European Bowling News Overview

Sweden

02/17/09

20-year-old underdog stuns favorites to win Super Six title in Stockholm

Bowl4joy in Stockholm, Sweden (Feb. 1-8, 2009)

2009SSBT02JimLindstrand_small.jpg Jim Lindstrand (left) has never made it through the qualifying in any of his six attempts on the Swedish Super Sixxxxxx Bowling Tour. He changed that in a hurry at the second stop of the 2009 Tour. The 20-year-old finished qualifying in 14th place with 1374 six-game total and never fall lower than third in the finals en route to earn the No. 2 seed for the four-player stepladder finals. After a 217-213 stunner against No. 3 Martin Larsen, Lindstrand defeated top seed Peter Sainio, all Sweden, in the title match, 201-177, to win the Djurgaardens Internordiska. Lindstrand's victory was probably the biggest surprise since the Super Six Bowling Tour started ten years ago.

England

02/16/09

Caminsky back to defend World Tenpin Masters title

Only eight players will be competing for $20,000 top prize

2008WTMGuyCaminskyChampion_small.jpg South African Guy Caminsky (pictured left) will be back to defend his title at the 2009 PartyPoker.com World Tenpin Masters in April. Caminsky won the competition for the first time in 2008 as he came from behind to defeat PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, 526-517, in a memorable final over two games total pinfall. This year's competition will be again staged at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England but this year it will be tougher than ever before to win. Only eight players will be competing, 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 bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize.

2009 European Bowling Tour #2

02/16/09

Mol, Kok atop the leaderboard after Day One Qualifying in Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2009

Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands (Feb. 15-22, 2009)

2007SLVRoelMol2_small.jpg 2009EBT02EricKok_small.jpg Roel Mol and Eric Kok, both Netherlands, led the first two of 18 qualifying squads in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2009, which got underway Sunday at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands. Mol (l.) became the first player in this year's event, who cracked the 1300-bar, with 1323 six-game total and an average of 220.50. National coach and former Dutch standout Kok (r.) overtook second place with 1297. The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2009, the 2nd stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors", is contested on dual lane condition.

EBT News

02/08/09

EBT Masters 2010 to be held in Vienna, Austria

Follows new tournament - The Austria Challenge

2007ASOWolfgangLohschmid_small.jpg Wolfgang Lohschmid, tournament director of the Vienna Open, a major tournament on the European Bowling Tour, has announced today that the Presidium of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation has decided at its meeting, February 6-7 in Vienna, to accept his offer to host the 2010 EBT Masters. The third ETB Masters will be held May 3-4, 2010 at 32-lane Plus Bowling, home of the Vienna Open, immediately following a newly formed tournament - The Austria Challenge. The inaugural Austria Challenge, which will be contested from Wednesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 2, 2010, will offer a total prize fund of 41.900 Euro.

EBT News

02/02/09

Penny withdraws from participation in 2009 World Ranking Masters

2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007 European ranking champion and last year's runner-up, Kirsten Penny (pictured left), England, has withdrawn from the 2009 World Ranking Masters and will be replaced by 11th ranked, Wendy Kok, Netherlands. The 2009 WRM will be held at Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy from April 27 through May 3, 2009. Since its inception in the year 2001, the WRM concludes the ranking season of the three WTBA zones - America, Asia and Europe. With no host or sponsor for the 2010 World Ranking Masters on the horizon, the 2009 edition could be the last event of its kind.

Ireland

01/27/09

Barrett, Torgersen win the Open Division titles in the 10th ALSAA Columbia Re-Entry Open 2009

ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 3-25, 2009)

2009EBT01DominicBarrett_small.jpg 2009ALSAAOpenPatcharinTorgersen_small.jpg Dominic Barrett (pictured left), England, and Patcharin Torgersen (pictured right), Norway, won the men's and women's Open Division titles in the 10th ALSAA Columbia Re-Entry Open 2009 at ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland. The tournament, which ran concurrently with the Irish Open, was divided into five divisions (Open, Irish, ALSAA, Junior and Handicap). The winners were determined over five games total pinfall. One prize per person, based on highest value/division.

EBT News

01/27/09

Three qualifiers and one substitute withdraw from participation in 2009 World Ranking Masters

2008BWCMartinLarsen_small.jpg 2008KUWPeterLjung_small.jpgThe 2009 World Ranking Masters will be held at Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy from April 27 through May 3, 2009. Three of the 16 European qualifiers, No. 4 Martin Larsen (pictured left) and No. 5 Peter Ljung (right), both from Sweden, on the men's side as well as women's No. 6 Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, have announced that they will not participate in the event. In addition the first men's substitute, 9th ranked Pasi Uotila, Finland, will not be available.

