European Bowling News Overview

Turkey

12/01/09

Paeng Nepomuceno to bowl in "Diplomats' Bowling Tournament" in Turkey

Diplomats aim to raise funds for the victims of recent series of typhoons and floods

2009BWCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgDiplomats and Filipinos in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, are now eagerly awaiting the visit of six-time World Bowling Champion Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno (pictured) next Wednesday. Paeng is due to arrive in Istanbul on December 2 with his wife, the former Pinky Puyat. The Champion will play exhibition games and participate in the Philippine Embassy-organized "Diplomats' Bowling Tournament" scheduled in Ankara on Saturday, December 5, at the "Play Planet" bowling center at Ankara's modern Panora Shopping Mall.

Bulgaria

12/01/09

Kostas Liratzis shoots big game to win Sofia International Open

Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 23-29, 2009)

2009SIOKostasLiratzis_small.jpgKostas Liratzis from Greece defeated Mathias Olsson, Sweden, 259-225, to win the Sofia International Open at Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the 6.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Olsson eliminated his compatriot Peter Nordenson, 226-210 to set up the title match against Liratzis, who won a low-scoring encounter against Andrea Fedeli, Italy, 178-168. The Sofia International Open drew 150 players from 21 countries offering a total prize fund of 40.000 Euro.


Bulgaria

11/29/09

Paul Moor wins qualifying in Sofia International Open

Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 23-29, 2009)

2009EBT08PaulMoor2_small.jpg3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (l.), England, fired games of 226, 267, 248, 299, 237, 277 and 1554, an average of 259.00, en route to win the qualifying in the Sofia International Open at Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria. Moor led a total 56 players into the finals on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. The top 8 qualifiers will bypass the first round of the finals. The top 27 players cracked the 1400-bar, a 233.33 avg. The Sofia International Open offers total prize fund of 40.000 Euro with 6.000 going to the winner.


Coaching

11/04/09

Brunswick to conduct a series of seminars all over Europe in November

Seminars combine lane maintenance and ball dynamics

2009BrunswickSeminarsBanner_small.jpgThe biggest area of confusion in the modern game of bowling is ball selection and matching up to different lane conditions. Brunswick has recognized this and put together a series of seminars held all over Europe this month to address this knowledge area. "It is a unique opportunity to get a ball dynamics expert and a lane pattern expert in the same room running a seminar," said Brunswick staffer Zara Giles (nee Glover), a multiple World and European champion.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/26/09

Nicki Ainge overtakes lead in 2009 EBT Women's Ranking

Paul Moor moves into third place in the Men's Ranking

2009VONickiAinge2_small.jpg2009EBT08PaulMoor2_small.jpgWith a second-place finish among 36 women in the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open, 23rd overall, Nicki Ainge (l.) overtook the lead in the 2009 European Bowling Tour women's ranking. with 431 ranking points. 3-time EBT ranking champion and 2009 EBT Masters winner Paul Moor (r.), both England, continued his rise to the top and is now in third position trailing leader Osku Palermaa, Finland, and compatriot Dominic Barrett by 89 and 33 points, resp.

2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/26/09

Bill O'Neill shoots big games to win Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

Nicole Sanders wins women's rankings

200910PBABillONeill_small.jpg2009EBT13DougKent_small.jpgPBA champion Bill O'Neill (l.), United States, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday, made himself a belated birthday present when he defeated Francois Louw, South Africa, 504-452, to win the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open and the 4.000 Euro top prize. Louw received 3.000 Euro for 2nd place, while 10-time PBA champion Doug Kent (r.) and Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, who won the women's rankings, pocketed 2.000 each for 3rd and 4th place.

2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/25/09

Nicole Sanders leads Final Round 1 in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpg2009EBT12MikeWolfe_small.jpgDutch Nicole Sanders (l.), who took the last spot in qualifying to advance to the finals of the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open, rolled six games between 208 and 227 in Final Round 1 on Sunday morning to lead the top 18 players into the match play portion. 9 of the 18 players were women. Sandra Matz, Germany, beat out PBA champion Mike Wolfe (r.) for the final spot, 1165 to 1160. The top 18 will join the top 14 qualifiers in the Round of 32.

