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Dan Østergaard-Poulsen wins his second squad in Odense International

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Although there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard in the Odense International, several competitors found their way into the top 10 Tuesday at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark.

Dan Østergaard-Poulsen (right) of Denmark won his second squad as he led the 23 players in squad 5 with 1277, including high games of 241, 235 and 267. However, he could not improve his high score of 1295 set in squad 2 and remained in seventh place in the overall standings.

Lars Nielsen (left) of Denmark, who averaged 233.17 in the opening squad Sunday, continued to lead the qualifying with 1399 six-game total. His compatriots Mikael Brændeskov and Thomas Larsen, a four-time European Bowling Tour champion, sit in second and third place with 1397 and 1366, respectively.

Ghanim Aboujassoum (right), one of six Qataris in the field, was next to Østergaard-Poulsen with 1259, including a high game of 266, to leap into ninth place in the overall standings. Aboujassoum is the best foreign bowler in the 61-player field from four countries.

Maxime de Rooij (left) of Germany posted 1249, including handicap, to improve her previous high score by 13 pins, but remained in 10th place. She is the best of 10 women in the field.

Jonas Iversen (right) of Denmark slipped to 24th place with 1182 (197 average) and holds the last place to advance to the finals from the overall qualifying leaderboard.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, August 30, with squad 6 scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Odense International 2017 is the ninth stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories. The tournament will be held from August 27 through September 3 at 20-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

Players compete for total prize money of 113.000 Danish Kronor (DKK) or roughly 15.190 Euro with 25.000 DKK (3.360 Euro) going to the winner, 12.000 DKK to the runner-up and 6.000 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 32nd place worth 1.800 DKK or 242 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) got underway on Sunday, August 27, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 2, with squad 13, followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 32 players qualify for the finals, including the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-4 and 5-8, who are not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad.

The Turbo 1 and 2 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series (optional; extra entry fee required).

The top 10 qualifiers receive bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows:
Qualifying winner: 140 pins; 2nd place: 120; 3rd place: 100; 4th place: 80; 5th place: 60; 6th place: 50; 7th place: 40; 8th place: 30; 9th place: 20; and 10th place: 10.

All 32 finalists bowl six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women’s handicap advance to the second round with the total pinfall carried forward.

Those 16 bowl an additional four games to cut to the top 8 who will be seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round, the highest seeded player selects his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, and so on.

The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two “lucky losers” (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) advance. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser go to the semifinals. The winners of that round bowl for the title.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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Top 24 players, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-4 and 5-8, who are not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Herbert Bickel

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