Parker Bohn III wins his first career EBT title in BNC Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #14

    Germany's Martina Sch√ľtz wins women's ranking in Bratislava; Sweden's Joline Persson-Planefors takes over lead in 2013 EBT women's point ranking

    2013EBT14JoonasJehkinen.jpg2013EBT1ParkerBohn2.jpgParker Bohn III (pictured left), a 33-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion, won his first career title on the European Bowling Tour when he defeated Joonas Jehkinen (right) of Finland in all-lefty affair, 255-218, to win the BNC Open at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    Bohn, who earned more than 2.8 million Dollars in 29 years on the PBA Tour, received 7.000 Euro or approximately $9.465 for the victory.

    2013EBT14ParkerBohn.jpg2013EBT14TobiasBording.jpgThe PBA and USBC Hall of Famer and two-time PBA player of the Year (1999, 2001-02) averaged 252.75 in the Round of 16 to earn the No. 1 seed for the six-player stepladder finals.

    In the opening shoot-out match, fifth-seeded Tobias Börding (right) of Germany posted a big 239 game to eliminate No. 6 Dominic Barrett (206) of England and No. 4 Pontus Andersson (165) of Sweden.

    2013EBT14SemifinalMatch_small.jpg2013EBT14MikaKoivuniemi.jpgBörding led the semifinal match against Finns Joonas Jehkinen and Mika Koivuniemi (right) after six frames, but back-to-back splits in the eighth and ninth frame, from which the latter resulted in an open, cost him the match.

    Jehkinen doubled in the seventh and eighth frame and shut out his opponent with a mark in the 10th frame.

    Bohn struck on all but one shot in his first eight frames to take a 20-pin after six frames. Jehkinen, who was targeting to become the first multiple EBT champion this season after winning his first career title in the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, in July, alternated strikes and spares in the first half of the match followed by three strikes in a row in frames 5-7.

    2013EBT14ChampionshipMatch_small.jpgWhen his string of strikes came to an end in the eight frame, the match was practically over. Bohn spared in the ninth frame and doubled in the 10th to seal the victory.

    Jehkinen received 4.500 Euro for second place. The losers of Match 1 and 2 were ranked based on their position in Final Round Three (Round of 16). Koivuniemi took 3.200 Euro for third place. Börding got 2.700 Euro for fourth place and Andersson and Barrett pocketed 2.200 and 2.000 Euro for fifth and sixth place, respectively.

    2013EBT14MartinaSchutz.jpg2013EBT14JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgSwedish two-hander Jesper Svensson set another highlight by starting Final Round One with the fourth 300 game of the event. Barrett held on to the lead in the 2013 EBT men's point ranking. Jehkinen moved from fifth to second place.

    Martina Sch√ľtz (left) of Germany fired back-to-back (scratch) games of 266 and 279 to become the lone woman to advance to the Round of 16 en route to win the women's ranking in Bratislava.

    Sweden's Joline Persson-Planefors (right), who was the second-best woman in the tournament, took over the lead in 2013 EBT women's point ranking.

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    2013BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open was the 14th event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate of EBT "Gold" tournament this season. The BNC Open ran from Sept. 23-29 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center and offered total prize fund of 62.000 Euro.

    The BNC Open was contested on a 39 feet lane conditioning pattern with 23.3 mL volume oil total.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran through Saturday, Sept. 28. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 29: The top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who weren't among the top 52.

    In the first round of the finals, all 64 players bowled 4 games with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 got a second-round bye, while the players ranked 9th to 40th advanced to the second round.

    Those 32 players bowled further three games. The top 8 with the highest total of the foregoing 13 games advanced to Round 3. The remaining 16 players bowled four games starting from scratch to cut to the top 6, who determined the champion in the stepladder finals.

    Following the BNC Open on Monday, September 30, is the sixth EBT Masters featuring the top 16 men and women of the 2012 EBT point rankings.

    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 2013 BNC 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.

    The European Bowling Tour moves 66 kilometers westward along the Danube to Vienna, where the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
    gets underway on Monday, Sept. 30.

