Kim upsets favorite By Edri K. Aznar

    09/12/08

    Philippines

    Republished courtesy of Sun.Star - Philippines (Sep. 11, 2008)

    2008BWCLogo.jpg In an unexpected turn of events, Philippine team member and brilliant young bowler, Kim Lao, earned the right to represent the country in the 44th Bowling World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico after pulling off an impressive upset over veteran international bowler Liza Del Rosario in the 2008 Bowling World Cup National Title, last Sunday, at the Mall of Asia.

    After finishing third in the qualifiers, where 54 bowlers competed, Lao battled second seeded Krizziah Tabora and defeated her within two games of their best-of-three matches with scores of 243 and 189 pinfalls compared to Tabora's 214 and 182 pinfall performances.

    Following her win over Tabora, Lao was up against a formidable foe–Del Rosario, who was last year's representative to the World Cup in Russia.

    Lao bested Del Rosario in three games 219-228, 214-188 and 207-174 pinfalls.

    "I'm very happy. I finished third then I got lucky because I scored more than Tabora," Lao told Sun.Star Cebu of her 2-0 match sweep over Tabora.

    The 18-year old Linguistics freshman of the University of the Philippines Diliman's main objective was to triumph in the tournament but she didn't expect that she would win against a veteran like Del Rosario.

    "My goal was winning this tournament. I just got lucky because she (Del Rosario) had a hard time. I just played the game and didn't think about the outcome because it would make me nervous," said a humble Bowling Tenpin Association stalwart.

    For her World Cup stint, Lao will be training four to five times a week for two to three hours and will be practicing harder for her upcoming international contest under the watchful eye of her coach and ex-national team member Jojo Cañares and Philippine National Bowling Team head coach Nico Valderama.

    "This is my first time to play in this level of competition. This is my biggest tournament so far. I will be training harder for this," assured Lao.

    To further hone her skills as a bowler, Lao will also fly to the US along with Valderama and other RP bowling team members.

    Lao will be joined by 34-year-old businessman Jeff Carabeo to represent the Philippines in the 44th World Cup Bowling World on Nov. 7 to 15 in Mexico. (EKA)