Jahi the Flying Finn

by Bob Johnson 0

Young Flying Finn, Joonas Jahi, well, 26, from Helsinki, a devotee of tenpin at the famous Tali Bowl in that beautiful city (in the

A rare Finnish smile from Joonas Jahi

summertime), bowled his first squad on his initial visit to the Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti Thursday afternoon and promptly topped the squad standings with 1361, not bad for one of the tournament rookies and that gives him sixth place in the current overall standings.

“I like the tournament although I only arrived here last night, so I haven’t seen much of Asti yet,” commented Jahi. “The pattern is not that hard but I liked it. For me, it was quite easy and I had good carry from the corner pins.”

The chase for glory was set off by Yannis Stathatos, a Greek now iving in Cyprus, who opened his account with a 280 and posted 705 over his first three games. He was unable to maintain that pace and finished second to Jahi with 1338.

There is a strong entry in the upcoming 16:00 squad with many stars of the European scene, perhaps led by Team Pergamon’s Martin Larsen from Gothenberg, Sweden.

With Italy playing Germany  in the soccer semi-final whilst the 20:00 squad takes to the Red & Black lanes this evening, there might not be a full entry. Fingers crossed.

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.