Times-News Open finals this weekend

by Bob Johnson 0

The field has been trimmed to 16 in the 50th annual Times-News Open in Erie, Pa.

A starting field of 224 was cut to 48 during qualifying action Jan. 5-6, and those 48 bowled six additional games this past Sunday. It took a 16-game total of 3569 to remain in the hunt.

This weekend, the 16 survivors will bowl eight games on Saturday at Eastland Bowl, followed by nine games on Sunday at Rolling Meadow Lanes, to determine the 2013 champion. Results to date can be accessed here (http://tnopen.org/index.html).

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.