LUISA Khan was crowned the new ladies singles champion in the ANZ South Pacific Bowling Carnival that ended yesterday at the Suva Bowling Club.
Khan defeated Elizabeth Mocewai 21-12 in the final to claim her first major win.
She dedicated the win to late husband and former Fiji Bowling Association president and national rep Mazid Khan.
Khan, who was also the national team selector, passed away about two months ago.
"It was a very emotional win for her. She is new to bowling and played really well to win the competition," tournament director Martin Fong said.
Luisa defeated Rota Vakaloloma 21-8 while Mocewai overcame Yasena Bulivakarua 21-12 in the semi-finals.
In the men's competition, national rep Arun Kumar failed to make it two consecutive title wins after losing to Australian Wayne Pretty.
Pretty defeated the 2014 Pineapple Cup champion by 21-18 in a close encounter.
In the semis, Kumar defeated Samuela Tui 21-12 while Pretty overcame Semesa Naiseruvati 21-18.
Fong said the week-long carnival was a huge success adding they were anticipating a bigger and better event next year.
He said they were impressed with the performance of the upcoming bowlers.
Fong said they had a total of 162 bowlers which was the biggest number since the carnival began.
"Every year the number (of bowlers) increases and we are hoping to reach the 200 mark next year.
"There were a lot of new bowlers that stood out and we are hoping the selectors of the national team will put them in the trials for the Pacific Games."
Fong thanked ANZ for their support.