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