Hot Stuff from Marcus

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Marcus Berndt, 21, from Malmo is southern Sweden set the pace in the opening squad of the 2010 Malta Open, coming through to top the leader board with a 290 in his sixth and final game of his first block to total 1356, 35 points better than tournament

Tournament manager Neil Dent (left) presents Marcus Berndt with his €100 squad leader prize

favorite Stuart Williams of England, who has spent the past year competing on the PBA Tour in the United States.

Currently a student at Wichita University in the United States, truly a bowling dedicated school winner’s of the National Collegiate Championships last April for the third successive year, Berndt is the son of a very famous Swedish international, Yvonne (Nilsson) Berndt, winner of three gold, two silver and a bronze medal in European and World Championships.

This is Berndt’s second Malta Open, coming here for the first time last year. “This is such a beautiful place, the island itself is wonderful. It is nice that this is such a great tournament and if you’re good enough you can win funds to pay for the trip. The bowling season has quietened down a little bit in the United States, so it is nice to travel.

“I struggled with my first game today. I just had a 160 and couldn’t find a decent consistent line to the pocket. Then I watched some of the other bowlers to see where they were playing. I made a couple of adjustments and then had a 207-247-2250-203 and 290. ”

The total of 1356 gave Berndt top place on the leader board and a sponsor prize of €100 for that position.

This was the first of two six-game blocks. The qualifying is over 12 games with the option of a re-entry to better one of the blocks if so desired.

TOP TEN STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 1:

Eden SuperBowl

Name Ctry HC 1 2 3 4 5 6 Score Aver Total
Marcus Berndt SWE 0 159 207 247 250 203 290 1356 226 1356
Stuart Williams ENG 0 244 237 228 189 214 209 1321 220.1 1321
Cherise Denham ENG 48 228 180 201 218 266 175 1268 211.3 1316
Justin C Scicluna MLT 0 222 207 257 212 201 161 1260 210 1260
Conan Mackey IRL 0 194 191 226 235 212 201 1259 209.8 1259
Matt Chamberlain ENG 0 204 230 207 245 165 187 1238 206.3 1238
Kenneth Arpa MLT 0 227 193 217 207 196 166 1206 201 1206
Mark Spiteri MLT 0 234 156 198 181 226 210 1205 200.8 1205
Beat Grauwiler SWI 0 179 211 211 182 268 147 1198 199.6 1198
Bigi Manico SWI 48 186 173 201 208 159 213 1140 190 1188