Williams the Champion – Again

by Bob Johnson 0

It was a successful title defense for Stuart Williams, 30, from Ellesmere Port in north-west England, defeating fellow

Finalists Cocker and Williams

countryman Lee Cocker from Enfield, near London 632 – 374 in the two-game total pinfall final.

The semi-finals saw the two Englishmen facing Cypriots, Williams against Yiannos Kostantinou, Cocker battling against Kyriakos Kostantinou, no relations despite the same family names.

It was an easy ride for Williams, posting 462 over the two games to the Cypriots 327, but Cocker lagged behind his opponent then pulled through in the tenth frame to win by five pins, 420-415.

So the 7th Cockatoos Paphos Open was the usual outstanding success and is firmly added to the diaries of many bowlers for the 2012 edition.

Full results on: www.cockatoosbowling.com.

Photo courtesy Dominic Gall.

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.