European Bowling News Overview

Switzerland

06/02/09

Tanya Petty paces opening day in 32nd Grand Prix Zurich

Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in Rümikon/Winterthur, Switzerland (June 1-7, 2009)

2009GPZurichTanyaPetty_small.jpg27 Swiss bowlers and one German started the 32nd Grand Prix Zurich Monday at Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in Rümikon/Winterthur, Switzerland. Multiple German Player of the Year, Tanya Petty (pictured) had games between 188 and 240 to overtake the qualifying lead after the first of six squads with 1707 8-game total and an average of 213.25. Multiple Swiss champion Bigi Manico was second with 1656 including one pin handicap each game. Qualifying continues on Friday and Saturday. All players bowl 8 games of qualifying with handicap based on 60 per cent of 200.

France

06/02/09

Isabelle Sacco, Anthony Fabre capture the titles in 2009 French National Championships

Bowling Du Languedoc in Montpellier, France (May 30-31, 2009)

2009FRANCIsabelleSaccoAnthonyFabre_small.jpgIsabelle Sacco and Anthony Fabre (pictured left) were crowned women's and men's individual champions in the 2009 French National Championships finals Sunday at Bowling Du Languedoc in Montpellier, France. Sacco, who won her first national title in 1993, averaged 203.40 over 20 games to claim her 14th title in the past 17 years with 4068 pinfall total. Fabre posted a 4141 20-game total, an average of 207.05, to capture his first individual national championship.

Scotland

05/27/09

Tenpin bowlers up in arms after Englishman wins place in Scottish team By Keith McLeod

Republished courtesy of DailyRecord.co.uk (May 26, 2009)

A furious row has split the world of Scottish tenpin bowling - after an Englishman won a place in Scotland's European championship team. Anthony Roots - who lives in London - travelled north of the Border to compete and win ranking points. Now he's edged into the team and will be heading to Aalborg, Denmark, next month. He's been backed by the sport's European chiefs, who say anyone with a UK passport can play for any of the home nations. But critics fear his selection could threaten Scotland's independence.

EBT Masters 2009

05/27/09

Paul Moor wins the title in 2009 European Bowling Tour Masters

Dropping the qualifying pinfall has been a quite controversial topic

2008EBT1PaulMoor_small.jpg 2009SSST03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (l.), England, was crowned men's European Bowling Tour Masters champion after leading the 8-game round robin match play portion with 2023 pinfall total. With the victory, the lefty ended a two-year drought on the European Bowling Tour. The fact that the 18-game qualifying pinfall was dropped before the match play round has been a quite controversial topic in Aalborg. According to our information, the players made their own results PLUS QUALIFYING and the leader after 26 games, second-place finisher Jason Belmonte (r.), Australia, was paid out the top prize of 4.000 Euro by the players.

EBT Masters 2009

05/27/09

Kamilla Kjeldsen wins her second consecutive EBT Masters title

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 25-26, 2009)

2009EBT04KamillaKjeldsen_small.jpgDefending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen (l.), Denmark, won her second consecutive European Bowling Tour Masters title Tuesday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Kjeldsen,  who led the field after qualifying, outaveraged her nearest competitor, compatriot Rikke Holm Rasmussen, in the 8-game round robin match play portion by more than 9 pins. Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands, finished in third place. The third EBT Masters will be held in Vienna, Austria, from May 3-4, 2010.

EBT Masters 2009

05/26/09

Singaporean, Australian 1, 2 after qualifying in men's EBT Masters

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 25-26, 2009)

2008EBT05RemyOng_small.jpg200809PBA19JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgRemy Ong (l.), Singapore, held on to the lead in the men's European Bowling Tour Masters after 18 games of qualifying with 4203 pinfall total and an average of 233.50. PBA Rookie of the Year, Jason Belmonte (r.), led the third block with 1443 (240.50) to jump into second place with 4138. The top 8 players will determine the champion this afternoon in an 8-game round robin match play round on dual lane condition.

