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Parker Bohn III starts 2016 EBT with victory in Helsinki

2016EBT01ParkerBohn4.jpgIn an all-lefty affair, 35-time PBA champion Parker Bohn III, United States, defeated Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 213-190, to win his second career European Bowling Tour in the in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open Sunday at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland.

2016EBT01KimmoLehtonen2.jpgPictured above are the top 4 in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open. R-L Parker Bohn III, Kimmo Lehtonen, Jaroslav Lorenc and Laura Beuthner.

The PBA and USBC Hall of Famer, whose first EBT title came in the 2013 BNC Bratislava Open, received the 13.00 Euro top prize. Lehtonen, who led the top 12 in round robin match play to earn the No. 1 seed, was targeting to win the prestigious tournament for the third time after 2002 and 2007. He received 9.000 Euro.

As the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open is not part of the 2016 World Bowling Tour, Bohn will not be awarded his 36th PBA title.

2016EBT01JaroslavLorenc.jpg2016EBT01LauraBeuthner.jpgBohn, who led the 54 finalists after the first round and finished second in match play with the field-best 225.62 average, ousted Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, in the semifinal match, 241-218. Lorenc, who was looking to win his first EBT title, earned 6.000 Euro for third place.

In the opening match of the TV finals, Lorenc (left), seeded third, eliminated women’s ranking winner Laura Beuthner (right), Germany, 226-198. Beuthner, who was the best of 70 women in the 528-player field, received 4.000 Euro for fourth place and became the early leader in the 2016 EBT women’s point ranking.

2016EBT01HighGameAward.jpgAs there was no 300 game in the tournament, the high game award of total 5.000 Euro was split between Olli Pakonen of Finland, Markus Jansson of Sweden and Tim Mack, United States (from right to left), who all had a 299 game in qualifying.

2015BallmasterLogo_small.jpgSince its inception in the year 2000, the European Bowling Tour kicks off with Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland. The 46th edition of Europe’s most prestigious bowling tournament will kick off the 17th EBT season from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 through Sunday January 10, 2016 at 36-lane Tali Bowling Center.

The BBO is the first of three “EBT Platinum” events this season, the highest of the four EBT categories, and offers total prize money of 103.300 Euro, including all extra prizes, with 13.000 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 to the runner-up and 6.000 and 4.000 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 54th place, worth 1.000 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) was contested from Dec. 29 thru Jan. 9. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Total 54 players advanced to the finals.

All 54 finalists bowled two blocks of five games with the top 12 advancing to the round robin match play portion. Those 12 bowled further 11 games of round robin match play (no position round) with the previous pinfall total carried over. During match play, players received 30 bonus pins for winning a match and 15 pins each in the event of a tie.

The top 4 players after 21 games including bonus pins determined the champion in a traditional stepladder final. The No. 4 seed met the No. 3 in the opening match. The winner took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title and the 13.000 Euro top prize.

Photos by Seija Lankinen.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgAfter the withdrawal of the Russian Open and the cancelation of the Istanbul Open, the 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The 2016 European Bowling Tour commences with 28th Irish Open Championships, a “Satellite” tournament, which will be held from Jan. 10-17 at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland.

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46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open – Stepladder Finals

Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland (Dec. 29, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016)

2016EBT01Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
1. Parker Bohn III, United States, 454 (2 games), 13.000 Euro
2. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 190 (1 game), 9.000 Euro
3. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 444 (2 games), 6.000 Euro
4. Laura Beuthner, Germany, 198 (1 game), 4.000 Euro

R-L Bohn, Lehtonen, Lorenc and Beuthner.

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Lorenc def. No. 4 Beuthner, 226-198
Semi-final Match: No. 2 Bohn def. Lorenc, 241-218
Championship: Bohn def. No. 1 Lehtonen, 213-190.
Beuthner received 8 pins handicap.

2016 Brunswick Ballmaster Open – Places 5-54 (Cashers)

Players with position, country and earnings

5. Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 3.000 Euro
6. Samu Valaranta, Finland, 2.600 Euro
7. Jari Ratia, Finland, 2.500 Euro
8. Jesse Kallio, Finland, 2.400 Euro
9. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2.300 Euro
10. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2.200 Euro
11. Richard Teece, England, 2.100 Euro
12. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 2.000 Euro
13. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 1.800 Euro
14. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.600 Euro
15. Valentyn Kucherenko, Ukraine, 1.500 Euro
16. Tommy Jones, United States, 1.400 Euro
17. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
18. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
19. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 1.200 Euro
20. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 1.200 Euro
21. Markus Bergendorff, Denmark, 1.200 Euro
22. Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 1.200 Euro
23. Magnus Johnson Jr. Sweden, 1.200 Euro
24. Lindsay Boomershine, United States, 1.200 Euro
25. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
26. Paul Moor, England, 1.200 Euro
27. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
28. Gaëtan Mouveroux, France, 1.200 Euro
29. Linus Boström, Finland, 1.200 Euro
30. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1.200 Euro
31. DJ Archer, United States, 1.200 Euro
32. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 1.200 Euro
33. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
34. Olli Pakonen, Finland, 1.200 Euro
35. Ville Rajala, Finland, 1.200 Euro
36. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1.200 Euro
37. Joakim Westlin, Finland, 1.000 Euro
38. Dominic Barrett, England, 1.000 Euro
39. Hadley Morgan, England, 1.000 Euro
40. Robin Persson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
41. Joonas Jähi, Finland, 1.000 Euro
42. Reija Lundén, Finland, 1.000 Euro
43. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
44. Magnus Lönnroth, Finland, 1.000 Euro
45. Juha Immonen, Finland, 1.000 Euro
46. Anton Ahlgren, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
47. Tony Ranta, Finland, 1.000 Euro
48. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
49. Kai Virtanen, Finland, 1.000 Euro
50. Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
51. Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 1.000 Euro
52. Jani Rontti, Finland, 1.000 Euro
53. Miikka Vaarala, Finland, 1.000 Euro
54. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1.000 Euro

2016 Brunswick Ballmaster Open – Match Play Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals

2016 Brunswick Ballmaster Open – Combined Round 1 Results

Top 12 after 10 games advance to round robin match play

2016 Brunswick Ballmaster Open – Round 1 Results (Block 1/2 only)

Top 12 after 10 games will advance to round robin match play

Author: Herbert Bickel
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