European Bowling News Overview

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.

2008 European Bowling Tour #17

12/08/08

Penny beats Flack in all-women affair to claim the title in Ebonite English Open

Palermaa successfully defends EBT men's ranking title

2008EBT17KirstenPenny_small.jpg The championship match of the Ebonite English Open was an all-women affair with current EBT ranking leaders Nina Flack, Sweden, and Kirsten Penny (pictured), England, facing off. Second seeded Flack won the high-scoring first game of the best-of-three games match, 234-232. 12th seeded Penny, who started this morning at 8 a.m. in Final Round One, ended the day 13 and a half hours and 21 games later, with back-to-back victories, to secure the title and the 5.000 British Pounds top prize. With his 9th place finish in the men's ranking in Nuneaton (15th overall), Osku Palermaa, Finland, has successfully defended the men's EBT ranking title.

Bulgaria

12/05/08

Barrett wins Sofia International Open 2008

Mega Xtreme Bowling Center in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 24-30, 2008)

2008SofiaOpenTop3_small.jpg Dominic Barrett, England, defeated Giannis Statatos, Greece, 214-201, in the title match of the Sofia International Open 2008 en route to win the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Barrett eliminated Jouni Helminen, Finland, 244-159, while Statatos sidelined Yahav Rabin, Israel, 189-166. Statatos received 4.5000 Euro for second place, Helminen took 3.500 for third and Rabin 2.500 for fourth place. The top 28 of the 56 finalists, who cashed in the 40.000 Euro tournament, advanced to the single-elimination finals.


EBT News

12/01/08

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 changed the schedule of the 2009 European Bowling Tour several times in the past month as tournaments have been cancelled and added. On December 1st, Thorsgaard Jensen has announced yet another change in the roster as the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open, which was added to the schedule jus three weeks ago, was moved from its original spot in May to October. The tournament is slated for Oct. 20-25, 2009 at X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg as the 13th out of 16 events on the 2009 EBT.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

11/25/08

Flack overtakes lead in EBT women's rankings after 15/17 events

Torgersen narrows gap to men's leader Palermaa

2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT15ToreTorgersen_small.jpg For the third time this season Nina Flack (l.) won the women's rankings in a European Bowling Tour tournament. The Swedish national team member, who defeated Norwegian Tore Torgersen (r.) in the title match of the 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open, received 100 ranking points to overtake the lead in the women's standings with 644 points. Torgersen moved up one spot to second place in the men's rankings with 593 points narrowing the gap to leader Osku Palermaa from Finland to 64 points.

2008 European Bowling Tour #16

11/24/08

Flack wins 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open and takes over lead in EBT women rankings

Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy (Nov. 15-23, 2008)

2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT15ToreTorgersen_small.jpg Nina Flack (left) from Sweden defeated Tore Torgersen, Norway, 234-216, to win the 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open in Naples, Italy, and to overtake the lead in the EBT women's rankings. Flack didn't need her eight pins handicap to become the second woman this season to win an EBT open title. Flack pocketed 10.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat. In an all-Norwegian semifinal, Torgersen topped Mads Sandbækken by a whisker, 280-279. Sandbækken eliminated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, in the opening match, 202-191.

EBT News

11/17/08

European Bowling Tour announces two important decisions for 2010

2010EBTLogo_small.jpg According to Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, ETBF Vice President and Director of the European Bowling Tour (EBT), the presidium of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has made two important decisions for the European Bowling Tour effective in 2010. The presidium added a fourth category and changed the names of the three others. With the beginning of the 2010 season the EBT features Platinum (formerly Premier), Gold (Major), Silver (Challenger) and Satellite Tournaments, a new category with minimum 20.000 prize fund plus some other requirements. To read the full press release

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