Finalists Set in Bowlers Journal Scorpion

by Bob Johnson 0

A pair of “two-handed” bowlers — Osku Palermaa and Jason Belmonte — nailed down the top two positions for the ESPN stepladder finals of the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Rounding out the finals field are Tom Daugherty, who does not put his thumb in the ball when seeking strikes, and Jason Sterner, who will be making his ESPN debut after a clutch turkey in the final frame of the final game Tuesday night.

The stepladder final round of the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship will be taped this Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. Pacific. It is scheduled to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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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.