European Bowling News Overview

2016 European Bowling Tour #1

01/03/16

No changes atop the leaderboard at the Ballmaster in Sunday's "Senior" and "Veteran" squads

Two-time Ballmaster Open champion Kimmo Lehtonen paces the all-Finnish participants Sunday with 1325 to leap into 12th place; Juhani Tonteri continues to lead the 387-player field with 1396; No. 44 score to beat to advance is now 1222 (203.67 average)

2016EBT01KimmoLehtonen_small.jpgTwo-time Ballmaster Open champion Kimmo Lehtonen (pictured) averaged over 220 in the second squad on Sunday, eighth overall, to leap into 12th place in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open currently underway at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. The southpaw, who won the most prestigious tournament in Finland in the years 2002 and 2007, started squad 8 with games of 279, 232 and 246 (757) and finished with 177, 211 and 180 for 1325 and an average of 220.83.

2016 European Bowling Tour #1

01/02/16

Finnish youth national team member Tomas Käyhkö jumps into fourth place at Ballmaster Open

Käyhkö averages 229.17 to lead the first qualifying day in 2016 with 1375 pins; compatriot Juhani Tonteri continues to lead the 286-player field with 1396; No. 44 score to beat to advance surpasses the 1200-mark (1203)

2016EBT01TomasKayhko_small.jpgFinnish youth national team member Tomas Käyhkö (pictured) paced the first qualifying day in the year 2016 at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland, en route to jump into fourth place in the overall standings in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open. Käyhkö led the first qualifying squad on Saturday (fifth overall) behind games of 187, 260, 200, 233, 279 and 216, an average of 229.17, to improve on a 1264 series and to leap from 22nd to fourth place with 1375. Juhani Tonteri continued to lead the field of 286 players with 1396 (232.67).

2016 European Bowling Tour #1

12/31/15

Juhani Tonteri holds top spot after second day of qualifying at 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open

Tonteri nips Pasi Uotila by two pins to lead the 176-player field after 4/18 squads with 1396, or a 232.67 average; Olli Pakonen misses the first 300-game and a 3.000 Euro bonus by a 4-pin; No. 44 score to beat to advance is currently 1181 (196.83)

2016EBT01JuhaniTonteri_small.jpg Juhani Tonteri (pictured) rolled games of 268, 220, 195, 220, 270 and 223 to nip Pasi Uotila by two pins, 1396 to 1394, and to take the lead in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open as 176 players have completed at least one six-game series Wednesday at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. With just 4 of 18 squads in the books, the field consists of 174 Finnish bowlers, German-Finnish Patricia Luoto (40th, 1202) and Russia's Alexander Medveditskov (93rd, 1101). Qualifying commences on Saturday, January 2, with squads 5 and 6.

2016 European Bowling Tour #1

12/30/15

Strong finish propels Pasi Uotila into the lead as qualifying gets underway at Ballmaster Open

Three-time Ballmaster champion from Finland averages 232.33 to lead the 113-player field after day one

2016EBT01PasiUotila_small.jpgThree-time Ballmaster Open champion Pasi Uotila (pictured) from Finland finished his qualifying series with three consecutive games over 250 to take the early lead in the 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open Tuesday at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. Uotila, who won the prestigious tournament in 2000, 2004 and 2009 and is one of just five multiple winners, led the 113-player field from Finland, Germany and Russia after day one qualifying with 1394 total and an average of 232.33.

2016 European Bowling Tour #1

12/29/15

2016 European Bowling Tour kicks off with 46th Brunswick Ballmaster Open

EBT "Platinum" event offers total prize fund of 103.300 Euro

2016EBT01BallmasterOpenLogo_small.jpg Since its inception in the year 2000, the European Bowling Tour kicks off with Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland. The 46th edition of Europe's most prestigious bowling tournament will kick off the 17th EBT season from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 through Sunday January 10, 2016 at 36-lane Tali Bowling Center. The BBO is the first of three "EBT Platinum" events this season and offers total prize money of 103.300 Euro. Squads 1 & 2 are slated for 3 and 7 p.m. EET.

Editorial

12/15/15

Lucas Wiseman, the main voice of BowlTV, leaves USBC after 13 successful years

2014WCAbuDhabiLucasWiseman_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Public Relations and Social Media Manager Lucas Wiseman has left USBC and will be moving into a new career outside the bowling industry later this month. Wiseman, who worked at USBC for 13 year and was the main voice of BowlTV, covered his last event at the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this week. As a pioneer of BowlTV's live streaming, Wiseman helped usher in a new era of bowling fans being able to watch the sport.

2015 EBT #16 / 2015 WBT #16

12/02/15

Weier defeats Rash to win his first EBT, WBT and PBA title in 15th Qatar Bowling Open

2015EBT16SeanRashCameronWeier_small.jpgIn an all-American championship match with the two game total determining the winner, PBA rookie Cameron Weier (r.) stunned nine-time PBA champion Sean Rash (l.), 453-431, to win the 15th Qatar Bowling Open and the $40,000 top prize Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. It marks the first victory for Weier on the European Bowling Tour, the World Bowling Tour and also on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Rash received $20,000 for second place.

