2010 European Bowling Tour season gets underway with 40th Brunswick Ballmaster Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #1

    EBT Platinum event offers 105.000 Euro and a 10.000 Euro 300-game bonus

    2010BallmasterOpenBanner.jpg2006-04-23JosefWiener.jpgThe 2010 European Bowling Tour featuring 21 tournaments in 17 countries - Austria, Finland, Spain, Turkey (two each), Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia (one each) - will traditionally get underway with the Brunswick Ballmaster Open.

    The Ballmaster is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2010. The first edition back in 1971 was won by legendary Austrian player and coach, Josef Wiener (pictured right).

    2009EBT01PasiUotilaDominicBarrett.jpgPasi Uotila (left) is the defending champion since he became the third 3-time winner (Lasse Lintilä and Simo Vähäkorpela, all Finland, are the others) with a 214-212 victory over Dominic Barrett (right), England, last year.

    Since the inception of the European Bowling Tour in the year 2000, the Brunswick Ballmaster Open is the season-opening event of the Tour. In 2010, the tournament is one of two Platinum events on the Tour, the highest EBT category.

    The 2010 EBT Tour features 2 Platinum tournaments (formerly Premier), 6 Gold (formerly Major), 9 Silver (formerly Challenger) and 4 Satellite tournaments (new category).

    2009VOToreTorgersen.jpgThe 40th Brunswick Ballmaster Open will be held from Saturday, Jan. 2 through Sunday Jan. 10 at the 36-lane Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. Norwegian Tore Torgersen (right) was the last non-Finnish winner in 1996.

    The tournament organizer has announced that record 500 players have registered to bowl in the 15 qualifying squads to compete for increased total prize money of 105.000 Euro or approximately 150.000 USD. The champion will walk away with the 15.000 Euro top prize. In addition the Ballmaster offers a 10.000 Euro extra prize for a 300-game.

    Qualifying starts on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11am and runs through Saturday Jan. 9 with the final qualifying squad scheduled for 8pm. The ultimate one-game Desperado Squad will conclude the qualifying at 11.30pm. Women will receive 8 pins handicap each game.

    Squad 1 is reserved youth bowlers, who must not have reached the age of 24 on Jan. 2, and Squad 5 is reserved for senior bowlers, who must have reached the age of 50 on Jan. 6.

    A total of 48 players - the top 44 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - will qualify for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 10. No byes are given in this tournament.

    The finals are similar to the old PBA format. All 48 finalists will bowl 8 games starting from scratch to cut to the top 16 who will advance to match play portion. Those 16 will bowl 15 games of round robin match play plus one game position round with the pinfall of Round 1 being carried forward to determine the top 4 players for the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner takes on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 15.000 Euro top prize and 250 ranking points. (Note: The winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50, the winner of a Silver tournament gets 100, and the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150 ranking points.)


    Brunswick Ballmaster Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 1/15

    The top 44 qualifiers plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will qualify for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 10.