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Kegel named Official Lane Maintenance partner for European Tenpin Bowling Federation


For the past seven years, Kegel has formed a well working partnership with the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) by providing lane maintenance equipment, expertise, and technical staff for their Championships and major events on the European Bowling Tour (EBT). The current agreement between Kegel and the ETBF terminates at the end of 2011, but the ETBF has already officially announced the pair will enter into their fourth consecutive agreement keeping Kegel as the Official Lane Maintenance Partner for the ETBF through 2014.

2011 European Bowling Tour #17


Stuart Williams starts second day of qualifying in Vienna with victory in Squad 4

Becomes first player this year who cracks the 1300-bar; another four player move into top 8; cut for 52nd place is now 1132

2011EBT17StuartWilliams_small.jpg2011EBT17AlexanderMedveditskov_small.jpgTrailing Alexander Medveditskov (r.), Russia, by 88 pins heading into the last game, Stuart Williams (l.), England, posted 289, the highest game in the tournament so far, to overtake Medveditskov en route to win the fourth qualifying squad in the 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Williams became the first player who cracked the 1300-bar with 1307 to lead a field of 146 players from 17 countries. Qualifying continues Wednesday with Squad 5 and 6 scheduled for 4 and 8 p.m. CET.



Dutch bowling community mourns loss of Charley Blom

20110908CharleyBlom_small.jpgThe Dutch Bowling Federation (NBF) has informed us that Charley Blom died on Thursday September 8, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 63. Charley has left his mark in the sport of tenpin bowling not only in the Netherlands but all over the world. He was known as a bowler, technical delegate, personal coach, pro shop owner, senior tournament organizer, and last but not least the man behind the woman, long-time Dutch national team member Farida Pascoal-Blom. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 16.



Bergès, Manico cruise to victory in Swiss World Cup Qualifier

Represent their country in South Africa for the second time since 2004

2011BWCSwissQBigiManicoMathieuBerges_small.jpgMathieu Bergès and Bigi Manico (pictured left) won the men's and women's division of the Swiss World Cup Qualifier at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon-Winterthur last weekend and will represent Switzerland at the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup later this year. The last time Bergès and Manico have bowled together on a World Cup was 2004 in Singapore. The 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will take place at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, 2011.



Dominic Barrett shoots 300 to win 2011 QubicaAMF London International


2011LIDanielStride_small.jpgDominic Barrett (l.), England, closed out the stepladder finals of the 2011 QubicaAMF London International with 19 consecutive strikes to defeat former English international Daniel Stride (r.), 544-481, and to claim the title and 1.250 British Pounds Monday at Airport Bowl in London, England. Of the 48 finalists, the four making the stepladder were: No. 4 Hayley White, No. 3 Stride, No. 2 Damian Gray and top seeded Barrett.



Vivien Bados, Frédéric Brulet claim the title in 11th Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling Beseco in RĂĽmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland (Aug. 21-28, 2011)


2011StrangersPhilippeHuberMathieuBerges_small.jpgVivien Bados and Frédéric Brulet (l.), France, emerged as the winners of the 11th Strangers Doubles Tournament Sunday, Aug. 28th in Rümikon, Switzerland. In the title match the duo topped Philippe Huber and Mathieu Bergès (r.), Switzerland, 415 to 404, to seal the victory. Local bowlers Bergès led all 112 players with an average of 228.50 for 19 games.

2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings


No changes on the leader board in European Bowling Tour rankings after 14 of 21 events

Larsen, Persson-Planefors continues to lead EBT Rankings after Oslo

2011EBT08ThomasLarsen_small.jpg2011SWENCJolinePerssonPLanefors_small.jpgThomas Larsen (l.) of Denmark and Joline Persson-Planefors (r.), Sweden, held on to the lead in the men's and women's European Bowling Tour ranking despite not competing in the Linne Norwegian Open. With 14 out of 21 events in the books, Larsen leads the men's ranking with 650 points, while Persson-Planefors pace the women's field with 601 pints. The EBT takes a two-week break and resumes with the Russian Open at Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Sept. 13-18, 2011.



