Daniel Fransson rises to the top at Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016


    2016 European Bowling Tour #3

    Swede shoots 1451 in squad 7 to lead the 123 player field from 10 countries; Denmark's Carsten Warming Hansen leads squad 6 to earn a 1.000 Euro bonus; score to make the cut in 30th place surpasses 1300-mark (1301; 216.83 average)

    2016EBT03DanielFransson.jpgDaniel Fransson (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 241.83 in the seventh qualifying squad to move to the top of the leaderboard in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 currently underway at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    2016EBT03MarawanAernoudt.jpgThe Swedish national team member, who is looking to win his first European Bowling Tour title, rebounded from a slow start (190) with games of 266, 224, 257, 277 and 237 to lead the 123-player field from 10 countries with 1451.

    Places 2, 3 and 4 belonged to Belgian bowlers. Previous leader Marawan Aernoudt (right) slipped to second place with 1428. Mats Maggi led the eighth squad Thursday evening with 1417, including a high game of 279, to jump into third place. Jimmy Ravez, who had 1405 in squad 2, dropped to fourth place.

    Jeffrey van de Wakker was next to Maggi in squad 8 to leap into fifth place on 1386. Tracy See of Singapore was second in squad 7 to move into sixth place with 1385 total, including eight pins handicap each game. See is the best of 20 women in the field.

    2016EBT03CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2016EBT03BerniceLim.jpgWorld Trios champion Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark won the battle for a 1.000 Euro bonus in squad 6. Hansen used high games of 284 and 278 for 1382, an average of 230.33, to beat out Jeroen van Geel (1367), Netherlands, for the top spot and the bonus by 15 pins.

    Hansen took over seventh place with Van Geel in 12th place followed by another Singaporean national team member, Bernice Lim (right), in 15th place on 1364.

    The score to make the cut in 30th place has surpassed the 1300-mark. Koen Pellegroms of Belgium is the man "on the bubble" with 1301 or an average of 216.83.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, February 5 with squads 9-11 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET).


    The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 is the third event of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the first of four "EBT Silver" events this season, the third highest of the four EBT categories.

    The HBST will be held from Sunday, February 8 through Sunday, January 31 through Sunday, February 7, at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands, and will be contested on a 41 foot oil pattern with 28.25 mL volume oil total.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 41.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 to the runner-up and 2.000 and 1.500 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place (500 Euro). The qualifying leader and the winner of squad 6 each get a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, February 14 with the final qualifying Squad 14 scheduled for 6 p.m. CET followed by the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 40 players advance to the finals on Sunday, February 7, including the top 30 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 who are outside the top 30. The top 2 qualifiers will receive two byes, qualifiers 3-8 will earn a first-round bye.

    Players ranked 9 to 40 will bowl four games with the top 18 players joining the qualifiers 3-8 (seeded 1-6) 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 two "lucky losers" (the two highest third-place finishers) will also advance.

    The field will be cut to 16, 8 and then four players, who determine the top 4 places in the last eliminator round.

    2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    The 2016 European Bowling Tour commences with the 10th International Wroclaw Open, a "satellite" tournament, which will be held from Feb. 17-21 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.


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    Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 - Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/14

    Top 30 qualifiers plus the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 (places 31-36) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals; top 2 qualifiers will receive two byes, qualifiers 3-8 will earn a first-round bye.

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