2015 European Bowling Tour

12/02/15

2015 European Bowling Tour comes to an end in Qatar

2015 Tour consisted of 16 tournaments in 12 countries, three Platinum, three Gold, three Silver and seven Satellite tournaments; total prize fund was 850.000 Euro

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour concluded with the third and last EBT "Platinum" event of the season, the 15th Qatar Bowling Open, which was held Nov. 26 - Dec. 2 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Sweden's Jesper Svensson and Jenny Wegner finished atop the men's and women's point rankings. In its 16th consecutive season, the 2015 EBT featured 16 tournaments, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. Total prize fund was 850.000 Euro.

2015 EBT Men's Point Ranking

12/02/15

Sweden's Jesper Svensson finishes 2015 European Bowling Tour atop the Men's Point Ranking

Swedish two-hander maintains 215-point lead after failing to finish in the top 50 in Qatar Open; fourth and third-place finisher Thomas Larsen (DEN), Marshall Kent (USA) crack the top 12 to qualify for the 2016 Masters; runner-up Sean Rash (13th) misses by one spot; champion Cameron Weier (USA) leaps from zero into 19th place

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour consisted of 16 tournaments in 12 countries, three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. In its 16th season, the EBT offered total prize fund of 850.000 Euro (approx. 969.850 U.S. Dollar). The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event received ranking points. Those points were tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 in San Marino.

2015 EBT Women's Point Ranking

12/02/15

Jenny Wegner of Sweden wins 2015 European Bowling Tour Women's Ranking

Swede is the only top 20 bowler to compete in Qatar; earns 175 points in the "platinum" event to overtake compatriot Ida Andersson in the season-ending event; the top two women in the Qatar Open, Danielle McEwan (USA), Victoria Johansson (SWE), leap into 6th and 8th place, resp.

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour consisted of 16 tournaments in 12 countries, three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. In its 16th season, the EBT offered total prize fund of 850.000 Euro (approx. 969.850 U.S. Dollar). The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event received ranking points. Those points were tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 in San Marino.

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

12/02/15

Cameron Weier remains unchallenged, wins qualifying at Qatar Bowling Open

JR Raymond shoots into second place on Tuesday: Americans lead a field of 43 players, including three women, into the finals on Wednesday; Aaron Lorincz (USA) hits the cutoff number for 34th place with 1355 (225.83 average)

2015EBT16CameronWeier_small.jpg2015EBT16JRRaymond_small.jpgCameron Weier (l.), United States, remained unchallenged on Tuesday en route to win the qualifying of the Qatar Bowling Open with 1524 (254 average). His compatriot JR Raymond (r.) paced the penultimate squad on Tuesday afternoon with 1471 to shoot into second place and to earn a 250 Dollar bonus. The Americans lead a field of 43 players, including three women, into Wednesday's finals at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

12/01/15

PBA champions Jones, Gomez, Williams move into the top 10 at Qatar Open

Cameron Weier remains atop the leaderboard with 1524; American leads a field of 156 players from 26 countries into the last qualifying day; Kamron Doyle (USA) rolls the fourth 300 game; No. 34 score to beat to advance is now 1332 (222 average)

2015EBT16TommyJones_small.jpg2015EBT16CameronWeier_small.jpg Three PBA champions, Tommy Jones, United States, Andres Gomez of Colombia and England's Stuart Williams moved into the top 10 in the qualifying of the Qatar Bowling Open Monday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Jones (l.) rolled the highest series (1432) on the penultimate qualifying day to earn a 250 Dollar bonus. Cameron Weier (r.), United States, leads the 156-player field from 26 countries with 1524 (254 average).

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

11/30/15

Cameron Weier cracks the 1500-bar to take a commanding lead in Qatar Open qualifying

American averages 254 in Squad 9 to lead the 138-player field from 26 countries with 1524 total; another two Americans, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Marshall Kent move into the top 10; No. 34 score to beat to advance is now 1295 (215.83 average)

2015EBT16CameronWeier_small.jpgCameron Weier (pictured), United States, averaged 254 Sunday afternoon at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha to become the first player to crack the 1500-bar at the Qatar Bowling Open and to take a commanding lead heading into the penultimate qualifying day. Weier fired games of 224, 234, 269, 276, 254 and 267 in the ninth qualifying squad to lead the 138-player field from 26 countries with 1524 six-game total. As the player with the highest series on Sunday, Weier received a 250 Dollar bonus.

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

11/29/15

International bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Qatar

Leaderboard gets new look Saturday as Ryan Lalisang (INA), Wu Siu Hong (HKG) and Daniel Fransson (SWE) take the top three spots; Martin Larsen (SWE), Osku Palermaa (FIN) achieve perfection; No. 34 score to beat to advance is now 1252 (208.67 average)

2015EBT16RyanLalisang_small.jpgAsian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang (pictured) of Indonesia averaged 244.50 in the first squad on Saturday, sixth overall, to shoot into the lead as the international bowlers took control of the leaderboard in the Qatar Bowling Open at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Lalisang started his six-game series with games of 202 and 214 before a strong finish (235, 279, 279 and 258) propelled him into the pole position after three days of qualifying. As the player with the highest series on Saturday, Lalisang received a 250 Dollar bonus.

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

11/28/15

Mohammed Al-Merekhi takes over qualifying lead in Qatar Open

Qatari averages 235.50 in Squad 4 to lead the field of 89 players from 17 countries with 1413; Zakareya Al-Zoqari (QAT) shoots the first 300 game; Sweden's Jenny Wegner moves into the top 10; No. 34 score to beat to advance is 1199 (199.83 average)

2015EBT16MohammadJanahi_small.jpgMohammed H Al-Merekhi of Qatar rolled the field-best 1413 series in Friday's squad 4 to move to the top of the leaderboard in the qualifying of the Qatar Bowling Open at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Al-Merekhi started his series with 251, 267 and 254 (772), slowed down the next two games (202, 205) before he closed things out with 234, an average of 235.50, to overtake previous leader Mohammad Janahi (pictured) of Bahrain by eight pins. Qualifying continues on Saturday, Nov. 28, with squads 6-8.

2015 European Bowling Tour #16

11/27/15

Mohammad Janahi takes early lead in Qatar Bowling Open

Bahraini rolls 1405 series (234.17 average) to set the pace in the opening squad of the European Bowling Tour "Platinum" and World Bowling Tour "regular" event

2015EBT16MohammadJanahi2_small.jpgMohammad Janahi (l.) of Bahrain averaged 234.17 in the opening squad to set the pace in the Qatar Bowling Open which got underway Thursday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Janahi had games of 267, 211, 223, 266, 229 and 209 to lead the field of 73 players from 14 countries with 1405 total. Qatar's Ghanim M Aboujassoum was distant second with 1348. By virtue of finishing 1, 2 in the combined standings of squads 1 & 2, both players earned automatic spots for the finals.

France

11/10/15

Saulnier, Sandelin emerge as Maters champions at 6th QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour

2015QBPCMastersLucySandelinValentinSaulnier_small.jpgValentin Saulnier of France (r.) and Senior Team USA member Lucy Sandelin (l.) won the men's and women's Masters finals to cap off the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour on Saturday, Nov. 7. The sixth edition of the made-for-TV Tour was contested from Nov. 2-7 in bowling centers in four cities in France. Each stage of the QubicaAMF BPC Tour, which featured men's and women's Team, Doubles, Singles and Masters competition, will air on French television networks and on the internet free of charge.

Bulgaria

11/02/15

Hadley Morgan shoots 289 to win 6th Sofia International Open

2015SofiaOpenPodium_small.jpg In an all-English championship match, Headley Morgan fired a huge game to defeat top-seeded Autum Chamberlain, 289-235, en route to win the 6th Sofia International Open Sunday at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Morgan pocketed the 7.000 Euro top prize, while Chamberlainwas consoled with 5.000 Euro for second place. In the all-Swedish opening match, Jenny Wegner flew Mattias Olsson, 286-225. Morgan then ousted Wegner in the semi-final, 245-198.

Bulgaria

11/01/15

Mattias Olsson wins qualifying at 6th Sofia International Open

Swede survives a late charge by Autum Chamberlain (ENG) to lead a field of 56 players into Sunday's finals; score to make the cut in 44th place is 1371 (228.50 average)

2015EBT14MathiasOlsson_small.jpg2015EBT09AutumnChamberlain_small.jpgMattias Olsson (l.) remained atop the qualifying leaderboard at the 6th Sofia International Open to lead a field of 56 players into Sunday's finals at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Olsson led the 260-player field from 29 countries with 1515 total and an average of 252.50 for six games. He survived a strong charge by Autum Chamberlain (r.) of England, who toppled 1460 on Saturday to land in second place with 1508 including handicap.

2016 European Bowling Tour

10/31/15

2016 European Bowling Tour announces schedule changes and withdrawal of Russian Open

17th season now features 17 tournaments in 12 countries including 3 Platinum, 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 6 Satellite tournaments offering total prize fund of roughly 910.000 Euro

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Bowling Tour has announced that three tournaments, San Marino Open, Dream-Bowl Palace Open and Polish Open have changed the dates for the 2016 season. Also, the Russian Open has withdrawn from the Tour. Heading into the 17th season since the inception in the year 2000 the EBT will consist of 17 tournaments in 12 countries including three "Platinum" events as well as four "Gold", four "Silver" and 6 "Satellite" events, offering total prize fund of roughly 910.000 Euro.

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