Sicily Rules the Lanes

by Bob Johnson 0

After a close fought six-game series as the opening squad on Saturday morning it was Sicilian Andrea Palazzotti who emerged the

Andrea Palazzotto

man with the highest score, posting 1325 to slot into 27th place in the overall standings.

The 20-year-old resident of Palermo in Sicily bowled in the Brunswick Italia Challenge for the first time and is mighty pleased with his performance but maybe a little disappointed that the pins were not a trace kinder so that he could have bagged a spot in the top ten.

Frontrunner up until the final game was Austria’s Thomas Gross, the runner-up to Ronnie Russell, the American pro, in last year’s exciting finale. Gross went into game six with 1102 and after a string of good 200 games dropped to a 153 and so does not make the cut into the top 40.

Russia’s Andrey Suslov came within twopins of equalling Palazzotti’s 1325 and Gross’ fellow countryman Michael Loos took third place on the squad with 1321.

Three more squads take to the Red & Black lanes today and places are tight with waiting lists for each group.

Current top 10 standings:

1 Williams, Stuart ENG M 1492 198 19 2 R
2 Ciminelli, Ryan USA M 1483 276 13 2 L
3 Andersson, Kim SWE M 1453 226 13 1 R
4 Rash, Sean USA M 1442 206 11 2 R
5 Larsen, Martin SWE M 1427 233 19 2 R
6 Valenta, Brian USA M 1423 258 19 3 R
7 Pirozzi, Massimo ITA M 1388 268 08 2 R
8 D’Achille, Nico ITA M 1375 228 19 4 R
9 Moor, Paul ENG M 1366 234 18 2 L
10 Larsen, Thomas DEN M 1363 255 17 2 R



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.