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Dennis Eklund, Marie Bengtsson win Swedish National Championship

Strike & Co in Gothenburg, Sweden (June 5-6, 2010)

2010SWENCDennisEklundMarieBengtsson_small.jpgCurrent national team member Dennis Eklund (l.) and former women's national team member Marie Bengtsson (r.) won the Swedish National Championship finals Sunday at Strike & Co in Gothenburg. In the men's title match in best-of-three game format, Eklund defeated Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, two-games-to-none while 44-year-old veteran Bengtsson went the distance to beat Joline Persson Planefors, 2-1, to claim the women's title. Both will represent Sweden in the European Champions Cup in October.

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2010 Youth Euro Trophy final ends inaugural YET season in Gent

Bowling De Meibloem in Gent, Belgium (June 5, 2010)

YouthEuroTrophyLogo_small.jpg 2010YETAllWinners_small.jpgThe finals of the first Youth Euro Trophy Tour were held on Saturday, June 5 at Bowling De Meibloem in Gent, Belgium. The 2009-2010 YET featured five youth tournaments in England, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany. 8 girls and 8 boys from each division - Division 1 (19-21 years), Division 2 (15-18 years) and Division 3 (up to 14 years of age) - qualified for the finals.



Karsten Aust rolls big games to win 33rd Grand Prix Zurich

Bowling Center BeSeCo in R√ľmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland (May 30 - June 6, 2010)

2010GPZurichKarstenAust_small.jpg2010GPZurichJeanMarcGodel_small.jpgKarsten Aust (l.) of Germany used a 792 3-game series in the 7-game final of the 33rd Grand Prix Zurich to cruise to the title Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in R√ľmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland. Aust beat out qualifying leader Jean-Marc Godel (r.), Switzerland, for first place by four points, 102 to 98. Alexander Szummer, Switzerland, and defending champion Oliver Blas√©, Germany, finished in third and fourth place with 87 and 83 points, resp.



Sundbyberg, Spader Dam win the men's and women's National Team Championships

7-time defending men's champion Pergamon has to settle for bronze

2010SWETeamChampSundbyberg_small.jpg2010SWETeamChampSpaderDam_small.jpgTeam Sundbyberg, Stockholm (l.) and Spader Dam (r.), Helsingborg captured the men's and women's title in the Swedish 8-player team league finals at Bowling Arena in Jönköping. In the title match, Sundbyberg defeated Team Kulladal from Malmoe, while Spader Dam topped Team X-Calibur from Gothenburg. 7-time defending men's champion, Team Pergamon, had to settle for bronze.



Svein √Öke Ek, Patcharin Torgersen, win 2010 Norwegian Championships

Mads Sandbækken, Patcharin Torgersen qualify for 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2010NORCPatcharinTorgersenSveinAkeEk_small.jpgSvein √Öke Ek (r.), V√•gan BK (BK means bowling club), and Patcharin Torgersen (l.), Solli BK, claimed the men's and women's singles title in the 2010 Norwegian Championships. Torgersen won another gold in Doubles with Ine Lorentzen, while Svein Roger Olsen and Thomas Fagerstr√łm, Solli BK, secured the men's title. Mads Sandb√¶kken and Torgersen will represent Norway in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Oct. 15-24, 2010 at Bowling 300 in Zagreb, Croatia.



Dennis Eklund ends Super Six title drought in √Ėrgryte International 2010

Strike&Co in Gothemburg, Sweden (April 25 - May 2, 2010)

2010SST03Top3_small.jpgIn a title match between two members of the Swedish national team, Dennis Eklund (center) defeated Martin Larsen, 202-195, to win the √Ėrgryte International 2010, the third stop of the Swedish Super Six Tour 2010. Eklund, who denied Larsen's bid for back-to-back victories and ended a 4-year title drought on the SST, pocketed 40.000 Swedish Krona for the feat or approx. USD5,500. Larsen (l.), seeded 4th, defeated Tore Torgersen and Mikael Roos (r.) on his way to the title match.



