We are the world…

by Bob Johnson 0

The “one world” theme continued this morning in the match play round of the PBA Shark Championship, part of the World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Qualifying for the five-player stepladder round later this week were three international bowlers: Dan MacLelland of Canada in the No. 1 position, Osku Palermaa of Finland in the No. 2 spot, and Jason Belmonte of Australia in the No. 4 position.

Rounding out the telecast lineup are Tom Smallwood, winner of last season’s PBA World Championship, and Mike Fagan, holder of two PBA titles and winner of the inaugural Teen Masters in 1997.

MacLelland — a three-time first team All-American at Saginaw Valley State — pretty much lapped the field, and took a 144-pin lead over second place — and a 200-pin lead over fifth — into the position round.

Fagan was in third place entering the final game, but struggled early and ended up needing a double in the 10th frame to hang on to a finals berth. With the rest of the bowlers finished and the center so quiet you could hear a you-know-what drop, he made two clutch shots for two packed strikes.

The World Series resumes on Friday when three tournament championship rounds will be televised: the Cheetah beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific, the Pepsi Viper at 1 p.m., and the Chameleon at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday will see the taping of the Scorpion finals at 11 a.m., the Shark at 5:30 p.m., and the USA vs. The World at 5:30 p.m.

For more on the World Series, check out Bob’s Blog, which can be accessed from the homepage.

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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