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Jason Belmonte wins 15th PBA, 2nd EBT title in Lucky Larsen Masters

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Three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia defeated fellow PBA bowler Cameron Weier, United States, 245-180, to win the inaugural Lucky Larsen Masters Sunday at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden. The two-handed player received 160.000 Swedish Kronor or roughly 20,000 U.S. Dollar for the feat.

It was Belmonte second victory on the European Bowling Tour. His first title came in 2006, when he defeated fellow two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland, 256-222, to win the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Thessalonica, Greece.

As the Lucky Larsen Masters is part of the World Bowling Tour, his victory in Malmö also counts as a PBA title. It was the 15th career PBA title for Belmonte, who owns more major (8) than standard titles (7).

The 34-year Aussie, who turned pro in 2008 and became the PBA Rookie of the Year in the 2008-09 season, qualified in 10th place for the finals missing a first-round bye by six pins. He finished the six-game round one in second place, took the lead after eight games from scratch in round two and earned the no. 1 seed for the stepladder finals after another four-game block in round three.

In the opening match, fourth-seeded Jari Ratia (left) of Finland denied qualifying leader Pontus Andersson‘s (right) bid for back-to-back EBT titles defeating the Swede, 225-183. Weier then ousted Ratia in the semi-final match, 226-194.

Weier (left), who won the 2015 Qatar Open for his lone PBA title, received 110.000 SEK for second place. Ratia, who won his lone EBT title in the Catalonia Open in 2008, earned 80.000 SEK for third place, and Andersson, who won the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in July for his first EBT title, took home 65.000 SEK.

The inaugural Lucky Larsen Masters drew 455 players from 22 countries. Three of the originally 69 women reached the third round where they got eliminated. Three-time women’s point ranking winner Britt Brondsted of Denmark was the woman in fifth place, and was followed by Sanna Pasanen of Finland in sixth place and Diana Zavjalova of Latvia in eighth place.

Rounding out the top 8 was six-time PBA champion and 8-time EBT titlist Jesper Svensson, who finished in seventh place.

A newcomer on the European Bowling Tour, the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters was the 8th stop and the second and last EBT “Gold” tournament this season, the second-highest EBT category.

The tournament was also the third event of the 2017 World Bowling Tour, which is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling.

The inaugural LL Masters was held August 13-27 at 22-lane Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden and offered total prize fund of 912.000 Swedish Kronor (SEK), or approximately 95.415 Euro, with 160.000 SEK or roughly 20,000 U.S. Dollar going to the winner.

All rounds could be watched live on the internet, featuring four different cameras covering 16 lanes. For more information, click here.

Qualifying of the Lucky Larsen Masters (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Sunday, August 13, through Saturday, August 26, and concluded with a one-game Desperado Squad.

Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 44 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, August 27, including the top 38 qualifiers, the top 2 from the “Early Bird Competition” (squads 1, 2 and 4-11), the highest senior bowler (born in 1967 or earlier) and the highest junior bowler (born in 1999 or later), all not among the top 38, plus the top 2 from the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers received a first-round bye.

The other 36 players bowled six games from scratch before the field was cut to the top 16 who joined the top 8 qualifiers in the second round featuring eight games from scratch. The top 8 bowled an additional four games with the pinfall from round two being carried forward. The top 4 with the highest 12-game total determined the champion in a traditional stepladder finals.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The World Bowling Tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held November 19th at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno., Nevada, in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling IX (Nov. 7-19, 2017).

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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2017 Storm Lucky Larsen Masters – Stepladder Results

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden (August 13-27, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 245 (1 game), 160.000 SEK
2. Cameron Weier, United States, 406 (2 games), 110.000 SEK
3. Jari Ratia, Finland, 419 (2 games), 80.000 SEK
4. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 183 (1 game), 65.000 SEK

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 4 Ratia def. No. 3 Andersson, 225-183
Second Match: No. 2 Weier def. Ratia, 226-194
Championship: No. 1 Belmonte def. Weier, 245-180.

2017 Lucky Larsen Masters – Places 5-44 (Cashers)

5. Britt Brondsted, Denmark, 50.000 SEK
6. Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 40.000 SEK
7. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 32.000 SEK
8. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 25.000 SEK
9. Bader Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 20.000 SEK
10. Nina Flack, Sweden, 17.500 SEK
11. Andrew Cain, United States, 15.000 SEK
12. Jassim Al Muraikhi, Qatar, 13.500 SEK
13. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12.750 SEK
14. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 12.500 SEK
15. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 12.250 SEK
16. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 12.000 SEK
17. Timmy Fredriksson, Sweden, 11.750 SEK
18. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 11.500 SEK
19. Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden, 11.250 SEK
20. Stuart Williams, England, 11.000 SEK
21. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 10.750 SEK
22. Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 10.500 SEK
23. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 10.250 SEK
24. William Svensson, Sweden, 10.000 SEK
25. Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 9.750 SEK
26. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 9.500 SEK
27. Robert Lindberg, Sweden, 9.250 SEK
28. Stefan Roos, Sweden, 9.000 SEK
29. Danielle McEwan, United States, 8.750 SEK
30. Christer Danielsson, Sweden, 8.500 SEK
31. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 8.250 SEK
32. Anton Persson, Sweden, 8.000 SEK
33. Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 7.750 SEK
34. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 7.500 SEK
35. Anthony Simonsen, United States, 7.250 SEK
36. Johan Danielsson, Sweden, 7.000 SEK
37. Francois Louw, South Africa, 6.750 SEK
38. Eliisa Hiltunen, Finland, 6.500 SEK
39. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 6.250 SEK
40. Lars Lindbäck, Sweden, 6.000 SEK
41. Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 5.750 SEK
42. Fredrik Tjernes, Norway, 5.500 SEK
43. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 5.250 SEK
44. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 5.000 SEK

2017 Lucky Larsen Masters – Third Round Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.

2017 Lucky Larsen Masters – Second Round Results

Top 8 advance to the third round.

2017 Lucky Larsen Masters – First Round Results

Top 16 advance to the second round.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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