European Bowling News Overview

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

Jensen, Helldén become the top-ranked women in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009

19 players from Squad 12 crack the top 52

  Anja Ginge Jensen (l.) from Denmark averaged 230.33 scratch for her six games in Squad 12 at the Brunswick Euro Challenge and added 48 pins handicap to her 1382 pinfall total to rocket into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Swede Sanna Helldén (r.) had six game between 202 and 247 for 1319 scratch and 1367 including handicap, good enough to move into fifth place overall. Mike Fagan, United States, remained unchallenged atop the leaderboard of the 175-player field with 1473 pinfall total and an average of 245.50.

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/13/09

Danes Larsen, Ernst add their names to the leaderboard in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Palermaa, Williams also crack the top 10 in Squad 11

  Thomas Larsen and Michael Bai Ernst, both Denmark, rolled six-game series of 1416 and 1377 to lead Squad 11 in the Brunswick Euro Challenge Thursday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Larsen (left) had five games between 205 and 245 before he finished with his high game of 275 to become the second player who cracked the 1400-bar in this year's event with 1416, an average of 236.00. Ernst (right) had a slow start into the tournament with 194 and 179 but rebounded with 276, 268, 247 and a final 200 game to overtake fourth place with 1364 (227.33). Mike Fagan, United States, continues to lead the field of 136 players with 1473 pinfall total and an average of 245.50.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/12/09

Legnani, Voss crack the top 10 in Squad 9 at Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

 2009EBT04MikeFagan_small.jpgLucas Legnani (pictured left), Argentina, set the pace in the ninth qualifying squad Wednesday evening at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, en route to move into 4th place in the overall qualifying standings in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009. Fresh off his victory in the Catalonia Open in Spain 10 days ago, Legnani had games of 225, 257, 181, 223, 218 and 246 and a 1350 pinfall total, an average of 225.00 over six games. PBA champion Mike Fagan (right) leads the field of 118 players since Squad 8 with a huge 1473 pinfall total, an average of 245.50, including the tournament's second 300 game.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/12/09

Mike Fagan takes commanding lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Shoots second perfecto of the tournament en route to 1473 series

 Three American and one Australian professional led Squad 8, which started the second week of qualifying in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 Wednesday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. PBA champion Mike Fagan (pictured left) started his six-game block with 255, 226 and 238, then rolled the tournament's second perfecto (Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, had the first) in game #4 and closed out the series with 234 and 220. His 1473 pinfall total, an average of 245.50, was 96 pins higher than the 1377 of first week leader Alain Nicolas, France, who slipped to second place. 


England

03/11/09

Chicken lays bowling-pin shaped egg By Ross Mcguinness

Republished courtesy of Metro - London, UK (March 9, 2009)

20090309BowlingPinshapedEgg2_small.jpg20090303BowlingPinShapedEgg1_small.jpgAn animal lover has found her chickens are game for anything after one laid an egg resembling a tenpin bowling pin. Natalie Wiltshire (pictured right with her son Benedict) said the bizarre creation was laid by one of her 20 chickens and reckons it is one of a kind. 'I've done a bit of research and there's nothing to suggest you should ever get eggs in this shape,' said the 43-year-old. The mother of three found it last week and was initially tempted to sell it on eBay.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/09/09

Alain Nicolas leads Brunswick Euro Challenge after the first weekend

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

2009EBT04AlainNicolas_small.jpg2009EBT04MarieGauton_small.jpgAlain Nicolas, France posted a 1377 six-game total in Squad 5 en route to lead the qualifying in the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 after the first weekend. Nicolas (l.) had games of 259, 191, 233, 244, 204 and 246, an average of 229.50, to overtake previous leader Marie Gauton by 17 pins. Gauton (r.) slipped to second place with 1360 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Another five players from Squad 5 cracked the top 10 Sunday evening at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Qualifying will run through Saturday, March 14. A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals.


2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/08/09

Marie Gauton leads Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 after Day One Qualifying

Gery Verbruggen rolls first perfecto in Squad 3

2009EBT04GeryVerbruggen_small.jpg 2009EBT04MarieGauton_small.jpg Marie Gauton, France, overtook the lead in the qualifying for the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 Saturday evening at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, with 1360 including 48 pins handicap. Four-time European Bowling Tour ranking champion Gery Verbruggen (r.), Belgium, started the third qualifying squad with the first 300 game of this year's event but managed only 1259, good for fourth place in the overall qualifying standings. Qualifying will run through Saturday, March 14. A total of 64 players will advance to the finals.

