No changes atop the leaderboard in EBT rankings after Wroclaw Open


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Three men and just one woman have earned multiple ranking points after two events

    201011PBA09MikaKoivuniemi2.jpg2010ECCKristaPollanen2.jpgBrunswick Ballmaster Open champion Mika Koivuniemi (pictured left) and women's ranking winner Krista Pöllänen (right), both of Finland, remained atop the men's and women's leaderboard in the 2011 European Bowling Tour rankings despite they didn't compete in the second event of the season, the 5th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer, which was concluded yesterday.

    No wonder as the Ballmaster, an EBT "Gold" tournament, offered three times as many ranking points as the "Satellite" tournament in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Koivuniemi, who also leads the men's World Bowling Tour rankings, leads the men's EBT rankings with 150 points and was followed by fellow PBAer Sean Rash, United States (120), 3-time EBT ranking champion Paul Moor, England (105), former World Ranking Masters champion Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland (90), PBA super star Chris Barnes, United States (75) and World Doubles champion Martin Paulsson, Sweden (72).

    2010SWEBotYDennisEklund2.jpg2011EBT02PawelBielski.jpgPaulsson's fellow member of the Swedish national team Dennis Eklund (left) was one of only three men, who have received ranking points in Helsinki and Wroclaw. Eklund, who earned 35 points for his third-place finish this weekend and 36 points for finishing 18th in the Ballmaster, moved into seventh place with 71 total points.

    Former European champion Jouni Helminen, Finland, added 11 points for his 20th place finish to move into 15th place with 44 points. Melvin Ocando, Spain, was sixth in Wroclaw, worth 24 points, to leap into 24th place with 27 points.

    Wroclaw Open winner Paweł Bielski (right), Poland, got 50 ranking points to overtake 12th place after two events.

    On the women's side, Pöllänen continued to lead with 150 points and is followed by former PWBA super star Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States (120), who leads the WBT women's rankings after two events (Ballmaster and USBC Masters).

    2011EBT02LauraBeuthner.jpg2008BWCDariaPajak_0.jpgReigning EBT women's ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden (105) remained in third place with 2009 EBT women's ranking champion Nicki Ainge, England (90) in fourth.

    Laura Beuthner, Germany, who rolled the sole 300 game of the Wroclaw Open, is the only women with multiple ranking points so far. Beuthner, who finished second to Daria Pająk (right), Poland, in the women's ranking in Wroclaw, added 40 points to her 42 points from the Ballmaster to overtake fifth place in the overall standings with 82 point total. Pajak, who was awarded 50 points for winning the rankings, jumped into 12th place.

    2010EBTLogo_small.jpg Since the Viborg International in Denmark has been cancelled, the 2011 EBT features 21 tournaments in 17 countries, two Platinum, six Gold, seven Silver and six Satellite tournaments.

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

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

    The total prize fund of the 2011 Tour will exceed 1 million Euro. The top 16 men and women in the EBT ranking will qualify for the 2012 EBT Masters to be held in conjunction with the 3rd Dream Bowl Palace Open in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany April 30 and May 1, 2012.

    The 2011 European Bowling Tour will be heading to Tilburg, Netherlands next weekend where the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament will be contested on dual lane condition at Dolfijn Bowling from Feb., 27 - March 6, 2011.


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    2011 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after Wroclaw

    1. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 150
    2. Sean Rash, United States, 120
    3. Paul Moor, England, 105
    4. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 90
    5. Chris Barnes, United States, 75
    6. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 72
    7. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 71
    8. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 69
    9. Ronnie Russell, United States, 66
    10. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 63
    11. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 60
    12. Paweł Bielski, Poland, 50
    13. Frederi Øhrgaard, Denmark, 45
    (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, 45
    15. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 44
    16. Rasmus Hagelberg, Sweden, 42
    (tie) Ville Holmstrom, Finland, 42


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Wroclaw

    1. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 150
    2. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 120
    3. Nina Flack, Sweden, 105
    4. Nicki Ainge, England, 90
    5. Laura Beuhtner, Germany, 82
    6. Heidi Manninen, Finland, 75
    7. Marija Tkachenko, Latvia, 72
    8. Rebecka Larsen Jr. Sweden, 69
    9. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 66
    10. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 63
    11. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 60
    12. Daria Pająk, Poland, 50
    13. Marjo Pöntinen, Finland, 45
    (tie) Patricia Luoto, Finland, 45
    15. Nina Manninen, Finland, 42
    16. Darya Kovalova, Ukraine, 39
    (tie) Jenni Keränen, Finland, 39


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