Marc Dylan Custodio tops the Dubai DIBC-Delta Open Bowling tournament

Marc Dylan Custodio tops the Dubai DIBC-Delta Open Bowling tournament

FILIPINO Marc Dylan Custodio delivered a performance to remember as he topped the 10th DIBC-Delta Open Bowling Tournament at the Dubai International Bowling Centre over the weekend.

Mr. Custodio, a 20-year-old De La Salle University student, was nothing short of spectacular, amassing a total score of 1837 to claim the Open division crown and the cool top purse of AED50,000 or P760,000 that went with it.

He bested 21 other finalists including Malaysians Hafiz Zainuddin and Ahmad Muaz, who scored 1827 and 1824 and finished second and third, respectively.

It was a magical performance for the 2022 International Bowling Federation Under-21 Championships bronze medalist, who was ranked 12th of the 22 bowlers who survived the ultra-competitive qualifying round that drew 315 participants from 29 nations.

Mr. Custodio was actually one of the four Filipinos who made the final round with the other three being Zach Sales Ramin, Stephen Luke Diwa and Dubai-based Hashim Guinomla.

The 18-year-old Mr. Ramin, the youngest ever bowler to rule the Singapore International Open a year ago and a member of the national team that struck gold in the Asian Youth Championship also last year, and Mr. Guinomla were seeded higher at seventh and 11th, respectively, while Mr. Diwa was at 21st.

But only Mr. Custodio struck gold by coming through with perhaps the game of his life. — Joey Villar