European Bowling News Overview

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/17/10

Rob Thurlby beats two Malaysians to win the Brunswick Euro Challenge

Parker Bohn wins 300-Game Pot Play shoot-out

2010EBT05Top4_small.jpgNo. 2 seed Rob Thurlby, England, defeated No. 1 seed Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 253-248, en route to win his first career European Bowling Tour title in the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge and the 13.000 Euro top prize. For the first time in the history of the EBT the stepladder finals were broadcasted live on Eurosport 2. In the opening match, No. 3 Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia , topped No. 4 seed Ildemaro Ruiz, 230-202, before he was eliminated by Thurlby in the semifinal, 233-194. Brunswick has announced the tentative TV schedule for Eurosport 2 Northern and Eastern Europe, British Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia Pacific.


2010 European Bowling Tour Rankings

03/16/10

Nina Flack overtakes lead in 2010 European Bowling Tour women's ranking

Dominic Barrett remains atop the men's ranking after Brunswick Euro Challenge

2010EBT05NinaFlack2_small.jpg2010EBT05DominicBarrett_small.jpg2008 EBT women's ranking champion Nina Flack (l.), Sweden, waited until the 23rd and last qualifying squad before she qualified for the finals of the Brunswick Euro Challenge. Flack went on to win the women's ranking in the EBT "Gold" tournament en route to overtake the lead in the 2010 women's ranking with 320 points. Despite missing the first cut in the BEC, Dominic Barrett (r.), England, remained atop the men's leaderboard with 325 points.

2010 European Bowling Tour #6

03/16/10

Uwe Blank sets the pace in Ebonite International Luxembourg Open

X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg (March 16-21, 2010)

2010EBT06UweBlank_small.jpgOne day after the conclusion of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, the sixth stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour got underway with the first qualifying squad of the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open. 32 players took to the 20 lanes of X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg Monday evening. Uwe Blank (pictured), Germany, used high games of 256, 235 and 232 to set the pace with 1350 six-game total and an average of 225.00. Qualifying continues on Tuesday, March 16, with Squad 2 scheduled for 8 p.m. CET.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/10

2010 BEC Video #3 - Third game in Round of 32

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2010EBT05V03Roundof32_small.jpgThe top 16 qualifiers, seeded 1-16, met the 16 survivors from Round 1, seeded 17-32, in the match play Round of 32 in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Match play wass best-of-three games single-elimination. 12 players swept their opponents, two-games-to-none, while the remaining four matches went the distance. To follow the action in the third and deciding game

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/10

Frederik Øhrgaard leads the top 16 players into single-elimination match play round

O'Neill rolls the 8th 300 game in the Brunswick Euro Challenge early Sunday morning

2010EBT05FrederickOhrgaard3_small.jpg2010EBT05BillONeill2_small.jpgThe first round of the finals in the Brunswick Euro Challenge featuring players placed 17 through 64 after qualifying started 7.45 a.m. at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Dane Frederik Øhrgaard (l.) fired games of 245, 255, 269, 276, 238 and 277 to lead the round with 1560 pinfall total and an average of 260. U.S. Open champion Bill O'Neill (r.) rolled the tournament's 8th 300 game. The top 16 will meet the top 16 qualifiers in the single-elimination Round of 32.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/10

Anthony Pepe wins qualifying in 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge

The first cut was made at 1407 (234.50 avg.); low to advance from Desperado Squad -259

2010EBT05AnthonyPepe2_small.jpg2010EBT05MikeFagan_small.jpgAnthony Pepe, United States, won the qualifying of the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The American overtook the lead in the 10th of 23 qualifying squads and never looked back. Pepe led the field of 448 players - 361 men and 97 women - with 1572 six-game total and an average of 262.00. Defending champion Mike Fagan, also USA, was second with 1555. Mikael Kanold, Sweden, took the 52nd and final spot with 1407 (234.50).

