European Bowling News Overview

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

Øhrgaard squeezes into the top 6 in Squad 5 at 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14AlexanderRauscher_small.jpg 2008EBT14FrederikOhrgaard_small.jpg Frederik Øhrgaard (pictured) led the fifth qualifying squad Wednesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The Danish national team member used six games between 201 and 234 for 1277 pinfall total, an average of 212,83, and was the sole player in the squad who managed a 200-plus average. Austrian Alexander Rauscher (right) continued to lead the field of 118 players with 1367 (227.83).

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Tscharke, Mayer take the lead in Doubles and crack the top 5 in Singles in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14MichaelMayer_small.jpg 2008EBT14UweTscharke_small.jpg Uwe Tscharke (l.) from Germany and Austrian Michael Mayer (r.) teamed in the 4th qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Wednesday at noon en route to overtake the lead in Doubles and to crack the top 5 in Singles. The duo rolled the two highest individual series of Squad 4 to easily move to the top of the Doubles competition with 2658 six-game total and an average of 221.50. Tscharke led the duo with 1332 and Mayer added 1326, which propelled them into third and fourth place in the individual qualifying standings.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Rauscher takes the lead in Vienna after day one qualifying

Rauscher brothers set the tone in Doubles

2008EBT14AlexanderRauscher_small.jpg 2008EBT14MichaelLoos_small.jpg Austrian bowlers dominated day one qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Alexander Rauscher (l.) overtook the lead in the third of 17 qualifying squads Tuesday evening with 1367 six-game total and an average of 227.83.  Rauscher, who threw 1314 as a pacer in Squad 2, had games of 234, 278, 202, 247, 180 and 226 to beat out fellow countryman Michael Loos (right) by 21 pins.Next are Thomas Gross, Walter Rieger and Robert Skach, all from Austria. Qualifying continues on Wednesday with Squads 4-6.

EBT News

10/01/08

ETBF, EBT and KEGEL sign agreement through 2011

2008KegelETBFSigning_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation, along with its ever increasing popular European Bowling Tour, has extended their partnership with Kegel to be recognized as the Official Lane Maintenance Company for the ETBF and to provide lane maintenance at all EBTF Championships and selected EBT stops through 2011. Kegel Founder and CEO John Davis said, "With the new agreement, Kegel will continue this mission by offering lane maintenance training sessions for Federation Technical Delegates and bowling center personnel at select Championship events and EBT stops."

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Loos cracks the 1300-bar in Squad 2 in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14GyorgyBodis_small.jpg 2008EBT14MichaelLoos_small.jpg Michael Loos, Austria, became the first player, who cracked the 1300-bar in the second qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.  Loos (l.) started with a 253 game to shoot into the qualifying lead with 1346 six-game total and an average of 226.66. After a slow start (187, 177) György Bodis from Hungary used a high game of 258 and three more 200s to end up in second place with 1247. Bodis (r.) moved into third place in the overall qualifying standings, just seven pins behind Squad 1 leader Walter Rieger, Austria, who fell to second with 1254.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Austrians set the pace in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14WalterRieger_small.jpg 2008EBT14GeryFuchs_small.jpg Walter Rieger from Austria led the first qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with 1254 six-game total and an average of 209.00. Rieger (left) came out of the gates quickly with a 256 game, then suffered two-sub-par games before he closed out the series with 239, 201 and 222 to take the early lead. As the squad leader Rieger is automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday. Gery Fuchs (right) had games between 180 and 226 to land in second place with 1222.Qualifying continues totay with two more squads.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/30/08

6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets underway with 9-pin No-Tap Tournament

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008VONoTapWinners_small.jpg A 9-pin No-Top tournament kicked off the five-day qualifying portion of the sixth annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open Monday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Players were divided in four different average groups (all less than 200 average) and a total of 13 players received free entries into the main event. The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/29/08

Live Coverage from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Bowlingdigital to test Live Streaming

2008ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 6th annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The tournament will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Open offers a total prize fund of 65.630 Euro - 55.400 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. After the online registration was closed, 293 players - 242 men and 51 women from 28 countries were registered for the event. Bowlingdigital.com and Bowl.com will report live from Vienna.

