European Bowling News Overview

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/13/09

Hurri, Pöllänen crack top 8 in Ebonite Lahti Open

Valaranta remains atop the leaderboard

2009EBT12KariHurri_small.jpgTwo players cracked the top 8 in the fifth qualifying squad of the Ebonite Lahti Open Monday evening at Jouni Helminen's Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland. Kari Hurri (l.) led the squad behind games of 236, 236, 215, 236, 198 and 194 to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings. Hurri tied second-place Matti Knutar with 1315 six-game total but had the lower last game. Krista Pöllänen leaped into 6th place with 1292. Day one leader Samu Valaranta remained atop the leaderboard with 1335 (222.50).


2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/13/09

Gross beats Williams win the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Watch the video of the stepladder finals here

2009VOThomasGross-7_small.jpgHometown favorite Thomas Gross (pictured left) defeated tournament leader Stuart Williams, England, in a high scoring championship match, 246-231, en route to become the first Austrian winner in the Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Gross earned the 6.000 top prize and 100 ranking points as the Vienna Open is one of the "Majors" on the European Bowling Tour. Williams received 4.000 Euro for second and split 1.600 Euro with Guerrero for the Doubles victory.


Sweden

10/12/09

100 years of bowling in Sweden celebrated with centennial gala

SwenskBowliing100Logo_small.jpg100 years ago on October 10, 1909, Sweden's first bowling center opened its doors in downtown Stockholm. Consequently, Swedish bowling celebrated the centennial with a gala held on October 10, 2009. Almost 400 people, the Who-is-who of Swedish bowling and their relatives and friends gathered at the renowned Berns Salonger, a restaurant and entertainment venue in Berzelii Park in central Stockholm, which is just a few blocks away from where the first bowling balls were thrown exactly a century ago. During the festivities awards were given in eight different categories.

2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/12/09

Knutar, Tuomisalo add their names to the leaderboard in Lahti

Valaranta holds on to the lead in Ebonite Lahti Open

2009EBT12LauraTuomisalo_small.jpg2009EBT12MattiKnutar_small.jpg10 players added their names to the leaderboard during squads 3 and 4 Sunday at Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland, but day one leader Samu Valaranta held on to the lead in the qualifying of the Ebonite Lahti Open with 1335. Squad 4 leader Matti Knutar (l.) moved into second place with 1315 while Sqaud 3 leader Laura Tuomisalo (r.) is the top-ranked female bowler in third place with 1306. Qualifying continues on Monday with Squad 5 at 6.30pm.

Spain

10/11/09

Sanders wins 5th European Women Masters 2009 from top seed

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpgTop seeded Nicole Sanders (pictured left), Netherlands, swept No. 3 seeded Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, in the championship match of the 5th European Women Masters 2009 at Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, en route to win the title and the 3.500 top prize. In the semifinals, In the best-of-three games finals, Sanders took a 1-0 lead with a 191-169 win in game #1 and wrapped up the title with a 205-173 in game #2. Larsen pocketed 2.000 Euro for second place.

Spain

10/11/09

Nicole Sanders leads top 4 players into match play finals in Barcelona

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpg2009VOBrittBrondsted_small.jpgDutch Nicole Sanders (l.), who led the Round of 24 after the first block including a 300 game, held on to the lead in the second block en route to lead the top 4 players into the match play finals of the 5th European Women Masters 2009. Joining Sanders in the semis in best-of-three games format. are Sue Abela, Malta, Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, and Britt Brøndsted (r.), Denmark. The winner will receive the 3.500 Euro top prize.


2009 European Bowling Tour #12

10/11/09

Valaranta shoots sole 1300-plus series to lead Lahti Open after Day One Qualifying

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 10-18, 2009)

2009EBT12SamuValaranta_small.jpg2009EBT12MattiVirta_small.jpgThe 2009 Ebonite Lahti Open got underway on Saturday with the first two qualifying squads. Samu Valaranta (l.) posted a fine 1335 six-game series including a high game of 290 to take the early lead. Matti Virta (r.), who led Squad 2, is a distant second with 1249. Qualifying runs through Saturday, Oct. 17. A total of 40 players will advance to the finals on Sunday. The Lahti Open offers an increased total prize fund of 49.200 Euro, or about 72,500 U.S. dollars.

Spain

10/11/09

Nicole Sanders rolls 300 to lead Round of 24 at halfway point in Barcelona

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpg2007BWCSueAbela5_small.jpgDutch Nicole Sanders (pictured left), Netherlands, one of nine invitees in the 5th European Women Masters 2009, finished the first block of six games with a 300 game en route to take the lead as the Round of 24 has reached the halfway point. Malta's Sue Abela (right) was second with 1376, with Joline Persson.Planefors, Sweden, third (1356) and defending champion Kirsten Penny, England, fourth (1348). The top 4 after another 6-game block will advance to the semis.


Spain

10/10/09

Colombian Leal leads qualifying in 5th European Women Masters 2009

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2008MOBiancaWiekeraad_small.jpg2009WWCLuzAdianaLeal_small.jpgLuz Adriana Leal (l.), Colombia, finished the qualifying in the 5th European Women Masters 2009 atop the leaderboard Friday night at Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, en route to lead the top 15 players into the finals on Saturday Oct. 10. Bianca Wiekeraad (r.), Netherlands, was second with 1305. The top 15 will join nine players, who were invited by the Catalan Bowling Federation, in the quarterfinal round. The winner will receive the 3.500 top prize. 

