Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, won his first European Bowling Tour title on July 11, defeating Finland’s
two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, 412-358, in the two-game title match of the sixth Storm San Marino
Open at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Loschetter, a five-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
competitor, earned 10,000 Euros (roughly $12,000 in U.S. dollars).
Loschetter, 30, defeated Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark, 432-431; Johan Hellden of Sweden, 440-381,
and Gery Verbruggen of Belgium, 454-414, to reach the championship match. Fellow PBA Tour star
Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., advanced to the semifinal round, where he lost to Palermaa, 437-
416. Pete Weber finished 10th and England’s Stuart Williams finished 24th.
Also on July 11, PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss def. Gykis Vytautas of Latvia, 478-370, to win the Czech
Open at Bowland in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. The 51-year-old Voss, a 25-time PBA Tour champion,
defeated Juha Maja of Finland, 515-495, in semifinal round. The Czech Open drew a field of 223 men
and women who bowled six-game qualifying rounds over a period of six days in the 12-lane host center.
Voss qualified 11th to make out into the elimination rounds and won 2,500 Euros (about $US3,200).