Turkey

09/24/08

Kjeldsen, Palermaa triumph in inaugural EBT Masters

Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 22-24, 2008)

2008EBTMastersLogo_small_0.jpgKamilla Kjeldsen from Denmark and Finland's two-hander Osku Palermaa won the women's and men's titles in the inaugural European Bowling Tour Masters Wednesday at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey. Kjeldsen, who led the very-first EBT ranking season in the year 2000 and also in 2003, defeated fellow countrywoman Britt Brøndsted, EBT ranking champion 2004-2006, in an all-Danish affair, two-games-to-none. In an all-Finnish men's final, 2007 men's ranking champion Palermaa capped off the 2007 EBT season more than nine month after the last tournament with a 2-1 victory over compatriot Pasi Uotila.


2008 European Bowling Tour #13

09/22/08

Barrett defeats Uotila to win first EBT Premier event in Ankara

Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 13-21, 2008)

2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg Dominic Barrett from England, the No. 2 seed, flew past Pasi Uotila, Finland, seeded fourth, in the title match of the Ankara Open, 490-413 over two games total pinfall, to win the title and the 15-000 Euro top prize. Barrett took a 66-pin lead after the first game (269-202) and never looked back. Uotila was consoled with 10.000 Euro. Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Alexey Parshukov, Russia, who fell to Uotila and Barrett in the semis, received 6.000 Euro each. 9th place finisher Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, won the women's rankings plus a 1.500 Euro bonus.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

09/22/08

Palermaa, Penny continue to lead European rankings after Ankara

2008ALSAAKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa (l.) from Finland and Kirsten Penny (r.), England, held on to the lead in the European rankings after the conclusion of the Ankara Open Sunday, Sep. 21, with 544 and 523 ranking point total, resp. With the help of 150 points from Ankara - the first-ever EBT "Premier" event offered triple ranking points, women's ranking winner, Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, and tournament winner and men's ranking winner, Dominic Barrett, England, jumped into 5th and second place, respectively.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

09/04/08

Palermaa, Penny maintain lead in EBT rankings; Moor and Sanders narrow the gap

Tour continues with its "premier" event, the Ankara Open (Sep. 13-21, 2008)

2008EBT05KirstenPenny2_small.jpg 2008EBT05OskuPalermaa2_small.jpg Kirsten Penny (l.), England and Osku Palermaa (r.), Finland, maintained their lead in the women's and men's European Bowling Tour rankings after the conclusion of the 30th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, Spain, the 11th out of 18 Tour stops this season. Barcelona champion Pete Weber is 53 points off the top 8 in a tied 16th place with 170 points. With the last-minute cancellation of the 12th EBT event, the 2nd Maribor Open Strike Tournament (Sep. 6-14, 2008), the Tour will continue with its sole "premier" tournament, the Ankara Open at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey from Sep. 13-21, 2008.

Switzerland

09/02/08

Krause/Bhongbhibhat defend title in 8th International Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling Beseco in Rümikon, Zurich, Switzerland (Aug. 24-31, 2008)

2008Strangers1stBhongbhibhatKrause_small.jpg Defending champions Timm Bhongbhibhat and Alexander Krause (pictured left, l-r) from Stuttgart defeated Uwe Slama und Ralf Schliengensief, all Germany, 461 to 436, to win the second consecutive title in the 8th International Strangers Doubles Tournament at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon, Zurich, Switzerland. Third place belonged to local favorites, Toni Lai and Hans Schütz, with the best mixed double. Oliver Blasé and Nicole Heberle, Germany, in fourth place. The tournament drew 63 doubles.

2008 European Bowling Tour #12

09/01/08

The Maribor Open, 12th stop of the European Bowling Tour, has been cancelled

Bowling Center Strike in Maribor, Slovenia (Sep. 6-14, 2008)

2008MariborOpenLogo_small.jpgKim Thorsgaard Jensen, Director of the European Bowling Tour, has announced that the organizer of the 2nd Maribor Open Strike Tournament, originally scheduled to be held from September 6-14, 2008 in Maribor, Slovenia, have informed the ETBF on Sunday, August 31, 2008, that they are cancelling the tournament due to the low number of entries. "We have replied to the organizer, the Bowling Centre Strike in Maribor, that we deeply regret their action and that the cancellation will be met by financial claims", wrote Thorsgaard Jensen.

