Moor Does It Again

by Bob Johnson 0

There were four players in the hunt for squad leader honors come the final frames of game six in the 16:00 squad Friday afternoon – Paul Moor looking the most likely to be number one, but heavily chased by veteran ex-Finnish national player Teemu

Paul Moor

Raatikainen from Helsinki, a past double winner of the prestigious British Open.

Moor won the final squad Thurday night, despite the huge interruptions from the 500-strong crowd watching the semi-final soccer match of Italy versus Germany. His 1366 six-game total then placed him in sixth postion, a slot he wanted to better by playing this second squad of Friday.

Alas, despite starting with a couple of good games he dropped back to finish with 1325, not good enough to better his top ten position but sufficient to win the squad.

There ought to be a 500 euro prize for each squad winner, we suggested. “Yes,” replied Mr Moor, “that would be very nice, especially as I won last night’s squad.

“I am quite pleased with the way I bowled but I should have changed balls quicker today. Last night I used the same ball through all six games but today the lanes were different and I had to make changes. I still want to stay in the top ten and get that bye on Sunday morning, so I will play the 13:00 squad tomorrow. I know that I have the feel of the lanes and can do a lot better.”

The line is long for a place in tonight’s final squad, the 20:00 edition, and there are wuite a few names on the waiting list.

Among the newcomers for tonight’s squad is international David Canady from Germany, sporting quite an unusual beard. “We made a promise not to shave whilst Germany were still in Euro 2012, so I am relieved I can shave it off now,” he told us.

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.