Top 24 Men

by Bob Johnson 0

United States 1, Europe 4 as the top five male qualifiers are posted for the second round of the World Cup at Bowling de

John Szczerbinski

Provence, Toulon.

John Szczerbinski maintained his lead through the final block of 92 players and built a healthy 127 pin buffer over second-placed Achim Grabowski of Germany. The American posted 3,710 over the 16 games, an average of 231.88. Grabowski rose to second with 3,583 and Mads Sandbaekken of Norway dropped to third with 3,571.

Fourth place was taken by Englishman Matt Miller, a pro shop proprietor from London (3546) and fifth young Finnish star Joonas Jahi (3506).

The Asian zone came into the picture with Biboy Rivera from Manila, Philippines in sixth place on 3492.

It took a score of 3321, a 207 average, to make 24th and final place for the second round and that spot was claimed by Mubarak Almuraikhi of Qatar. Out to the bleachers goes previous front-runner Harn Chieh Kwan of Switzerland, missing the cut by 16 pins.

As with the women, the men now play eight more games, with pinfall carried forward, from which the leading eight will progress to the round robin.

For full standings, go to: and click on World Cup logo.

Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.

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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