Spain

08/30/08

Bowling making its mark in Spain thanks to USBC Coaching

200808CostasMitsingasClinicSpain_small.jpg USBC Coaching is helping grow the sport of bowling in Spain. USBC Gold coach, instructor and ambassador Costas Mitsingas is seeing to that and has held a successful USBC Bronze coaching certification course recently in Madrid. A total of seven coaches, who were USBC Level I and Dick Ritger Level 2, earned their Bronze certification during the conference, which was held Aug. 1-3 at Bowling Chamartin. The USBC coaches from various parts of Spain expanded their expertise to coach intermediate-level bowlers. The course developed coaching skills in the four essential areas of bowling: the physical game, lane play, equipment and the mental game.

England

08/26/08

Breeschoten makes history at Kegel London International

Airport Bowl in London, England (Aug. 9-25, 2008)

2008LIGrayBreeschotenVanDammeHann_small.jpg Lisanne Breeschoten (pictured), Netherlands, became the first-ever female winner of the Kegel London International, when she went through the stepladder to defeat Matt Hann, silver medalist at the World Youth Championships, Damian Gray, LI champion in 2005, and top seed and favorite Chris van Damme, Belgium. "This is my best and most valuable win ever," commented a delighted but very tired Breeschoten, who pocketed 5.000 British Pounds. "I have won some national (Dutch) events and made some European (EBT) finals, but nothing like this. I am very happy."

Norway

08/10/08

Lund and Thorstensen take different routes to title in Evje Open International

Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway (August 1-10, 2008)

2008EvjeOpenHeidiThorstensenSverreLund_small.jpg Sverre Lund and Heidi Thorstensen, both from bowling club Solli, claimed the men's and women's titles in the Evje Open International Sunday at Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway. Lund, seeded first in the men's five-player stepladder final, topped Norway's shooting star Mads Sandbækken in a high-scoring title match in the deciding match, 299-224, en route to pocket the 30.000 NOK (approx. 3.750 Euro) top prize. In the women's division, third-seeded Thorstensen had to win four matches to win the title. And that was exactly what she did.

Coaching

08/07/08

16 coaches receive USBC Bronze Level Certification in Leeds

20080803InninsSeminarLeeds3_small.jpg USBC Silver Coach Steve Innins, England, has completed his first Bronze Certification Seminar in the UK August 3-4, 2008 in Leeds. Innins has booked a seminar room at the Merrion Centre Hotel which is situated right above AMF Bowl Leeds, a 26-laner where part of the instruction took place. 16 coaches of varying ages and experience from England, Scotland and Germany were in attendance. Some participants were new to coaching and others have several years experience holding coaching qualifications from their home countries national associations.

Austria

08/01/08

World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament"

Brunswick Bowling Hernals in Vienna, Austria (July 4-6, 2008)

2008WSFLogo_small.jpg The World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament" was staged from July 4-6, 2008 in Vösendorf, Lower Austria, Austria. Over 3,500 boys and girls from 21 countries participated in the 3-day event featuring nine sports with unique Olympic-like atmosphere. Besides the sports activities the youth athletes had enough time for personal and intercultural encounters on and off the fields (lanes, pools, courts, etc.). The WSF (formerly United World Games) attracted 100 bowlers who competed in 4-player Mixed Team and Singles at Brunswick Bowling Hernals.

Spain

07/31/08

PABCON Team wins 1st Federation Tenpin Bowling Cup Barcelona 2008

2008FEDCupLogo_small.jpg 2008FEDCupChampionPABCON_small.jpg The 1st Federation Tenpin Bowling Cup 2008 was held July 28-29 in Barcelona, Spain, immediately following the 30 Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona. Each of the three WTBA zones should be represented by four women and four men. The Federation Cup itself was determined in a best-of-three games Baker team shootout. In the championship match, the PABCON team (pictured) made quick work of the ETBF team, two-games-to-none, to win the inaugural Federation Cup.

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