4th World Sports Festival 2011

Bowling events at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (June 23-26, 2011)

2011WSFLogo_small.jpg More than 2.000 youth athletes ranging from 10 to 21 years of age from 25 countries competed in 11 sports, baseball, basketball, bowling, football, soccer, wrestling, swimming, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and racketlon in the 4th World Sports Festival from June 23-26 in Austria. 64 players participated in this year's bowling competition which was held at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The WSF Bowling Championships featured two events: Mixed Trios and Singles, both on a handicap basis.



Team Draci Brno wins inaugural International Bowling League Team Finals

Defeats Team OKO Křesťan in an all Czech-affair to claim 6.000 top prize

2011IBLDraciBrno_small.jpg16 teams, which advanced from the national groups, qualified for the finals of the inaugural International Bowling League took place at BNC Bowling Center June 25th and 26th in Bratislava, Slovakia with more than 22 000 at stake. Two teams from the Czech Republic advanced to the "super finals" in which Draci Brno (pictured) topped OKO Křesťan, 641-515, for 5-0 point sweep en route to become the first champion of the International Bowling League and to earn the 6.000 Euro top prize.

2011 MEC


Martin Paulsson ends 2011 Men's European Championships with victory in Masters

Swede claims his second career major title at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany


Swede Martin Paulsson (r.) captured his second major title at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany, when he capped off the 2011 Men's European Championships with victory in match play Masters. Paulsson, who won the Doubles gold medal (with Mathias Årup) at the Men's World Championships in Munich last year, swept All Events champion and No. 1 seed, Mads Sandbækken (l.), in the title match, Norway, 2-0. Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, shared the bronze medals.



Grishinenko, Panchenko capture national titles in 2011 Kazakhstan Cup

Will represent their country in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa

2011KAZCupYelenaGrishinenkoAlexandrPanchenko_small.jpgYelena Grishinenko (l.) of Almaty and Alexandr Panchenko (r.) of Petropavlovsk captured the women's and men's titles in the 2011 Kazakhstan Cup at Bowling Club Olimp in Almaty. Grishinenko had a 596-pin lead after 19 games including match play bonus to cruise to her second national title. 15-year-old Panchenko rolled his first career 300 in qualifying and never looked back. Both champions will represent Kazakhstan in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa.



Kovalova, Kalika successfully defend titles in Ukrainian Championship

2011UKRNCDariaKovalova_small.jpg2011UKRNCMikhailKalika_small.jpgDaria Kovalova (l.) of Kiev and Mikhail Kalika (r.) of Odessa won the women's and men's titles in the 2010-11 Ukrainian National Championships. It was the fifth career national title for Kalika, while 16-year old Kovalova won her second adult title. The 2010-2011 Championship consisted of ten events which were held from Sept. 2010 through June 2011. Players received ranking points for their position in each event. The champions were determined based on the best eight results.



Joline Persson Planefors, Patrick Bohm win 2011 Swedish National Championships

2011SWENCJolinePerssonPlaneforsPatrickBohm_small.jpgJoline Persson Planefors (r.) and Patrick Bohm (l.) captured the women's and men's individual titles in the 2011 Swedish National Championships which concluded last weekend at VĂĄrby Bowling Center outside Stockholm. In the women's title match, second-seeded Persson Planefors, 20, topped No. 1 seed, Victoria Johansson, 447-391, to claim the title. 23-year-old Bohm, the men's top seed, stunned 2003 triple World Champion Anders Ă–hman, 452-402, to win the men's title.



Aviv Alfital, Tali Itshak win 2011 Israeli Individual National Championships

2011ISRNCAvivAlfitalTaliItshak_small.jpgDefending men's champion Aviv Alfital (l.) and Tali Itshak (.) captured the men's and women's individual titles in the 2011 Israel National Championship which concluded last weekend at Petach-Tikva Bowling center. In a rematch of last year's finale, Alfital, seeded seventh, swept No. 3 seed, Lior Koren, 234-212 and 241-193. to win his second consecutive mational championships. Top-seeded Itshak went the distance beating No. 2 seed, Liat Vizenfeld, 2-1.



