European Bowling News Overview



Pesek, Szabo first-time winners at Hungarian National Championships

Mammut Bowling Club in Budapest, Hungary (May 17, 2009)

2009HUNNCBeatrixPesek_small.jpg2009HUNNCTamasSzabo_small.jpgBeatrix Pesek (pictured left) and Tamas Szabo (right) dominated the women's and men's national championships in Hungary and captured the coveted titles for the first time in their respective careers. The finals of the 2009 Hungarian National Championships concluded May 17th at Mammut Bowling Club in Budapest, Hungary.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7


Agerbo sets the pace in Brunswick Aalborg International

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 18-24, 2009)

2009EBT04JesperAgerbo_small.jpgJesper Agerbo (pictured left) started the Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 almost with a 258 triplicate en route to set the pace with 1502 six-game total and an average of 250.33. Agerbo, who won the silver medal in Masters at the 2008 Men's World Championships, had games of 258, 259, 258, 235, 266 and 226 in the first of 14 qualifying squads Monday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 is the 7th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors".



Unknown Ari Savola beats Kimmo Lehtonen to win Finnish Men's National Championships

2009FINNCAriSavola_small.jpg25-year-old Ari Savola (pictured left) from bowling club Cosmos virtually unknown in Finland … until last weekend. It changed dramatically when Savola earned the No. 1 seed in the men's finals of the Finnish National Championships and rolled games of 225 and 236 to defeat one of Finland's best and most experienced bowlers, Kimmo Lehtonen, 461-405, to claim the coveted title. Lehtonen, seeded third, topped Mikko Vainio in the semi-final, 415-406, for the right to bowl Savola for the title.

European Bowling Tour News


Ballmaster applies for Platinum status in 2010

Prize fund raises to 105.000 Euro with 15.000 going to the winner

BallmasterOpenLogo_small.jpgIn the year 2010, the Ballmaster Open tournament in Finland will celebrate its 40th anniversary. To underline the status as the longest running bowling tournament in Europe and the sole tournament which was on the European Bowling Tour schedule in every season since the tour's inception in the year 2000, tournament organizer Kimmo Lehtonen has applied for Platinum status in 2010 and has raised the total prize fund from 75.000 to 105.000 Euro. Lehtonen, a long-time Finish national team member and 2005 World Ranking Masters champion, has also announced that the Ballmaster finals will feature 16-player Round Robin match play followed by a stepladder final.



Reija Lundén finally wins Finnish National Championships

2009FINNCReijaLunden_small.jpgReija Lundén (pictured) has been one of the top female bowlers in Finland, Europe and the world having won gold medals in World and European Championships. However, Lundén has never managed to win the women's individual title in the Finnish National Championships – until today. In the championship match over two games total pinfall, top seeded Lundén defeated Mari Santonen, 428-409, to finally win the Finnish National Championships.

EBT News


Maaswinkel replaces Planchard in the EBT Women's Masters

2009EBT04PriscillaMaaswinkel2_small.jpg2006BWCMarilynPlanchard_small.jpgThe European Bowling Tour has announced that Dutch Priscilla Maaswinkel (l.) will replace Marilyn Planchard (r.), France in the women's division of the second EBT Masters. Planchard cited "personal reasons" for her decision. The Masters is the 2008 season-ending event of the European rankings featuring the top 16 men and women and will be held at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, May 25-26, 2009.



Belmonte shoots record breaking series at Swedish Team Championship

By Lynne Clay

200809PBA19JasonBelmonte_small.jpgDisplaying the form that earned bowler Jason Belmonte the coveted PBA Rookie of the Year award last week, the Aussie sensation shot record breaking scores in his team's dominance of the Swedish Team Championship. Belmonte joined his Scandinavian friends at Team Pergamon in 2006 and shared last night's win by Team Pergamon of the annual Championship that attracts some of the world's top tenpin talent.



Jason Belmonte wins his first Super Six title in Gothenburg

2009SSST03JasonBelmonte_small.jpgAnother 'first' for Jason Belmonte as the Australian two-hander won his first Super Six title in the Ă–rgryte International in Gothenburg, the third stop on the Swedish Super Six Tour 2009. Belmonte, who won his first PBA title in March en route to claim the PBA Rookie of the Year award, defeated Swedish national team member Tobias Karlsson in the final, 232-157.

EBT News


Singaporean Ong to participate in European Bowling Tour Masters 2009

2009EBT01PasiUotila_small.jpg2008EBT10RemyOng_small.jpgThe European Bowling Tour has announced that Pasi Uotila (pictured left), Finland, has withdrawn from participating in the 2nd EBT Masters which will be held at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, May 25-26, 2009. The Masters is the 2008 season-ending event of the European rankings featuring the top 16 men and women. Uotila, ranked 9th, has a hand injury and will be replaced by No. 18 Remy Ong (right), Singapore.



Another gold medal for Abela and Montfort

End 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup with victory in Masters

2009MCCMenMasters_small.jpg2009MCCwomenMasters_small.jpgMen's All Events champion Lluis Montfort, Catalonia, and women's Singles champion Sue Abela, Malta, ended the 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup with victory in the Masters competition. In the women's final, Abela cdefeated All Events winner Liat Vizenfeld, Israel, 2-1. Montfort won ithe men's title n three games against Singles champ Ioannis Stathatos, Greece.



First gold medal for France in Team event at Mediterranean Challenge Cup

Vizenfeld, Montfort win the titles in All Events

2009MCCTeamFRA_small.jpgMarie Gauton, Elise Bretteville, Alain Nicolas and Xavier Lotthe were the sole team that averaged over 200 en route to capture the first gold medal for the host country France in the 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup in Montpellier. The French team combined for 4809 (200.25) to beat out Catalonia (4621) and Greece (4616) for the top spot. After three silver medals in Singles, Doubles and Team, Lluis Montfort, Catalonia, won gold in All Events with 4002. Liat Vizenfeld, Israel, had 3566 to win the women's All Events title.



