13 and Lucky for Heinonen

by Bob Johnson 0

Reputed to be unlucky for some, Squad 13 was very much in favor for Markus Heinonen of Tampere, near Helsinki, Finland, the

Markus Heinonen

second finn to win squad honors this week.

Opening his account with ten strikes foa 289, Heinonen followed that with 257 and 204 but slumped to 179 before recovering with another 257 and closing 244 for a 1430 series and third place in the overall standings behind Dominic Barrett and Rebecka Larsen.

“I was able to stay with the same ball through the series,” remarked Heinonen. “I did experiment with a couple of others but decided not to change, so I am very pleased to lead this squad.

“It is my ambition to become a Finnish national team member but the current team is very hard to get into. I very much enjoy international bowling and am looking forward to the finals tomorrow.”

Sweden’s Robert Andersson was runner-up to Heinonen but back on 1367. The famed Team Pergamon player was consistent with a high game of 247 and a low of 202.

Looking after the baby seems to have swayed Osku Palermaa as he is down with the also-rans, managing for him an unusual 1303.
Just two more squads to play now and at 1297 the cut to 42 isn’t likely to move more than a few pins, so tomorrow’s quarter-final should feature those with a very low 1300.

Full tournament information and results on www.fcbb.cat

TOP TEN STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 13:

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Dominic Barrett England 210 259 222 269 278 246 1484 0 1484
2 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 214 239 216 268 244 218 1399 48 1447
3 Markus Heinonen Finland 289 257 204 179 257 244 1430 0 1430
4 Mats Maggi Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
5 Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
6 Osku Palermaa Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
7 Eike Kabowski Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
8 Tore Torgersen Sweden 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
9 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
10 Paul Moor England 277 214 218 241 229 210 1389 0 1389

 

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.