Rafiq mak­ing all the right moves

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RAFIQ Is­mail is more than just sat­is­fied with his per­for­mance at the PBA World Se­ries of Bowl­ing Tour in Reno, Ne­vada.

The 20-year-old, mak­ing his de­but on the PBA Tour, was placed 15th af­ter the first block of 10 games in the Cash­ers Round of the PBA World Cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.

Only the top five af­ter today’s round, will qual­ify for the steplad­der fi­nal on Sun­day.

Rafiq, who also qual­i­fied for the match play round of the PBA Chee­tah Cham­pi­onship, was on a grand to­tal of 11,400 pin­falls af­ter the first block.

The Kuala Lumpur-born kegler said: “I am ac­tu­ally very happy with my per­for­mance here be­cause this is my first time play­ing in the PBA Tour, and I made it to the PBA World Cham­pi­onship. I did not ex­pect this at all.

“Ini­tially, I did not have any tar­get, but I was hop­ing to fin­ish within the top 30.”

Af­ter 40 games from four events (PBA Chameleon Cham­pi­onship, PBA Chee­tah Cham­pi­onship, PBA Shark Cham­pi­onship and PBA Scor­pion Cham­pi­onship), Rafiq has qual­i­fied for the PBA World Cham­pi­onship as the 13th best bowler on a grand to­tal of 9,113 pin­falls.

Only the top 49 bowlers from a field of 188 play­ers made the cut for the PBA World Cham­pi­onship.

On his ex­pec­ta­tion, af­ter the first block of 10-games. Rafiq added: “I was ac­tu­ally a lit­tle off in the first 10 games, but with 10 more to go, any­thing can hap­pen. Let’s just hope for the best.”

Rafiq is the only Malaysian to fea­ture for the Rest of the World team against the United States on Fri­day. Fabian Peter

Rafiq Is­mail is happy with his per­for­mance as it is his first time play­ing in the PBA Tour.

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