Final Qualifying

by Bob Johnson 0

The going could certainly have not been called too tough, as scores were high and strikes in abundance for the last four qualifying scores for the Brunswick Italia Challenge at the fantastic Red & Black bowling centre in Asti, but the tough certainly got going and, for many, the ultimate goal was to be in the top eight in the final standings so as to get the vital two byes in Sunday’s final rounds.

There were two more perfect games today, the first by Mattias Wetterberg from Sweden, the second by local Italian Marco Reviglio and those perfectos promptly assisted their other five games to hoist them up the final table, Wetterberg to 24th place but Reviglio all the way to the elite octet in fifth place with 1466.

As shown by the results below, Stuart Williams remains the tournament leader, eclipsing Brunwick-staffer Ronnie Russell, the PBA bowler from Indiana in the United States and the top eight can now sleep well and have a hearty breakfast before joining the fray.

The final rounds will have ten groups of four bowlers with each quartet playing three games. The highest from each group will advance to stage 2 and those 2-4 will form a separate standing according to their three games. Then 20 players will contest stage two.

The next stages will see the field reduced to 16, then eight, four and two.

Full results on: www.brunswickitaliachallenge.com

Further details: keithhale679@aol.com

TOP 25 QUALIFYING SCORES:

Qualified directly to final step 3 (Position 1 – 8)
POS NAME NAT GEN BEST
PINS
LAST
GAME
SQUAD # SQUAD
COUNT
HAND
1 Williams, Stuart ENG M 1491 258 21 3 R
2 Russell, Ronnie USA M 1487 213 18 2 R
3 Gross, Thomas AUT M 1481 247 22 3 R
4 Barrett, Dominic GBR M 1473 236 20 2 R
5 Reviglio, Marco ITA M 1466 280 24 3 L
6 Vontobel, Larry SUI M 1455 211 05 2 R
7 Loschetter, Chris USA M 1452 225 21 2 R
8 Parapini, Marco ITA M 1442 268 24 3 R
Qualified to final step 1 (Position 9 – 36)
POS SEED NAME NAT GEN BEST
PINS
LAST
GAME
SQUAD # SQUAD
COUNT
HAND
9 1 Brøndsted, Britt DEN F 1431 221 11 1 R
10 2 Andersson, Kim SWE M 1425 245 23 3 R
11 3 Mortensen, Jimmy DEN M 1424 246 22 2 R
12 4 Berndt, Marcus SWE M 1422 258 20 3 R
13 5 Medveditskov, Alexander RUS M 1422 193 20 4 R
14 6 Moor, Paul GBR M 1421 207 20 3 L
15 7 Baravaglio, Luca ITA M 1420 234 02 1 R
16 8 Osella, Luca ITA M 1417 280 02 1 R
17 9 Thurlby, Rob GBR M 1411 219 21 3 R
18 10 Jørgensen, Lars Mulle DEN M 1410 220 15 2 R
19 11 Boccato, Marco ITA M 1406 247 06 2 R
20 12 Mattsson, John SWE M 1399 221 21 2 R
21 13 Spadavecchia, Andrea ITA M 1397 220 02 4 R
22 14 Zucchinelli, Enzo ITA M 1393 269 20 2 R
23 15 Stathatos, Giannis GRE M 1390 212 21 2 R
24 16 Wetterberg, Mattias SWE M 1383 193 22 2 R
25 17 Radi, Tommaso ITA M 1382 180 21 3 R

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.