Palermaa, Luoto lead EBT Rankings after five events


    2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    2009EBT05OskuPalermaa.jpgTwo-time defending men's ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Patricia Luoto, Germany, sit atop the men's and women's leaderboard after five of 16 events in the 2009 European Bowling Tour ranking season.

    All five events were EBT "Majors" and offered between 100 and 2 ranking points for the top 50 men and the top 50 women.

    Palermaa (picturted left) finished seventh in the 6th Istanbul Bowling Open (fifth among the men behind Tina Hulsch, Germany and winner Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands) to earn 50 points for 262 ranking point total. Trailing the two-hander by 52 points to sit in second place with 210 was Dominic Barrett, England, who did not compete in Istanbul.

    2009EBT05TobiasKarlsson_small.jpgIstanbul Open finalists Tobias Karlsson (right) and Robert Andersson, both Sweden, moved into third and fourth place with 174 and 170 points, respectively.

    The top ranked player in the men's ranking after the first seven EBT events this season (Ljubljana and Aalborg remaining) will earn an exemption for the PBA World Series in August.

    "Of course I would accept the exemption," Palermaa told Bowlingdigital. "It would be stupid to say no. If I miss the exemption, I will most definitely apply for an international exemption and if I would get that one I probably will be there [in Detroit] anyway and bowl the PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds."

    2008EBT14PatriciaLuoto.jpgLuoto (left) made it to the finals in Istanbul but had to withdraw due to illness and finished 48th overall and 9th in the women's division. The German, who is married to long-time Finnish international and former World Champion Mika Luoto, received 42 points to lead the women's rankings with 212 points.

    2008EBT05GhislainevanderTol_small.jpgDefending ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, and Istanbul Open winner Ghislaine van der Tol (right), Netherlands, are tied for second place with 204 points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2009 EBT season will qualify for the EBT Masters to be held in Vienna, Austria, from May 3-4, 2010.

    The EBT Tour takes a short break before heading to Slovenia for the 3rd Qubica/AMF Open 2009 at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana from April 14-19, 2009. The tournament is a newcomer on the EBT Tour and therefore classified as EBT "Challenger" event.


    2009 Men's Ranking - Top 10 after Istanbul
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 262
    2. Dominic Barrett, England, 210
    3. Tobias Karlsson, Sweden, 174
    4. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 170
    5. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 164
    6. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 156
    7. Mads SandbĂŠkken, Norway, 154
    8. Mathias Årup, Sweden, 146
    9. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 140
    10. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 138

    2009 Women's Ranking - Top 10 after Istanbul
    1. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 212
    2. Nina Flack, Sweden, 204
    (tie) Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 204
    4. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 184
    5. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 170
    6. Nicki Ainge, England, 156
    7. Kirsten Penny, England, 152
    8. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, 140
    9. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 138
    10. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 132


    2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital

    2009 EBT Men's Ranking
    2009 EBT Women's Ranking

    2009 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Istanbul

    Players with country, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes


    2009 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Istanbul

    Players with country, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes