17-year-old Jesper Svensson triumphs at prestigious Brunswick Ballmaster Open


    2013 EBT #1 / 2013 WBT #3

    European Youth Champion from Sweden defeats three-time Ballmaster champion Pasi Uotila to become the youngest Ballmaster winner the youngest player ever to win an EBT title

    2013EBT01JesperSvensson2.jpgJesper Svensson (pictured left), a 17-year-old Swedish youth national team member, defeated long-time Finnish international Pasi Uotila, 206-163, to win the 43rd edition of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open and the 12.000 Euro top prize Sunday evening at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland.

    Svensson, who won the gold medal in Masters at the 2012 European Youth Championships, became the youngest player ever to win an EBT title and is also the youngest Ballmaster champion in the 43-year history of the prestigious event.

    Svensson earned the No. 1 seed in the four-player stepladder finals by averaging 231.65 for 23 games. He won 11 of his 15 match play games against some of the best players in the world.

    2013EBT01Top4.jpgIn the opening match, third-seeded Uotila, who was targeting to become the first four-time Ballmaster Open champion, eliminated No. 4 seed, Peter Hellström of Sweden, 213-180. Uotila went on to defeat defending champion Bill O'Neill in a close semifinal match, 237-233.

    Uotila received 8.000 Euro for second place. O'Neill took 4.000 Euro for third place and Hellström pocketed 3.000 Euro for fourth place.

    L-R Svensson, Uotila, O'Neill, Hellström and Larsen.

    Hellström, however, was the biggest winner as the two-time European Bowling Tour champion shot a 300 game in Final Round One on Sunday morning, As there was no 300 game in round robin and none in the stepladder finals, Hellström was the lone player, who rolled a perfecto in the finals and captured the 20.000 top prize in the 300eXtra event.

    2013EBT01BrittBrondsted.jpgThe Swede also participated in a one-ball roll-off immediately after the TV finals in which he and the two players, who bowled a 300 game during qualifying - Christian Rapcan of Germany and Thomas Larsen of Denmark - squared off. Larsen won the tiebreaker to claim 3.850 Euro.

    Denmark's Britt Brøndsted (left) and Pia Burkal, the only women who survived the qualifying cut, were eliminated in Final Round One with Brøndsted finishing in 31st and Burkal in 44th place. Therefore, Brøndsted won the women's ranking in Helsinki en route to join Svensson as the earlier leader in the 2013 EBT point rankings.

    The second stop of European Bowling Tour is the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2013 to be held from Feb. 3-10 at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    2013BallmasterLogo_small.jpg The 43rd Brunswick Ballmaster Open was the first of six "EBT Gold" events this season, the second-highest out four EBT categories. The tournament was held from Friday Jan. 4 through Sunday Jan. 13, 2013 at 36-lane Tali Bowling Center in Finland's capital city Helsinki.

    The BBO 2013 featured a 37.5 feet lane conditioning pattern.

    Players competed for total prize money of 90.300 Euro with 12.000 Euro going to the winner, 8.000 to the runner-up and 4.000 and 3.000 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash was 48th place, worth 1.100 Euro.

    In addition, the 2013 BBO offered a 20.000 Euro Extra Prize for a 300 game thrown on the final day (Jan. 13). As the 300 game has been rolled, the total prize fund was more than 110.000 Euro.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Ballmaster Open would have been awarded a PBA international title, if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    Qualifying ran from Jan. 4 to 12. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 - maximum score is 300), a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. A total of 48 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 13.

    All 48 finalists bowled 8 games from scratch with the top 16 advancing to the match play portion. Those 16 bowled 15 games of round robin match play (no position round) with the pinfall of Round 1 carried over.

    Players earned 30 bonus pins for each match won and 15 points for a tied match. The top 4 players after 23 games including bonus pins determined the champion in a stepladder final.

    The No. 4 seed met the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 12.000 Euro top prize and 150 EBT and 50 WBT ranking points.


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    43rd Brunswick Ballmaster Open

    Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 4-13, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 206 (1 game), 12.000 Euro
    2. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 613 (3 games), 8.000 Euro
    3. Bill O'Neill, United States, 233 (1 game), 4.000 Euro
    4. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 180 (1 game), 3.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Uotila def. No. 4 Hellström, 213-180
    Second Match: Uotila def. No. 2 O'Neill, 237-233
    Championship: No. 1 Svensson def. Uotila, 206-163.


    Final Standings - Places 5-48 (Cashers)

    5. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2.600 Euro
    6. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 2.500 Euro
    7. Mike Fagan, United States, 2.400 Euro
    8. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2.300 Euro
    9. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2.200 Euro
    10. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2.100 Euro
    11. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2.000 Euro
    12. Magnus Johnson Jr. Sweden, 1.900 Euro
    13. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    14. Ronnie Russell, United States, 1.700 Euro
    15. Riku-Petteri Kivelä, Finland, 1.600 Euro
    16. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    17. Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    18. Dominic Barrett, England, 1.100 Euro
    19. Chris Loschetter, United States, 1.100 Euro
    20. Paul Moor, England, 1.100 Euro
    21. Petteri Salonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    22. Tom Hess, United States, 1.100 Euro
    23. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    24. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    25. Olli Pakonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    26. Timo Schröder, Germany, 1.100 Euro
    27. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    28. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    29. Eemeli Hemmi, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    30. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    31. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    32. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1.100 Euro
    33. Sean Rash, United States, 1.100 Euro
    34. Saku Konttila, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    35. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    36. Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    37. Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    38. Timothy Andreason, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    39. Tony Ranta, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    40. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    41. Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    42. Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1.100 Euro
    43. Jarno Marjakangas, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    44. Pia Burkal, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    45. Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 1.100 Euro
    46. Jesper Larsen, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    47. Konstantin Matvienko, Russia, 1.100 Euro
    48. Robert Gotchall, United States, 1.100 Euro


    Round Robin Match Play (15 games)

    30 pins bonus per win, 15 for a tie. The top 4 after 23 games advance to the stepladder finals.


    Final Round One

    The top 16 advance to round robin match play. Players 17-48 eliminated, earn 1.100 Euro each.