European Bowling News Overview

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/17/09

BEC Video #7: Semifinal Match between Mike Fagan and Mai Ginge Jensen

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 15, 2009)

 The 6th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fourth stop on the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The BEC 2009 offered total prize fund of 90,000 Euro. 314 players from 28 countries battled it out for the 16.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinal match of the four-player stepladder final, European champion Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, the No. 4 seed, met last year's runner-up, PBA champion Mike Fagan, United States. To watch Bowlingdigital's video of the semifinal match

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/17/09

BEC Video #6: Opening Match between Mai Ginge Jensen and Kamilla Kjeldsen

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 15, 2009)

 The 6th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fourth stop on the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The BEC 2009 offered total prize fund of 90,000 Euro. 314 players from 28 countries battled it out for the 16.000 Euro top prize. In the opening match of the four-player stepladder final, Two Danish national team members, No 4 seed Mai Ginge Jensen and reigning EBT Masters champion Kamilla Kjeldsen, seeded third, squared off. To watch Bowlingdigital's video of the semifinal match

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

03/16/09

Ginge, Luoto move to the top of the EBT Women's Ranking in Paris

Palermaa regains lead in Men's Rankings

2009EBT04MaiGingeJensen4_small.jpg2009EBT04PatriciaLuoto_small.jpgMai Ginge Jensen (pictured left) from Denmark and Patricia Luoto (right), Germany overtook the lead in the European Bowling Tour women's ranking after the fourth tour stop in France. Two-time defending ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, regained the lead in the men's ranking. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2009 EBT season will qualify for the EBT Masters to be held in Vienna, Austria, from May 3-4, 20010. The EBT Tour takes a two-week break before heading to Turkey for the EBT "Major" 6th Istanbul Bowling Open at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul from March 30 - April 5, 2009.

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/16/09

Mike Fagan wins his second EBT title in Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009

Defeats fellow PBAer Brian Voss to win the 16.000 Euro top prize

2009EBT04Top4_small.jpg2009EBT04MikeFaganChampion_small.jpgPBA champion Mike Fagan (pictured left) won his second title on the European Bowling Tour when he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, 236-225, in the title match of the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 Sunday at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Fagan, who has won the 2005 Viernheim Open in Germany, received the 16.000 Euro top prize. Voss, who led the tournament after qualifying and match play and who was also targeting for his second EBT title after his victory in the Ciutat de Barcelona in Spain in 2005, earned 9.000 Euro for second place. Mai Ginge Jensen, who won the women's rankings, finished third with Kamilla Kjeldsen in fourth, both Denmark.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/16/09

Brian Voss earns the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in the Brunswick Euro Challenge

Joanne Allsebrook, England, shoots the fifth perfecto of the BEC in the Round of 8

2009EBT04MaiGingeJensen_small.jpg2009EBT04KamillaKjeldsen2_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, who led the qualifying in the Brunswick Euro Challenge Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, won three matches in the single-elimination match play portion on Sunday to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals. Fellow PBAer and last year's runner-up Mike Fagan secured the No. 2 seed. Fagan took advantage of Joanne Allsebrook's 2-1 semi-final defeat against Mai Ginge Jensen (left), Denmark, after the Allsebrook has started the match with a 300 game. Jensen, seeded fourth will meet compatriot Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) in the opening match. Stay tuned for our video from the championship match.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/16/09

BEC Video #5: Joanne Allsebrook rolls the fifth 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 15, 2009)

2009EBT04JoanneAllsebrook300_small.jpgJo Allsebrook, England, rolled the fifth 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 and the second by a woman Sunday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The perfecto came in the first game of her Round of 8 match against Dane Mai Ginge Jensen. It was the first 300 game in the single-elimination match play portion. To watch Bowlingdigital's video of Jo's last two strikes


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/15/09

Matt O'Grady on fire in Final Round One at Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

2009EBT04MattOGrady_small.jpgFormer Junior Team USA member Matt O'Grady (pictured left) fired a huge 1561 series on Sunday morning at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, en route to lead the top 16 of Final Round One into the single-elimination match play portion. O'Grady, who missed the qualifying cut for 52nd place by mere one pin but qualified for the finals with a 249 game in the Desperado Squad, had games of 290, 269, 227, 232, 277 and 266 to lead second-place Martin Larsen (1469), Sweden, by 92 pins. Olivier Leroy, Belgium, hit the cutoff number for 16th place with 1317 and an average of 219.50. The top 16 will be seeded 17-32 and meet the top 16 qualifiers in single-elimination best-of-three games match play.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/15/09

PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss wins qualifying in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Xavier Milet, Belgium, rolls 298 in Desperado Squad

2009EBT04BrianVoss_small.jpg2009EBT04JoanneAllsebrook_small.jpg23-time PBA champion Brian Voss (l.) won the qualifying in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, en route to lead 64 players into the finals on Sunday. The PBA Hall of Famer had a score of 1537 and an average of 256.17 over six games. Fellow PBAer Mike Fagan was third with 1473. Joanne Allsebrook (r.), England, was sandwiched between the two PBA pros in second place with 1484 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The women did extremely well in the qualifying and had eight players among the top 11. A total of 64 players advanced to the finals on Sunday.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/15/09

BEC Video #4: Impressions from the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 13, 2009)

BECLogo_small.jpg ValckeBowling.jpg The Brunswick Euro Challenge 1009 is the fourth stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The BEC sponsored by Brunswick Bowling is organized by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling. The total prize fund is 90,000 Euro (currently about US$114,000) with 16.000 Euro going to the winner. In addition Brunswick offers up to $1,000 bonus for shooting a 300 game with the new Brunswick "Wilde Ride" bowling ball in the 2009 BEC. To watch the video


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/15/09

Tanya Petty leads penultimate squad and cracks top 16 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Cut for top 16 is 1377, cut for top 52 is 1328

2009EBT04TanyaPetty2_small.jpg2009EBT04BrianVoss2_small.jpgTanya Petty (l.) from Germany played in her own class in the 22nd and penultimate qualifying squad of Brunswick Euro Challenge Saturday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The 3-time European Champions Cup winner chalked up 1372 pins, an average of 228.67, and added 48 pins handicap to shoot into 9th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1420. 23-time PBA champion Brian Voss (r.), United States, leads the field of 313 players since Squad 13 with 1537 six-game total and an average of 256.17. Qualifying concludes tonight with Squad 23 and the Desperado Squad.

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/15/09

Another strong showing by the women in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Jensen, Brøndsted, Glendert, Asbaty lead Squad 21; cut is at 1323

2009EBT04MaiGingeJensen_small.jpg2009EBT04MathiasArup_small.jpgFor the second consecutive squad on the last qualifying day in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris, France, the women bowlers dominated the leaderboard at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Mai Ginge Jensen (l.), Denmark, led Squad 20 and improved her previous high score to 1408 in route to move into 10th place in the overall qualifying standings. Next were Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Malin Glendert, Sweden and Diandra Asbaty, United States, who took 17th, 18th and 24th place. Mathias Årup (r.), Sweden, was the best man in the squad in fifth place with 1353, and leapfrogged into 29th place. Brian Voss, United States, continued to lead with 1537.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/14/09

Three women crack the top 10 in Saturday morning squad in Brunswick Euro Challenge

4-time PBA champion Sean Rash is the "man on the bubble"

2009EBT04KamillaKjeldsen2_small.jpg2009EBT04PatriciaLuoto_small.jpgThe first of the final four squads in the Brunswick Euro Challenge saw a strong performance by some of the top European women bowlers. Two-time European ranking champion Kamilla Kjeldsen (l.), Denmark, led the 56 players from Squad 20 on Saturday morning with 1445 including 48 pins handicap en route to jump into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings. Patricia Luoto (r.), Germany, was just 11 pins behind with 1434, good for fifth place overall. Reigning European ranking queen Nina Flack, Sweden, improved her score to 1375 to move into 7th place. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss held on to the lead with 1537.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/14/09

No changes atop the leaderboard in Squad 18 and 19 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

American O'Grady is the sole player who cracked the top 52

2009EBT04MikeFagan_small.jpg2009EBT04BrianVoss_small.jpgJust three players, Tina Hulsch from Germany, England's Paul Moor and Matt O'Grady, United States, had a 1300-plus score in Squad 18 (8pm) and 19 (Midnight) in the qualifying for the Brunswick Euro Challenge Friday night and early Saturday morning. O'Grady was the only one who cracked the top 52, who will survive the first cut. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss leads the field of 290 players - 226 men and 64 women - since Squad 13 with 1537 six-game total and an average of 256.17. Voss' fellow PBAer and last year's runner-up, Mike Fagan, sits in third place with 1473.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/14/09

