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Saturday, March 21, 2009

12 Asians join Subic Open

THE first staging of the Subic-Olongapo Open Pool Championship on April 18 to 23 has drawn the participation of 12 Asian players this early.

Seven players from Indonesia, two each from Japan and Malaysia, and one from Thailand became the first foreigners to sign up for the prestigious ten-ball event organized by Raya Sports and sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiards Union.

The players are Indonesians Ricky Yang, S. Bewi, M. Sulfikri, Jimmy Jusman, William Ipaenem, Rudi Susanto and Imran Ibrahim; Japanese Kenji Taguchi and Ryousuke Muruka; Malaysians Amir Ibrahim and Benjamin Lee and Thai Amnuay Porn Chotipong.

The first leg of the 2009 Philippine Pool Tour, the Subic-Olongapo Open will have two stages. Stage 1—the elimination round—will be played at the Star Billiards Center in Quezon City from April 18 and 19, while Stage 2—the main tournament—will be held at the Olongapo City Convention Center in Olongapo City from April 20 to 23.

Of the 12 foreign bets, seven have qualified for the main tournament on the basis of their national rankings and previous performance in the PPT. These are Yang, Bewi, Sulfikri, Taguchi, Amir, Lee and Chotipong. The five other foreign players will participate in Stage 1 to earn a spot in the main tournament.

Last year, the PPT was held in two key cities in the country. The first was in Mandaluyong, which was won by Antonio Gabica over Marlon Manalo. The second leg was staged in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, which was ruled by double world champion Wu Chia-ching of Taiwan against the RP junior champion Jericho Banares. Manila Standard today

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