Gold for Italy and Greece in Doubles at the Mediterranean Challenge Cup

Bowling de Montpellier in Montpellier, France (April 21-26, 2009)

2009MCCwomenDoubles_small.jpg2009MCCMenDoubles_small.jpgAnastasia Rovitakhi and Georgia Papadimitriou won the second gold medal for Greece in the women's doubles competition at the 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup in France with 2334 six-game total (194.50). In the men's division, Daniele Fiorentini and Federico Rossi, Italy, claimed the title with 2529 pinfall and an average of 210.75.



Patricia and Richard Klug win Austrian National Mixed Doubles

Hollywood Superbowl in Innsbruck, Austria (April 18-19, 2009)

2009AUTNCMixedRichardPatriciaKlug_small.jpgThe Austrian National Mixed Doubles Championships, which was held at Plus Bowling in Innsbruck, Austria over the weekend, remained a family affair. Patricia Klug and husband Richard Klug Sr., Bowling Club Casino Vienna, captured the title and followed in the footprints of Thomas and Ivonne Gross, Bowling Club Unistahl, who won the championship in 2008. The Klugs averaged 217.78 in the round robin finals to beat out Gabi Loos/Thomas Gross for the title by 37 pins.



Abela, Stathatos capture Singles gold in 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup

Bowling de Montpellier in Montpellier, France (April 21-26, 2009)

2009MCCwomenSingles_small.jpg2009MCCMenSingles_small.jpgSue Abela from Malta successfully defended her Singles title in the 12th Mediterranean Challenge Cup at Bowling de Montpellier in Montpellier, France. Abela, who won the sixth Singles gold medal in the 12-year history of the event, felled 1209 pins. Ioannis Stathatos, Greece, was the hands-down winner in the men's division with 1425 (237.50).



Lefties van der Tol and Smits win Dutch National Championships

Top 3 of the Dutch rankings make Team Holland

2009DutchNCGhislainevanderTol_small.jpg20092009DutchNCPeterSmits_small.jpgGhislaine van der Tol (left) and Peter Smits (right), both lefties, were the hands-down winners in the 2009 Dutch National Championships last weekend in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. The men bowled 27 games and the women 23 games, both including seven games round robin, on two different lane conditions (33 ft. and 45 ft. patterns) with the lane maintenance done by the Dutch Kegel Lane Maintenance Team. Van der Tol won the Dutch women's rankings while Smits finished second in the men's rankings to earn a spot on Team Holland 2009.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings


No changes atop the men's and women's leaderboard in Ljubljana

2009EBT06DennisEklund_small.jpg2009EBT04JesperAgerbo_small.jpgOnly two top 10 players participated in first European Bowling Tour Challenger event this season, the 3rd QubicaAMF Open at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dennis Eklund (left), Sweden, and Jesper Agerbo (right), Denmark, moved into third and fourth place in the men's ranking with 181 and 179 points, respectively. With 6 out of 16 tournaments in the books, Osku Palermaa from Finland, and Patricia Luoto, Germany, lead the men's and women's rankings with 262 and 212 points, respectively.



Barrett beats Belmonte to win World Tenpin Masters

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England (April 18-19, 2009)

2009WTMDominicBarrett3_small.jpgEngland’s Dominic Barrett (pictured), England, became the 2009 World Tenpin Masters champion after beating 2007 winner Jason Belmonte in a canter at the Metrodome in Barnsley. Barrett, 23, was the only player with a 100% win record in the group stages and he continued where he left in the final and defeated the two-hander from Australia, 503-424, to win the prestigious title and $20,000. In the semis, Barrett ousted PBA super star Chris Barnes, United States, while Belmonte eliminated defending champion Guy Caminsky, South Africa.

2009 European Bowling Tour #6


Italian Luca Osella wins 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Janine Gabel wins Women's Rankings in Ljubljana

2009EBT06Top4withBorutKnavs_small.jpgLuca Osella (second from the left), Italy defeated Hafthor Hardarsson, Iceland, in the championship match over two games total pinfall, 458-450, to win the 3rd QubicaAMF Open at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Osella was down by one pin after the first game, 234-233, but secured the victory and the 5.333 Euro top prize (-25% tax) with a 225-216 win in game #2. Hardarsson pocketed 2.667 Euro for second place. Semifinal losers David Canady and Dirk Völkel received 1.333 Euro apiece. Janine Gabel, all Germany, won the women's rankings.



Barrett vs. Barnes, Belmonte vs. Caminsky in World Tenpin Masters semifinals

Caminsky shoots the second ever 300 game in Round 3

England’s Dominic Barrett and defending champion Guy Caminsky, South Africa, from Group 1 and PBA champions Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Chris Barnes, United States, from Group 2 advanced to the semifinals of the 12th World Tenpin Masters. Barrett faces Barnes, while Belmonte bowls Caminsky (pictured left), who rolled the only the second ever 300 game in the 12 year history of the event in Round 3 on Sunday afternoon. The winners bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize.

2009 European Bowling Tour #6


Dennis Eklund wins qualifying in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia (April 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT06DennisEklund_small.jpgDennis Eklund (pictured left) from Sweden, won the qualifying of the 3rd QubicaAMF Open at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a 1460 six-game series posted in Squad 8. The Swedish national team member received 667 Euro for the feat. A total of 52 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, April 19. Eklund as well as the next three players, Johan Helldén, Sweden, Janine Gabel, Germany, and Hafthor Hardarsson, Iceland, will bypass the first two rounds of Sunday's finals. The total prize fund is 42.800 Euro with 5.333 Euro going to the winner.

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