Dorin-Ballard, Ridhwan shoot into lead in European Bowling Tour rankings


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Points given in the Brunswick Euro Challenge shake up men's and women's leaderboard

    2011EBT04CarolynDorin-Ballard.jpg2011EBT04SyafiqRidhwan2.jpgFinishing second and third in the European Bowling Tour "Platinum" Brunswick Euro Challenge last Sunday, Carolyn Dorin Ballard (pictured left), United States, and Syafiq Ridhwan (right), Malaysia, jumped into the lead in the women's and men's Tour rankings.

    The Brunswick Euro Challenge is one of just two Platinum tournaments this season (the other is the season-ending Qatar Open) and the points awarded in the tournament shook up the men's and women's leaderboard.

    "Platinum" is the highest of four categories of the European Bowling Tour. The winner of a Platinum event such as the Brunswick Euro Challenge receives 250 ranking points, five times as many as in a "Satellite" event, and two-and-a-half-times more than in a "Silver" tournament and 100 points more than in "Gold" tournament.

    2011EBT04OskuPalermaa1.jpg2011EBT04GeryVerbruggen5.jpgThanks to the enormous 250 points, Ridhwan, who hadn't made any ranking points in the EBT season so far, rocketed from zero to first place. Three-time EBT ranking champion Osku Palermaa (left, 2007-09), Finland, leaped from fourth to second place with 234 points.

    Four-time EBT ranking champion Gery Verbruggen (right, 200-03), Belgium, also moved up two spots into third place with 232. Palermaa and Verbruggen overtook PBA's Mika Koivuniemi and Sean Rash, who could not compete in the BEC due to a clash with the PBA Dick Weber Playoffs. Koivuniemi fell to a tied ninth place and Rash slipped to 14th place.

    2011EBT04ThomasLarsen.jpg2011EBT04DominicBarrett.jpgDane Thomas Larsen (left)  jumped from a 46th place tie into fourth place while defending EBT ranking champion Dominic Barrett (right), who was tied for 66th place with 12 points leapfrogged into fifth place with 187 points.

    Three-time EBT ranking champion Paul Moor (2004-06), England, fell to sixth place with 175 after missing the first cut in the BEC. Seventh place belonged to Dennis Eklund, Sweden, with 171 while Oliver Blasé and Marco Baade, both Germany, who made it into the Round of 8 in the BEC, leaped into eight and ninth place with 165 and 150 points, respectively.

    2011EBT04KristaPollanen2.jpg2011EBT04ClaraGuerrero3.jpgDorin-Ballard, who also leads the women's World Bowling Tour rankings, cashed 200 points for her second-place finish in the BEC to overtake first place with 320 ranking point total. Krista PöllÀnen (left), Finland, fell to second place despite finishing fifth in the women's ranking in the BEC, The World Games champion added 125 points to the 150 points from her victory in the EBT "Gold" Brunswick Ballmaster Open for 275 points.

    Two-time World Champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (right), Colombia, won the title and the women's rankings in France defeating CDB in the title match, 229-204, en route to rocket from zero to third place with 250 points.

    2011EBT04MaiGingeJensen.jpg2011EBT04JacquelineSijore.jpgMai Ginge Jensen (left), Denmark, who missed an all-women stepladder final by 27 pins, leaped from 22nd to fourth place with 217 points. Defending raking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, fell two spots to fifth place with 205. Patricia Luoto, Germany, was sixth with 155.

    Malaysia's Jacqueline Sijore (right), who missed the cut to advance to round robin match play by just 13 pins finishing ninth overall and fourth among the women, jumped into seventh place with 150 points.

    Nadine Geissler, Germany, and 2009 EBT women's ranking champion Nicki Ainge, England, were tied for eighth place with 130. Rounding out the top 10 was Marilyn Planchard, France, with 120.

    2010EBTLogo_small.jpg Since the Viborg International in Denmark has been cancelled, the 2011 European Bowling Tour features 21 tournaments in 17 countries, two Platinum, six Gold, seven Silver and six Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund of the 2011 Tour will exceed 1 million Euro.

    2011 EBT champions, men's and women's ranking winners and schedule

    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 winner of a Platinum tournament such as the Brunswick Euro Challenge 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 gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 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 is at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain this week for the 9th Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa, which will run from March 15-20, 2011.


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    2011 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after St. Maximin

    1. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 250
    2. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 234
    3. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 232
    4. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 222
    5. Dominic Barrett, England, 187
    6. Paul Moor, England, 175
    7. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 171
    8. Oliver Blase, Germany, 165
    9. Marco Baade, Germany, 150
    (tie) Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 150
    11. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 133
    12. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 130
    13. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 127
    14. Sean Rash, United States, 120
    15. Eike Kabowski, Germany, 118
    16. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 116


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after St. Maximin

    1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 320
    2. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, 275
    3. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 250
    4. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 217
    5. Nina Flack, Sweden, 205
    6. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 155
    7. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 150
    8. Nadine Geissler, Germany, 130
    (tie) Nicki Ainge, England, 130
    10. Marilyn Planchard, France, 120
    11. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 119
    12. Hee Kar Yen, Malaysia, 115
    13. Sophie Herbin, France, 110
    14. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 105
    15. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 101
    16. Tanya Cuva, Germany, 100


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Current Standings

    2011 EBT Men's Ranking
    2011 EBT Women's Ranking


    2011 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after St. Maximin

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


    2011 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after St. Maximin

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