Thomas Larsen, Joline Persson narrow gap to European Bowling Tour ranking leaders

    05/16/11

    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    Osku Palermaa, Mai Ginge Jensen retain slim lead after Istanbul Open

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    2011EBT08ThomasLarsen.jpgSwede Joline Persson Planefors (pictured left) and Thomas Larsen (right), Denmark, finished the 8th Istanbul Boweling Open, the eighth stop of the 2011 European Bowling Tour, in third and fifth place among the 34 women and 139 men to narrow the gap to EBT ranking leaders Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark and Osku Palermaa, Finland, to 26 and 9 pins, respectively.

    Jensen (below left), who did not compete in Istanbul, remained atop the women's leaderboard with 387 ranking points. Persson received 105 points in Istanbul to leap from fifth to second place with 361. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, and Team USA's Carolyn Dorin-Ballard slipped to third and fourth place with 355 and 320, resp.

    2011EBT04MaiGingeJensen.jpg2011EBT04ClaraGuerrero3.jpgBrunswick Euro Challenge winner Clara Juliana Guerrero (right), Colombia, fell from fourth to eighth place with 278. PöllÀnen, Dorin-Ballard and Guerrero did not compete in Istanbul.

    Reigning women's ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, leaped from sixth to fifth with 305. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, received 150 points in Istanbul after finishing fourth in the tournament en route to win the women's ranking for the first time in her career. Breeschoten moved from 13th to sixth place with 302 total points.

    2011EBT07WendyKok.jpg2011EBT04RebeckaLarsen2.jpgHer compatriot Wendy Kok (left) remained in seventh place with 284. Rounding out the top 10 are Rebecka Larsen Jr. (right), Sweden (232) and Nicole Sanders, Netherlands (216).

    On the men's side, Palermaa, who has won the men's EBT rankings in the years 2007 through 2009, earned 36 points in Istanbul to retain his lead with 440 ranking point total.

    Larsen, who led the men's ranking before Palermaa took over after the sixth event, was the fifth-best man in Istanbul, worth 75 points to sit mere nine pins behind the Finn in second place with 431 points.

    2011EBT08MikaKoivuniemi2.jpg2011EBT08PaulMoor.jpgReigning PBA player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (left), Finland (403) and another three-time EBT ranking winner, Paul Moor (right), England (395) leaped one spot into third and fourth place after finishing third and second in Istanbul, resp.

    Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, who led the men's ranking in the Tour's first four years (2000-03), slipped from third to fifth place. Dennis Eklund overtook Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, thanks to a sixth-place finish in the men's ranking in Istanbul. Eklund is sixth with 301 points and Ridhwan seventh with the 250 points he received for leading the men's ranking in the EBT Platinum Brunswick Euro Challenge.

    2011EBT08RobThurbly.jpgJesper Agerbo, Denmark (241), Tore Torgersen, Norway (193) and Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland (190) remained in eighths through tenth place. From the top 10, Verbruggen, Ridhwan, Torgersen and Lehtonen did not compete in Istanbul.

    Istanbul Open champion Rob Thurlsby (right), England, received 150 ranking points to rocket from a tied 129th place to 14th with 162 ranking point total.

    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 receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the Istanbul Boweling Open 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 moves to Aalborg in Denmark this week for the Bowltech Aalborg International 2011. The EBT Gold tournament runs from Sunday May 22 through Sunday, May 29 at Lovvang Bowling Center.

    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Current Standings
    2011 EBT Men's Ranking
    2011 EBT Women's Ranking

     


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    2011 Men's Ranking - Top 16 after Istanbul


    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 440
    2. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 431
    3. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 403
    4. Paul Moor, England, 395
    5. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 306
    6. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 301
    7. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 250
    8. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 241
    9. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 193
    10. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 190
    11. Dominic Barrett, England, 187
    12. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 182
    13. Oliver Blase, Germany, 165
    14. Rob Thurlby, England, 162
    15. Sean Rash, United States, 160
    16. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 150
    (tie) Marco Baade, Germany, 150

     


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Istanbul


    1. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 387
    2. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 361
    3. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, 355
    4. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 320
    5. Nina Flack, Sweden, 305
    6. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 302
    7. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 284
    8. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 278
    9. Rebecka Larsen Jr., Sweden, 232
    10. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 216
    11. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 188
    12. Nadine Geißler, Germany, 178
    13. Darya Kovalova, Ukraine, 170
    14. Elin Adolfsson, Sweden, 156
    15. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 155
    16. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 150

     


    2011 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Istanbul


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

     


    2011 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Istanbul


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