MERWIN Tan settled for two bronze medals in his initial foray in the 15th Asian Schools Bowling Championship recently at the Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta Indonesia.
Tan, who rolled his first career perfect game during the Team Event, copped the pair of bronze in the Boys’ Singles and in the All-Events.
Teammate Enzo Hernandez, on the other hand, finished fifth in the masters finals which he capped with a perfect game on his 13th match. He also settled for fourth in the boys’ doubles together with teammate Ivan Malig.
“It was a very nice experience in my first year competing abroad like the Asian Schools and I think I need to practice more for the next competitions,” said the 14-year-old Tan, a student of Marists High School in Marikina City.
“Next time when I represent the country, I’ll do my best to win the gold.”
Tan finished third in the boys’ singles with 1494 total pin falls over six games with an average of 249 to place third behind gold medal winner Mustafa Al Mousawi of Kuwait (1575) and silver medal winner Japanese Nakano Katsuhito (1515).
Tan recorded 4373 in 18 games with 243 average in the All-Events to land third.
“I was disappointed after I lost my lead in the masters but it’s over now and I need to move on,” said Hernandez, a 17-year-old graduating high school student at Ateneo. “I’m looking forward to represent the country in the Asian Games in Korea and in the Asian Championship but I need to qualify first.”
The Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC) is currently conducting eliminations to form a 16-member national pool.
From the pool will be chosen the players who will comprise the team to the Asiad slated this September in Incheon Korea. Hernandez is hoping to make it to the team.
The other members of the team were Bea Hernandez, Angela Lazo, Jasha Jaron, Xyrra Cabusas, Alyssa dela Rosa, Anne Agu, Noelle Campos, Gwyneth Silva, Herber Alqueza, GJ Buyco, Mitch Espinosa, Joshua Autida, and Dionisio Diokno.