Lintilä and Schwarz become first European Ranking leaders in 2006

    01/16/06

    2006 European Rankings

    Standings after the Ballmaster Open

    2006EBTLogoL.jpg Champion Lasse Lintilä of Finland and Patricia Schwarz of Germany won the men's and women's rankings in the Brunswick Ballmaster Open, the first of twenty ranking events on the 2006 European Bowling Tour. Both players automatically became the first leaders in the 2006 European men's and women's rankings.

    Lasse_Lintila_5467.jpg As the Ballmaster is one of thirteen "majors" on the 2006 EBT, the top 50 men and all 33 female participants received double ranking points. Lintilä (pictured) was awarded 1000 points for winning the tournament. Runner-up Kai Virtanen is second with 80 points, while Jason Belmonte of Australia grabbed 70 points for his third-place finish.

    All players, amateurs and professionals, are allowed to participate in the European Bowling Tour and to earn ranking points as long as they hold a valid license of a WTBA member federation.

    Patricia_Schwarz_5631.jpg Schwarz (pictured) was one of four women, who made the first cut. When she became the sole women to survive the second cut, eventually finishing 16th, she won the women's rankings in Helsinki and 100 points. Finns Krista Pöllänen (80), Reija Lundén (70) and Jenni Mäkelä (60) landed in second through fourth position.

    The top 8 men and top 8 women in the rankings at the end of the season qualify for the 2007 World ranking Masters to be held in Doha, Qatar.


    2006 European Rankings - Men's division

    Players with position, country and ranking point total

    1. Lasse Lintilä, Finland, 100
    2. Kai Virtanen, Finland, 80
    3. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 70
    4. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 60
    5. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 50
    6. Christian Schwarzbauer, Austria, 48
    7. Jari Ratia, Finland, 46
    8. Juha Maja, Finland, 44
    9. Pär Svensson, Sweden, 42
    10. Ari Halme, Finland, 40
    11. Juha Immonen, Finland, 30
    12. Anders Öhman, Sweden, 30
    13. Arvi Korhonen, Finland, 28
    14. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 28
    15. Thomas Tybl, Austria, 26
    16. Sam Anker, Finland, 26
    17. Mika Oksanen, Finland, 24
    18. Andrew Frawley, Australia, 24
    19. Paul Moor, England, 22
    20. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 22
    21. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 16
    22. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 16
    23. Petri Mannonen, Finland, 16
    24. Claes Gauffin, Sweden, 16
    25. Olli Pakonen, Finland, 16
    26. Selim Susiluoto, Finland, 12
    27. Peter Åhlen, Sweden, 12
    28. Kari Jehkinen, Finland, 12
    29. Jaakko Polttila, Finland, 12
    30. Mikko Kalliomäki, Finland, 12
    31. Tobias Karlsson, Sweden, 8
    32. Nickolay Ovchinnikovs, Latvia, 8
    33. Tomi Väänänen, Finland, 8
    34. Federico Rossi, Italy, 8
    35. Toni Laine, Finland, 8
    36. Matti Nokelainen, Finland, 6
    37. Magnus Lönnroth, Finland, 6
    38. Robert Spigner, United States, 6
    39. Sami Konsteri, Finland, 6
    40. Jukka Pesonen, Finland, 6
    41. Marcus Nyberg, Sweden, 4
    42. Jouko Kuossari, Finland, 4
    43. Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 4
    44. Antti-Pekka Lax, Finland, 4
    45. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4
    46. Mauro Malchiodi, Italy, 2
    47. Miikka Törhönen, Finland, 2
    48. Jussi Turtiainen, Finland, 2
    49. Mika Manner, Finland, 2
    50. Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 2


    2006 European Rankings - Women's division

    Players with position, country and ranking point total

    1. Patricia Schwarz, Germany, 100
    2. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 80
    3. Reija Lundén, Finland, 70
    4. Jenni Mäkelä, Finland, 60
    5. Tiia Einola, Finland, 50
    6. Jaana Strömbeg, Finland, 48
    7. Mari Santonen, Finland, 46
    8. Zara Glover, England, 44
    9. Eva Jönsson, Sweden, 42
    10. Nina Flack, Sweden, 40
    11. Britt Bröndsted, Denmark, 30
    12. Mari Kalliokoski, Finland, 30
    13. Kati Lepistö, Finland, 28
    14. Anita Pohjanlahti, Finland, 28
    15. Piritta Kantola, Finland, 26
    16. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 26
    17. Suvi Lehtikangas, Finland, 24
    18. Leena Pulliainen, Finland, 24
    19. Elina Vuorio, Finland, 22
    20. Nina Manninen, Finland, 22
    21. Minna Mäkelä, Finland, 16
    22. Jessica Kauhanen, Finland, 16
    23. Daniela Lönnroth, Finland, 16
    24. Reija Nurmi, Finland, 16
    25. Sonja Mäkelä, Finland, 16
    26. Kira Kerbs, Finland, 12
    27. Heidi Manninen, Finland, 12
    28. Jenni Blomberg, Finland, 12
    29. Galina Alekseechkina, Russia, 12
    30. Marjo Pöntinen, Finland, 12
    31. Elina Sievänen, Finland, 8
    32. Petra Koukkari, Finland, 8
    33. Iina Kämäräinen, Finland, 8