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/10

2010 BEC Video #2 - Qualifying Squad 23 in Slow Motion

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The qualifying of the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge ended on Saturday night, March 13, 2010, with Squad 23 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad. A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 14: The top 52 qualifiers, the top 6 from the first weekend who were not among the top 52 and the top 6 from the Desperado Squad. The top 16 players received one bye and will seeded 1-16 in Round 2. To watch Bowlingdigital's slow motion video from BEC Squad 23

03/14/10

2010 BEC Video #1 - Qualifying Squad 22 in Slow Motion

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2010EBT05BECLogo_small.jpg For the third consecutive year the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge was held in Saint Maximin near Paris, France. Qualifying ran from March 5-13, 2010 at 28-laner Le Plaza Bowling. The tournament was the fifth event of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Gold" tournaments. Six players from the penultimate Qualifying Squad 22 moved into the top 52 who survived the first cut. To watch Bowlingdigital's slow motion video from BEC Squad 22

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/10

The top six players in Squad 22 beat the cutoff number in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Cut for 52nd place is up to 1402 (233.67)

2010EBT05AdamMichaels_small.jpg2010EBT05EvgeniyaSmirnova2_small.jpgAnother six players Adam Michaels (l.), England (1459), Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela (1455), Mik Stampe, Denmark (1445), Evgeniya Smirnova (r.), Russia (1439), Dennis Eklund, Sweden (1430) and David Canady, Germany (1423) moved into the top 52 in the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge during the penultimate Squad 22. Qualifying cends with Squads 23 scheduled for 8 p.m. CET and with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/10

Mai Ginge Jensen leads Squad 21 to move into top 10 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Cut for 52nd place is up to 1401 (233.50)

2010EBT05MaiGingeJensen_small.jpg2010EBT05RobThurlby_small.jpgLast year's third-place finisher and women's ranking winner Mai Ginge Jensen (l.), Denmark, led Squad 21 Saturday afternoon with 1480 including 48 pins handicap, to move into the top 10 in the overall qualifying standings in the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge. Rob Thurlby (r.), England, was mere 18 pins behind Ginge to crack the top 16 with 1662, good for 14th place. Anthony Pepe, United States, leads the 442-player field with 1572 (262 avg.).


2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/10

Parker Bohn III regains his spot in the top 16 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Patrick Øhrgaard and Bohn roll 300 games in Squad 20

2010EBT05ParkerBohn300_small.jpg32-time PBA champion Parker Bohn III (pictured left), United States, fell out of the top 16 in the Brunswick Euro Challenge on Friday, but regained his spot in Squad 20 on Saturday morning. Bohn was only 98 pins over a 200 average after four games but closed out his six-game block with 279 and 300 to jump into 10th place in the overall standings with 1477 pinfall total and an average of 246.17. Anthony Pepe, United States, leads the 442-player field with 1572 (262 avg.).

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/10

Norm Duke shoots the 5th 300 game to move into 5th place in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Seven players move into top 52; cut for 52nd place is up to 1388 (231.33 avg.)

2010EBT05NormDuke_small.jpgIn 48th place with 1386 six-game total, 33-time PBA champion and Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) was in danger to miss the first cut in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Duke put on a show in the 18th qualifying squad on Friday night and became the fifth player who has cracked the 1500-bar. Duke checked in with 1515 six-game total, an average of 252.50, en route to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings. Anthony Pepe, United States, continued to lead the 428-player field with 1572 (262 avg.).

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/10

Four players add their names to the leaderboard in Squad 17 at Brunswick Euro Challenge

Squad 18, Game 4, Lanes 25/26: Norm Duke - 300, Jens Nickel - 299

2010EBT05AnthonyPepe_small.jpgFour players moved into the top 52 in the 17th qualifying squad of the Brunswick Euro Challenge on Friday afternoon. There were no changes among the top 16 and Anthony Pepe, United States (pictured) continued to lead the 409-player field with 1572 (262 avg.). Squad 17 leader Dennis Vrabac posted 1424 en route to leap into 24th place. Patrick Bohm, both Sweden, was next with 1394, good for 41st place. Mika Luoto, Finland and Tomas Leandersson had 1387 and 1385 to top Peter Ljung, both Sweden, who is 52nd with 1384, by 3 and 1 pin.


