Rafiq making all the right moves
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.