The Danish Challenge

by Bob Johnson 0

Swiss-man Larry Ventobel had his fingers crossed when talented Dane Britt Brondsted quickly found the line of the 2011 Brunswick Italia Challenge and put in a great series to challenge for the lead, but, disappointing for her, finishing in second place with an amazing

Britt Brondsted

1431 over the six games, just 25 pins short of first place.

Tuesday and Wednesdays are slow days in European tournament bowling and just the one squad each day until the flow of international players commences on Thursday with two squads, 14:00 and 18:00, then full squads Friday and Saturday todecide the qualifiers for Sunday’s finals.

STANDINGS AFTER TUESDAY, JUNE 21.

Qualified directly to final step 3 (Position 1 – 8)
POS NAME NAT GEN BEST
PINS
LAST
GAME
SQUAD # SQUAD
COUNT
HAND
1 Vontobel, Larry SUI M 1455 211 05 2 R
2 Brøndsted, Britt DEN F 1431 221 11 1 R
3 Baravaglio, Luca ITA M 1420 234 02 1 R
4 Osella, Luca ITA M 1417 280 02 1 R
5 Boccato, Marco ITA M 1406 247 06 2 R
6 Spadavecchia, Andrea ITA M 1397 220 02 3 R
7 Santu, Alessandro ITA M 1365 230 03 1 R
8 Vercellino, Mario ITA M 1353 255 02 2 R
Qualified to final step 1 (Position 9 – 36)
POS SEED NAME NAT GEN BEST
PINS
LAST
GAME
SQUAD # SQUAD
COUNT
HAND
9 1 Favero, Alessandro ITA M 1350 219 03 1 R
10 2 Cimino, Fabio ITA M 1349 248 05 3 R
11 3 Ecoffey, Xavier SUI M 1343 205 04 2 R
12 4 Medveditskov, Alexander RUS M 1343 202 11 2 R
13 5 Celli, Maurizio ITA M 1335 257 04 2 R
14 6 Silletti, Alessandro ITA M 1334 212 02 1 R
15 7 Fanizza, Pierfranco ITA M 1326 209 03 4 L
16 8 Sanfelici, Dante ITA M 1324 244 02 1 R
17 9 Origlia, Eros ITA M 1323 241 05 3 R
18 10 Buzzelli, Daniela ITA F 1318 201 03 2 R
19 11 Bados, Vivien FRA M 1307 195 05 2 R
20 12 Tomatis, Daniele ITA M 1306 234 01 1 R
21 13 Battagli, Giovanni ITA M 1300 226 06 2 L
22 14 Celli, Massimiliano ITA M 1299 205 05 3 R
23 15 Prandi, Federico ITA M 1298 182 04 1 R
24 16 Reverdito, Roberto ITA M 1291 183 02 2 L
25 17 Oliaro, Luigino ITA M 1290 231 06 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.