PETALING JAYA: Former national youth bowler Chong Jun Foo is now a restaurateur but that won’t stop him from continuing to impress in the sport.
The 25-year-old Sarawakian finished a creditable 15th to emerge as the best-placed Malaysian in the prestigious World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand in Bangkok yesterday.
Despite no longer training full time, Jun Foo showed he was no pushover against some of the world’s best bowlers by reaching the fourth round of the star-studded meet, which offered a whopping 4.2mil baht (RM574,000) prize purse.
He amassed 1,211 pinfalls over six games to miss the top-six stepladder finals by 96 pins. But there’s every reason for him to cheer as he still walked away with a 70,000 baht (RM9,600) cash prize.
“I’m so proud of myself for making it all the way to the the fourth round and securing a top-15 finish, ” said Jun Foo, the boys’ singles gold medallist at the 2013 Asian Youth Championships in Hong Kong.
“This is one international tournament where most of the top professionals from all over the world will gather annually. The last time I played here was 2011 and I could not even qualify for the tournament proper at that time, ” added Jun Foo, who runs a Chinese restaurant in Kuching.
Jun Foo said he has no intention of giving up bowling as he still enjoys competing professionally.
He also did well last year by finishing third at the Jaya Ancol Singles Championship in Jakarta last year.
“I try to compete whenever I have time. I must thank ABAS (Amateur Bowling Association of Sarawak), manager Robert Lu, coaches Jackson Ting and Angelo Koay who continue to have faith in me to represent the state team.”
Birthday boy Ahmad Muaz Fishol was the other Malaysian finalist to have impressed after coming in 18th with a 1,197 total.
He, too, pocketed 70,000 baht to add joy to his 26th birthday celebration.
Second round: 1. Atchariya Cheng (Tha) 1358,2. AJ Johnson (US) 1327,3. Wu Siu Hong (Hkg) 1325.
Selected Malaysians: 6. Ahmad Muaz Fishol 1260,7. Zulmazran Zulkifli 1248,12. Nur Syazwani Sahar 1182.
*Top-10 through third round
Third round: 1. Sean Rash (US) 1354,2. Wes Malott (US) 1328,3. Wu Siu Hong (Hkg).
Selected Malaysians: 5. Chong Jun Foo 1300,7. Ahmad Muaz Fishol 1290,16. Rafiq Ismail 1236,26. Zulmazran Zulkifli 1091.
*Top-12 through to fourth round
Fourth round: 1. Jesper Svensson (Swe) 1571,2. Sean Rash (US) 1354,3. Dominic Barrett (Eng) 1348.
Selected Malaysians: 15. Chong Jun Foo 1211,18. Ahmad Muaz Fishol 1197.
Final: Jesper Svensson (Swe) bt Sean Rash (US) 211-181.
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