling Congress

For the fifth straight month, the senior bowling title pitted the top two seeds in the Guam Senior Bowlers Association senior tournament for July. Second seed Manny Villega took no prisoners as he had the right touch, stringing strikes to take two straight contests, 248-163 and 228-199 with handicap, to upset top seed Jim Pinaula and lay claim to the July title.

Twelfth seed John Salas lost a narrow 170-164 game to sixth seed Alex Kloulubak. In the other bracket, 10th seed Virgil Toledo slammed Remy Matanane 208-170. The odd bracket first round had fifth seed Manny Tagle getting a bye from 11th seed Edgar Nalundasan, who was a no-show. However, seventh seed Rose Tosco took a close win over ninth seed Josie Catbagan 211-202 with handicap.

The quarterfinal first round started with lower seed Toledo over Kloulubak 200-186, and Tosco over Tagle 202-164. The second round continued with Toledo pushing on by upsetting third seed Nick Gutierrez 178-171. Fourth seed tournament newcomer Rene Cariaso stopped Tosco 212-197 to advance to the semifinals.

Toledo opened with a 192-170 win over top seed Pinaula. But Pinaula came back to keep Toledo from that second win with a 262-173 victory and top spot in the finals. Cariaso also opened with an upset win over second seed Villega 184-142. But Villega slammed the door with a convincing 245-181 victory to earn the right to meet Pinaula for the title.

The championship format was a “first to two wins” for the two top seeds. It was then that Villega was really honed in on the pattern as he blistered Pinaula in the first game 248-163. The strikes continued in the second game as Pinaula continued to struggle stringing strikes to keep up with Villega, but eventually fell short 228-199 for the victory, monetary prize and bragging rights for July’s tournament.

The next monthly tournament will take place at 11 a.m., Aug. 25. The top 12 bowlers will be announced and posted on Aug. 23. For complete information, see the tournament rules posted on the bowling counter or see Manny Tagle at the Friday Night Senior League.

Information was provided in a press release.