Williams Hits the Jackpot

July 16th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

Burly Stuart Williams, the English star who is a rookie on the American Pro Bowlers Tour and had a successful 2009-2010 foray into the United States, pushed others aside and took the Squad 10 honours on Friday evening, so earning his place in Sunday’s final rounds.

Stuart Williams

Holding off a strong challenge from Sweden’s Marcus Berndt, currently a student at Wichita State University in Kansas, USA, Williams had a six point buffer when hostilities ceased.

“This tournament will always be special to me,” remarked Williams. “I’ve made the stepladder three times. It is also the first tournament I ever played outside of England. when I won it it allowed me to bowl for a living, so I always like coming back to Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona. This tournament has one of the better formats where your score from qualification goes along into the finals. I’m usually pretty good in qualifying, so not having a Desperado squad means that the best bowler of the week can win, rather than the best bowler on just one day.That makes it a lot better for the players. The prize fund is good and Barcelona is such a beautiful city.”

Tore Torgersen, the Norwegian now firmly esconced in Sweden, took third place on the squad, 30 pins back of Berndt, and Kirsten Penny of England was her usual talented self to place fourth with 1335.

One more squad takes to the lanes Friday evening, featuring famed Pete Weber, the American pro bowler who won here with back-to-back 300 games in 2008. Business ventures meant that he missed defending his title last year, but is going to give all to stand atop the rostrum on Sunday night.

“I really want to do that again,” Weber joked. “Shooting the back-to-back 300s here as the only time in my life was great. I’ve had 23 strikes before for 599. I’ve definitely had enough practise over the past four days doing exhibitions so I’m ready for this tournament. My thumb is a little sore, but that goes with the game. So we’ll see what happens tonight.”

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 10:
(Nmes in Yellow denote squad winners)

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Chris Loschetter USA 257 277 237 217 227 259 1474 0 1474
2 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 225 245 236 235 289 216 1446 0 1446
3 Nicki Ainge England 216 268 229 236 219 224 1392 48 1440
4 Mathias Arup Sweden 289 203 300 179 227 216 1414 0 1414
5 John Wells England 206 233 217 234 243 266 1399 0 1399
6 Peter Ljung Sweden 225 258 222 232 211 245 1393 0 1393
7 Mika Koivuniemi Finland 207 258 191 278 209 247 1390 0 1390
8 Osku Palermaa Finland 228 256 213 238 205 236 1376 0 1376
9 Stuart Williams England 258 226 191 236 243 218 1372 0 1372
10 Frederik Ohrgaard Denmark 182 202 236 266 244 239 1369 0 1369
11 Martin Larsen Sweden 197 289 213 216 217 235 1367 0 1367
12 Marcus Berndt Sweden 249 246 248 234 213 176 1366 0 1366
13 Dom Barrett England 222 218 215 214 258 237 1364 0 1364
14 Brian Voss USA 224 222 258 204 213 226 1347 0 1347
15 Robert Andersson Sweden 235 215 245 232 206 210 1343 0 1343
16 Hans Snelting The Netherlands 197 249 227 237 191 239 1340 0 1340
17 Tore Torgensen Norway 205 203 223 227 256 222 1336 0 1336
18 Kirsten Penny England 209 235 226 193 215 209 1287 48 1335
19 Anders Lousdal Denmark 202 258 226 200 201 247 1334 0 1334
20 Yoan Alix France 202 225 211 223 234 234 1329 0 1329

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