King Williams

by Bob Johnson 0

Stuart Williams, 30, the PBA player who hails from Ellesmere Port, England, caved his efforts for the final day of qualifying to

Stuart Williams

take over the top place on the leader board from fellow countryman Darren Cundy, shooting 1270 in a strikefest five game set.

The standings now have Williams in prime position, then Cundy and Swede Marcus Berndt in third. Berndt had 928 over his first fout games then finished with a 269 to take over third on 1197.

Although the entries for this event are down this year, just knocking on the door of 100, there have been over 200 entries, so tournament director and Cockatoos Bowl proprietor Dimitros Evripidou is highly pleased with his favorite annual event.

On Sunday morning the top 42 qualifiers do battle through the final stages, the top two luckily having byes through to stage five, the quarterfinal. The nice sum of 3,300 euros awaits the ultimate champion.

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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.