Denmark Brings Home the Bacon

by Bob Johnson 0

There are Danish bowlers – yes, and there are Danish bowlers. Jesper Agerbo and Mik Stampe come to mind but the frontrunner

Thomas Larsen

this year is young Thomas Larsen (22) from the island of Fyn in central Denmark and his home bowling center is in Odense, not far from his residence.

He started off the 16:00 squad this afternoon with a 250 game, his first squad and the first time he has rolled the Brunswick Italia Challenge. “I really like this center, it is very nice,” commented Larsen. “I shot a 250 on the high end of the house and struggled a little when I bowled the low end, so I hope I get the high end again when I bowl the next time. I was 200, 200 down there and came back with 250, 250 at the top. I will bowl at least one more squad, maybe two.”

Russia’s Medveditskov set the pace over the first couple of games and was then joined by Finland’s Petteri Salonen, a past member of the famous Finnish national team, but both faded over the final hurdles. Great expectations were held for another Finn, Osku Palermaa from Espoo, who recently won his first PBA title in the World Series of Bowling, but he failed to impress and joins the line to bowl again.

Because of the Italy versus Germany semi-final of Euro 2012 soccer this evening, a low entry was forecast for tonight’s final squad but a total of over thirty have registered at the time of writing.

Tomorrow (Friday) will see some full squads and probably a waiting list. Tournament organizer Riccardo Piunti is highly pleased with the way the tournament is panning out and already excited abouth the 2013 edition.


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.