Bjørn Einar Rudshagen wins his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest Open

    10/13/14

    Romania

    Norwegian defeats Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa in the championship match to defend his title

    2014BucharestOpenBjornEinarRudshagen.jpg In a high scoring championship match, defending champion and tournament leader, Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (pictured left) of Norway, topped Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa, 257-248, to win his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open and the 3.500 Euro top prize Sunday at IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania.

    Rudshagen was the second Norwegian national team member after Tore Torgersen, winner of the Norwegian Open, who won an international title on Sunday, Oct. 12. Rudshagen got permission by the Norwegian Bowling Federation to participate in the Bucharest Open instead of the Norwegian Open as he was invited to defend his title in Romania.

    2014BucharestOpenOskuPalermaa.jpg 2014BucharestOpenCatalinGheorghe.jpg Rudshagen and Palermaa who finished 1, 2 in Final Round 3 and 4 to earn the No. 1 and No 2 seed for the stepladder finals sat and watched the opening shootout match in which Catalin Gheorghe (right) of Romania posted a 275 game to take care of Vassilis Stefopoulos (185) of Greece.

    Palermaa (left), reigning world champion in five-player Teams and a 13-time European Bowling Tour champion and four-time PBA titlist, rolled a solid game to eliminated Gheorghe in the semifinal, 208-174, for the right to bowl top-seeded Rudshagen for the title.

     Palermaa received 2.500 Euro for second place. Gheorghe pocketed 2.000 Euro for third place and Stefopoulos garnered 1.500 Euro for fourth place.

    L-R Osku Palermaa (2nd), champion Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Catalin Gheorghe (3rd). Click image to enlarge.

    The 5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open was held from October 5-12, 2014 at IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania, and offered total prize fund of 22.150 Euro. The 14-lane center is a split house with six lanes in one part and eight lanes in the other part.

    Total 40 players survived the qualifying. The top 4 qualifiers earned two byes while qualifiers 5 to 16 got one bye. The finals featured four 4-game rounds in which the field was trimmed to 28, 16, 8 and then four players, who determined the winner in a traditional stepladder final.

     


    5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open - Stepladder Finals


    IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania (October 5-12, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, 257 (1 game), 3.500 Euro
    2. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 456 (2 games), 2.500 Euro
    3. Catalin Gheorghe, Romania, 449 (2 games), 2.000 Euro
    4. Vassilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 185 (1 game), 1.500 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Gheorghe def. No. 4 Stefopoulos, 275-185
    Second Match: No. 2 Palermaa def. Gheorghe, 208-174
    Championship: No. 1 Rudshagen def. Palermaa, 257-248.

     


    5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open - Round Four


    The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals; players 5-8 eliminated, earn 700 Euro.

     


    5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open - Round Three


    The top 8 advance to the fourth round; players 9-16 eliminated, earn 400 Euro.

     


    5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open - Round Two


    The top 12 advance to the third round; players 13-24 eliminated, finish in 17th to 28th place, earn 250 Euro.

     


    5th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open - Round One


    The top 12 advance to the second round; players 13-24 eliminated, finish in 29th to 40th place, earn 150 Euro.