Korea wraps up national title at World Championships

by Bob Johnson 0

With Young-Seon Cho’s 254-195 victory over Chris Barnes in the gold medal match of the Men’s Masters event, Team Korea has wrapped up the overall national title in the WTBA World Championships at Sunset Station’s Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev.

Using a 3-2-1 point system for gold, silver and bronze medals, Korea enters the World’s concluding events — the women’s team and men’s team gold medal matches — with a 25-20 lead. Team USA is in both gold medal matches, and could push its point total to 26 by sweeping. But Team Korea has qualified for the women’s gold medal match, and thus is assured of no fewer than two additional points — which would give the team a total of 27.

That said, the team event gold medals are the most coveted by the bowlers, coaches and national governing bodies, and those medals are still to be awarded. In the World Championships’ closing events this afternoon, it will be the USA vs. Korea for the women’s gold, and the USA vs. Finland for the men’s gold. Going into those matches, USA and Korea are tied in overall gold medals at four.

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.