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/05/09

Eklund, Ainge move closer to the top

2009VONickiAinge2_small.jpg2009VODennisEklund4_small.jpgDennis Eklund (left) from Sweden, and Nicki Ainge (right), England, narrowed the gap to European Ranking leaders Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Nina Flack, Sweden, to 67 and 34, after finishing 6th and 5th in the men's and women's rankings of the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Eklund (337) moved from fifth to third place with Palermaa (404) in first and Dominic Barrett (354), England, in second place. Ainge (356) leaped from fourth to second place.


2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/05/09

Video #2: Impressions from the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 29 - Oct. 4, 2009)

2009VOFinalAudience_small.jpgThe 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 11th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The tournament is being held from Tuesday Sept. 29 through Sunday Oct. 4, 2009 at the renovated 32-lane Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. More than 340 players will compete for an increased total prize money of 68.130 Euro. The singles champion receives the 6.000 Euro top prize . To watch our video with impressions from the Vienna Open in high and lower resolution

2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/05/09

Video #1: Qualifying Squad 9 - Brian Voss takes over lead in 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

2009VOBrianVoss_small.jpgThree players moved to the top of the leaderboard in the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 9th of 17 qualifying squads Thursday night at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, United States, former PBA exempt player Tore Torgersen, Norway, and Finnish national team member Joonas Jehkinen, who also took the lead with compatriot Juha Immonen. To watch the players from Squad 9 in high or lower quality

England

10/05/09

Europe wins the 2009 Weber Cup

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England (Oct. 2-4, 2009)

2009WeberCupEurope_small.jpgTeam Europe has won the 2009 Weber Cup following three days of solid performances at the Barnsley Metrodome. The main damage was done on the Sunday afternoon session when they won five out of six matches. The Americans though, gave it a go as they won the first three evening matches, but in the end it was England's Weber Cup veteran Paul Moor who delivered the winning blows as he beat American captain Tim Mack, 257-193.

2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/05/09

Williams, Gross, Karlsson and Thurlby to bowl for the title in 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 29 - Oct. 4, 2009)

2009VOStuartWilliams6_small.jpg2009VOThomasGross_small.jpgStuart Williams (l.), England, earned the No. 1 seed for the stepladder of the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open starting 5pm at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Bowlingdigital will be providing live streaming throughout the four-player shootout. Williams finished with 2776 12-game total to lead second placed Thomas Gross (r.), Austria by 26 pins. In the opening match, Tobias Karlsson, Sweden will take on Rob Thurlby, England. The winner will receive the 6.000 Euro first-place check.


2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/04/09

Tore Torgersen shoots 1428 to led top 18 into Final Round 3

2009VOSlideToreTorgersen3_small.jpgNorway's Tore Torgersen posted a huge 1429 series Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to lead the top 18 players - 15 men and 3 women - into the third an final round before the stepladder finals of the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.
Bowlingdigital will provide live streaming from the final rounds on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria and from the stepladder finals starting at 5pm local time.


2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/04/09

Lynda Barnes leads Final Round 1 in 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Timo Alho shoots the thrird 300 game of the tournament

2009VOBarnesLohschmidGuerrero_small.jpgLong-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes, United States, came out of the gates quickly Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria to lead Final Round One in the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The 2008 USBC Queens and Clash of Champions winner rolled games of 214, 233, 277, 213, 204 and 214 to lead the field of 56 players with 1403 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap and an average of 225.83. 

 


2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/04/09

Guerrero/Williams wait until the last moment to win the Doubles event in Vienna

Williams shoots 1488 to win the Singles qualifying

2009VOClaraGuerreroStuartWilliams_small.jpgTwo World Ranking Masters champions, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, and Stuart Williams, England, joined forces in the 17th and final squad to win the Doubles of the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. PBA exempt player Williams led the duo with an outstanding 1488 series, which also propelled him atop the leaderboard in Singles, and two-time world champion Guerrero added 1307, for 2795 pinfall total. The duo will split the 1600 Euro top prize.

England

10/04/09

Europe holds a comfortable lead after Day Two in Weber Cup

2009WeberCupLogo_small.jpg

Team Europe is on course for their first Weber Cup victory since 2005 as they took the evening session 4-2 to increase their lead to 11-7 in the race to 17 competition. The Americans could count themselves unlucky as they lost a couple of close ones and Chris Barnes had an equipment malfunction that scuppered his chances. Europe though have the Weber Cup in their sights and only a startling reversal of fortune will give the American team a chance of a Sunday victory.

2009 European Bowling Tour #11

10/04/09

Lars Nielsen sits in the driver's seat in 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Ends on Saturday night with Desperado Squad

2009VOLarsNielsen_small.jpg2009VOMikkaHirvonen_small.jpgLars Nielsen (l.) posted just the second 1400-plus series of the 7th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in the penultimate qualifying squad on Saturday afternoon. Nielsen started out commandingly with 246, 268, 259 and 256 (1029/4) and closed out his et with 176 and 209 for 1414, an average of 235.67. Mikko Hirvonen (r.), Finland, who had 1408 in the pervious squad, fell to second place with Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten, in third place with 1396.

England

10/04/09

Europe takes a two-point lead in Weber Cup after Session #2

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England (Oct. 2-4, 2009)

2009WeberCupLogo_small.jpgTeam Europe enjoyed a tremendous afternoon at the 2009 Weber Cup as they won the Saturday afternoon session 5 -1 to open up a two point lead at Metrodome in Barnsley. Dominic Barrett and Mika Koivuniemi both won a doubles and singles match and captain Osku Palermaa weighed in with two doubles matches. In fact, only Jason Couch and Pete Weber, in a doubles match, added to the US tally.


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