International star may be out

by Bob Johnson 0

One of bowling’s top international stars, Stuart Williams of Liverpool, England, may not be able to compete in the PBA World Series of Bowling.

Williams confirmed to Bowlers Journal International that he was refused entry to the United States “on the visa waiver program that I have traveled to the USA on each time I have been.”

Williams and all other World Series entrants are expected to be at host South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas on Saturday for a mandatory meeting that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Pacific. On Sunday, two separate practice sessions — one featuring three of the “animal” patterns” to be used in the World Series, and the other featuring two of those patterns — are scheduled.

Actual tournament play doesn’t begin until Monday, and while the PBA certainly could forgive Stuart’s non-attendance at the Saturday meeting, he would be at a distinct disadvantage if unable to participate in the Sunday practice sessions.

“At this time, it doesn’t look good for being able to play in the World Series,” Williams said. “The PBA is doing everything they can to try and get my situation sorted. However, I think we are losing the race against time.”

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.