Jesper Agerbo overtakes second place in qualifying at Bowltech Aalborg International


    2010 European Bowling Tour #9

    Kjeldsen, Agerbo, Stampe are qualified for the finals on Sunday

    2010EBT01JesperAgerbo.jpg2009VOKamillaKjeldsen4.jpgJesper Agerbo (pictured left), Denmark, led the third of 14 qualifying squads Wednesday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, en route to overtake second place overall in the Bowltech Aalborg International 2010.

    Agerbo, a silver medalist in Masters at the 2008 World Championships (he lost to the great Walter Ray Williams Jr., three-games-to-none), rolled games of 254, 235, 209, 200, 247 and 246 for 1391 six-game total and an average of 231.83.

    Fellow Danish national team member Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) continued to lead the field of 84 players with 1445 including 48 pins handicap. Kjeldsen, who targets her third consecutive EBT Masters title next week, still has the highest scratch series of 1397 (232.83) and the high game (279) of the tournament.

    2009VOMikStampe.jpg2007EBT17SveinRogerOlson2.jpgRounding out the top 3 after the first three squads, who automatically earned berths into the finals on Sunday is Danish youth national team member Mik Stampe (left), with 1378 (229.67). In case any of them will finish qualifying among the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings the next best player from the separate standing of Squads 1, 2 and 3 will advance.

    Three more players cracked the 1300-bar on Wednesday. Johnni Adsböl, Denmark, was second with 1332, good for 7th place overall. Svein Roger Olsen (right), Norway, is the top non-Danish bowler in 12th place with 1310.

    Anders Lousdal, Denmark, is one place and five pins behind in 12th with 1305. With three squads in the books, Finn Andersen, Denmark, holds the 38th and final spot to advance with 1200 (200 average).

    Qualifying continues Thursday with Squads 4, 5 and 6.

    BowltechAalborgOpenLogo_small.jpg The Bowltech Aalborg International 2010 will be held from May 18-24 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark and offers total prize fund of 62.000 Euro with 10.000 Euro going to the winner. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game. a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour

    The tournament is the 9th stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Gold" tournaments. Since 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).

    2009BWCMartinLarsen3_small.jpg2009WWCKristaPollanen_small.jpg Martin Larsen (left) from Sweden is the defending champion. Larsen topped Tore Torgersen, Norway, 457 to 449 in the 2009 title match over two games total pinfall to claim his fifth EBT title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. Krista Pöllänen (right), Finland, finished in 6th place en route to win the women's ranking.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, May 29th and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. on Saturday night.

    A total of 48 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, May 30th - the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top three players each from a combined standing of Squads 1-3 and 4-6 which are not among the top 38, and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers will earn two byes while players seeded 13-24 will bypass the first round of the finals.

    Rounds 1-4 will feature 4-game blocks starting from scratch which will trim the field to 36, 24, 12 and then four who will advance to the semifinals. The No. 1 player of Round 4 bowls the No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3 to determine the finalists who will bowl for the title. The semifinals and the championship match are matches with the total pinfall determining the winner.

    Immediately following the Bowltech Aalborg International 2010 is the 3rd EBT Masters, the season-ending event of the 2009 European Bowling Tour, which will be held May 31st and June 1st at Lovvang Bowling Center.


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