EBT Masters

05/26/09

Dutch women set the tone in EBT Masters on Day One Qualifying

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 25-26, 2009)

2009EBT04PriscillaMaaswinkel_small.jpgPriscilla Maaswinkel (pictured), Netherlands, was the sole woman with two 1300-plus series on day one qualifying en route to take the lead in the women's European Bowling Tour Masters 2009. Maaswinkel had 1306 on short and 1305 on long oil to lead the field of 16 women with 2611 12-game total (217.58). Defending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen is mere 10 pins behind in second place with 2601. The 16 players return on Tuesday for the third and final six-game block on dual lane condition to cut to the top 8, who will determine the champion in round robin match play.

EBT Masters 2009

05/26/09

Lefties dominate men's EBT Masters after Day One Qualifying

2008EBT05RemyOng2_small.jpgRemy Ong (pictured) from Singapore took the lead after the first day of qualifying in the European Bowling Tour Masters 2009. The lefty outaveraged his nearest competitor by more than eight pins with 2899 16-game total and an average of 241.58. Places 2-4 belong to fellow lefties Paul Moor, England (2800), Peter Ljung, Sweden (2791) and Mads Sandbækken, Norway (2698). The 15 players return on Tuesday for the third and final six-game block on dual lane coondition to cut to the top 8, who will determine the champion in round robin match play.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

05/26/09

Palermaa leads EBT Men's Ranking after Aalborg

Earns EBT exemption for PBA World Series of Bowling

2009KOOskuPalermaa4_small.jpg2009EBT04MaiGingeJensen4_small.jpgThe Aalborg Int'l was the the last EBT event which counted toward qualifying for the PBA World Series in August. As the EBT has decided to give the exemption to the highest ranked player in the men's division after seven stops, Osku Palermaa (l.), from Finland, current leader, and two-time defending ranking champion, earns the exemption. Mai Ginge Jensen (r.), Denmark, was the second-best women in Aalborg and was awarded 80 ranking points en route to become the new leader with 250 points.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/25/09

Martin Larsen wins Brunswick Aalborg International 2009

Osku Palermaa earns EBT exemption for PBA World Series of Bowling

2009EBT04MartinLarsen_small.jpgThe title match of the Brunswick Aalborg International was a match between two teammates of multiple Swedish team champion Team Pergamon. Martin Larsen (pictured), Sweden, topped Tore Torgersen, Norway, 457 to 449 over two games total pinfall to win his fifth EBT title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Larsen and Torgersen eliminated two Finns on their way to the title match. Larsen defeated top seeded Joonas Jähi, 472-424, while Torgersen took revenge for the World Ranking Masters defeat earlier this month, when he ousted Osku Palermaa, 458-432. Palermaa will receive the EBT exemption of the PBA World Series.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/24/09

Dominic Barrett takes over lead in Brunswick Aalborg International qualifying

Average of more than 231 necessary to survive the first cut

2009EBT01DominicBarrett_small.jpg2009EBT07DaniellevanderMeer_small.jpgDominic Barrett (pictured left) from England won the qualifying in the Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 and a 1.000 bonus with 1504 six-game total and an average of 250.67. Barrett, who won the Australian Open and the World Tenpin Masters in April, beat out Joonas Jähi, Finland (1503), Jesper Agerbo, Denmark (1502), for the top spot by one and two pins. Daniëlle van der Meer (r.), Netherlands, hit the cutoff number for 38th place with 1390, a 231.67 (scratch) average. A total of 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/23/09

Dominic Barrett takes over lead in Brunswick Aalborg International qualifying

Cut for 38th place is up to 1376 (229.33 average)

2009AUSOpenDominicBarrett_small.jpgDominic Barrett (l.) from England finished the penultimate qualifying day in the Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 with a 1504 six-game series (250.67 average) en route to overtake the lead in the overall qualifying standings by one pin. Previous leader Joonas Jähi, Finland, and Squad 1 leader Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, slipped to second and third with 1503 and 1502, respectively. Thomas Gross, Austria, is the "man on the bubble" in 38th place with 1376 or an average of 229.33 for six games.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/22/09