    Bowlingdigital will cover the EBT Gold tournament and World Bowling Tour event live from Vienna commencing Wednesday all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 6.


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    BNC Open - Stepladder Results

    BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia (Sept. 23-29, 2013)

    2013EBT14Top3.jpgChampionship Round
    1. Parker Bohn III, United States, 255 (1 game), 7.000 Euro
    2. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 453 (2 games), 4.500 Euro
    3. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 196 (1 game), 3.200 Euro
    4. Tobias Börding, Germany, 458 (2 games), 2.700 Euro
    5. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 165 (1 game), 2.200 Euro
    6. Dominic Barrett, England, 209 (1 game), 2.000 Euro
    Note: According to the tournament rules, the losers of Match 1 and 2 were ranked based on the seeding.

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Börding (239) def. No. 6 Barrett (206) and No. 4 Andersson (165)
    Second Match: No. 2 Jehkinen (235) def. Börding (219) and No. 3 Koivuniemi (196)
    Championship: No. 1 Bohn def. Jehkinen, 255-218.



    2013 BNC Open - Places 7-64 (cashers)

    7. Marcus Tidbeck, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    8. Björn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, 1.600 Euro
    9. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1.400 Euro
    10. Tommy Jones, United States, 1.400 Euro
    11. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.300 Euro
    12. Paul Moor, England, 1.300 Euro
    13. Chad Roberts, United States, 1.200 Euro
    14. Sean Rash, United States, 1.200 Euro
    15. Martina Sch√ľtz, Germany, 1.100 Euro
    16. Kevin Karlsson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    17. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 850 Euro
    18. Omer Nechushtan, Israel, 850 Euro
    19. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 850 Euro
    20. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 850 Euro
    21. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 850 Euro
    22. Sami Lampo, Finland, 850 Euro
    23. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 850 Euro
    24. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 850 Euro
    25. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 750 Euro
    26. Stuart Williams, England, 750 Euro
    27. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 750 Euro
    28. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 750 Euro
    29. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 750 Euro
    30. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 750 Euro
    31. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 750 Euro
    32. Chris Sloan, Ireland, 750 Euro
    33. Oliver Morig, Germany, 600 Euro
    34. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 600 Euro
    35. Mike Fagan, United States, 600 Euro
    36. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 600 Euro
    37. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 600 Euro
    38. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    39. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 600 Euro
    40. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    41. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    42. Tanner Spacey, United States, 500 Euro
    43. Marawan Aernoudt, Belgium, 500 Euro
    44. Benjamin Jonsson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    45. Joakim Wahlgren, Sweden, 500 Euro
    46. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    47. Michal MuŇĺ√≠k, Czech Republic, 500 Euro
    48. Bertrand Pujol, France, 500 Euro
    49. Sascha Wedel, Denmark, 350 Euro
    50. Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 350 Euro
    51. Simon Nilsson, Sweden, 350 Euro
    52. Ben Slutzki, Israel, 350 Euro
    53. Karel Kutina, Czech Republic, 350 Euro
    54. Thomas Gross, Austria, 350 Euro
    55. Zanas Sergejevas, Lithuania, 350 Euro
    56. John Guldbæk, Denmark, 350 Euro
    57. Luk√°Ň° Andrassy, Slovakia, 200 Euro
    58. JiŇô√≠ Hindr√°k, Czech Republic, 200 Euro
    59. Jana Lébrová, Czech Republic, 200 Euro
    60. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 200 Euro
    61. Gyorgi Bodis, Hungary, 200 Euro
    62. Nino Stenko, Slovenia, 200 Euro
    63. Luboslav Jurinyi, Slovakia, 200 Euro
    64. Tom√°Ň° Plechata, Czech Republic, 200 Euro



    2013 BNC Open - Final Round Three

    The top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.



    2013 BNC Open - Final Round Two

    The top 8 advance to the third round.



    2013 BNC Open - Final Round One

    The top 8 get a second-round bye. Players ranked 9th to 40th advance to the second round.