Joline Persson Planefors overtakes lead in EBT Women's Ranking in Barcelona


    2011 European Bowling Tour Rankings

    PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi moves into second place in men's division

    2011USWOJolinePerssonPlanefors2.jpg2011EBT11MikaKoivuniemi.jpgSwedish national team member Joline Persson Planefors (pictured left) and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (right) of Finland finished second in the women's and men's ranking in the 33rd Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona en route to leap one spot in the European Bowling Tour ranking.

    Persson Planefors, who finished the tournament in sixth place, earned 120 ranking points en route to overtake the lead in the 2011 EBT women's ranking with 601 ranking point total. Previous leader Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, slipped to second place with 555 after finishing 9th among the 60 women in Barcelona, worth 63 points.

    2011USWOLisanneBreeschotenMaiGingeJensen.jpg2011EBT04ZandraAziela.jpgWendy Kok, Netherlands, maintained third place with 431, while Finland's Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, leaped one spot to fourth with 388 and Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten (pictured left with Mai Ginge Jensen, right) fell to fifth with 386.

    Defending women's ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, remained in sixth place with 368 and is followed by Dane Rikke Holm Agerbo with 345. Zandra Aziela (right), Malaysia, topped Persson Planefors by eight pins to finish fifth and to win the women's ranking in Barcelona worth 150 points. Aziela jumped into eighth place in the overall standings with 327 total.

    2011EBT04BrittBrondsted.jpg2011USWOCarolynDorinBallard.jpgFormer EBT and World Ranking Masters champion Britt BrĂžndsted (left), Denmark, is ninth with 324 and rounding out the top 10 is current World Bowling Tour ranking leader Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right), United States, with 320.

    Koivuniemi, a two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11) and nine-time PBA champion including three "majors" (Masters, U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions), started the 33rd Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona in third place in the men's ranking trailing compatriot Osku Palermaa and second place Thomas Larsen, Denmark, by 112 and 63 points, respectively.

    2011EBT07OskuPalermaa.jpg2011MECMartinLarsenRobertAndersson.jpgAs Palermaa (left) went out in the quarterfinal and Larsen in the semifinal finishing 23rd and 16th in the men's ranking for 24 and 39 points, resp., Koivuniemi would have overtaken the lead in the EBT mane's ranking with a victory in Barcelona.

    After the top seeded Finn lost in the title match to Sweden's Martin Larsen (pictured right with Robert Andersson, right), "Major Mika" received 120 points to leap into second place in the ranking with 598. Palermaa continued to lead with 614 points while Larsen slipped to third with 580.

    2011EBT04PaulMoor.jpg2011EBT10MikStampe.jpgThree-time EBT ranking champion Paul Moor (left) held onto fourth place with 461, and is followed by Robert Andersson, Sweden, who moved from sixth to fifth place with 420 behind a third-place finish in Barcelona.

    Mik Stampe (right), Denmark, slipped one spot to sixth with 415 while Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, leaped from eighth to seventh place with 370. With the 150 points for his victory, Larsen jumped from 15th to eighth place with 361.

    Rounding out the top ten are four-time EBT ranking champion Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (9th, 351) and Dane Jesper Agerbo (10th, 335).

    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 33rd Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona 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 will take a four-week hiatus before heading to the Slovakia for the BNC Bratislava Open, an EBT Silver event, which will be held Aug. 15-21 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava.

    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 Barcelona

    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 614, 8
    2. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 598, 6
    3. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 580, 10
    4. Paul Moor, England, 461, 8
    5. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 420, 6
    6. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 415, 6
    7. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 370, 3
    8. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 361, 5
    9. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 351, 6
    10. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 335, 8
    11. Stuart Williams, England, 331, 5
    12. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 301, 6
    13. Dominic Barrett, England, 295, 4
    14. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 258, 3
    15. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 235, 5
    16. Mathias Årup, Sweden, 208, 6
    (tie) Perttu Jussila, Finland, 208, 6


    2011 Women's Ranking - Top 16 after Barcelona

    1. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 601
    2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 555
    3. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 431
    4. Krista PöllÀnen, Finland, 388
    5. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 386
    6. Nina Flack, Sweden, 368
    7. Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 345
    8. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 327
    9. Britt BrĂžndsted, Denmark, 324
    10. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 320
    11. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 318
    12. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 311
    13. Rebecka Larsen Jr. Sweden, 301
    14. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 270
    15. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 264
    16. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 226


    2011 EBT Rankings - Men's Division after Barcelona

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


    2011 EBT Rankings - Women's Division after Barcelona

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