Mika Koivuniemi regains lead in European Bowling Tour rankings


    2010 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Top 4 men and women after Istanbul qualify for 2nd Federation Cup 2010

    200910PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpg2010EBT05DominicBarrett.jpg With the victory in the 7th Istanbul Open, his second win on the European Bowling Tour this season and his fourth career EBT title, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, regained the lead in the men's ranking.

    The 8-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2003-04, who has won the season-opening Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, an EBT Platinum event, received 150 ranking points for winning the EBT Gold tournament in Istanbul.

    Koivuniemi leaped from fourth to first place with 418 ranking points and secured a spot on the European men's team for the II Federation Tenpin Bowling Cup 2010 to be held July 12-14 in Barcelona, Spain. The top 4 men and the top 4 women after Istanbul qualified for the event.

    200910PBAOskuPalermaa.jpg2010EBT05GeryVerbruggen2.jpgJoining Koivuniemi on the men's team is two-time EBT ranking runner-up Dominic Barrett (above right), who finished 7th in Istanbul to maintain his second place with 400 points. Previous leader and 3-time defending EBT ranking champion, Osku Palermaa (left), Finland, slipped to third place with 374 behind a 14th place finish in Istanbul.

    Rounding out the top 4 is 4-time EBT ranking champion (2000-'03) Gery Verbruggen (right), Belgium, with 282 points.

    The top 4 women in Istanbul are the same players who will represent Europe in the Federation Cup versus team from America and Asia.

    2010EBT05NinaFlack2.jpg2009VOTinaHulsch.jpg2008 EBT ranking champion Nina Flack (pictured left), Sweden, widened her lead thanks to a second-place finish in the women's ranking in Istanbul, fourth place overall, with 440 ranking point total.

    Tina Hulsch (right), Germany, was third to leap one spot into second place with 353 points. 4th placed Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, moved from 7th to third place and is tied with Istanbul ranking winner Rebecka Larsen Jr. (below left), both Sweden, at 265 points.

    2010EBT08RebeckaLarsen.jpgSince the Ankara Open and the Austria Challenge have been cancelled, the 2010 EBT Tour consists of 19 events - 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 7 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 7th Istanbul Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament gets 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each tournament of the 2010 European Bowling Tour will cash ranking points no matter from which country or World Tenpin Bowling Association Zone (Europe, Asia, America) he or she comes.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2010 EBT season will qualify for the 2011 EBT Masters to be held at Gladiator Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 11-12, 2011.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a short break before heading to Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, for the Bowltech Aalborg International 2010 (May 24-30, 2010) and the 3rd EBT Masters (May 31 - June 1, 2010).


    2010 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital

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


    2010 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after Istanbul
    1. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 418
    2. Dominic Barrett, England, 400
    3. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 374
    4. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 282
    5. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 269
    6. Parker Bohn III, United States, 260
    7. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 244
    8. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 216
    9. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 214
    10. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 213
    11. Mike Fagan, United States, 200
    12. Mathias Årup, Sweden, 177
    13. Rob Thurlby, England, 162
    14. Yoan Alix, France, 160
    15. Tony Ranta, Finland, 156
    16. Paul Moor, England, 139


    2010 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Istanbul
    1. Nina Flack, Sweden, 440
    2. Tina Hulsch, Germany, 353
    3. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 265
    (tie) Rebecka Larsen Jr., Sweden, 265
    5. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 250
    (tie) Cherie Tan, Singapore, 250
    7. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 234
    8. Nina Manninen, Finland, 200
    9. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 197
    10. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 195
    (tie) Nicki Ainge, England, 195
    12. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, 180
    13. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 174
    14. Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands, 158
    15. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 150
    (tie) Mari Kalliokoski, Finland, 150


    2010 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Istanbul

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


    2010 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Istanbul

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