Muhd Rafiq Ismail hopes to win his fourth gold medal in Boys Masters


    2015 AYC

    Malaysian earns the No. 1 one seed for the stepladder finals; Billy Muhammad Islam (INA) and Enzo Hernandez (PHI) meet in the semi-final match starting at 4.10 p.m. CST



    2015AYCRafiqIsmail2.jpgThree-time gold medalist Muhd Rafiq Ismail (pictured left) of Malaysia is hoping to win his fourth gold medal in the fifth event at the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships as he leaped four spots in the second block on long oil to earn the No. 1 seed in the Boys Masters stepladder finals.

    2015AYCEnzoHernandez3.jpgIsmail, who averaged 246.83 over 18 games in Singles, Doubles and Teams to win in All-Events, won all eight matches on long oil Tuesday at Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China, including a 216-215 win against second seeded Enzo Hernandez (right) of the Philippines to stay atop the leaderboard with 3873 including 135 bonus pins, an average of 233.63.

    Hernandez, who finished second to Ismail in Singles and All-Events and had to win the position round match by 21 pins to overtake the lead, suffered his sole defeat of the block to take the No. 2 seed with 3832 total and an average of 232.00.

    2015AYCBillyMuhammadIslam2.jpgBilly Muhammad Islam (left) of Indonesia battled it out with first-block leader Seo Hyo Dong of Korea for the third and last spot to advance to the stepladder finals. Trailing by 27 pins heading into the position round, Seo had to win the match by 18 pins (plus 10 pins bonus for the win) to overtake the Indonesian, but lost 222-172.

    Islam, who finished with 3788 including 90 bonus pins (231.13), meets Hernandez in the semi-final match. Seo had to settle for fourth place with 3701 (226.31).

    The top three girls and the top 3 boys advance to the stepladder finals starting at 4.10 p.m. China Standard Time (CST).


    The 18th Asian Youth Championships in Macau, China, will be held March 24-31 at 24-lane Macau Bowling Center inside the Cotai International Sports Complex in Macau, China.

    The Championships drew 98 players, 58 boys and 40 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation - Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1995, will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on medium oil), Doubles (long oil), four-player Teams (first block long, second block medium), All Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block medium, second block long).

    Competition concludes on Tuesday, March 31, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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    18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships - Boys Masters Match Play

    First block on medium oil, second block on long oil; top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

    300 games (2) - Billy M Islam (INA), Seo Hyo Dong (KOR).