After being named January's Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America, Mike Fagan must be beaming with confidence. He certainly showed it on Feb. 8, 2012, during the final qualifying round at the International Bowling Championship.
Fagan moved up really fast to finish in the eighth position going into the tournament. The 31-year-old right-hander has really been in the zone lately, and by the looks of things, plans on keeping the hot streak going.
Just last month he made an incredible comeback to win the 2012 Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters. It was his third Tour win and his first major. And it couldn't have been done in a better fashion.
Down 30 pins after starting out with no strikes in the first four frames, Fagan went on to bowl seven straight strikes. It really is incredible, considering the amount of pressure there is at a major tournament. But he was able to overcome any pressure and put together a classic ending.
It was probably because of this that the BWAA named Fagan as the bowler of the month. Regardless, he is continuing right where he left off, poised to begin the International Bowling Championship on Feb. 9, 2012.
Robert Smith, who was leading after day one, dropped back a couple of spots to finish third in the trial round. Scott Norton stepped it up to come in at 12th. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, but the U.S. is well represented with three great bowlers in the competition.
After the women's qualifying trial ended, three U.S. bowlers finished up in the top 10. With Diandra Asbaty coming in at a very respectable third place, she is in a good position to take a shot at the title. Wendy Macpherson and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
It is definitely going to be an exciting tournament to follow, as there are expert bowlers from all over the world there to try and take home a victory. Best of luck to all.
Elias Bond has always enjoyed casual bowling and plans to get to the alley more this year than last.