1977 Tolworth, England

When the AMF Bowling World Cup returned to England in 1977, a new bowling group was there to greet it. The World Bowling Writers, an international association formed with the intent of enhancing bowling communications around the world, attracted a dozen writers to its first meeting, held during tournament week. They were rewarded with plenty to write home about, in the person of Arne Stroem of Norway.

A husky player with a strong physical game, Stroem's forte was his ability to psyche out his opponents. He was always late for his matches; he bowled with painful deliberation; and he never spoke a word. He introduced tactical mental strategy to big-time international bowling by making it to the three-game finals handily, where he faced France's Philippe Dubois.

Dubois appeared to have Stroem's number when he downed the Norwegian in the second match, 206-203, after finishing just behind him by three pins in the opener. But Stroem upped the ante. He huffed and puffed and scowled. He walked off to the sidelines. He fiddled with his equipment. As he sighted over his ball, the seconds ticked away. Not only was he driving Dubois crazy, he was driving him into defeat, 606-603.

In the women's competition, Canada added another Bowling World Cup to its laurels when Rea Rennox beat American college student Lauren LaCost in the finals, 570-542.

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