Switzerland Steal the Thunder

by Bob Johnson 0

Swiss kegler Larry Ventobel topped the opening weekend scores of the inaugural Brunswick Italia Challenge at the Red & Black Bowling Center in Asti, posting a healthy 1465 for his six-game qualifying round score.

Ventobel also has the distinction of rolling the tournament's first perfect game, rolling his 300 in the second of his six games.

Three others managed to break the 1400-barrier this early in the tournament which runs until next Sunday, June 26: Luca Baravaglio (1420), Luca Osella (1417) and Marco Boccato (1406). all these three are Italians.

An unusual total of 130 hit the Brunswick lanes over the opening weekend but only seven were visitors from other nations, coming from Switzerland, France, Belgium and Russia.

The schedule consists of six-game qualifying rounds though until the finals on Sunday. Squad results are posted on: www.brunswickitaliachallenge.com. Live web streaming should be available as from Wednesday, June 22 on: www.ustream/channel/brunswick-italia-challenge.

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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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