Ireland

01/26/09

Moor, Dykes, win the titles in 21st Irish Open Tenpin Bowling Championships

Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 22-25, 2009)

2007BWCPaulMoor_small.jpg 2009IrishOpenKerenaDykes_small.jpg Local favorite Kerena Dykes (r.) and Paul Moor (l.), England, both the No. 2 seeds, claimed the men's and women's titles in the 21st Irish Open Tenpin Bowling Championships. In the opening match of the men's 3-player shootout, Moor made quick work of No. 3 Michael Di Giorno, Netherlands, 253-165, and went on to defeat compatriot and defending champion Dominic Barrett in the title match, 234-189. In the women's division, Dykes topped Kirsten penny, England, in the opener, 202-180, and used the momentum to beat tournament leader Patcharin Torgersen, Norway, in the championship match, 228-190.

Sweden

01/16/09

Mattias Olsson comes from behind to win first Super Six Tour stop in Stockholm

Palermaa and Glendert win Super Six Tour Shoot Out Finals

2009SSTOskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2009SST01MattiasOlsson_small.jpg 25-year-old Mattias Olsson (l.), seeded fourth in the stepladder finals of the 29th AIK International Tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, won three straight matches en route to claim the first title on the 2009 Super Six Tour and the 40.000 Swedish Kronor top prize. In the championship match, the lefty defeated top seeded Tomas Leandersson, 214-199. Osku Palermaa (r.), Finland, and Malin Glendert, Sweden, won the shoot out finals of the 2008 Swedish Super Six Tour and earned 40.000 Swedish Kronor apiece (approx. $4,800).

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

01/14/09

Uotila and Sanders take the early lead in 2009 European Rankings

2008EBT08NicoleSanders_small.jpg 2009EBT01PasiUotila_small.jpg The Brunswick Ballmaster Open is the season opener of the European Bowling Tour since the Tour was launched in the year 2000. For the third time in his career Pasi Uotila (l.), Finland, started the European Bowling Tour season atop the men's ranking when he won his third Ballmaster title Sunday with a 214-212 victory over Dominic Barrett from England. Nicole Sanders (r.), Netherlands, was the sole woman, who made the cut to the top 16 for the match play finals in Helsinki, and positioned herself atop the women's ranking.

2009 European Bowling Tour #1

01/12/09

Uotila beats Barrett to win his third Brunswick Ballmaster Open title

Tali Bowling in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 3-11, 2008)

2009EBT01PasiUotilaDominicBarrett_small.jpg Pasi Uotila (l.), Finland, defeated Dominic Barrett (r.), England, 214-212, in the title match of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open en route to win the prestigious title and the 12.000 Euro top prize. Uotila, who became the third 3-time winner in the 39-year history of the event, overtook the lead in the 2009 European Bowling Tour rankings. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, the sole woman who reached the match play finals, finished in 8th place and overtook the lead in the EBT women's rankings.

Austria

01/01/09

Bowlingstore Xmas Open plus Party a huge success in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Dec. 21, 2008)

2008VXOAwardees2_small.jpg If you ever have attended a "players party" of the Vienna Open, a major tournament on the European Bowling Tour, you'll know what to expect if Thomas Tybl and Thomas Gross, European Doubles champions and "Bowlingstore" Pro Shop owners invite you to the Xmas Open bowling tournament plus Party. On Sunday morning, December 21st at 9am, 32-lane Plus Bowling was filled with more than 160 players and guests, a number several EBT tournaments would be happy to have. However, the Xmas Open could never become an EBT event as it was contested under the "old" American League rules: Smoking and drinking are permitted.

EBT News

12/30/08

Another change in the 2009 European Bowling Tour schedule

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, ETBF Vice President and Director of the European Bowling Tour, has announced that the Qatar Bowling Federation, organizer of the 16th and final stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour has changed the name of the tournament to "9th Qatar Bowling Open" and - much more important - has also changed the tournament dates. "As a consequence of a clash with another event in the region," Thorsgaard Jensen wrote, "the organizer has decided to move the tournament one week, from 5-12 December to 12-19 December 2009."

