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Arnar Davið Jónsson wins first EBT title for Iceland in Odense International

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Arnar Davið Jónsson became the first bowler from Iceland in the 19-year-history of the European Bowling Tour to win an EBT title as he defeated one-time champion Carsten Warming Hansen in the title match of the Odense International at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark Sunday.

Jónsson (featured photo and right), who led the 111-player field from nine countries in qualifying with an average of 222.83, held onto the lead in Round One and made the cut to the top 8 in fourth place. Those eight determined the champion in four single-game match play rounds.

In each round, the highest seeded player selected his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, and so on. The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two “lucky losers” (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) advanced. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser went to the semifinals and the winners of that round bowled for the title.

Jónsson averaged 233.50 over four games and won all four matches on his way to the title. He is the sixth first-time winner this season after Bernice Lim, Singapore; Anthony Simonsen, United States; Jenny Wegner, Sweden; Gaëtan Mouveroux, France, and Jesper Agerbo, Denmark.

In the opening match, Jónsson defeated Christopher Sloan (left) of Ireland, 237-191. Sloan and Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark tied at 191 for the second lucky loser spot. Hansen edged Patrik Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, 212-208. Sørensen was the best lucky loser and Jensen took the second spot after defeating Sloan in the second one-ball roll-off, 9-7, after an 8-8 tie.

As the no. 2 seed, Hansen (left) picked Jónsson in the Round of 6 only to fall to the Islandic in a high-scoring match, 258-223. Hansen advanced as the lucky loser, while top-seeded Thomas Larsen (below right) of Denmark, who was looking for his sixth EBT title, and Jensen were sidelined.

As the highest-seeded player in the semi-finals, Hansen, world champion in trios in 2014, picked no. 8 Sørensen and flew past the Danish youngster, 248-172. Hansen ousted 2018 World Youth Doubles champion Robert Lindberg of Sweden, 226-197.

Jónsson then defeated Hansen for the second time to claim the title and the 25.000 DKK top prize, roughly 3.350 Euro.

Hansen received 12.000 DKK for second place while Lindberg and Sørensen (left), who were ranked third and fourth, respectively, due to the higher seeding position after Round Two, got 6.000 DKK apiece.



The Odense International 2018 was the ninth stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories (satellite, bronze, silver, gold and platinum). The tournament was contested from August 26 to September 2 at 20-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

Players competed for total prize money of 120.000 Danish Kronor (DKK) or roughly 16.100 Euro with 25.000 DKK (3.350 Euro) going to the winner, 12.000 DKK to the runner-up and 6.000 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash was 36th place worth 1.800 DKK or 241 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score was 300.

Total 36 players qualified for the finals, including the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-4 and 5-8 plus the top two youth (Under-20) and top 2 senior (50 & over) bowlers, all outside the top 24, as well as one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 ranking and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad.

The Turbo 1 and 2 winners were the players with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series (optional; extra entry fee required).

The top 10 qualifiers received bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows:
Qualifying winner: 140 pins; 2nd place: 120; 3rd place: 100; 4th place: 80; 5th place: 60; 6th place: 50; 7th place: 40; 8th place: 30; 9th place: 20; and 10th place: 10.

All 36 finalists bowled six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women’s handicap advanced to the second round with the total pinfall carried forward.

Those 16 bowled an additional four games to cut to the top 8 who were seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round, the highest seeded player selected his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, and so on.

The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two “lucky losers” (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) advanced. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser went to the semifinals. The winners of that round bowled for the title.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

The 10th stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour, the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, a “platinum” event, already got underway August 25 and runs through September 9 at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden.

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From left: Carsten Warming Hansen, Arnar Davið Jónsson, Patrik Jannik Sørensen and Robert Lindberg.

2018 Odense International – Match Play Finals

Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark (Aug 26-Sept. 2, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Arnar Davið Jónsson, Iceland, 25.000 DKK
2. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 12.000 DKK
3. Robert Lindberg, Sweden, 6.000 DKK
4. Patrik Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, 6.000 DKK
5. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4.500 DKK
6. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 4.500 DKK
7. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3.000 DKK
8. Francois Louw, South Africa, 3.000 DKK

Championship Match
#4 Arnar Davið Jónsson, Iceland, def. #2 Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 213-206

Semifinals
Two winners advance.
#2 Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, def. #5 Robert Lindberg, Sweden, 248-172
#4 Arnar Davið Jónsson, Iceland, def. #8 Patrik Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, 226-197

Round of 6
Jensen’s score includes 8 pins handicap.
Three winners and one “lucky loser” (Hansen) advance.
#8 Patrik Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, def. #1 Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 201-185
#4 Arnar Davið Jónsson, Iceland, def. #2 Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 258-223
#5 Robert Lindberg, Sweden, def. #3 Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 199-198

Round of 8

Four winners and two “lucky losers” Sørensen, Jensen advance.
Jensen’s score includes 8 pins handicap.
#1 Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. #7 Francois Louw, South Africa, 203-158
#2 Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, def. #8 Patrik Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, 212-208
#5 Robert Lindberg, Sweden, def. #3 Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 214-191
#4 Arnar Davið Jónsson, Iceland, def. #6 Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 237-191
In the second roll-off for the final lucky loser spot, Jensen def. Sloan, 9-7, after a 8-8 tie.

2018 Odense International – Places 9-32 (Cashers)

9. Mikkel Sørensen, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
10. Kent Wigman, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
11. Gunnar Þór Ásgeirsson, Iceland, 2.500 DKK
12. Steffen Tang-Petersen, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
13. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
14. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
15. Mathias Grønne Ankerdal, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
16. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 2.500 DKK
17. Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
18. Ramon Hilferink, Netherland, 1.800 DKK
19. Martin Wozny, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
20. Stephan Sosna, Germany, 1.800 DKK
21. Marcus Henriksson, Sweden, 1.800 DKK
22. Niklas Jannik Sørensen, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
23. John Guldbæk, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
24. Dan Østergaard-Poulsen, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
25. Tim Stampe, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
26. Heidi Guldbæk, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
27. Andres Juliusson, Iceland, 1.800 DKK
28. Kenneth Ankerdal, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
29. Daniel Wigman, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
30. Bjorn Sigurdsson, Iceland, 1.800 DKK
31. Mika Guldbæk, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
32. Stefan Wallner, Germany, 1.800 DKK
33. Erik Grundahl, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
34. Natalia Ann de Lisser, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
35. David Cronqvist, Denmark, 1.800 DKK
36. Jørgen Larsen, Denmark, 1.800 DKK

2018 Odense International – Second Round Results

Top 8 advance to match play finals.

2018 Odense International – First Round Results

Top 16 advance to the second round.

Herbert Bickel

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