SUAREZ BOWLS WAY TO WORLD CUP

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS, OCTOBER 6, 2003 (MALAYA) CJ Suarez of the Philippines downed Dutchman Marcel van den Bosch 2-0 to win the 2003 AMF Bowling World Cup title Saturday at the Planeta Sipangco bowling center here.

Suarez, who missed the cut to the quarterfinals last year by two pins, avenged himself this year. The 24-year-old IT consultant and businessman dropped Van den Bosch 205-202 and 232-209.

"I can't believe it! I am so proud," said Suarez, the first bowler from the Philippines since Paeng Nepomuceno in 1996 to win the title. "I am hopeful that this victory will cause our national sports commission to give bowling even more attention and more support now."

Suarez beat defending men's champion Mika Luoto of Finland two games to one in the semifinals. Luoto took the first game 264-189, but the Filipino bounced back to win the next two 265-214, 182-178.

Filipina Jojo Canare, however, bowed 0-2 to defending women's champion Shannon Pluhowsky of the US in the semifinals.

Canare lost the first game 203-214 and failed to get back in the second via a 202-218 count.

Kerrie Ryan-Ciach of Canada upset Pluhowsky 2-0 to win the women's crown.

Ryan-Ciach, a 32-year-old from Ontario who works in her family's business, rolled games of 210 and 234 to foil Pluhowsky, who had games of 160 and 225. Pluhowsky was trying to become the second person ever to win back-to-back World Cup titles.

"I was sick earlier this week, and whatever the medical technicians gave me to cure the fever worked" Ryan-Ciach said. "I was back to normal after two days and able to stay on top of my game. I was so focused I didn't even realize where we were in the last game until the 10th frame."


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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