Joline Persson Planefors adds her name to the leaderboard in Brunswick Ballmaster Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #1

    2013 European Bowling Tour point ranking leader moves into sixth place and is the top-ranked woman in the 496-player field; Tony Ranta wins 1.000 Euro in 250eXtra roll-off; cut for 44th is 1316 (219.33 average)

    2013EBT15JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpg2014EBT01TomasLeandersson.jpgJoline Persson Planefors (pictured left) of Sweden posted a 1343 series in Friday's Squad 11 and added 48 pins handicap to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings of the 44th Brunswick Ballmaster Open at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland with 1391.

    The 2013 European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader rolled games of 236, 235, 206, 210, 234 and 222 to become the top-ranked woman in the 496-player field.

    Heading into the last day of qualifying, Swedish standout Tomas Leandersson (right) leads the field with 1420 and an average of 236.67. His compatriots Mattias Wetterberg and defending champion Jesper Svensson sit in second and third place with 1411 and 1408, respectively.

    2014EBT01JesperAgerbo.jpg2014EBT01TomHess.jpgFourth place belongs to Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark with 1395, while Samu Valaranta is the best Finnish bowler in fifth place with 1392.

    European champion Jesper Agerbo (left) of Denmark, who led Squad 12 with 1386, leaped into eight place. PBA champion Tom Hess (right) paced Squad 13 with 1359, good for 22nd place overall.

    Tony Ranta (below left) of Finland, who is currently in 35th place with 1326, won a 1.000 Euro bonus in the 250eXtra roll-off. All players who bowled one or more scratch games of 250 or higher and entered the 300eXtra in squads 1 to 12 qualified for the roll-off.

    2014EBT01TonyRanta.jpg2013EBT16RobertAndersson.jpgWorld champion Robert Andersson (right) of Sweden set another highlight when he rolled the tournament's second 300 game in the third game of Squad 12. Andersson, who finished his block with 1278, sits in 36th place with a high series of 1324.

    Olli Hirvonen, Finland, holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1316 and an average of 219.33.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, January 11, with Squads 14-17 scheduled to start at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. local time (CET +1) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

    2014BallmasterLogo_small.jpg The 44th Brunswick Ballmaster Open is the opening event of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the first of six "EBT Gold" events this season, the second-highest of the four EBT categories. The tournament will be held from Friday, Jan. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 36-lane Tali Bowling Center in Finland's capital city Helsinki.

    Players will compete 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 is 48th place, worth 1.100 Euro.

    According to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Ballmaster will award a PBA international title, if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open runs through Saturday, Jan. 11, and ends with Squad 17 followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. local time (CET +1).

    Women will receive 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 - the top 44 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - qualify for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 13. The qualifying winner receives a 2.000 Euro bonus. The first and second runner-up get 1.000 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    All 48 finalists bowl eight games scratch with the top 16 advancing to the match play portion. Those 16 bowl further 15 games of round robin match play (no position round) with the Round 1 total carried over.

    Players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won and 15 for a tie. The top 4 players after 23 games including bonus pins determine the champion in a traditional stepladder final.

    The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match. The winner takes 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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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 13/17