Barrett Supreme

by Bob Johnson 0

Taking what we think Dominic Barrett claims as his rightful place. the top of the leader board, the Englishman has certainly booked

Dominic Barrett

his place for the final on Sunday morning, set to be rolling off with the top 24 at midday.

Romanian coach American Joe Slowinski earlier stated that the Bowling Pedralbes lanes here in Barcelona could produce a leading score of no more than 1465, but he is visiting this fair city for the first time and Mr Barrett has been coming here for years, knowing well some of the idiosyncracies of some pairs of lanes. Therefore, the American has been proved well and truly wrong as the pole position now stands at 1484.

Like his win in last night's squad, Barrett came good over the last three of the six qualifying games, after a 691 first three posting 269, 278 and 246 for 793 in the home straight. Last night his fourth game was a 300 on lanes 1 & 2, today on that pair it was just 269.

Second place on this squad went to Barrett's fellow countryman Paul Moor, but 95 pins back from the 1484.

"I'm trying hard," stated Barrett in the post squad interview. "I had a good squad last night which included a 300 game. I used the same ball today, the Storm Fire Road, and got through the first three games, which turned out to be a little trickier than the last three, especially at the higher end of the house, so I had a really good finish.

"I finished on lanes 5 & 6 and six is always a little bit tighter, especially down the lane to the right. Over the set I did have one or two shots that could have carried but I can't complain about the carry at all. That new ball I drilled yesterday, the Fire Road, just went through the pins. One of the things I don't do very often is trip the 4-pin, that's something the people with a lower rev rate and heavier balls do.

"I've bowled twice and had two good scores and partner Cassie has just dne well and made the cut, so we won't play again until Sunday, so we can enjoy Barcelona for the next day and a half."

Cassie Staudinger has certainly improved the women's standings, bowling 1322 thanks to a late surge with 226 and 245.

Full tournamwent information and results on:


P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Dominic Barrett England 210 25 222 269 278 248 1484 0 1484
2 Mats Maggi Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
3 Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
4 Osku Palermaa Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
5 Eike Kabowski Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
6 Tore Torgersen Sweden 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
7 Paul Moor England 277 214 218 241 229 210 1389 0 1389
8 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
9 Dennis Eklund Sweden 233 289 215 216 222 206 1381 0 1381
10 Perttu Jussila Finland 189 244 267 233 200 245 1378 0 1378



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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