Joachim Karlsson averages over 242 to win qualifying in Odense International


    2014 European Bowling Tour #8

    Swede rolls 1454 series in Squad 14 to lead a field of 36 players into Sunday's finals; 10 out of 27 women survive the first cut; score to make the cut in 24th place is 1354 (224.17 average)

    2014EBT08JoachimKarlsson.jpg2014EBT08MaiGingeJensen.jpgJoachim Karlsson (pictured left) of Sweden posted a 1354 series in Squad 14 of 16 Saturday at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark en route to win the qualifying of the Odense International and to lead 36 players, 26 men and 10 women, into the finals on Sunday.

    Karlsson, who will be looking to for his first European Bowling Tour title, rolled games of 268, 213, 235, 257, 259 and 222, an average of 242.33, to beat out his fellow countryman Christoffer Jakobsson for the top spot by seven pins.

    Jakobsson used games of 247, 226, 200, 249, 247 and 278 to jump into second place with 1447 (241.17). Previous leader Mai Ginge Jensen (above right) was the top Danish bowler in third place with 1442 including 48 pins handicap. The World Champion in All-Events (2011) was also the best of 27 women in the 115-player field from 10 countries.

    2014EBT08CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2014EBT08JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgMattias Wetterberg of Sweden and Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark also fell two spots to fourth and fifth place with 1433 and 1431, respectively.

    Two-time EBT women's point ranking leader (2011, 2013) Joline Persson Planefors (right) of Sweden saved her best for the last, winning Squad 16 with 1427 including six games between 255 and 206 to finish qualifying in sixth place.

    2012 EBT women's point ranking leader Birgit Pöppler of Germany was just seven pins behind in seventh place with 1420 including handicap.

    2014EBT08BirgitPoppler.jpg2014EBT08KamillaKjeldsen.jpgPöppler (left) missed the second perfecto of the tournament (Martin Klitte, Denmark, had the first) by just one pin when she finished game 5 with 299. Her score was reduced to 292 as the maximum score including 8 pins handicap is 300.

    Places 8 and 9 belonged to Bodo Konieczny, Germany, and Emil Ã…gren, Sweden, with 1418 and 1408, respectively. Rounding out the top 10, who will receive between 140 (1st place) and 10 bonus pins (10th place) for the first round of the finals, was Kamilla Kjeldsen (right), Denmark, with 1402.

    Mikkel Brus Sørensen (below left) of Denmark took the 24th and last place to qualify for the finals through the overall leaderboard with 1345 and an average of 224.17.

    2014EBT08MikkelBrusSorensen.jpgThose 24 players will be joined by two players each from Squads 1-3 (Jan Andersen, Denmark; Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, Denmark), Squads 4-7 (Anna Andersson, Sweden; Mikael Brændeskov Denmark) and Squads 8-11 (Frode Jørgen Aaneby, Norway; Thomas Larsen Denmark), two players from Turbo games 1 and 2 (Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark - 269; Carl-Oskar Palmér, Sweden - 267) and the top four of the Desperado Squad (Héctor Roca Roig, Catalonia - 266; Anders Hansen, Denmark - 246; Martin Klitte, Denmark - 237; James Gruffman, Sweden - 231).

    The Odense International 2014 is the eighth stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the third out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from Sunday, May 25, through Sunday, June 1 at 24-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

    Players compete for total prize money of 20.000 Euro with 4.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 to the runner-up and 1.100 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 36th place worth 220 Euro.

    2014EBT08OilPattern.jpg Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from May 25-31. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The tournament features a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.166ml oil volume.

    A total of 36 players qualified for the finals - the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top two players each from the combined standings of Squads 1-3, 4-7 and 8-11, who are not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.

    The Turbo 1 and 2 winners were the players with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series (extra entry fee required).

    The top 10 qualifiers receive bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows: Qualifying winner: 140 pins; second place: 120 pins; third place: 100 pins; fourth place: 80 pins; fifth place: 60 pins; sixth place: 50 pins; 7th place: 40 pins; 8th place: 30 pins; 9th place: 20 pins; and 10th place: 10 pins.

    All 36 finalists will bowl six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women's handicap will advance to the second round with the pinfall being carried forward.

    Those 16 bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who will be seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round the highest seeded player meets the lowest seeded player, the second-highest takes on the second-lowest and so on.

    The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two "lucky losers" (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) will advance. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser go to the semifinals. The winners of that round will bowl for the title.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg 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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    2014 Odense International - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    The top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top two players each from the combined standings of Squads 8-11 (places 25 & 26), 4-7 (places 27 & 29) and 1-3 (places 29 & 30), who were not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 (places 31 & 32) list and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad (places 33-36) advanced to Sunday's finals.