Back on the Lanes

by Bob Johnson 0

After the disappointment of the structural defect at the Bowling de Provence yesterday and the cancellation of play for the afternoon and evening squads, things got more or less back to normal today after slight adjustments to the schedules and the

Gye Min-Young

tournament format.

Wednesday saw the women complete six games to bring their total so far of eleven and with five more to play tomorrow the top 24 players will advance to the second round.

It is certainly Asian dominance at the top of the current standings with Min-Young Gye of Korea leading with 2474 (224.91 avr.) and Malaya’s Wendy Chai in second place 107 pins back. Singapore has third place with Daphne Tan on 2347. The Asians complete being a top quartet with ‘Daisy’ Posadas of the Philippines slotting into fourth place with 2336.

Aumi Guerra from the Dominican Republic took over fifth spot on 2335, just one pin behind Posadas.

The honors of holding the high game so far go to Guerra and Fiona Banks of England, sharing a fine 278.

John Szczerbinski

In the men’s divsion, two five-game blocks have been completed and the remaining six games still remain.

Once again it is a strong American challenge as John Szczerbinski takes over the running with a ten game total of 2335, so that is an easy average calculation. Szczerbinski leads the field by 75 pins with Norway’s Mads Sandbaekken in second. Europe continues in the fray with Matt Miller of England third, 2239, and Harn Chieh Kwan representing Switzerland fourth, 2218.

The Americas are again in the top five with William Ching of Venezuela, 2206.

Once again, the high game is shared with Sandbaekken and Miller rolling 290s.

Photos courtesy of Terence Yaw,

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.