It looks like the American men and women pros have reached the Le Plaza Bowling center outside Paris and are beginning to make their mark on the Brunswick Euro Challenge of which I wrote yesterday. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard is in fourth, Parker Bohn in fifth, Bill O'Neill in sixth, and defending champion Mike Fagan is in 29th place out of the 220 men and women from all over the world who have bowled as of this posting.
You can read more about the tournament and check out the current standings here. There are more squads yet to bowl, and I'm guessing that there will be more PBA and American women stars among them. It will be interesting to see how they do against the best from the rest of the world. Live video coverage is supposed to commence tomorrow.
Judging from what I've been reading on the Web, it sounds to me like Europe, Asia, and the Middle East may be the future of professional bowling if the PBA continues its increasingly apparent descent into oblivion. I'll have more to say about this later. But can you imagine Walter Ray, PDW, Chris Barnes, Wes Malott, Bill O'Neill, and all the other PBA stars pulling up stakes and moving to Europe? They may have to someday, unless they want to take up another line of work.