Martin Larsen wins his seventh career EBT title in 9th San Marino Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #10

    Swede wins three consecutive matches against three of Europe's finest; Larsen and his fellow countrywoman Joline Persson-Planefors overtake the lead in the men's and women's EBT point rankings; Swede Rebecka Larsen wins women's ranking in Serravalle

    2013EBT10PetteriSalonen.jpg2013EBT10MartinLarsen2.jpgMartin Larsen (pictured left) of Sweden defeated tournament leader Petteri Salonen (right) of Finland in the title match of the 9th San Marino Open, 235-207, en route to win his seventh career European Bowling Tour title and the 8.000 Euro top prize.

    While Salonen, who received 5.000 Euro for second place, was looking for his first EBT title, the other three finalists owned a combined 25 European Bowling Tour titles.

    2013EBT10DominicBarrett.jpg2013EBT10OskuPalermaa.jpg Larsen, a former World and European Champion and the 2011-12 PBA Tour Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner, defeated one-time PBA champion Dominic Barrett (left) of England in the opening match, 250-215. Barrett, who was also targeting for his seventh EBT title, had to settle for fourth place, worth 2.500 Euro.

    Waiting for Larsen in the semifinal was three-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland, who is the European Bowling Tour's all-time leader in wins with 13 titles. Larsen topped the two-hander, 213-199, who received 3.500 Euro for third place.

    2013EBT10RebeckaLarsen.jpg2013EBT04JolinePerssonPlanefors2.jpgLarsen went on to defeat Salonen in the title match and earned 150 ranking points for winning an EBT "gold" tournament. That was just enough to overtake Barrett and Palermaa for the lead in the EBT's men's point ranking.

    Swedish bowlers dominated the ranking event as Larsen's fellow countrywoman Rebecka Larsen (left) finished ninth overall to win the women's ranking at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle. Her teammate on the Swedish women's national team, Joline Persson-Planefors (right), finished fourth among the 17 women in the 182-player field from 25 countries to take over the lead in the 2013 women's point ranking.

    2013EBT10SanMarinoOpenLogo_small.jpg The 9th Storm San Marino Open is the 10th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the third out of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 6-14 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 60.000 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, 3.500 to the third and 2.500 to the fourth place finisher.

    The San Marino Open features a 41 feet Kegel lane conditioning pattern with 23.32 ml volume oil total.

    The qualifying of the San Marino Open (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Saturday July 6 through Saturday, July 13. The qualifying winner received a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, July 14 - the top 35 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 6-7, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 8-9, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 10-11, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifiers received two byes and qualifiers 9-16 got one.

    The other 32 players will bowl four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who will meet qualifiers 9-16 in round two. Those 24 bowl another 4 games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will join the top eight in the last four-game round before the cut to the top 4 who will determine the winner in a traditional stepladder final.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the San Marino Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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    9th San Marino Open - Stepladder Finals

    Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 6-14, 2013)

    2013EBT10Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 698 (3 games), 8.000 Euro
    2. Petteri Salonen, Finland, 207 (1 game), 5.000 Euro
    3. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 199 (1 game), 3.500 Euro
    4. Dominic Barrett, England, 215 (1 game), 2.500 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Larsen def. No. 3 Barrett, 250-215
    Second Match: Larsen def. No. 2 Palermaa, 213-199
    Championship: Larsen def. No. 1 Salonen, 235-207.

    Final Standings - Places 5-48 (cashers)

    5. Yoan Alix, France, 2.000 Euro
    6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.900 Euro
    7. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1.800 Euro
    8. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1.700 Euro
    9. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 1.600 Euro
    10. Stuart Williams, England, 1.500 Euro
    11. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1.400 Euro
    12. Vaggelis Krizinis, Greece, 1.300 Euro
    13. Caroline Jonsson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    14. Davide Spagnoli, Italy, 1.150 Euro
    15. Thomas Gayet, France, 1.050 Euro
    16. Mark Clark, United States, 1.000 Euro
    17. Johnny Fronville, Belgium, 750 Euro
    18. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 750 Euro
    19. Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 750 Euro
    20. Chris Klerk, United States, 750 Euro
    21. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. Venezuela, 750 Euro
    22. Ed Smaglik, United States, 750 Euro
    23. Federico Rossi, Italy, 750 Euro
    24. Tony Ranta, Finland, 750 Euro
    25. James Gruffman, Sweden, 750 Euro
    26. Thierry Sacco, France, 750 Euro
    27. Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia, 750 Euro
    28. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 750 Euro
    29. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 750 Euro
    30. Nadine Geissler, Germany, 750 Euro
    31. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 750 Euro
    32. Norman Neumann, Germany, 750 Euro
    33. Olivier Leroy, Belgium, 650 Euro
    34. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 650 Euro
    35. Frederik Øhrgaard, Denmark, 650 Euro
    36. Rob Thurlby, England, 650 Euro
    37. Linas Sasnauskas, Lithuania, 650 Euro
    38. Maurizio Celli, Italy, 650 Euro
    39. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 650 Euro
    40. Francois Sacco, France, 650 Euro
    41. Alessandro Boschi, Italy, 650 Euro
    42. Roros Stamatis, Greece, 650 Euro
    43. Alexandr Panchenko, Kazakhstan, 650 Euro
    44. Giuseppe Tonno, Italy, 650 Euro
    45. Serge Frouvelle, France, 650 Euro
    46. Andrea Domeniconi, Italy, 650 Euro
    47. Mark Jonasdofsky, Germany, 650 Euro
    48. Marawan Aernoudt, Belgium, 650 Euro


    San Marino Open - Round Three Results

    The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals. Places 5-16 eliminated, finish 5th thru 16th.


    San Marino Open - Round Two Results

    The top 8 advance to the second round. Places 9-24 eliminated, finish 17th thru 32nd, earn 750 Euro.


    San Marino Open - Round One Results

    The top 16 advance to the second round. Places 17-36 eliminated, finish 33rd thru 48th, earn 650 Euro.