Down to 19: 2007 European Bowling Tour loses another tournament


    European Bowling Tour News

    Kungsbacka International Tournament officially cancelled

    2007EBTLogo_small.jpg As reported yesterday, the 100.000 Euro Viernheim Open in Germany was cancelled, which brought the number of tournaments on the 2007 European Bowling Tour to 20.

    After we have published the sad news, Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, ETBF Vice President and EBT Director, Denmark, had to admit that he had already received another cancellation some days ago.

    The EBT lost its season-ending event, the Kungsbacka International Tournament, which was scheduled for December 9-16, 2007 at the Kungsbacka Bowling Center in Kungsbacka, Sweden.

    Kim_Thorsgaard-Jensen_1104.jpg Thorsgaard Jensen (pictured left) says that he cannot comprehend Lundin's decision, who gave the EBT rule changes as official reason for his decision. According to Thorsgaard Jensen "in general ETBF (European Tenpin Bowling Federation) never changes the central rules and premises for one year's tour, after the tour has been published."

    The Kungsbacka International entered the European Bowling Tour in its third season in the year 2002 and was the season-ending tournament since this time. A newcomer on the EBT, the Storm English Open, to be held from December 5 through 9, 2007 at Lakeside Superbowl in Nuneaton, England, will take over the privilege to decide about the final ranking positions.

    Though The ETBF has announced that it impossible for any tournament to leave the tour after the schedule is published, Viernheim and Kungsbacka will keep their tour stop numbers (Viernheim No. 15, Kungsbacka No. 21) and have to pay the prize for it.

    Thorsgaard Jensen states that both "tournaments are furthermore obliged to pay their EBT fees, exactly as it is the case for the previously cancelled Olympia Tournament in Helsingborg (Editor's note: The tournament was supposed to be the 15th event of the 2007 EBT schedule. Though already cancelled in Sept. 2006, the ETBF didn't find a substitute), for the purpose to contribute financially to the EBT 2007 they once joined and for the benefit of the players in the tour. We indeed expect all three organizers to fulfill their obligations concerning the EBT 2007 fees."

    Though the EBT has lost about 200.000 Euro through the three cancellations it will still reach the one million Euro plateau in total prize fund (one Euro is currently approx 1,26 US Dollar) and slightly exceeds the 2006 EBT total prize fund - of course supposed that there will be no more cancellations.

    2007 European Bowling Tour Schedule

    19 Tournaments - 13 Majors and 6 Challengers
    Events denoted in red are classed as "major"; * Test event (conducted on dual lane condition) - double ranking points like a "major"

    EBT #1: Brunswick Ballmaster Open
    Tali Bowling Stadium in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 6-14, 2007)
    Champion: Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland
    Women's ranking winner: Piritta Kantola, Finland

    *EBT #2: Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2007
    Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands (Feb. 14-18, 2007)
    Champion: Paul Moor, England
    Women's ranking winner: Martina Beckel, Germany

    EBT #3: Ebonite International Luxembourg Open
    Inter Bowling in Foetz, Luxembourg (Feb. 21-25, 2007)
    Champion: Paul Moor, England
    Women's ranking winner: Nicole Sanders, Netherlands

    EBT #4: V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa
    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 28 - March 4, 2007)

    EBT #5: Brunswick Euro Challenge
    Strike Bowling Club in Thessalonica, Greece (March 9-18, 2007)

    EBT #6: Husqvarna International
    Jönköping Bowling Arena in Jönköping, Sweden (April 2-8, 2007)

    EBT #7: 4th Istanbul Bowling Open
    Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey (April 23-29, 2007)

    EBT #8: 2nd Paraske Cup
    Paraske Bowl in Haine-St-Paul/La Louviere, Belgium (May 12-20, 2007)

    EBT #9: Brunswick Aalborg International 2007
    Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 21-27, 2007)

    EBT #10: Storm Dutch Open 2007
    Dolfijn Bowling in Scheveningen, Netherlands (June 6-10, 2007)

    EBT #11: Malta Open Championships
    Eden SuperBowl in St. Julians, Malta (June 20-24, 2007)

    EBT #12: 3rd Storm San Marino Open
    Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 14-22, 2007)

    EBT #13: 29 Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona
    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 24-29, 2007)

    EBT #14: Danish Masters Classic
    World Cup Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark (Aug. 3-12, 2007)

    EBT #15: 3rd Gutperle Viernheim Open 2007
    Bowling Gutperle Viernheim in Viernheim, Germany (Sep. 8-16, 2007)

    EBT #16: Ankara Open
    Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 15-23, 2007)

    EBT #17: Norwegian Open
    Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway (September 29 - Oct. 7, 2007)

    EBT #18: Vienna Open
    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Oct. 16-21, 2007)

    EBT #19: 4th Oltremare Open
    Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy (Nov. 12-18, 2007)

    EBT #20: Storm English Open
    Lakeside Superbowl in Nuneaton, England (Dec. 5-9, 2007)

    EBT #21: Kungsbacka International Tournament
    Kungsbacka Bowling Center in Kungsbacka, Sweden (Dec. 9-16, 2007)