Racpan Grabs the Final Spot

by Bob Johnson 0

It was a case of 'last chance saloon' for the 28 intrepid souls fortunate enough to gain a place on the final qualifying squad on

Christian Racpan

Saturday night, the winner sure of a place in the final but the rest hoping to come home with a score better than 1302, the 42nd place cut.

The man who led the field to top the squad scores when the dust of battle had settled was Christian Racpan of Bonn, Germany. He had five good 200-plus games and then suffered a bleak 170 in the sixth, but his 1320 was still enough to give him squad honors.
"To be honest, I bowled much better than this in other squads, I had so many good breaks in this squad and I had a lot of bad shots," commented Racpan after his win. "But I had a lot of good carry and luck was on my side, I was really fortunate.
"Normally the Brunswick Nexus XX is the ball I like to use but it doesn't work for me here. I had too much surface and I couldn't really read what I wanted to see. I really wanted to make good shots."

Those good shots have placed Herr Racpan in the finals and he will take his place on the delightful Bowling Pedralbes lanes on Sunday morning.

Those placed 25-42 will be joined by the leading six women who did not make the cut, rolling four games. Then those placed 1-24 follow for four games. The combined scores, plus fifty per cent of pinfall carried forward will determine the 24 to advance to the next round, a further four games, and then the leading three go through to the stepladder final.

Full tournament information and standings: www.fcbb.cat


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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