Two more Danes add their names to the leaderboard in Brunswick Euro Challenge

13 players crack the top 52, cut reaches the 1300-mark

2009EBT04BoWinther_small.jpg2009EBT04JesperAgerbo_small.jpg

Danes Jesper Agerbo (pictured left) and Bo Winther Pedersen (right) led the 17th out of 23 qualifying squads in the Brunswick Euro Challenge Saturday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Agerbo used a high game of 268 and two 240s to overtake 9th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1378. Brian Voss, United States, is in the pole position since Squad 13 with 1537 six-game total and an average of 256.17. Joanne Allsebrook, England, is the top-ranked woman in the 268-player field in second place with 1484.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/14/09

BEC Video #3: Tore Torgersen shoots the fourth 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 13, 2009)

 Tore Torgersen, Norway, posted the fourth 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 and the third by a man Friday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The long-time Norwegian national team member, a former World and European champion as well as PBA exempt bowler, accomplished the feat in the fourth game of Squad 17 on lanes 9/10. It was the 37th perfecto of his career. To watch Bowlingdigital's video of Tore's last three strikes

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/14/09

Six players from Squad 16 make the top 16 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Britt Brøndsted becomes the first woman who achieves perfection

2009EBT04JoanneAllsebrook_small.jpg2009EBT04BrianVoss_small.jpgSix players moved into the top 16 players during the 16th qualifying squad at the Brunswick Euro Challenge in France. Joanne Allsebrook (l.), England, led the squad with 1484 including handicap to leap into second place in the overall qualifying standings with 1484. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (r.) remained atop the leaderboard of the 249-player field with 1537 six-game total and an average of 256.17. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, rolled the third 300 game of this year's event and the first by a woman.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

BEC Video #2: Britt Brøndsted rolls the third 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 13, 2009)

 Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, rolled the third 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 and the first by a woman in Squad 16 on Friday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The perfecto came in the second game of the squad on lanes 21/22. It was just the second career 300 game for the 2003 World Ranking Masters queen, who led the women's European Bowling Tour rankings from 2004-2006, and a big relief (pictured) after "many 299s in the past". To watch Bowlingdigital's video of Britt's last three strikes


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

Glover, Kjeldsen book their ticket for the finals in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Women set the pace in Squad 15 on Friday morning

 Zara Glover (pictured left) from England set the pace in the 15th qualifying squad of the Brunswick Euro Challenge Friday morning at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. With 1420 including 48 pins handicap Glover jumped into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings. EBT Masters queen Kamilla Kjeldsen (r.), Denmark, was second with 1373 including handicap, good for seventh place overall. With 8 qualifying squads to go, the top 10 spots are equally divided among men and women. PBA super star Brian Voss continued to lead the field of now 229 players with 1537.

 


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

BEC Video #1: Brunswick PBA pro staffers conduct youth clinic at Brunswick Euro

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

2009EBT04YouthClinic_small.jpgPBA champions Sean Rash and Brad Angelo, multiple World, American and World Ranking Masters champion Diandra Asbaty and Rick Benoit, coach of the Brunswick pro staff, conducted a youth clinic in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge Wednesday, March 11, at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. About 30 kids and youth bowlers from 6 to 18 years of age from Belgium and France enjoyed a 3-hour first-class treatment by the Brunswick pros organized by Brunswick distributor Valcke featuring 1 hour practice on the BEC oil pattern, 1 hour "obstacle bowling" and 1 hour show bowling and trick shots. To watch Bowlingdigital's video from the BEC Youth Clinic


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

Brian Voss powers his way into the lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge

PBA stars dominate Squad 13 on Thursday evening

 "Just one more squad," said PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), who was in 22nd place in the Brunswick Euro Challenge before Squad 13. "I want to make the top 16", who will bypass the first round of the finals on Sunday. The 23-time PBA champion proved that he is still on top of his game. After a slow start (193), Voss posted 828 for the next three games (275, 267 and 286) and closed out the set with back-to-back 258 to shoot into the lead with 1537 or an average of 256.17. Voss overtook previous leader and fellow PBAer Mike Fagan (2nd; 1473) by 64 pins.

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