That Ruiz Man Again

by Bob Johnson 0

There is a man in the house who loves to bowl on thse Bowling Pedralbes lanes, and that is Ildemaro Ruiz from Venezuela.

Ildemaro Ruiz

Yes, it is a long way to go home for lunch, but Ruiz set the pace here on Tuesday night with 1424 and on his re-entry this evening fell just short of that figure with 1373, robbed of another 1400 series by a couple of splits.

Overall, it was not the highest scoring squad of the series as second to our stocky Venezuelan was Julian Sermand on 1312 and Sweden's Robert Andersson 1295.

"I bowled this squad because I needed the practice and wanted to feel the reaction of the lanes because I knew they were going to change, and actually they did," said Ruiz. "The break point is going to be more in the middle of the lanes so I wanted to make sure I will make the right adjustments for the semi-final on Sunday.

"There is still a long way to go but I actually feel pretty good because I am bowling well on the lanes and that is giving me confidence. I think I am making the right choice on the transition when moving my feet and my bowling balls are working really well, so I have to thank Storm and Roto-Grip.

"I've been here in Barcelona before, so I will visit a couple of places that I really liked . Tonight I can relax an have a few drinks with my friends."

Rebecka Larsen from Sweden, a finalist here for the European Women's Masters last year, moves into second place for the women behind Cassie Staudinger's 1322 by shooting 1279 including bonus.

The high game remains at 300 shot by Dominic Barrett last night.


P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Dominic Barrett England 210 259 222 269 278 246 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 Norway 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
7 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
8 Paul Moor England 277 214 218 241 229 210 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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