2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/10

Osku Palermaa jumps into third place in Squad 16 at Brunswick Euro Challenge

Mathieu Berges (SUI) and Eugeniya Smirnova (RUS) roll perfectos No. 3 and No. 4 in Squad 16

200910PBAOskuPalermaa_small.jpg2010EBT05MathieuBerges_small.jpgTwo-hander Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland, had high games of 277 and 266 and four games between 245 and 249 in Squad 16 on Friday afternoon to storm into third place in the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge in France. Mathieu Berges (r.), Switzerland, and Eugeniya Smirnova, Russia, rolled the third and fourth 300 game of the tournament. Anthony Pepe and Mike Fagan, both USA, remained in 1st and 2nd place with 1572 and 1555, resp.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/12/10

Adrian Ang wins his third qualifying squad in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Cut for 52nd place is currently 1370 (228.33 avg.)

2010EBT05AdrianAng_small.jpg2010EBT05AnthonyPepe_small.jpgAdrian Ang (l.), Malaysia, has bowled three qualifying squads in the Brunswick Euro Challenge and has led all three squads. Even more impressive is Ang's consistency. He felled 1470 pins in Squad 7, improved by 9 pins in Squad 9 (1479) and by another pin in Squad 15 on Friday morning to sit in 6th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1480 pinfall total and an average of 246.67. Anthony Pepe (r.) remained unchallenged atop the leaderboard with 1572.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/12/10

PöllÀnen, Andersson add their name to the leaderboard in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 5-14, 2010)

2009WWCKristaPollanen_small.jpg2009 World Games champion K2009VORobertAndersson_small.jpgrista PöllÀnen (l.) from Finland led the 12th qualifying squad with 1477 pinfall total en route to become the top-ranked women in the 298-player field of the Brunswick Euro Challenge. Robert Andersson (r.), Sweden, topped his team mate Martin Larsen by 4 pins to win Squad 13 with 1444 to 1440. The 2006 World Doubles champions moved into 11th and 12th place in the overall qualifying standings.



2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/12/10

Anthony Pepe shoots into qualifying lead in 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge

Kimmo Lehtonen and defending champion Mike Fagan achieve perfection

2010EBT05AnthonyPepe_small.jpg2010EBT05KimmoLehtonen_small.jpgAnthony Pepe (l.), United States, fired games of, 299, 258, 217, 245, 297 and 256 in Squad 10 on Thursday morning to shoot into the lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge with 1572 and an average of 262.00. Pepe had the front 11 in the first and fifth game but failed to roll the tournament's first 300. Kimmo Lehtonen (r.) accomplished the feat in the first game of Squad 11 and defending champion, Mike Fagan, United States, matched the feat five games later.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/11/10

PBA professionals, Malaysian national team set the tone on Wednesday in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Adian Ang lead Squads 8 and 9

200910PBA06CarolynDorinBallard_small.jpg2010EBT05AdrianAng_small.jpgPBA Women's Series exempt player Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (l.) led Squad 8 on Wednesday afternoon to move into 4th place in the overall qualifying standings in the Brunswick Euro Challenge currently underway at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Adrian Ang was the best of three Malaysians atop Squad 9 with 1479 to remain in third position. Nico Joris, Belgium, leads the field since Squad 3 with 1518 six-game total and an average of 253.00.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/10/10

Parker Bohn III, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard crack the top 10 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

North American and Malaysian bowlers dominate Qualifying Squad 7

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2010EBT05ParkerBohn3_small.jpg32-time PBA champion and 2-time PBA Player of the Year, Parker Bohn III (left, 4th) and 20-time PWBA champion and former PWBA Player of the Year, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right, 9th), United States, rolled six-game series of 1451 and 1398, respectively, Tuesday night to move into the top 10 in the Brunswick Euro Challenge. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, topped Bohn by 19 pins for the squad lead to overtake 3rd place. Nico Joris, Belgium, held on to the lead with 1518.

2010 European Bowling Tour #5

03/09/10

Yoan Alix falls 23 pins short off the lead in Squad 6 at Brunswick Euro Challenge

Shoots 1495 series to move into second place in qualifying

2010EBT05YoanAlix_small.jpg2010EBT05NicoJoris_small.jpgYoan Alix (l) played in his own league in sixth qualifying squad of the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge Monday evening at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The French international came out of the gates quickly with 221 followed by 268 and 236 for 725 after three games. Alix closed out his series with 255, 259 and 256 to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings with 1495. Nico Joris (r.) continued to lead with 1518.

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