PATRICK Neil Nuqui, an up-and-coming bowling prodigy and Bien Lozada, the unstoppable bowler from Quezon City, conquered the Classified and Open Masters Divisions of the SM Bowling Millionaires Cup Year 3 Grand Finals held recently at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall.
In the Classified Masters Division, 15-year-old Patrick Neil Nuqui took the 600,000-peso top prize with scores of 202-248 in the knockout games, garnering a series total of 450, against 1st runner up Bien Lozada’s 414 (199-215) -- making him the youngest bowler to win in the Millionaires Cup.
This is the first time that Nuqui, a Grade 10 student from La Salle Green Hills, joined SM Bowling’s Millionaires Cup, after being influenced by his dad who has a love for the sport.
“It was a great experience to be against other bowlers,” says the young champion. “Ang message ko lang sa other young bowlers: keep on practicing, at hardwork lang talaga.”
Bien Lozada emerged as the ultimate winner by becoming the Open Masters Champion and the Classified Masters 1st runner up in the third edition of Millionaires Cup, collecting a total of 1.35 million pesos in cash winnings.
Bien reached the finals of both the Open and Classified Masters Divisions after overcoming 6 rigorous monthly finals and a recent mild stroke. At the end of the Open Masters Grand Finals, Lozada won with knockout scores of 209-237 against 1st runner-up Letty Pineda’s 207-195 and succeeded in getting the coveted one million-peso grand prize. To add to his momentous success, Bien Lozada also made history for being the first ever senior champion of the SM Bowling Millionaires Cup.
“Surprise gift ito ni Lord sa amin ng wife ko,” Says Lozada, who’s turning 69 a few days after the finals. “Actually, hindi namin ito expected kasi maraming mas magagaling. Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa SM. Dahil sa inyo, may ganito.” When asked if he’ll continue to play in the future, the Open Masters Champion said: “Hangga’t may ganito [Millionaires Cup], sasali pa rin ako.”
The third edition of SM Bowling’s Millionaires Cup saw over 200 registered participants -- surpassing the total number of bowlers from the past 2 years -- and gave away more than 6 million in total cash prizes. Monthly finals saw instant cash winners, while the finals rewarded the top 4 of each division with a 100,000 to 1 Million Pesos in cheque.
“This year we really had a good mix of bowlers.” Says CJ Suarez, Head of Sports Development for SMLEI. “We had youth bowlers and veterans competing against each other and this proves that bowling is really for everyone.”
For more information on Millionaires Cup, visit SM Bowling’s official website: www.smbowling.com.