Lopez Tops Squad 11

by Bob Johnson 0

The first of the visiting Americans to hit the headlines is Miquel Lopez from Phoenix, Arizona, a student at the bowling famous

Miquel Lopez

Wichita State University in Kansas.

He came through to top Friday’s final squad with 1379, three pins better than the target set by Mik Stampe of Denmark, finishing his six-game set a few minutes before Lopez struck out in the tenth frame to claim the squad.
Third place on the squad was taken by Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden with 1302, so coming second in the women’s standings to Cassie Staudinger who rolled 1322 in the 13:00 squad.

Although Dominic Barrett holds the high game of 300, that was challenged by Stampe is his opening game of this squad but left the 2-4-7 with his final ball for a 297.
Lopez is enjoying his second bowling vacation in Europe, having competed in San Marino last week and now in Barcelona. “I did bowl this tournament last year but didn’t do at all well,” he told us.

“I didn’t realize i was that close coming into the tenth frame tonight,” he added. “I did have a feeling I was in touch with the lead because of the scores going into the last game. I didn’t think about it a lot, just wanting to make good shots, that was all I focused on, really. The tricky part for me here is to get the angles into the pins the right way. My balls all the week were not getting through the pins and I was getting a lot of nines, but this block I used a ball that was getting through the pins better. I stuck with it, making good shots and staying in the pocket.

“I’m going back to the States after this but I am certainly going to come back and bowl some more European tournaments, they are great.”

With his great personality and bowling skills, Lopez will always be welcome.

Full tournament information and results: www.fcbb.cat


P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Dominic Barrett England 210 259 222 269 278 246 1484 0 1484
2 Mats Maggi Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
3 Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
4 Osku Palermaa Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
5 Eike Kabowski Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
6 Tore Torgersen Sweden 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
7 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
8 Paul Moor England 277 214 218 241 229 210 1389 0 1389
9 Dennis Eklund Sweden 233 289 215 216 222 206 1381 0 1381
10 Miquel Lopez USA 244 189 256 201 210 279 1379 0 1379

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.