Mika Koivuniemi wins his 10th European Bowling Tour title in Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #11

    The 'big Finn' survives three eliminator rounds en route to win the 7.000 Euro top prize; becomes the first two-time winner this season and is fourth on the all-time EBT title list

    2014EBT11Top4.jpg2014EBT11MikaKoivuniemi.jpgMika Koivuniemi (pictured left) of Finland survived three one-game eliminator rounds Sunday afternoon at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, en route to win his 10th European Bowling Tour title in the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open and the 7.000 Euro top prize. He is the first two-time winner this season.

    Pictured right are the top 4 with tournament organizer Manuel Mrosek, left, and Ebonite's Mike Quitter, right.

    Koivuniemi, who owns 13 career PBA Tour titles in the United States including the 2000 USBC Masters, 2001 U.S. Open and 2011 Tournament of Champions, led the last four game round of the finals with 940 to hold a 39 pin lead heading into the first of three eliminator rounds.

    2014EBT04TobiasBording2.jpgJoining the two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11) were Richard Teece, England (901), Joonas Jehkinen, Finland (894), and Tobias Börding, Germany (879). The lowest-scoring player (total pins) after each round was eliminated.

    2014EBT11RichardTeece.jpgKoivuniemi started with a 179 game and Jehkinen (204) and Teece (187) narrowed the gap. Börding (right; 190) finished 19 pins behind Teece and was eliminated and received 2.200 Euro for fourth place.

    Leading by 21 pins, Koivuniemi started the second round with a five-bagger to pull away with 226. Jehkinen closed out for 200 and Teece (left), who had 157, was eliminated to finish third, worth 3.000 Euro.

    2014EBT04JoonasJehkinen.jpgTrailing by 47 pins, Jehkinen (right) was unable to put any pressure on Koivuniemi and fell to the long-time Finnish national team member in the last eliminator round, 197-181 and 1542-1479. Defending champion Jehkinen, who won his first EBT title in the 2013 Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open, earned 5.000 Euro for second place.

     Koivuniemi became just the fourth player in the 15-year history of the European Bowling Tour to win 10 titles. Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Paul Moor, England, are tied for first place with record 13 titles. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, is third with 11 titles.

    L-R Börding (4th), Jehkinen (2nd), champion Koivuniemi, Teece (3rd) and tournament organizer Manuel Mrosek. Click image to enlarge.

    Koivuniemi's victory broke a tie for fourth place with Dominic Barrett, England, who won his 9th title in last week's San Marino Open to sit in fifth place on the all-time EBT title list.

    2013EBT11DreamBowlPalaceOpenLogo_small.jpg The 5th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger is the 11th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the fourth out of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 19-27 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

    The DBP Track Open offers total prize fund of 70.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, and 3.000 and 2.000 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Low to cash is 64th place for 600 Euro.

    The tournament features a 40-feet lane conditioning pattern with 24.885 ml volume oil total.

    Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Saturday July 19, through Saturday, July 26. Women received 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, July 27 including the top 50 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 6 from Squads 1-7, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 4 from a "High-Low" list (lowest and highest game added together; additional 10,-€ per squad). The top 8 qualifiers earned two byes, while qualifiers 9-16 received a first-round bye.

    Three four-game rounds, each starting from scratch, trimmed the field to 36, 16 and then four players, who carried forward their third-round pinfall total into the eliminator-format finals featuring three one-game rounds.

    All four players bowled the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player after five games being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same "low man out" format applied. The last man standing was declared the champion.

    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 at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a four-week break and resumes with the Brunswick Etna Open, a EBT Satellite event, which will be held Aug. 30 - Sept. 9 at Bowling La Plaja in Catania, Italy.


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    Dream-Bowl Palace Open - Eliminator Finals

    Pins from Round Three carry over. Three one-game rounds. The lowest-scoring player after each round is eliminated.



    Dream-Bowl Palace Open - Places 5-64 (cashers)

    5. Dominic Barrett, England, 1.800 Euro
    6. Chris Klerk, United States, 1.600 Euro
    7. Frederik Øhrgaard, Denmark, 1.500 Euro
    8. Tommy Jones, United States, 1.400 Euro
    9. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
    10. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1.200 Euro
    11. Hansi Glasl, Germany, 1.120 Euro
    12. Eike Kabowski, Germany, 1.100 Euro
    13. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1.080 Euro
    14. Johnni AdsbĂžl, Denmark, 1.060 Euro
    15. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1.040 Euro
    16. Christopher Lam, England, 1.000 Euro
    17. Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 780 Euro
    18. Maxime de Rooij, Germany, 780 Euro
    19. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 780 Euro
    20. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 780 Euro
    21. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 760 Euro
    22. Stuart Williams, England, 760 Euro
    23. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 760 Euro
    24. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 760 Euro
    25. Marco Baade, Germany, 740 Euro
    26. Thomas Gross, Austria, 740 Euro
    27. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 740 Euro
    28. AnĆŸe Grabrijan, Slovenia, 740 Euro
    29. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 720 Euro
    30. Michael Grabovac, Germany, 720 Euro
    31. Brian Voss, United States, 720 Euro
    32. Kai GĂŒnther, Germany, 720 Euro
    33. David Canady, Germany, 700 Euro
    34. Nikita Koshelev, Russia, 700 Euro
    35. Christian Birlinger, Germany, 700 Euro
    36. Alexander Johansson, Sweden, 700 Euro
    37. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 600 Euro
    38. Tim Friedrichs, Germany, 600 Euro
    39. Alena Korobkova, Russia, 600 Euro
    40. John Wells, England, 600 Euro
    41. Peter Stevenson, England, 600 Euro
    42. Ed Smaglik, United States, 600 Euro
    43. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 600 Euro
    44. Dominik Hergenröder, Germany, 600 Euro
    45. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    46. Christoph Schurian, Germany, 600 Euro
    47. George Stefanidis, Greece, 600 Euro
    48. Laura Beuthner, Germany, 600 Euro
    49. Elliot Crosby, England, 600 Euro
    50. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 600 Euro
    51. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 600 Euro
    52. Giancarlo Ragusa, Belgium, 600 Euro
    53. Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 600 Euro
    54. Morgan Hadley, England, 600 Euro
    55. Patrick Meka, Belgium, 600 Euro
    56. Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 600 Euro
    57. Paul Moor, England, 600 Euro
    58. Aidan Byrne, Ireland, 600 Euro
    59. Daniel Hellmich, Germany, 600 Euro
    60. Gary Newton, England, 600 Euro
    61. Alessandro Silletti, Poland, 600 Euro
    62. Sabrina Laub, Germany, 600 Euro
    63. Alexander Pittesser, Austria, 600 Euro
    64. Andreas Gripp, Germany, 600 Euro



    Dream-Bowl Palace Open - Final Round Three

    Top 20 advance to the eliminator finals. Places 5-16 eliminated, earn 1.800 to 1.000 Euro Euro.



    Dream-Bowl Palace Open - Final Round Two

    Top 8 advance to the third round. Places 9-28 eliminated, finish in 17th to 36th place, earn 780 to 700 Euro.



    Dream-Bowl Palace Open - Final Round One

    Top 20 advance to the second round. Places 21-48 eliminated, finish in 37th to 64th place, earn 600 Euro.