Germany 2 wins Nations Cup at host center of the 2010 Men's World Championship

England's Paul Moor tops German veteran Jens Nickel in Individual All Events

2010NationsCupTeamGermany2_small.jpg2010NationsCupPaulMoor2_small.jpgGermany 2 (l.) won the Nations Cup 2010, a test event in preparation for the 2010 Men's World Championship at the host bowling center, Dream-Bowl Palace, in Unterföhring, Germany. The Germans led the mini-tournament after four disciplines,with 28812 pinfall total or an average of 208.78. Paul Moor (r.), England, won Individual All Events averaging of 214.91 over 23 games.



Germany sets the tone at Nations Cup in preparation for the Men's World Championship

England's Paul Moor shoots 300 in Doubles

2010NationsCupMarcoBaade2_small.jpg2010NationsCupJensNickelBodoKonieczny_small.jpgIn preparation for the 2010 Men's World Championship Austria, England, Switzerland and Germany sent their national squads to 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany for the Nations Cup 2010. Marco Baade (l.) led the Singles on Friday while Jens Nickel and Bodo Konieczny (r.), all Germany, won the Doubles. Paul Moor. England, rolled the first 300 of the event in Doubles. 



Martin Larsen wins second stop of the Swedish Super Six Tour 2010

Defeats Stop 1 winner Tomas Leandersson to win O'Learys Tournament Skövde

2010SST02TomasLeanderssonMartinLarsen_small.jpgMultiple World Champion Martin Larsen (r.), Sweden, is back in the winner's circle of the Swedish Super Six Tour after defeating Team Pergamon team mate Tomas Leandersson(r.)  in the title match of O'Learys Tournament Skövde, the second stop of the 2010 Tour. The title match was one-sided from the beginning as Leandersson, who has won the first SST stop in Stockholm in January, opened in the first frame and again in the fifth while Larsen started with a spare and a four-bagger to cruise to victory, 247-180.



ETBF Secretary General Rune Widell retires from Bowling

ETBFSecGenRuneWidell_small.jpgETBFSecGenValgeirGudbjartsson_small.jpgAddie Ophelders, President of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation, has announced that the completion of the last ETBF presidium meeting minutes marked the last action of Rune Widell (l.), Sweden, as Secretary General of ETBF. Widell will retire after 25 years serving in international bowling. An old era ends and a new era begins. Valgeir Gudbjartsson (r.), Iceland, has been appointed to the position of Secretary General of ETBF starting March 1st, 2010.



11th Weber Cup returns to Barnsley Metrodome in November

2010 World Tenpin Masters cancelled due to economic downturn

2010WeberCupLogo_small.jpgMatchroom Sport, organizer of the USA vs. Europe Weber Cup has announced that the 11th annual edition will take place at the Metrodome in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November as ten of the best bowlers representing the USA and Europe return to do battle. In other tenpin news, regrettably the World Tenpin Masters will not be taking place in 2010, following twelve years of the event. This is due to the world-wide economic downturn.



Israeli National Team Trials determine teams for MWC and WEC

2010TeamIsraelMen_small.jpgThe Israeli men's and women's national team trials were contested over the past four weeks and ended last weekend with the fifth and last event. 29 men and 6 women bowled a total of 40 games (five 8-game series) on mixed lane condition (one lane dressed with short oil, the other lane with long oil) to determine six men and three women who will represent Israel in the 2010 Men's World Championships and 2010 Women's European Championships.



ETBF to conduct first International Level One Clinic at Kuortane Bowling Training Center

2009ETBFLogo_small.jpgEuropean Tenpin Bowling Federation presidium member and chairman of the ETBF Education Committee, Onder Gurkan from Turkey, has announced that the ETBF will conduct its first International Coaching Clinic for Level One Coaches May 7-12, 2010. According to Gurkan the ETBF coaching programs are updated with the latest information of modern bowling sport and they are supported by ETBF partners Kuortane Bowling Training Center, USBC, Kegel Training Center and Ebonite.



