DENMARK’S Jesper Agerbo beat Malaysian left-hander Rafiq Ismail 256-205 to claim the World Singles Championships men’s title at the Qatar Bowling Center last week.
Agerbo, who overcame Finland’s Joonas Jahi 234-168 in the semifinal, was in top form against Ismail.
“It was great to win in Doha. I enjoyed every moment of my campaign. It was tough, but that’s all about competing in a World Championship,” said Agerbo.
Ismail had defeated Hong Kong’s Michael Mak 235-224 in the other last-four clash.
A total of 134 players including 53 women, from 50 countries, vied for honours in the tournament.
Meanwhile, USA’s Kelly Kulick defended the women’s title, defeating Singapore’s Professional Women’s Bowling Association Rookie of the Year New Hui Fen 214-195.
Kulick beat another Singaporean Shayna Ng in the semifinal while New overcame USA’s Shannon Pluhowsky.
“I didn’t win anything big in the last two years. So when I started here, my confidence was a little shaky,” said Kulick, who claimed the inaugural edition in Cyprus in 2012. “I’m over the moon. I’ll able to hold this title for another four years. Defending a title is always a challenge because the event has become stronger.”
Bryan O’Keefe, who also coached Team USA to a successful run at the Pan American Confederation Championships in September, was happy to have helped Kulick bounce back from a slow start.
“She struggled initially, but came up with a new game plan. To see her come through such a challenge explained her status as one of the best in the world,” said O’Keefe.