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The Young Diplomats Club in San Francisco held its annual the Lucky Strike IX – 9th Annual Young Diplomats Club (YDC) Bowling Tournament on Thursday, 16 November 2017, at the Presidio Bowl in San Francisco.

Representatives from the US Foreign Mission, China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, and other countries participated in the tournament.  Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon led the six-person team that represented the Philippines in the tournament.  With a total score of 836 points, the Philippines placed first in the tournament, with Japan and Korea rounding out the second and third places.

Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. and Deputy Consul General Ascalon accepted the trophy on behalf of the team.

The Young Diplomats Club of San Francisco (YDC), launched on 15 April 2009, is a private organization, endorsed by the former Dean of the San Francisco Consular Corps, The Honorable Marc LePage of Canada. The intent of the YDC is to serve as a networking social group with quarterly events, held in various and unique Bay Area settings. Participation is open to all career San Francisco Consular Corps members, staff and spouses or partners.

With the objective of promoting sports diplomacy as one of the means of fostering and promoting relations with the host country as well as with the Consular Corps in San Francisco, the bowling tournament is one of the most awaited events in the Young Diplomats Club calendar.  This is the sixth year that the Philippines has won first place in the said tournament.  END