Palermaa successfully defends men's European Rankings title


    2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Flack targets to become the first Swedish ranking champion

    2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg With his 9th place finish in the men's ranking in the Ebonite English Open in Nuneaton, England, last weekend, Osku Palermaaa (left) from Finland secured his second consecutive men's European ranking title.

    2008EBT08ToreTorgerson_small.jpg Palermaa finished one spot ahead of his nearest competitor, Tore Torgersen (right), Norway, to maintain a 65 point lead heading into the season-ending event, the 8th Qatar International Open, which is already underway at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    As the Qatar Open is a newcomer on the European Bowling Tour, it has only received Challenger status, despite having the highest prize fund of all 17 tournaments this season with 120.000 Euro.

    Therefore, the ranking winner in Qatar, man or woman, will receive 50 ranking points instead of 100 in a Major or even 150 in a Premier event and Palermaa is safe before the European contingent will arrive in Doha.

    2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT08KirstenPenny_small.jpg In the women's division, current leader Nina Flack (left), Sweden had a chance to shut out defending champion Kirsten Penny (right), England, when both met in the English Open title match. Penny won the match and the tournament and received 50 to Flack's 40 ranking points to narrow the gap to 41 points.

    Penny, who is the defending champion in Qatar, after winning 50.000 U.S. Dollar in the 7th Qatar Open in January 2008 with a 479-460 victory over Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, must win the women's rankings AND Flack must finish lower than 20th to win her second consecutive ranking title.

    However, Penny's chances are better to retain the Qatar Open title than the tournament's chances to have more than 30 female entries.

    The top eight men and the top eight women at the end of the ranking season will qualify for the 2009 World Ranking Masters in Naples, Italy.

    2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg 2008EBT06MartinLarsen_small.jpg Palermaa (675), Torgersen (610), Dominic Barrett (left), England (594) as well as Martin Larsen (525) and Peter Ljung (451), both Sweden, have secured their tickets to Naples.

    Four players, Stuart Williams (352), Paul Moor (347), both England, Robert Andersson, Sweden (337) and Pasi Uotila, Finland (321) will battle it out for the remaining three spots.

    2008EBT10NicoleSanders_small.jpg 2008EBT05GhislainevanderTol_small.jpg On the women's side, Flack (684), Penny (643), Nicole Sanders (left, 588), Ghislaine van der Tol (right, 420), both Netherlands, and Patricia Luoto, Germany (379) cannot fall out of the top 8 in Qatar.

    Marilyn Planchard, France (357) can only lose her ticket to the World Ranking Masters if 9th or 10th placed Rikke Holm Rasmussen and Anne Lorraine Gales, both Denmark (312 each) win the women's rankings in Qatar AND Britt Brøndsted, Denmark and Tina Hulsch, Germany (tied at 342) overtake her as well.

    In addition, the top 16 men and the top 16 women will qualify for the EBT Masters in May 2008 in Aalborg, Denmark.

    2008 Men's Ranking - Top 8 after Nuneaton
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 675
    2. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 610
    3. Dominic Barrett, England, 594
    4. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 525
    5. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 451
    6. Stuart Williams, England, 352
    7. Paul Moor, England, 347
    8. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 337

    2008 Women's Ranking - Top 8 after Nuneaton
    1. Nina Flack, Sweden, 684
    2. Kirsten Penny, England, 643
    3. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 588
    4. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 420
    5. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 379
    6. Marilyn Planchard, France, 357
    7. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 342
    (tie) Tina Hulsch, Germany, 342

    European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital

    EBT Men's Rankings after 16 events
    EBT Women's Rankings after 16 events