Koivuniemi, Tan become the first leaders of the 2010 European ranking season


    2010 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    2010EBT01MikaKoivuniemi.jpg200809PBA07ParkerBohn.jpgTraditionally the men's and women's leaders of the Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland - Mike Koivuniemi (pictured left), Finland, and Cherie Tan, Singapore - became the first leaders of the 2010 European ranking season.

    Both players received 250 ranking points for winning the first of two EBT Platinum events this year. Platinum is the highest of the four EBT tournament categories. The winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament gets 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    In a clash between two PBA superstars and former Player of the Year, Koivuniemi defeated top seeded Parker Bohn III (above right) to win his second Ballmaster title and the 15.000 Euro top prize. It was the third victory for the "Big Finn" on the European Bowling Tour after Aalborg (2005) and Barcelona (2009).

    2009BWCTomasLeandersson.jpg2009KimmoLehtonen.jpgBesides his 8.000 Euro check, Bohn was awarded 200 ranking points for his second-place finish. Tomas Leandersson (left), Sweden, who fell to Koivuniemi in the opening match, finished fourth and overtook third place in the men's rankings with 175 points.

    Ballmaster organizer, Finnish standout Kimmo Lehtonen (right) is fourth with 150 points. He is followed by another PBA champion, Michael Fagan (below right), who is also a 2-time EBT champion, in fifth place with 125 ranking points.

    2009DHCCherieTan.jpg200809PBA19MichaelFagan.jpgIn the semifinal, Koivuniemi eliminated Tan (pictured left), who finished third overall and also atop the women's leaderboard. A total of five women survived the first cut to the top 44.

    All but Tan were eliminated after the first 8-game round. Finishing 23rd overall as the second-best woman was Nina Manninen, Finland, who got 200 points.

    Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, finished 24th overall and third in the women's division, good for 175 points. Mari Kalliokoski, Finland, overtook the fourth place in the rankings with 150 points by virtue of her 28th place finish.

    2009VOTinaHulsch.jpgRounding out the top 5 was Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, who got 125 points for being the fifth-best woman in 30th place.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each of the 21 tournaments of the 2010 European Bowling Tour will cash ranking points no matter of which country or WTBA Zone (Europe, Asia, America) he or she is.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2010 EBT season will qualify for the 2011 EBT Masters. Date and venue are not decided yet.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a four-week break before heading to the Netherlands for the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2010. The EBT Silver tournament will be held from Feb. 7-14, 2010 at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg offering a total prize fund of 51.200 Euro.


    2010 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital

    2010 EBT Men's Ranking
    2010 EBT Women's Ranking


    2010 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after Helsinki
    1. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 250
    2. Parker Bohn III, United States, 200
    3. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 175
    4. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 150
    5. Mike Fagan, United States, 125
    6. Tony Ranta, Finland, 120
    7. Dominic Barrett, England, 115
    8. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 110
    9. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 105
    10. Pekka Mäyry, Finland, 100
    11. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 75
    (tie) Peter Ljung, Sweden, 75
    13. Ari Halme, Finland, 70
    (tie) Mika Heino, Finland, 70
    15. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 65
    (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, 65

    2010 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Helsinki
    1. Cherie Tan, Singapore, 250
    2. Nina Manninen, Finland, 200
    3. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 175
    4. Mari Kalliokoski, Finland, 150
    5. Tina Hulsch, Germany, 125
    6. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 120
    7. Rebecka Larsen Jr. Finland, 115
    8. Reija Lundén, Finland, 110
    9. Veronica Lantto, Sweden, 105
    10. Nina Flack, Sweden, 100
    11. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 75
    (tie) Marjo Pöntinen, Finland, 75
    13. Heidi Manninen, Finland, 70
    (tie) Darya Kovalova, Ukraine, 70
    15. Jenni Mäkelä, Finland, 65
    (tie) Elin Adolfsson, Sweden, 65


    2010 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Helsinki

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


    2010 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Helsinki

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