Osku Palermaa regains lead in European Bowling Tour Men's Ranking


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Joline Persson-Planefors continues to lead EBT Women's Ranking

    2011KOOskuPalermaa.jpg2011EBT13ThomasLarsen.jpgThree-time European Bowling Tour ranking champion Osku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland regained the lead in the 2011 European Bowling Tour men's ranking after finishing third in the Chandra Open 2011 Sept. 25 at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

    The two-hander, who was No. 1 in Europe for three consecutive seasons from 2007-09, was looking for his third title this season after Munich and Aalborg. He received 35 ranking points for his third place finish for 650 ranking point total to overtake previous leader Thomas Larsen, Denmark, by 14 points.

    Larsen slipped to second place with 636 and is followed by Palermaa's compatriot, reigning PBA player of the Year and EBT masters champion, Mika Koivuniemi (598), who also leads the WTBA World Bowling Tour ranking.

    2010EBT10PaulMoor.jpg2011KODominicBarrett.jpg2004-06 ranking champion Paul Moor (left) earned 25 points in the Netherlands and narrowed the gap to Koivuniemi, who did not compete, to 112 points. Moor is fourth with 486 points.

    Reigning EBT ranking champion Dominica Barrett (right), England, is now tied for seventh place with Mik Stampe, Denmark, at 415. Barrett's compatriot Stuart Williams used a runner-up finish in Nieuwegein to leap from 12th to ninth place with 371 points.

    As no player cracked the top 16, PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, United States, remained in 16th place with 246.

    2011WWCJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpg2011USWOLisanneBreeschoten3.jpgIn the women's ranking, Joline Persson-Planefors (left), Sweden (601) and newly crowned All Events World Champion Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark (555) remained atop the leaderboard without competing in Holland.

    The only players in the top 16, who cashed ranking points last weekend, were Dutch bowlers, Wendy Kok, Lisanne Breeschoten (right) and Nicole Sanders.

    Kok maintained third place in the 2011 EBT women's ranking with 444 points. Breeschoten won her second career ranking title and the second title this season after Istanbul to leap one spot to fourth place with 436. Sanders moved from 12th to ninth place with 338.

    Jacqueline Sijore, the newly crowned World Champion in Singles from Malaysia, remained in 16th place with 264 points.

    2010EBTLogo_small.jpg Since the 2011 English Open has lost its EBT ranking status, the 2011 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 16 countries, two Platinum, six Gold, six Silver and six Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund of the 2011 Tour will exceed 1 million Euro.

    2011 EBT champions, men's and women's ranking winners and schedule

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each tournament of the European Bowling Tour cash ranking points no matter from which country or World Tenpin Bowling Association Zone (Europe, Asia, America) he or she comes.

    The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Chandra Open gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women in the EBT ranking will qualify for the 2012 EBT Masters to be held in conjunction with the 3rd Dream Bowl Palace Open in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany April 30 and May 1, 2012.

    After three consecutive Satellite events, the race for EBT men's and women's ranking champion heats up this week with the last EBT Gold event coming up. The European Bowling Tour is Austria this week for the prestigious Vienna Open, which will be held from Tuesday Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 2 at Plus Bowling in Austria's capital Vienna.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the ninth year in a row, Bowlingdigital will cover the Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna with stories and results after each round commencing Monday Sept. 27 with the no-tap tournament all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday Oct. 2.


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Current Standings
    2011 EBT Men's Ranking
    2011 EBT Women's Ranking


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    2011 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after Nieuwegein

    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 671
    2. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 661
    3. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 598
    4. Paul Moor, England, 486
    5. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 421
    6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 420
    7. Dominic Barrett, England, 415
    (tie) Mik Stampe, Denmark, 415
    9. Stuart Williams, England, 371
    10. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 370
    11. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 365
    12. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 335
    13. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 301
    14. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 258
    15. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 250
    16. Brian Voss, United States, 246


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Nieuwegein

    1. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 601
    2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 555
    3. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 444
    4. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 436
    5. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 388
    6. Nina Flack, Sweden, 368
    7. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 356
    8. Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 345
    9. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 338
    10. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 327
    11. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 324
    12. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 320
    13. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 311
    14. Rebecka Larsen Jr. Sweden, 301
    15. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 270
    16. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 264


    2011 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Nieuwegein

    Players with country, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes


    2011 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Nieuwegein

    Players with country, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes