European Bowling News Overview

EBT News

05/14/09

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.

Sweden

05/12/09

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.

Sweden

05/08/09

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

05/06/09

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European Bowling Tour has announced that Pasi Uotila (pictured left), Finland, has withdrawn from participating in the 2nd EBT Masters which will be held at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, May 25-26, 2009.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.

France

04/26/09

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.

France

04/25/09

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.


France

04/24/09

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.

Austria

04/24/09

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.


France

04/23/09

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).

Netherlands

04/22/09

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

04/20/09

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.

England

04/20/09

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 PartyPoker.com 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

04/20/09

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.


England

04/20/09

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

Caminsky shoots the second ever 300 game in Round 3

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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

04/19/09

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.


England

04/19/09

Barrett books his spot in Sunday night’s semifinals at World Tenpin Masters

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

2008KSAPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg2009AUSOpenDominicBarrett_small.jpgEngland’s Dominic Barrett (l.) booked his spot in Sunday night’s semifinals at the World Tenpin Masters as he swept Paeng Nepomuceno (r.), Philippines, two-games-to-none, to lead Group 2 after two rounds with four points. None of the other seven bowlers is definitely through or definitely out of the competition at Barnsley Metrodome in England. The winners and runner-ups of each group will advance to the semis. The winner gets $20,000.

England

04/19/09

Barrett, Belmonte win their opening matches in World Tenpin Masters

Two of the first four matches end in a tie

2009EBT03DominicBarrett_small.jpg2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgThe 12th World Tenpin Masters is back at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England but this year it will be tougher than ever before to win. Only eight players compete, initially in two groups of four on a round robin basis with only the top two players advancing to the semifinals before the two winners meet in the championship match. Dominic Barrett (l.), England, and Jason Belmonte (r.), Australia, won their opening matches, two-games-to-none, while the other two matches ended in a 1-1 tie.

2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/19/09

Csaba, Hagelberg add their names to the leaderboard in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

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

2009EBT06CsabaRacz_small.jpg2009EBT06KristofferHagelberg_small.jpgCsaba Rácz from Hungary and Kristoffer Hagelberg, Sweden, led squads 10 and 11, respectively, en route to jump into the top 10 in the overall qualifying standings of the 3rd QubicaAMF Open in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Rácz (l.) started Squad 10 with 265 and closed out the six-game series with 259 to move into fifth place with an average of 236.50. Hagelberg (r.) overtook 10th place behind a 1393 series (232.17) including a high game of 279.

ETBF News

04/18/09

ETBF Presidium starts new certification program for Bowling Training Centers

200904ETBFTrainingCenterCertificatePresentationKuortane_small.jpgAs a part of its education and certification programs, the presidium of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation has developed a program to give accreditation to Bowling Training Centers who are helping to develop the sport of Tenpin Bowling and provide high standards of bowling education. Kuortane Bowling Training and Education Center in Finland became the first "ETBF Approved Bowling Training Center" and the certificate was presented during the European Youth Championships 2009 in Malmo to Piritta Kantola (right), who is the director of the Training Center.


2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/18/09

Swedes Eklund, Helldén overtake the lead in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Five players crack the 1400 bar on Friday

2009EBT06DennisEklund_small.jpg2009EBT06JohanHellden_small.jpgDennis Eklund (l.) and Johan Helldén (r.), both from Sweden, rolled 1460 and 1439 series to move to the top of the leaderboard in the qualifying of the 3rd QubicaAMF Open Friday at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Three more players, Hafthor Hardarsson, Iceland, Paul Moor, England, and Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, also cracked the 1400-bar. Qualifying ends today with the final qualifying squad 13 scheduled for 9pm.


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