2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/25/09

Doug Kent wins qualifying in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg (Oct. 20-25, 2009)

2009EBT13DougKent_small.jpg2009EBT08PaulMoor2_small.jpgDoug Kent (l.), United States, finished the qualifying of the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open atop the leaderboard en route to lead 50 players into the finals on Sunday. The 10-time PBA champion led the field of 183 players with 1427 pinfall total and an average of 237.83., just one pin ahead of Paul Moor (r.), England, who rolled a 1426 series in the penultimate qualifying squad on Saturday. A total of 50 players remained in the race for the 4.000 Euro top prize.

2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/24/09

PBA champ Doug Kent powers his way into the lead in Luxembourg

X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg (Oct. 20-25, 2009)

2009EBT13DougKentBillOneillMikeWolfe_small.jpg10-time PBA champion Doug Kent (left), United States, became the first player who cracked the 1400-bar in the qualifying of the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open. The 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year powered his way into the lead with 1427 pinfall total and an average of 237.83. Joining Kent were fellow PBAers Bill O'Neill and Mike Wolfe. O'Neill (center) had a 1338 series to jump into fourth place while Wolfe (right) checked in with 1293, good for 11th place overall.


2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/23/09

Stuart Williams holds on to the lead in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg (Oct. 20-25, 2009)

2009EBT13StuartWilliams_small.jpg2009EBT13DominicBarrett_small.jpgStuart Williams (l.), England, held on to the lead after the third day of qualifying in the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open with 1367 six-game total and an average of 227.83. Mats Maggi, Belgium, who rolled the tournament's sole 300 game thus far, remained in second place with 1325. Squad 6 leader Thomas Larsen, Denmark, chalked up 1321 pins to leap into third place, with Squad 4 leader Dominic Barrett (r.), England, in fourth with 1314.


2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/22/09

Stuart Williams overtakes lead in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

Maggi earns 1.000€ bonus for the first perfect game of the tournament

2009EBT13StuartWilliams_small.jpg2009EBT13MatsMaggi_small.jpgStuart Williams (l.), England, overtook the lead in the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open during the second qualifying squad Wednesday night X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg. The PBA exempt player felled 1367 pins, an average of 227.83 for six games. The big winner, however, was Mats Maggi (r.) from Belgium, who will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus from sponsor Ebonite for rolling the first 300 game of the tournamen. 

2009 European Bowling Tour #13

10/21/09

Hungarian Tarsoly leads first qualifying squad in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg (Oct. 20-25, 2009)

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg38 players - 33 men and 5 women - from seven countries took to the lanes in the first of 14 qualifying squads in the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open Wednesday evening at X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg. Alexander Tarsoly from Hungary led the squad with 1279 six-game total, an average of 213.17 and pocketed a 250 Euro bonus. A total of 50 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 25. The winner will receive the 4.000 Euro top prize.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/21/09

No changes among the top 10 in the men's and women's rankings after Lahti

2009VONinaFlack_small.jpg2008WTMOskuPalermaa_small.jpgAfter the conclusion of the Ebonite Lahti Open, the 12rh of 15 stops of the 2009 European Bowling Tour, the top 10 in the EBT men's and women's rankings remained unchanged. Both defending ranking champions, Osku Palermaa (left), Finland on the men's side and Nina Flack (right), Sweden, on the women's side held on to the lead with 426 and 400 ranking points, respectively. The EBT Tour will continued this week with the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open.


2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/19/09

Mika Koivuniemi targets to win his third European Bowling Tour title in Lahti

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 10-18, 2009)

2009EBT09MikaKoivumiemi_small.jpg2009EBT12MikeWolfe_small.jpg8-time PBA champion Mike Koivuniemi (l.), Finland, earned the No. 1 seed for the TV finals in the Ebonite Lahti Open. Koivuniemi, who targets to win his second EBT title this season and the third of his career, finished the preliminaries with 2284 10-game total. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, was second with 2205. In the opening match, 4-time PBA champ Mike Wolfe (r.), United States, meets #4 seed Jari Ratia, Finland. The winner will receive the 8.000 Euro top prize.