Squad 4-6 leaders crack top 4 in Brunswick Aalborg International qualifying

Tjernes, Årup, Larsen roll 300 games

2008EvjeOpenFredrikTjernes_small.jpgThursday's squad leaders averaged between 246 and 250 en route to crack the top 4 in the qualifying for the Brunswick Aalborg International 2009. Joonas Jähi, Finland, had games of 244, 256, 256, 277, 213 and 257 in Squad 6 to overtake the pole position in the overall qualifying standings with 1503 pinfall total and an average of 250.50. Fredrik Tjernes (l.), Norway, used one of three perfect games on Thursday to lead Squad 4 with 1482 (247.00), good for third place overall.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/21/09

Top 3 remain unchallenged in qualifying for Brunswick Aalborg International

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 18-24, 2009)

2009BAILogo_small.jpgDutch national team member Danielle van der Meer chalked up 1390 pins in the third qualifying squad Wednesday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, to move into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings in the Brunswick Aalborg International. Van der Meer, who studies at the University of Nebraska, United States, averaged 223.67 over six games on dual lane condition and added 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The top three players, however, remained unchallenged and automatically earned a spot for the finals.

Hungary

05/21/09

Pesek, Szabo first-time winners at Hungarian National Championships

Mammut Bowling Club in Budapest, Hungary (May 17, 2009)

2009HUNNCBeatrixPesek_small.jpg2009HUNNCTamasSzabo_small.jpgBeatrix Pesek (pictured left) and Tamas Szabo (right) dominated the women's and men's national championships in Hungary and captured the coveted titles for the first time in their respective careers. The finals of the 2009 Hungarian National Championships concluded May 17th at Mammut Bowling Club in Budapest, Hungary.

2009 European Bowling Tour #7

05/20/09

Agerbo sets the pace in Brunswick Aalborg International

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 18-24, 2009)

2009EBT04JesperAgerbo_small.jpgJesper Agerbo (pictured left) started the Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 almost with a 258 triplicate en route to set the pace with 1502 six-game total and an average of 250.33. Agerbo, who won the silver medal in Masters at the 2008 Men's World Championships, had games of 258, 259, 258, 235, 266 and 226 in the first of 14 qualifying squads Monday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 is the 7th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors".

Finland

05/20/09

Unknown Ari Savola beats Kimmo Lehtonen to win Finnish Men's National Championships

2009FINNCAriSavola_small.jpg25-year-old Ari Savola (pictured left) from bowling club Cosmos virtually unknown in Finland … until last weekend. It changed dramatically when Savola earned the No. 1 seed in the men's finals of the Finnish National Championships and rolled games of 225 and 236 to defeat one of Finland's best and most experienced bowlers, Kimmo Lehtonen, 461-405, to claim the coveted title. Lehtonen, seeded third, topped Mikko Vainio in the semi-final, 415-406, for the right to bowl Savola for the title.

European Bowling Tour News

05/19/09

Ballmaster applies for Platinum status in 2010

Prize fund raises to 105.000 Euro with 15.000 going to the winner

BallmasterOpenLogo_small.jpgIn the year 2010, the Ballmaster Open tournament in Finland will celebrate its 40th anniversary. To underline the status as the longest running bowling tournament in Europe and the sole tournament which was on the European Bowling Tour schedule in every season since the tour's inception in the year 2000, tournament organizer Kimmo Lehtonen has applied for Platinum status in 2010 and has raised the total prize fund from 75.000 to 105.000 Euro. Lehtonen, a long-time Finish national team member and 2005 World Ranking Masters champion, has also announced that the Ballmaster finals will feature 16-player Round Robin match play followed by a stepladder final.

Finland

05/17/09

Reija Lundén finally wins Finnish National Championships

2009FINNCReijaLunden_small.jpgReija Lundén (pictured) has been one of the top female bowlers in Finland, Europe and the world having won gold medals in World and European Championships. However, Lundén has never managed to win the women's individual title in the Finnish National Championships – until today. In the championship match over two games total pinfall, top seeded Lundén defeated Mari Santonen, 428-409, to finally win the Finnish National Championships.


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.

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