Svensson, Kent, Troup to Bowl Weber Cup XVII

by Bob Johnson 0

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Jesper Svensson

By Luke Riches

With Team Europe having won the last two Weber Cups, including a crushing 17-8 victory last year in Barnsley, both teams announced changes as they revealed their rosters for this year’s Europe v. USA showdown. Weber Cup XVII takes place at EVENTCITY in Manchester Aug. 5-7.

Europe once again is captained by Dominic Barrett, making his ninth appearance in a European shirt. Also back is Stu Williams, making his 6th appearance, and Martin Larsen, who is yet to taste defeat in the Weber Cup in his previous four outings.

Marshall Kent
Marshall Kent

Making his debut is two-handed Swede Jesper Svensson, the 21-year-old PBA Tournament of Champions winner who has four PBA Tour titles overall.

The Americans, looking for a much-needed win, are this year captained by legend Parker Bohn III, who made his debut in 2015. He is joined by Big Wes Malott, who impressed in his previous two outings despite being on the losing side.

On the American side, Marshall Kent and Kyle Troup will make their Weber Cup debuts. Kent is a 23 year-old from Yakima, Wash., who has one PBA Tour title and was the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year. Troup, at 24, also has one PBA Tour title and is one of the PBA Tour's most colorful players.

The Teams

Europe

Dominic Barrett (England) Captain – 8 appearances, 5 wins

Stuart Williams (England) – 5 appearances, 4 wins

Martin Larsen (Sweden) – 4 appearances, 4 wins

Jesper Svensson (Sweden) – Debut

USA

Parker Bohn III (New Jersey) Captain – 1 appearance, 0 wins

Wes Malott (Texas) – 2 appearances, 0 wins

Marshall Kent (South Carolina) – Debut

Kyle Troup (Washington) – Debut

The Weber Cup is the tenpin bowling version of golf’s Ryder Cup as two four-man teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker format matches.

The Weber Cup will be staged over five sessions – 6.30pm Friday 5th and 12.30pm and 6.00pm on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. The tournament will be produced by Matchroom Sport television and broadcast live on Sky Sports as well as other channels around the world.

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.