Dominic Barrett leads top 16 into match play portion at Brunswick Ballmaster Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #1

    Cherie Tan wins women's rankings; three 300 games rolled in Final Round One

    2009EBT14DominicBarrett.jpgA total of 48 players - the top 44 from the qualifying and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advanced to first round of the finals in the Brunswick Ballmaster Open starting from scratch early Sunday morning at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland.

    When the dust had settled last year's runner-up Dominic Barrett (pictured left) took the No. 1 seed with 1880 total and an average of 235 to lead the top 16 players into the match play portion. Barrett, the No. 2 in Europe in the past two years, finished his 8-game block with a 278 game to beat out former EBT ranking champion Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, for the top spot by six pins.

    Verbruggen, who took the 44th and final spot to advance in the qualifying, had one of three 300 games in the round - perfectos No. 4-6 in the tournament overall - to finish in second place with 1874.

    Qualifying leader Mike Fagan, United States, had eight games between 207 and 264 to land in third place with 1845. Fresh off a victory in the AIK tournament in Stockholm last wee, Swedish national coach Tomas Leandersson used a 300 game to sit in fourth place with an 1821 series.

    Peter Ljung beat out fellow Swedish national team member and No. 2 qualifier Martin Larsen for the 16th and final spot to advance by 2 pins, 1727 to 1725.

    2009DHCCherieTan.jpgHalf of the match play finalists are from Finland including PBA super star Mika Koivuniemi, who had one of three 300 games in qualifying, and 3-time defending European ranking champion Osku Palermaa. Challenging the Finns, who will be targeting to extend the winning streak in the Ballmaster (since 1997), are Barrett, Verbruggen as well as three Swedes (Mattias Wetterberg besides Ljung and Leandersson), two PBA champions from the United States (joining Fagan is Parker Bohn III), and Cherie Tan (pictured right) from Singapore.

    As Tan is the only woman who survived the second cut, she has won the women's ranking in Helsinki and will automatically become the first women's ranking leader in the 2010 European Bowling Tour ranking season.

    2010 EBT Women's Ranking

    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 back in 1996.

    Record 507 players 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 ended Saturday Jan. 9 after 15 qualifying squads and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad. Women 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 was 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 - qualified for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 10. No byes were given in this tournament.

    The finals will be contested in a format similar to the old PBA tournaments. All 48 finalists bowled 8 games starting from scratch to cut to the top 16 who 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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    Brunswick Ballmaster Open - Final Round One

    The top 16 will advance to match play.


    300 games - (3) Gery Verbruggen, Belgium; Tomas Leandersson, Sweden; Sascha Hauchwitz, Germany.