Dominic Barrett wins his second Irish Open Championships

Stillorgan Leisureplex in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 22-24, 2010)

2009EBT14DominicBarrett_small.jpg2008 Irish Open champion and last year's runner-up, Dominic Barrett (l.), England, captured his second Irish Open Championships Sunday at Stillorgan Leisureplex in Dublin, Ireland. Barrett overtook the lead in the third round of the finals to lead the top 8 players into the final match play portion. He started his match against Ireland's Alan Gibbons with the tournament's second 300 game and never looked back. He finished with 4567 pinfall total and an average of 235.11 for 19 games to earn the 3.000 Euro top prize.



Haukås, Kellegher claim Open Division titles in 11th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open

Alsaa Bowl in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 2-23, 2010)

2007EBT17KennethHaukas_small.jpg2007AOAimeeKellegher_small.jpgKenneth Haukås (l.) from Norway and Aimee Kellegher (r.), Ireland, finished the 11th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open at ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland, atop the leaderboard in the men's and women's Open Division. Haukås became the 6th Norwegian champion with a 1309 series and an average of 261,80 for five games. Kellegher became the first Irish women's champion with 1122 (224.40 avg.). Haukås pocketed the 800 Euro top prize while Kellegher received 400 Euro.



Ancarani, Schliengensief win Zurich Singles Championships 2010

Bowling Center BeSeCo in R√ľmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland (Jan. 17, 2010)

2010ZurichSCSchlingensiefAncarani_small.jpgSandro Ancarani (right) of Winterthur, Switzerland, and Manuela Schliengensief (left), Germany, won the men's and women's titles in the Zurich Singles Championships 2010 Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in R√ľmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland. The Championships drew 65 men (Divisions A-C) and 22 women (Divisions A and B). Joel Lienhard of Ettenhofen and Dora Perlmutter of St√§fa won the title in Division B while Fritz Jeker of Winkel b. B√ľlach finished first in Men's Division C.



Leandersson finally wins AIK Tournament in Stockholm

Eklund, Glendert win Super Six Tour 2009 finals

2010AIKTomasLeandersson_small.jpgTomas Leandersson (l.), Sweden, estimates that he has participated about 25 times in the AIK Tournament at Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm, Sweden. This year, the popular tournament celebrated its 30th anniversary with the finals being held on Jan. 6. For the first time in his illustrious career, Leandersson walked away with the winner's trophy after defeating his arch rival, Tore Torgersen, Norway, in the title match, 215-193. Dennis Eklund and Malin Glendert won the Super Six Tour 2009 finals,



The Year 2009 in Review

Watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe Tenpin Bowling Year 2009 was filled with action, record-breaking performances, great comebacks as well as stunningly surprising or long-overdue breakthroughs. The PBA pros went globe-trotting and Asians, Americans and Europeans tested their skills in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. Spearheaded by Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno, the international USBC silver coaches have certified numerous bronze coaches all over the world. To watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year 2009 click here



Dream-Bowl Palace, host of the 2010 Men's World Championships, celebrates Grand Opening

Updated with a short video from lane 1 to 52

20091214DBPExteriorView_small.jpgJust 175 days after the ground-breaking ceremony, Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany, celebrated its Grand Opening on Monday evening, Dec. 14, 2009 with a couple of hundred guests from politics, business, media and the world of bowling  The 52-laner equipped with Brunswick Anvilane Pro Lane with Vector plus scoring system is the largest bowling center in Europe with all 52 lanes on a single floor with no supporting pillars.



Bowling on the rise in Italy under Tenpin Association President Sattanino


Italy has not fared well at international bowling competitions in recent years, but that is about to change under the leadership of Italy's new Tenpin Bowling Association President, Alessandro Sattanino . Sattanino, a university professor and an avid bowler himself, recently invited USBC Director of International Relations Bill Hoffman, USBC Gold coach Frank Buffa, and PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. to exchange ideas on how to grow the sport of bowling in Italy.

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