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Valencia captures February Senior Bowler tourney title

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LAST Sunday, Nestor Valencia won the February Senior Bowler of the month over Ray Manibusan with a 205-193 with handicap. Ironically, it was the second year in a row that February has been good to Valencia.

The 20-person field had problems with the fresh oil pattern with Rudy Palaganas leading the pack after the six-game qualifier. In bracket one of the shootout rounds, 10th seed Ruben Torres got past former champions 8th seed Buddy Saludo and 9th seed Dave Fejeran.

The second bracket was much closer as 5th seed Manibusan took a two-pin victory over 6th seed veteran Jhun Viray and 7th seed January champ Jim Pinaula.

In the quarterfinals, 3rd seed Valencia was victorious over Torres 196-182 with handicap. Meantime, Manibusan upset 4th seed Zaldy Ponce 194-167. The semifinals saw no nail-biters as Manibusan upset lefty top seed Palaganas 218-154. Former champion and 2nd seed Norison Catbagan was also knocked out by Valencia 180-166.

This set up the final match as both Valencia and Manibusan struggled to connect in the early frames. But an open frame by Manibusan coupled with a critical double by Valencia sealed the victory, the first-place prize money, and a handsome handmade wooden trophy as a victory reminder.

The next monthly tournament will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, March 18 at Central Lanes. This event is open to all bowlers aged 50 or who will be 50 by Dec. 31 of this year.

(Information provided in a press release.)

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