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/08/09

Yoan Alix sets the tone in Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 with 1322 series

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

2009EBT04YoanAlix_small.jpg The Brunswick Euro Challenge 2009 got underway on Saturday afternoon at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, with 15 players - 11 men and 4 women from France, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy. Yoan Alix (pictured left), France, set the tone in Squad 2 (#1 has been cancelled) with 1322 six-game total and an average of 220.33. The Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fourth stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". Qualifying will run through Saturday, March 14. A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 15. The total prize fund is 90,000 Euro with 16.000 Euro going to the winner.

2009 European Bowling Tour #4

03/07/09

Live Coverage from the 2009 Brunswick Euro Challenge

Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 6-15, 2009)

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PlazaStMaxim_small.jpg The highlight of the winter swing of the 2009 European Bowling is the Brunswick Euro Challenge. As of March 4th 344 players - 264 men and 80 women - from 33 countries are registered for the EBT "Major", which will held from March 6-15 in the state-of-the-art "Le Plaza Bowling" in Saint Maximin near Paris, France. The tournament offers 90.000 Euro total prize money with 16.000 going to the winner.
Bowlingdigital will bring you all the action from the BEC featuring our much-anticipated high definition videos produced by Flavio Cuva and photos by Beat Grauwiler. 

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

03/02/09

Barrett overtakes Palermaa to lead men's European Ranking

Pöllänen mere two points behind Sanders in women's ranking

2008WYCDominicBarrett_small.jpg 2008EBT15KristaPollanen_small.jpg Though Dominic Barrett (l.), England, lost his second title match of the 2009 European Bowling Tour season in the VII Catalonia Open in Barcelona, the 2-time World Youth champion overtook the lead in the men's ranking. Barrett has 210 points, 10 more than two-time defending ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, who slipped to second with 200. Krista Pöllänen (r.), Finland, used a third-place finish in the women's ranking in Barcelona to narrow the gap to women's ranking leader Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, to two points, 142 to 140.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

03/02/09

Legnani wins VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa from top seed

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2009)

2009EBT03Top3_small.jpgBig payday for Lucas Legnani (center). Argentina's No. 1, who finished first and second in the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Ranking finals, defeated Dominic Barrett (l.), England, in the title match, 211-205, to win the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa and the 12.000 Euro top prize. In the opening match at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, Barrett, the No. 2 seed, eliminated No. 3 Mathias Ă…rup (r.), Sweden, 213-196. Barrett received 6.000 Euro for second place while Ă…rup garnered 3.000 Euro. The European Bowling Tour is at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin near Paris, France next week for the prestigious Brunswick Euro Challenge March 6-15.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

03/02/09

Legnani, Barrett, Ă…rup to bowl for the title in VII Catalonia Open

Kirsten Penny wins Women's Ranking

2008KSALucasLegnani_small.jpg 2009EBT01DominicBarrett_small.jpg Lucas Legnani (l.) from Argentina, rolled a 948 4-game series in the semifinal of the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa en route to secure the top seed for the stepladder finals with 2674 pinfall total. Dominic Barrett (r.), England, was just one pin better and had the highest scratch with 949, a 237.25 average, to help grab the second place with 2619. He will meet Mathias Arup Sweden, in the opening match., who totaled 2557. Kirsten Penny, England, landed in fifth place with 2544. en route to win the women's rankings

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

03/02/09

Argentinean Legnani leads top 24 bowlers into semifinals at VII Catalonia Open

Top qualifier Stuart Williams eliminated in Quarterfinal

2008KSALucasLegnani2_small.jpg Lucas Legnani (pictured) from Argentina, who qualified for the finals in the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa in 17th place leaped 16 spots in a span of just four games in Sunday's Quarterfinal at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. Legnani, who carried forward 700 pins or 50 per cent of his qualifying total, rolled games of 245, 278, 245 and 258 for 1026 (256.50) to overtake the lead with 1726 total. Legnani was the sole player in the 48-player field who cracked the 1000-bar over four games. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, jumped from 11th to second place with 1713 with Dominic Barrett, England, in third with 1670. The remaining 24 will determine the top 3 for the stepladder finals in another 4-game bloc. 

