Tomas Leandersson comes from behind to win Nyköping International Tournament



    Claims his third Super Six title in the last twelve months

    2011SSST05TomasLeandersson.jpgTomas Leandersson came from behind to claim his third victory within the last twelve months on the Swedish Super Six Tour in the Nyköping International Tournament Sunday Oct. 30.

    In the title match at Nyköping SuperBowl, Leandersson defeated his Team Pergamon teammate, Kim Bolleby, 242-224. It was an emotional win for the 45-year-old past World and European champion as he dedicated his victory to his father Arne, who passed away about one month ago.

    "My dad started the first bowling club in my hometown Degerfors in 1969, and it was he who introduced me to bowling. I was thinking about him all the time and this victory was for him", Tomas said.

    2011SSST05Top4.jpgDuring the earlier rounds of the final, Bolleby took charge and after nine games he was the number 1 seed with an average of 238. Joining Bolleby in the stepladder final were Dennis Johansson, Karl Wahlgren and Tomas Leandersson.

    L-R Bolleby, champion Leandersson, Johansson and Wahlgren.

    Leandersson edged Wahlgren in the opening round, 233-231, and then eliminated Johansson in the semifinal, 238-222, to set up the title match with Kim Bolleby. Both Wahlgren and Johansson had a chance to win their matches with strikes in the tenth frame but failed.

    The title match was close throughout the first five frames when Leandersson rolled a four-bagger to take control. Bolleby, however, countered with three strikes in frame 8-10 to put pressure on Leandersson.

    Needing the first strike in the tenth frame to wrap up the title, Leandersson struck twice to seal the 242-224 victory. It was not only his third Super Six title but also a Tour record sixth consecutive stepladder final for Leandersson.

    As the Swedish Super Six Tour will cease operations after twelve years with the sixth and last stop in Malmö (Dec. 3-11), the Nyköping International Tournament was Leandersson's last appearance on the tour.

    He will miss the Malmö International due to participating in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa (Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, 2011).

    "It will be my first World Cup appearance since I won in Lisbon eleven years ago. I am really looking forward to participating in Johannesburg as I played the World Cup there in 1993 in the very same bowling center and finished second," Leandersson said.

    As coach for the Swedish men's national team, Leandersson was also pleased to see the strong performance of 20-year-old lefty Bolleby, who will be a strong challenger for a spot on the Swedish national team.

    "This runner-up position means a lot to me", said Bolleby. "It was an acknowledgement of all the work I have done during the last twelve months. It gives me a lot of energy to continue my efforts in bowling".

    Courtesy of Hans Karlsson, Swedish Bowling Federation.


    Nyköping International Tournament (SSST #5)

    SuperBowl in Nyköping, Sweden (Oct. 22-30, 2012)

    1. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 40.000 SEK (approx. $6,055)
    2. Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 25.000 SEK
    3. Dennis Johansson, Sweden, 15.000 SEK
    4. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 10.000 SEK
    5. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 8.000 SEK
    6. Rebecka Larsen Jr,, Sweden, 8.000 SEK
    7. Daniel Strömberg, Sweden, 8.000 SEK
    8. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 8.000 SEK

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: #4 Leandersson def. #3 Wahlgren, 233-231
    Second Match: Leandersson def. #2 Johansson, 238-222
    Championship: Leandersson def. #1 Bolleby, 242-224


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