‘Major’ Mika the Master

May 28th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

Mika Koivuniemi, the lithe Finn who made his name on the PBA Tour and now lives in Michigan in the United States, came from

Mika Koivuniemi

behind to topple Kim Olleby and Martin Paulsson of Sweden to clinch the honors of Squad 8 Friday afternoon.

Koivuniemi totaled 1428 to win the squad by 21 pins, needing to put together a string of strikes in the final frames for the win. He is now in third place in the overall qualifying standings.

Chatting to Koivuniemi after the squad, he commented: “I may bowl one more squad before Sunday. I think I have found what I am looking for,” he said. “Yesterday I had a good look at the shorter pattern and I think I’ve figured it out today. Both patterns are playing quite easy, so the difference in length doesn’t really matter. The last time I was here there was more distance. I prefer tougher patterns.

“We had a couple of tournaments in the United States with the dual pattern, but not too often. I don’t like it, it doesn’t prove anything and it is just a trick to do something different.”

Koivuniemi is currently the leader of the European Bowling Tour rankings after winning the Ballmaster in Finland last January and is looking for more points this summer. “I plan to bowl Munich, San Marino and Barcelona this summer, then Lahti in Finland for sure. so maybe I’ll have a chance to win the tour rankings this year.

“Most of the best bowlers in the world are playing the PBA Tour. There are a few Europeans who could make a decent living out there if they chose to come over. The biggest difference here is that the lanes change so quickly with such a mix of players.”

There are two more squads to bowl today and four more tomorrow before the cut to 42. All squad winners automatically qualify for Sunday’s final rounds where €10,000 awaits the champion. The leading qualifier has a €1,000 bonus.

TOP TEN STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 8:

Pos Name Nat
G1
G2
G3
G4
G5
G6
Score
Hcp
Total
AVG
1 Martin Larsen SWE 237 288 267 238 194 223 1447 0 1447 241,2
2 Kamilla Kjeldsen DEN 223 215 279 224 243 213 1397 48 1445 240,8
3 Mika Koivuniemi FIN 199 266 266 243 228 226 1428 0 1428 238
4 Paul Hutchinson DEN 241 235 267 202 213 258 1416 0 1416 236
5 Thomas Larsen DEN 190 224 300 256 231 214 1415 0 1415 235,8
6 Martin Paulsson SWE 203 206 235 211 268 278 1401 0 1401 233,5
7 Kim Bolleby SWE 243 223 266 256 224 180 1392 0 1392 232
8 Juhani Tonteri FIN 191 222 215 258 237 268 1391 0 1391 231,8
9 Jesper Agerbo DEN 254 235 209 200 247 246 1391 0 1391 231,8
10 Dominic Barrett ENG 259 289 237 184 192 224 1385 0 1385 230,8

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