Belgium

12/26/08

Cardi, Ravez win the titles in Euphony Cordial Trophy 2008

Cordial Bowling in Jumet, Belgium (Dec. 13-21, 2008)

2008CordialJimmyRavez_small.jpg 2008CordialLaetitiaCardi_small.jpg Laetitia Cardi of France and Jimmy Ravez, Belgium claimed the women's and men's titles in the Euphony Cordial Trophy 2008 at Cordial Bowling in Jumet, Belgium. The tournament drew 224 men and 54 women, who competed for a total prize fund of 40.500 Euro. In the women's title match over two games total pinfall, Cardi topped Catherine Durieux, Belgium, 438-389 including handicap. In the men's final, Ravez defeated Emmanuel Michaud, France, 489-438. Ravez earned 2.500 Euro and Cardi pocketed 1.250 Euro.

Sweden

12/18/08

Nina Flack selected Swedish Bowler of the Year

2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg Nina Flack has been named Swedish Bowler of the Year 2008 by the Swedish Bowling Federation. The 23-year-old right-hander claimed three gold medals in the Women's European Championships in Odense, Denmark, by winning the Doubles, Team and the prestigious Masters competition. Flack became the first Swede in the European Bowling Tour history to win the EBT rankings after finishing the year with victory in the Oltremare Columbia 300 Open, a second-place finish in the Ebonite English Open and victory in the Qatar International Open, worth more than 43.000 Euro prize money.

Malta

12/15/08

Successful Malta clinic by world renowned coach Brian Voss

Republished courtesy of Malta Independent Online - Malta (Dec. 13, 2008)

2006BrianVoss_small.jpg November saw the first ever visit to Malta of top US tenpin bowler and first class coach Brian Voss, who carried out an intensive week long coaching clinic at the Eden SuperBowl. The clinic was a huge and popular success among local bowlers, who were given the chance to be taught by one of the world's best in their chosen sporting discipline. Thanks to an initiative by the Malta Tenpin Bowling Association, bowlers of all abilities benefitted from free group sessions with Voss. The MTBA are already looking at the possibility of a return trip in 2009 for the PBA and USBC Hall of Famer.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

12/14/08

Nina Flack and Osku Palermaa end 2008 European Bowling Tour season atop the women's and men's ranking

2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg Nina Flack from Sweden and Finn Osku Palermaa are the 2008 women's and men's European Bowling Tour ranking champions. It marks the first victory of a Swedish bowler - man or woman - in the 9-year history of the EBT, while Palermaa followed in the footprints of former men's champions Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (2000-03) and Paul Moor (2004-06) as repeat champion. The top 8 women and top 8 men qualified for the 2009 World Ranking Masters in Naples, Italy. In addition, the top 16 men and the top 16 women qualified for the EBT Masters in May 2009 in Aalborg, Denmark.

2008 European Bowling Tour #18

12/13/08

Flack triumphs in 8th Qatar International Open

Wins 30.000 Euro and claims EBT Women's Ranking title

2007EBT17NinaFlack2_small.jpg 2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg Nina Flack (left), Sweden, defeated Dominic Barrett (right), England, in the title match of the 8th Qatar International Open over two games total pinfall. 435 to 413, to win the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. U.S. $40,000) and to seal the victory in the 2008 European Bowling Tour women's rankings. Barrett, who won his second men's ranking title this season en route to finish second to ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, received 15.000 Euro for second place. Remy Ong, Singapore and Jason Belmonte, Australia pocketed 5.000 Euro each for third and fourth place, respectively.

Coaching

12/13/08

13 coaches earn Bronze certification at Dublin conference

2008InninsDublin3_small.jpg Thanks to the hard work of USBC International coach and instructor Steve Ininns, England (front row, third from the left), 13 new names recently were added to the list of USBC Bronze coaches. The addition came as a result of the highly-successful Bronze conference Ininns conducted at the A-L-S-A-A Bowling Complex in Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 6-7. Like all USBC Coaching conferences, this event featured both classroom instruction and on-the-lanes, practical activities, providing participants with a well-rounded experience that enhanced all facets of their collective coaching skill sets.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

12/08/08

Palermaa successfully defends men's European Rankings title

Flack targets to become the first Swedish ranking champion

2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg With his 9th place finish in the men's ranking in the Ebonite English Open in Nuneaton, England, last weekend, Osku Palermaaa (l.) from Finland secured his second consecutive men's European ranking title. Palermaa finished one spot ahead of his nearest competitor, Tore Torgersen, Norway, to maintain a 65 point lead heading into the season-ending event, the 8th Qatar International Open, which offers max. 50 ranking points. In the women's division, Nina Flack (r.), Sweden has a 41-point buffer over defending champion Kirsten Penny, England.

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