No changes atop the leaderboard in Odense International


    2015 European Bowling Tour #8

    Swede Pontus Andersson holds on to the lead after seven qualifying squads with 1455 (242.50 average)


    2015EBT08PontusAndersen.jpgThere were no changes to the qualifying leaderboard in the Odense International Tuesday as Squad 7 leader Frank Rasmussen (pictured left) barely made it into top 24. Rasmussen, who averaged 212 including games of 223, 200, 186, 245, 196 and 222, moved into 21st place with 1272.

    Sweden's Pontus Andersson (right) continued to lead the 64-player field from England, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the host country Denmark. The World Youth Champion posted 1455, an average of 242.50, in Monday's Squad 5 including back-to-back 299 in games two and three.

    2015EBT08JimmyMortensen.jpg2015EBT04MaiGingeJensen.jpgDanish national team member Jimmy Mortensen, who had 1408 in Squad 4 including a 290 last game, slipped to second place with 1408. Former World Champion Mai Ginge Jensen (right), Denmark, is the best of 13 women in third place with 1357 scratch, an average of 226.17, and 1405 total, including eight pins handicap each game.

    Christopher L√ľttke of Sweden sits in fourth place with 1393 and is followed by former European Champion Jesper Agerbo (below left), Denmark, who rolled a 1385 series in the second squad on Sunday including a high game of 279 and five games between 205 and 229.

    2015EBT08JesperAgerbo.jpg2015EBT08SaschaWedel.jpgSascha Wedel (right), who took the early lead in the tournament after posting a 1378 series including handicap in the opening squad, currently holds the sixth place and is followed by Richard Teece of England with 1377, Squad 6 leader Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, with 1365, and Mik Stampe of Denmark with 1347.

    Rounding out the top 10 is World Champion Carsten Warming Hansen, who paced Squad 3 with 1346, a 224.33 average.

    With seven out of 15 qualifying squads in the books, Troels Schmidt of Denmark holds the 24th and last spot to make the first cut with 1259 or an average of 209.83.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday, May 27, with Squad 8 scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).



    The Odense International 2015 is the eighth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the fourth out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from May 24-31 at 24-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

    Players will 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.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) got underway on Sunday, May 24, with Squads 1-3 and runs through Saturday, May 31, with the final Squad 15 scheduled for 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9 p.m.

    The Odense International 2015 features a 40-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.51ml oil volume. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 36 players will qualify for the finals - the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10, 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 are 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 will 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 total 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 selects his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, 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.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. All 18 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro or 1.014 million U.S. Dollar.

    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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.


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    2015 Odense International - Qualifying Standings after Squad 7/15

    The top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from the combined standings of Squads 1-3, 4-6 and 8-10, 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 will advance to Sunday's finals.