Sweden in the Frame

by Bob Johnson 0

When we saw Peder Grimsen at the top of the squad standings the name seemed to ring a bell. Had he won a Super Sixxx event

Peder Grimsen

back in his native Sweden? Maybe a medal in a European or World Championship? It called for a question to be popped.
"No," he laughed, "you know me from competing in the Barcelona tournaments.

After the obligatory introductory questions we got on to home town - just south of Gothenberg, age - 44, and occupation - bowling center proprietor, a 16-lane house.

Grimsen ended his sixth game on lane 24 so commenced the squad on lanes 3-4. How was the transition? "OK until the power outage," was the prompt reply. After that it became something of a struggle but he was lucky to have had fellow Swede John Mattson as a partner through the squadwho finished just 33 pins behid Grimsen's 1356 total.

"I did have to keep changing bowling balls to keep up with the lane changes, so was relieved to be the squad champion."
With one qualifying squad left the cut is 1319 so Grimsen and Mattson should make it through to the opening squad on Sunday morning.

There were 33 names on the waiting list for the final squad and with room for just 48 many wend their way home, tails between their legs and hope for better things next year.

Full tournament details on www.brunswickitaliachallenge.com

Top 10 standings:

1 Williams, Stuart ENG M 1492 198 19 2 R
2 Ciminelli, Ryan USA M 1483 276 13 3 L
3 Andersson, Kim SWE M 1453 226 13 1 R
4 Barrett, Dominic ENG M 1448 279 23 4 R
5 Rash, Sean USA M 1442 206 11 2 R
6 Larsen, Martin SWE M 1427 233 19 2 R
7 Valenta, Brian USA M 1423 258 19 3 R
8 Vezis, Daniel ENG M 1390 211 23 4 L
9 Pirozzi, Massimo ITA M 1388 268 08 2 R
10 D'Achille, Nico ITA M 1375 228 19 4 R

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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