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

03/01/09

Williams remains unchallenged, wins qualifying in VII Catalonia Open

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2009)

2007EBT18StuartWilliams4_small.jpg Stuart Williams (pictured left), England, led the 120 player field after 12 qualifying squads in the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. The 2007 World Ranking Masters champion led Squad 3 with 1474 including high games of 279, 258 and 256 for 1474 and an average of 245.67 and never looked back. Bowling in Squad 10 on Saturday, Williams led the squad with 1442. A total of 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday and carry forward 50 per cent of their respective qualifying total. The tournament offers total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 12.000 goin to the winner.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

03/01/09

Finns add their names to the leaderboard on Friday at VII Catalonia Open

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2009)

2008BWCKristaPollanen_small.jpg 2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg Finns Osku Palermaa, Krista Pöllänen (r.), Heidi Manninen and Panu Nurmilo added their names to the leaderboard in the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa on Friday at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. Two-time defending ranking champion Palermaa (l.) had six games between 235 and 258 to lead Squad 6 and to move into second place in the overall qualifying standings with 1468, an average of 244.67 over six games. Stuart Williams, England, continued to lead with 1474 (245.67). Pierre Luc Sanchez, France, is the man on the bubble in 30th place with 1340 six-game total or an average of 223.33.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

02/28/09

Williams, Andersson in 1,2 after four qualifying squads in VII Catalonia Open

Agerbo rolls first 300 game of the tournament

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2008EBT13JesperAgerbo_small.jpgStuart Williams (l.), England, and Robert Andersson, Sweden, led qualifying squads #3 and #4 on Thursday to move into first and second place in the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa. Williams used high games of 279, 258 and 256 for 1474 to grab the pole position with 1474 total and an average of 245.67. Andersson led Squad 4 to jump into second place with 1454. Dane Jesper Agerbo (r.) posted the first perfecto of the tournament in the last game Thursday night en route to overtake fifth place with 1432.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

02/26/09

Ovide fires 1445 series on Day Two Qualifying in VII Catalonia Open

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2009)

Marcial_Ovide_4181.jpg Marcial Ovide (pictured left) fired a 1445 series Wednesday evening at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain en route to shoot in the lead after the second qualifying squad in the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa. Ovide, who averaged 240.83 over six games, had high games of 278 in game #3 and 277 in game #6. Squad 1 leader Lluis Montfort is a distant second with 1359. The 12 qualifying squad leaders automatically secure a spot in Sunday's finals. The tournament is the third stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The total prize fund is 55.000 Euro with 12.000 going to the winner.

2009 European Bowling Tour #3

02/25/09

VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa is underway in Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2009)

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg 18 bowlers, all from Catalonia, took on the lanes at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday evening for the opening squad of the VII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa, the third stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". Lluis Montfort started with a 186 game but bounced back with 223, 265, 247, 203 and 235 en route to take the early lead in the qualifying with 1359 six-game total and an average of 226.50. As each leader of the 12 qualifying squads earns an automatic berth into the finals, Montfort has already done his job.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

02/24/09

Palermaa, Barrett back atop the men's European Rankings

Sanders, van der Tol lead women's European Rankings

2008EBT10NicoleSanders_small.jpg 2008EBT05OskuPalermaa2_small.jpg Europe's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked men on the 2008 European Bowling Tour, Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland, and Dominic Barrett, England, are back atop the 2009 rankings after the second tournament in the year 2009, the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands. Palermaa won the EBT Major and 100 points to overtake the lead with 150 points. Dutch Nicole Sanders (r.) held on to the lead in the women's division with 142 points. 

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/23/09

Palermaa captures the title in Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament

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

2009EBT02Top4_small.jpg Two-time defending European ranking champion Osku Palermaa rolled games of 231 and 236 en route to capture the title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2009 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands. The two-hander from Finland had a 467 two-game total to beat Dutch Peter Smits (442), Mads Sandbækken, Norway (436) and Tobias Karlsson, Sweden (419) in the final round. Palermaa received 12.000 Euro for the victory. Smits pocketed 6.000 Euro for second place. Sandbækken took home 4.000 Euro for third place and Karlsson garnered 2.000 Euro for fourth place.

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