Barrett, Poppler Top European Point Standings

by Bob Johnson 0

BY KEITH HALE

England’s Dominic Barrett clinched his second European Bowling Tour rankings title with a 10th-place finish in the final event of 2012, the 12th Qatar Open. He last won these rankings in 2010, and finished runner-up in 2008 and 2009.

Barrett compiled 695 points over the year and had a 40-point buffer over second-place Mika Koivuniemi. Sweden’s Martin Larsen was third with 614 points.

In the women’s division, Birgit Poppler of Germany dominated the standings with a huge total of 820 points, 172 better than runner-up Sandra Andersson of Sweden. Denmark’s Britt Brondsted placed third with 514.

The final standings:

MEN — 1. Dominic Barrett, England, 695 points; 2. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 655; 3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 614; 4. Mike Fagan, United States, 595; 6. Stuart Williams, England, 577; 7. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 510; 8. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 505; 9. Sean Rash, United States, 438; 10. Tommy Jones, United States, 438; 11. Tony Ranta, Finland 438; 12. Paul Moor, England, 374.

WOMEN — 1. Birgit Poppler, Germany, 820 points; 2. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 648; 3. Britt Brondsted, Denmark, 514; 4. Krista Pollanen, Finland, 420; 5. Nina Flack, Sweden, 391; 6. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 358; 7. Josefine Linderoth, Sweden, 348; 8. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 336; 9. Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 326; 10. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 297; 11. Sascha Wedel, Denmark, 294; 12. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 291.

These leading 12 men and 12 women qualify for the EBT Masters.

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.