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, 2018-06-21 23:18:45
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Pacific Daily News
In his first-ever international tournament, Guam youth bowler Jeremiah Camacho eclipsed an older field en route to winning the Youth Masters title at the 2018 Macau China International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships in Macau June 21.
Camacho, who just turned 15, swept the field of 23 other bowlers, some of whom were at the upper end of the junior division at age 21. His coach, Jay Leon Guerrero, said Camacho was the youngest player in the field and that the teen’s first youth title is also Guam’s first international youth title.
“I didn’t know I had actually won until after the event was over. When I realized I had won, I was very happy,” said Camacho. “I felt prepared, but of course the nerves were there. I had to keep calm and stay cool so I could do my best.”
Camacho is the son of 2003 World Championships Singles bronze medalist Duane Camacho.
In the first of two four-game sets, Camacho opened with a 210, then shot a 266 to take the tournament lead. He lost it briefly when eventual second-place finisher Tseng Hung En from Taipei rolled a 235 to Camacho’s 178, but the Guam youngster closed out the first half bowling a 258.
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Camacho kept up his torrid pace in the first two games of the second half, bowling a 212 and 256, but left the door open in the third with a 187. He rolled a 198 in his final game and was oblivious to his ranking as the final frames were bowled.
“I didn’t make him look at any standings throughout the event to keep him focused,” said Leon Guerrero. “The Chinese Taipei player was making a run to surpass Jeremiah in the final game, but Jeremiah struck in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames to secure the title. He didn’t know he needed to strike though … that’s why I didn’t show him the scores.”
Action switches over to the Men’s Open division June 22. Leon Guerrero bowled a high set to qualify.
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