2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/18/09

Tomas Leandersson sets the pace in Final Round Two in Lahti

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 10-18, 2009)

2009EBT10TomasLeandersson_small.jpgThe top 12 from the first round of the finals in the Ebonite Lahti Open battled it out with the top 8 qualifiers for the top 10, who advanced to Final Round 3. Swedish national coach Tomas Leandersson (pictured) set the pace with 1142 (228.40). Among those joining Leandersson in Round 3 are two PBA champions, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland (2nd, 1113) and Mike Wolfe, United States (5th, 1062), as well as defending champion Osku Palermaa, Finland (7th, 1057) and qualifying leader Paul Moor, England, (6th, 1061). 

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/18/09

Osku Palermaa leads top 12 into Final Round 2 in Lahti

Germany's Vanessa Timter wins women's rankings

2009EBT05OskuPalermaa_small.jpg2009EBT12VanessaTimter_small.jpgOsku Palermaa (l.), Finland, rolled a 1293 series Sunday morning at Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland, en route to lead the top 12 players into Final Round 2 of the Ebonite Lahti Open. As Vanessa Timter (r.) is the only woman who advanced, the German has already won the women's rankings. Three players hit the cutoff number with 1250. Sergey Bogachev (196), Russia, beat out Bodo Konieczny (181), Germany, and Matias Kallio (170), Finland, due to the higher last game.

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/18/09

Paul Moor wins the qualifying in Ebonite Lahti Open

PBA stars Doug Kent, Bill O'Neill miss first cut

2009EBT12PaulMoor_small.jpg2009EBT12MikeWolfe_small.jpgPaul Moor (l.), England, led a field of 228 players - 188 men and 40 women - from 13 countries after 14 qualifying squads which drew more than 500 entries with 1413 six-game total or an average of 235.50. Moor leads the top 36 qualifiers plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad into the finals on Sunday. Mike Wolfe (r.), United States, bowled the highest series on Saturday but fell two pins short of the lead with 1411.

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/17/09

Paul Moor rises to the top in Ebonite Lahti Open qualifying

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 10-18, 2009)

2009EBT12PaulMoor_small.jpg2009EBT12PasiUotila_small.jpgEuropean Ranking Masters champion Paul Moor (l.) rolled a 1413 series in the 8th qualifying squad en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the Ebonite Lahti Open at Friday at Jouni Helminen's Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland. The English lefty posted three 240s and two 230s to overtake previous leader member Pasi Uotila (r.), Finland, by 9 pins. Qualifying ends on Saturday, Oct. 17, with Squads 11-14 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad. 

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/16/09

Pasi Uotila shoots into lead in Ebonite Lahti Open

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 10-18, 2009)

2009EBT12PasiUotila_small.jpgLongtime Finnish national team member Pasi Uotila (pictured left) became the first player in the Ebonite Lahti Open who cracked the 1400-bar when he rolled a 1404 series in Squad 7 on Thursday evening at Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland. Uotila averaged 234.00 over six games en route to shoot into the lead in the overall qualifying standings. Thomas Larsen Denamrk, was 34 pins behind to leap into second place with 1370, while 8-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, moved into third place with 1359.

Germany

10/16/09

Sean Rash caps off Germany Tour with perfect game in Bundesliga

20091015SeanRashDuisburg_small.jpgAfter a week-long promotion tour in Germany that brought him to five cities, 4-time PBA champion Sean Rash capped off a week featuring kids clinics, adult coaching and show bowling with an official 300 game in the "Bundesliga", the national five-player league in Germany. The 2007 USBC Masters champion and Brunswick Pro Staff member joined German national team members Achim Grabowski and Michael Krämer and their team from 1st Bowling Club Duisburg in the second stop of the Bundesliga in Böblingen.


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