Fagan wins Masters

by Bob Johnson 0

Mike Fagan scored a come-from-behind 246-213 victory over Chris Barnes to capture the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters title at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev.

Fagan rolled seven strikes in the last six frames to bounce back from a 6-7-10 split in the 1st. Barnes rolled strikes in four of the first five frames, but left a 4-7-10 split in the 8th that sealed his fate.

Bowlers Journal International will have full on-the-scene coverage in the March issue.

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.