Knutar holds on to the lead in Brunswick Ballmaster Open after Squad 3

    01/04/10

    2010 European Bowling Tour #1

    Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 2-10, 2010)

    2010EBT01MattiKnutar.jpg2010EBT01VilleHaggman2.jpgMatti Knutar (pictured left), a youth bowler from Kokkola, held on to the lead in the qualifying of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. Knutar, who had a 1416 6-game series in Squad 1 (236 avg.), is 37 pins ahead of Squad 2 leader Jesse Lindholm (1379).

    Ville Häggman (right) led Squad 3 on Sunday afternoon to move into third place with 1362. Mika Määttä was next with 1352, good for 4th place overall. Defending champion and 3-time Ballmaster Open winner Pasi Uotila slipped to fifth place with 1343.

    Reija Lundén is the top-ranked woman in the field in 10th place with 1329 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. With an enormous 185 players after just three squads in the books, Mikko Pajukari holds the 44th and final place to advance with 1230 (205 avg.). The top non-Finnish bowler is Ulf Bolleby, Sweden, in 71st place with 1175.

    2010BallmasterOpenBanner.jpg The 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. Pasi Uotila, Finland, is the defending champion. Norwegian Tore Torgersen was the last non-Finnish winner in 1996.

    About 500 players will 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 continues on Sunday, Jan. 3, with Squads 3 and 4 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 was 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 will be contested in a format similar to the old PBA tournaments. 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.)

     


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