After the qualification round of the PBA Kokomo Classic, four Europeans - Stuart Williams, Tomas Kayhko, Jesper Svensson, and Santtu Tahvanainen - advanced to the top-24 and will compete in another six-game round on Friday night CET.
Englishman Stu Williams was best so far among Europeans. Averaging 228.06 across 18 qualifying games, he ended qualification in 5th place. Stuart Williams was also among seventeen TOC stepladder finalists last week. Tomas Kayhko of Finland was close to Williams with 224.83 avg., finishing 11th, Swede Jesper Svensson with 222.39 avg. finished 16th, while Finn Santtu Tahvanainen clinched 21st position and made a cut to the next round after a magnificent last game of qualifiers, scoring 275 when he needed it most.
Nine European bowlers participated in the PBA Kokomo Classic event. Osku Palermaa (43rd) of Finland, Richard Teece (33rd) and Dominic Barrett (36th) of England, and Martin Larsen (34th) and Kim Bolleby (61st) did not advance to the next round.
Packy Hanrahan sits atop the leaderboard of 64 players. The 27-year-old averaged 235.67 across 18 games at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Indiana.
Twelve best bowling players after the top-24 round will compete in another six-game block, where only four will advance to the stepladder finals at the PBA Kokomo Classic.
The tournament will feature a dual-pattern format: Harry Smith (41-foot) on the left lane and Viper (37-foot) on the right lane. Full standings can be found here.
The PBA Kokomo Classic is a part of the PBA Tour. The total prize fund for the event is $150,000.