4 Wheel Drive for Squad Honors

by Bob Johnson 0

Eike Kabowski

Volkswagen auto mechanic Eike Kabowski, 24, from near Hannover in Germany, tightened all the nuts and slipped into four-wheel drive to top Wednesday's closing squad with a score slightly under the 1400-barrier, a 1397 and a high game of 269.

That was 16 pins better than the closest challenger, Dennis Eklund who posted 1381, including the tournament's high game to date, 289.

The squad also featured two English stars, Paul Moor and Stuart Williams, the latter runner-up in San Marino last week. Moor had the edge wwith 1333 to Williams' 1252.

There were just five women on this squad and the best of the quintet was Sweden's Nina Flack, hitting 1218 including her eight points per game bonus.

"This is my second time here in Barcelona," Kabowski told us. "I remember making the cut but I can't recollect how much further than that I reached. I also enjoyed Barcelona for a holiday. I like Bowling Pedralbes, it is a small hall but it works very well."

The overall standings still have the tied lead between Ruiz and Maggi on 1424.

Cries of woe and then of joy here in Barcelona as news came through that popular Danish player Jesper Agerbo has had to cancel this year's entry due to wife Rikke Holm (nee Rasmussen) immenently giving birth to a prospective new member of the Danish federation.

Said infant was due at the beginning of July but delayed his/her arrival to coincide with the Ciutat de Barcelona, much to the dismay of Daddy, who loved the Bowling Pedralbes lanes.

As soon as the news of whether the new born is a future member of the Danish men's or women's national team is learned, it will be passed on.

Jesper, of course, is famous for being runner-up to Walter Ray Williams in the Masters of the Men's World Championships in Bangkok in 2008. Rikke Holm has a long standing crop of medals with the Danish national team.

Full results and tournament information on: www.fcbb.cat



P Player Club Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Mats Maggi Les Bassins Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
2 Ildemaro Ruiz Independent Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
3 Osku Palermaa Patteri/Pergamon Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
4 Eike Kabowski Independent Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
5 Marcial Ovide Marron Diagonal Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
6 Dennis Eklund Independent Sweden 233 289 215 216 222 206 1381 0 1381
7 Peter Ljung Team Pergamon Sweden 235 216 275 203 233 209 1371 0 1371
8 Paul Moor Powerplay Pro shop England 225 214 201 235 210 248 1333 0 1333
9 Sami Lampo Giants Finland 224 214 211 212 242 225 1328 0 1328
10 Moises Perez Ibañez Diagonal Catalonia 233 236 223 202 182 247 1323 0 1323




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.

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