Frank and Melanie Börner finish 1, 2 in 34th Grand Prix Zurich

2011GPZTop3_small.jpgQualifying leader Frank Börner (center) and his wife Melanie (l.) finished the 34th Grand Prix Zurich atop the leaderboard Sunday June 5 at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland. The former German national team member and national champion averaged 248.71 for seven games in the final Round of 14 to cruise to the title with 116 point total. Melanie Börner was second with 100 points with Tanya Cuva (r.), Germany in third with 99 points.



Frank Börner wins qualifying in 34th Grand Prix Zurich

German averages over 250 and shoots the tournament's first 300 game

2011GPZFrankBorner_small.jpg2011GPZAndreasBosiger_small.jpgFormer German national team member Frank Börner (l.) averaged 250.63 to win the qualifying of the 34th Grand Prix Zurich Saturday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland, an to lead the to 42 players into Sunday's finals. Börner toppled 2005 pins including the tournamen's first 300 game. Trailing Börner by 131 pins was Carlo Greulich, Germany, with Andreas Bösiger (r.), Switzerland, in third with 1822 total including one pin handicap each game.



HĂĽrlimann brothers set the pace in Squad 2 at 34th Grand Prix Zurich

Bruno Hediger holds on to the lead; cut for 42nd place is 1470

2011GPZDanielHurlimann_small.jpg2011GPZMartinHurlimann_small.jpgBrothers Daniel and Martin HĂĽrlimann set the pace in the second qualifying squad of the 34th Grand Prix Zurich Thursday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon, Switzerland. Daniel (left) and Martin (right) used the tournament's high game of 289 to lead the squad and to move into second and third place in the overall qualifying standings with 1771 and 1759. Squad 1 leader Bruno Hediger held on to the lead with 1776.



Bruno Hediger paces Qualifying Squad 1 to take the early lead in 34th Grand Prix Zurich

Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon, Switzerland (May 29 - June 5, 2011)

2011GPZBrunoHediger_small.jpg2011GPZAdiMaridas_small.jpgThe 34th Grand Prix Zurich got underway on Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon, Switzerland with the first of six qualifying squads. Bruno Hediger (l.) had a 1624 scratch series and added 19 pins handicap each game to overtake the early lead in the tournament with 1776 total. Hediger holds a 39-pin lead over second-place Adi Maridas (r.), who had the highest scratch series with 1729 and added eight pins handicap for 1737.



Norwegian Svein Ă…ke Ek wins Ă–IS International for first career Super Six Tour title

2011SSST03SveinAkeEk2_small.jpg22-year-old Norwegian Svein Ă…ke Ek (pictured) defeated Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, in the title match of Ă–IS International in Gothenburg, Sweden, 258-179, to claim his first title on the Swedish Super Six Tour. The young Norwegian, who has won his first major international title in the 2010 European Champions Cup in Ankara, Turkey, received 40.000 Swedish Kronor for the victory (approx. $6,590). Wetterberg was consoled with 25.000 SEK.



Tomas Leandersson comes from behind to win O'Learys Super Six

Defeats top seeded Lars Pejstrup, 253-152, for his fifth win on the Swedish Tour

2011SSST02LarsPejstrupTomasLeandersson_small.jpgMultiple World and European champion Tomas Leandersson (pictured right with the tophy) claimed his fifth title on the Swedish Super Six Tour and the third in the last two years in O'Learys Super Six, the second stop of the 2011 Tour at O'Learys Bowling in Skövde, Sweden. In the title match, Leandersson easily defeated No. 1 seed Lars Pejstrup (left), 253-152, to secure the title and the 40.000 Swedish Kronor or approximately 6,630 U.S. Dollar.

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