January 23, 2018, 11:42 pm
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Hernandez siblings future of PH bowling

STEADILY making their presence felt in local bowling circles are siblings Enzo and Bea Hernandez, who stamped their class in the recent National Youth Bowling Championships held at the E-Lanes Bowling Center in Greenhills, San Juan.

A former Asian Youth silver medalist, Enzo was dominant in the boys division, scooping up all five gold medals at stake in the tournament sanctioned and organized by the Philippine Bowling Federation.

The eldest child of Assistant Solicitors General Bernard and Nyriam Hernandez, Enzo capped his sweep of the five events with a riveting 222-219 win over Marky del Carmen in their battle for the Masters crown.

A Wichita State University varsity bowler, Enzo gained the No. 1 seed after topping the grueling 12-game Masters eliminations with an aggregate score of 2684 for a sizzling average of 223 pinfalls.

Carrying the colors of the Pasig Bowling Association, the prolific southpaw bowler also captured the boys’ singles, doubles, all-events and team gold medals in a sterling display of consistency and excellence.

“Enzo was a cut above the rest in this tournament,” noted PBF board member and multi-titled international campaigner Bong Coo of the young man’s outstanding showing.

Less than a few days later, Enzo was back on the lanes and emerged as the topnotcher in the national men’s team tryouts after a taxing 48 games in a span of a week, finishing with 10075 pinfals and a 209.90 average.

He will spearhead the men’s national team that will seek honors in the Asian Games in August in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Palembang.

His younger sister, Bea, 18, also gained top spot in the National Youth masters eliminations with a 2522-210 performance before whipping No. 3 seed Danielle Escolano 188-160 in the stepladder finals.

The bespectacled bowler won the gold with Norel Nuevo in the girls doubles, a pair of silvers in the singles and team events, respectively, on top of a bronze in the all-events.

The Hernandez siblings credited their parents, both regular recreational bowlers, for introducing them to the sport early.

“Once, while we were bowling with lawyer-friends, Enzo was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up,” recalled Mrs. Hernandez. “His quick answer then was ‘I want to be a lawyer.’”

Mr. Hernandez said they did not force their children into the sport “but it came just naturally.”

Now in his third year as an accounting student major in finance and management at Wichita State, Enzo bowls with his left hand but “I usually do other things regularly with my right hand.”

Enzo said he and her sister have no sibling rivalry and instead pull for and encourage each other, adding that “I don’t usually give her bowling tips. I let Bea figure things out.”

While admitting that following in his brother’s footsteps is not easy, Bea said she is also determined to excel after witnessing the opportunities that opened for Enzo.

“Watching my parents and my brother bowl, I began to love the sport as well and make them proud in what I am doing,” said Bea, who began bowling at 10.

A graduating senior at Poveda College, she revealed that she has been offered a scholarship at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

“I will be going there to take my SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and hopefully pass it so I can take up kinesiology and medicine after that,” Bea said.  

Unlike Enzo, however, the younger Hernandez missed the cut in the national women’s team tryouts, finishing 10th overall (8883-184.02).

As consolation, Bea is the No. 1 bowler among the national youth team aspirants who will compete in the world youth bowling championships in Detroit, Michigan in July.
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