‘Major’ Money for Mika

by Bob Johnson 0

Early in his PBA career, Finland native Mika Koivuniemi was tagged with the nickname “Major Mika” because his first two tour titles came in PBA majors — the 2000 USBC Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open.

A decade would pass until he’d earn his third major — in the 2011 Tournament of Champions — and that one was beyond “major.” It was epic. The title was worth a PBA record $250,000.

To say that Koivuniemi has a penchant for “winning the big ones” would be an understatement because, in addition to those titles, there have been a number of near-misses.

It’s safe to say that when there’s big money on the line, “Major Mika” will find a way to be in the hunt. That assertion was demonstrated by his back-to-back victories recently in Japan and Qatar — titles that brought him 6 million Yen and 30,000 Euro, respectively, or a total of approximately $112,000.

We’ll have a full report on Koivuniemi’s back-to-back international titles, including exclusive comments from “Major Mika,” in the February issue of Bowlers Journal International.

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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