Parker Bohn III earns No. 1 seed for Brunswick Ballmaster Open stepladder finals


    2010 European Bowling Tour #1


    2009DHCCherieTan.jpgPBA and USBC Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (pictured left), United States, averaged over 240 in match play and had a 12-4-1 won-loss-tie record en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open Sunday evening at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland.

    The lefty, a 32-time PBA champion, started the 16-game match play round in 9th place with the 8-game total from Round 1 being carried forward, and outaveraged his nearest competitor, fellow PBAer Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, by more than 15 pins. Bohn totaled 5960 and averaged 233.96 over 24 games.

    2009BWCTomasLeandersson.jpg200910PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpgCherie Tan (above right) from Singapore, who will become the first women's ranking leader in the 2010 European Bowling Tour season, was 180 pins behind with 5780 including 8 pins handicap each and the field best 12-4 match play record (30 pins bonus per win).

    In the opening match of the 4-player stepladder final, Swede Tomas Leandersson (left, 5685), seeded third will meet Koivuniemi (right, 5639), the 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year. Both are targeting to win their second Ballmaster title. Koivuniemi won the tournament in 1998 and Leandersson claimed the title in 1991.

    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 were 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 bowled 15 games of round robin match play plus one game position round with the pinfall from 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 Two

    15 games round robin match play plus 1 game position round with the pinfall from Final Round One being carried forward. 30 pins bonus per win, 15 for a tie. The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals.

    300 games - None.