Osku Palermaa widens lead in European Bowling Tour Men's Ranking with victory in Vienna


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Lisanne Breeschoten climbs into second place in the EBT Women's Ranking

    2011EBT17OskuPalermaa.jpg2011EBT17ThomasLarsen2.jpgOsku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland, who led the European Bowling Tour men's ranking for three consecutive seasons from 2007-09, widened his lead in the 2011 ranking after winning his 11th career EBT title and the third this season in the 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Palermaa, who regained the pole position in the previous week, got 150 points in Vienna to lead his nearest competitor, Thomas Larsen (right), Denmark by 121 points, 821 to 700.

    Reigning PBA player of the Year and EBT masters champion, Mika Koivuniemi (598), who also leads the WTBA World Bowling Tour ranking, remained in third place with 598 points with 2004-06 ranking champion Paul Moor in fourth place at 531.

    2011EBT17DominicBarrett5.jpg2011EBT17MartinLarsen3.jpgReigning EBT ranking champion Dominica Barrett (left), England, continued to leap in the rankings finishing third in Vienna to move into fifth place with 520 points. Three-time world champion Martin Larsen (right), Sweden, slipped one spot to sixth place despite finishing fifth in Vienna.

    2007 World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams, England, overtook seventh place with 440 points. VO fourth-place finisher Karl Wahlgren and 18th place Perttu Jussila, Finland, cracked the top 16 to take 14th and 15th place with 313 and 270 points.

    2011EBT17ClaraGuerrero4.jpg2011EBT17LisanneBreeschoten.jpgWith 17 out of 20 events this season in the books, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, holds the 16th and last spot to advance to the 2012 EBT Masters with 258 ranking point total.

    Though not competing in Vienna, women's ranking leader Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, remained atop the leader board with 601 points. Lisanne Breeschoten (left), Netherlands, was the second-best woman in Austria to earn 120 points and to leap two spots into second place with 556 points.

    2011 All Events World Champion Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark slipped to third place with 555 and is followed by Clara Juliana Guerrero (right) of Colombia, who won the women's ranking in Vienna and 150 points to rocket from 13th to fourth place with 461.

    Rounding out the top 5 was Heidi Thorstensen, Norway (446), who leaped two places behind a fourth place finish. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands, was seventh among 54 women in Vienna to overtake 15th place with 293 while Nadine Geißler, Germany, took over 16th place with 283 due to a third place finish.


    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 such as the Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament 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.

    The 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was the last "Gold" tournament of the 2011 European Bowling Tour season. The Tour is Finland this week for the last "Silver" event, the Ebonite Lahti Open, which will be held from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday Oct. 16 at Lahti Bowl in Lahti.

    The Lahti Open will be followed by the last "Satellite tournament, the 2nd Ebonite Roma International from Nov. 5-13 at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy, and will conclude with the second "Platinum" event, the Qatar Bowling Open Nov. 23-29 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.


    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 Vienna

    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 821
    2. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 700
    3. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 598
    4. Paul Moor, England, 531
    5. Dominic Barrett, England, 520
    6. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 496
    7. Stuart Williams, England, 440
    8. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 420
    9. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 415
    10. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 370
    11. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 365
    12. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 335
    13. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 334
    14. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 313
    15. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 270
    16. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 258


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Vienna

    1. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 601
    2. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 556
    3. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 555
    4. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 461
    5. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 446
    6. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 444
    7. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 388
    8. Nina Flack, Sweden, 368
    9. Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 345
    10. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 338
    11. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 327
    12. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 324
    13. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 320
    14. Rebecka Larsen Jr., Sweden, 301
    15. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands, 293
    16. Nadine Geißler, Germany, 283


    2011 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Vienna

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


    2011 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Vienna

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