Brian Voss uses 256 triplicate to move into sixth place in Tilburg


    2014 European Bowling Tour #3

    PBA Hall of Famer shoots 1456 series in Squad 9; Dutch Johnny Spil leads the 185-player field from 17 countries with 1499; cut for 36th place is 1345 (224.17 average)

    Persson Planefors

    2014EBT03BrianVoss.jpg2013WCJohnWells.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), United States, posted the highest series of Friday's squads 9-11 en route to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament.

    Voss, who owns 25 PBA titles along with three European Bowling Tour titles, started his six-game series with 269, then rolled three consecutive 256 games before he closed out with 225 and 194 for 1456 or an average of 242.67. The top 6 at the end of the qualifying will receive one bye.

    Squad 10 leader John Wells (above right) of England almost matched Voss' score when he totaled 1455 pins (242.50) including high games of 280 and 266 to overtake seventh place.

    2014EBT03JohnnySpil.jpg2014EBT03JeanMarcLebon.jpgHeading into the final qualifying day, Johnny Spil (left) of the Netherlands leads the 185-player field from 17 countries with 1499 and an average of 249.83. Squad 1 leader Jean-Marc Lebon (right) of Belgium sits in second place with 1483 and is followed by Bj√łrn Einar Rudshagen of Norway in third place with 1470.

    Youri Fens, Netherlands, remained in fourth place with 1460. Rounding out the top 5 is defending champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark with 1456 thanks to the higher last game than Voss, 290 to 194.

    2013WCMaiGingeJensen.jpg2013EBT15JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgAnother three players cracked the 1400-bar on Friday. Danish national team member Carsten Warming Hansen was next to Voss in squad 9 with 1417 including a pair of 260s to leap into 10th place.

    His fellow countrywoman Mai Ginge Jensen (left), the 2011 World Champion in All Events, was mere two pins behind with 1415 including 48 pins handicap, an average of 227.83 scratch. Jensen, who had six games between 205 and 268, is currently the best of 34 women in the field in 11th place.

    2014EBT03MartinPaulsson.jpg2013EBT15MartinLarsen.jpg2013 European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader, Joline Persson Planefors (above right), Sweden, was next to Wells in Squad 10 with 1411 including a 287 in game #3, good for 13th place overall.

    World Champions Martin Paulsson (left) and Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden led Squad 11 on Friday evening with 1377 and 1377 to take 24th and 25th place, respectively. With another three squads to go on Saturday, Jord van Weeren is the man "on the bubble" in 36th place with 1345 or an average of 224.17.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, March 1, with Squads 12-14 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. CET and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m.



    The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014 is the third stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the first of four EBT "Silver" tournaments, the third-highest of four EBT categories. The tournament will be held from Sunday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, March 2, at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 44.400 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 to the runner-up and 3.000 and 2.000 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 46th place (400 Euro).

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, March 1 with the final qualifying Squad 14 scheduled for 6 p.m. CET, followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 46 players - the top 36 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-4 conducted Feb. 23-25 - will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 2. The top 6 qualifiers will receive one bye. The winner of the qualifying receives a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Players ranked 7 to 46 will bowl four games with the top 18 players joining the top six qualifiers in the eliminator finals. Those 24 players will be divided into six groups of four players each for the first of four eliminator rounds.

    All four players of each group will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advance to the next round. In the first round four "lucky losers" (four highest third-place finishers) also advance.

    2014EBTMastersLogo.jpg The field will be cut to 16, eight and then four players who will bowl a final two-game round to determine the champion.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the 2014 Brunswick Italia Challenge has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 in Asti, Italy.



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