EMERSON Gotencio was once again the top man during qualifying in the Godfathers Tournament on Tuesday night at Funland Centre.
The competition is being held in memory of the late Murtadha Qudrat Rasti and the late Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
Gotencio scored the daily high series of 685 pins. It twas his second-best trial in the competition and helped him raise his average to 229.9 with a 2,069 total. His two other high series were 710 and 674.
With his latest trial, Gotencio has narrowed the gap in the qualification standings in Group ‘A’ where he is now just 13 pins behind current leader Dante Tisdom, who has marks of 231.3 and 2,082.
Emad Jahromi continued to occupy third place with a 213.1 average and 1,918 total while completing the leading six in the Elite Group are Ahmed Almalki, JM Villanueva and Ahmed Al Gaoud.
Others to excel during qualifying on Tuesday night were Shaker Daraj and Ahmed Refacs.
Daraj had a high series in Group ‘B’ of 663. That was his best trial with his other top series being 602 and 570. Daraj’s average improved to 203.9 with a 1,835 total and he is now ranked 10th in the intermediate division.
Essa Taqi stayed on as leader in the group with a 218.4 average and 1,966 total. Abdulrahman Al Ali was second with an average of 216.1 and a total of 1,945 while Mustafa Qaed is third with 213.3 and 1,920.
Ali Abdulla, Patrick Tony and Mohammed Mahmoud were classified fourth through sixth respectively.
Refacs, meanwhile, had a 536 total to register the day’s high series in Group ‘C’, which features beginners.
Refacs’ other top scores were 519 and 468 for a 169.2 average and 1,523 total, earning him third place. Ali Mahmoud continued to lead with a 177.8 average and 1,600 total, followed by Layla Janahi with marks of 170.6 and 1,535.
Mariam Modara, Ahmed Alansari and Luigi Magpantay make up the top six.
Group ‘C’ also includes the youngest participant of the tournament, the talented 10-year-old Rashid Abdullatif, who is a member of the Bahrain Bowling Association’s youth team.
He showed his limitless potential by being currently ranked eighth with a 151.3 average and 1,362 total.
The qualification round continues at Funland Centre until May 29. At the end of this stage, the first and second from each group advance directly to Round Three while those ranked third through 12th move to Round Two.
These stages will be played on May 30 and 31, along with the ensuing step-ladder final round.
A total of BD4,400 in prizes are up for grabs with BD1,000 going to the overall champion. Cash prizes will also be awarded to those finishing in the top 18, as well as the first scorer of a perfect game.