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Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol jumps into third place in Tilburg


Long-time Dutch national team member Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol averaged over 230 in Wednesday’s squad 4 to jump into third place in the qualifying standings of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands, with 1441 total.

Van der Tol, the European Bowling Tour’s all-time women’s title leader, rolled games of 211, 225, 218, 241, 243 and 255 for 1393 scratch (232.17 average) and got eight pins women’s handicap each game. As the daily squad leader (there was only one squad on Wednesday) she received the 250 Euro bonus.

Van der Tol (featured photo), who won the 2007 San Marino Open, 2009 Istanbul Bowling Open, 2010 Dream-Bowl Palace Open and 2016 Chandra Open, is the lone woman in EBT history who has won four titles in open division tournaments.

Women have won at least one title each season since the Tour’s inception in the year 2000, including three out of four titles this season.

Jeroen van Geel (left), Netherlands, a one-time EBT champion, continued to lead the 109-player field from nine countries with 1509 and an average of 251.50. Sebastian Lange (below right) of Germany remained in second place with distant 1454 (242.33).

Joshua Schuurman, Netherlands, was just 11 pins behind Van der Tol in squad 4 to leap into fourth place in the overall standings with 1430 total, including high games of 268, 264 and 247.

Rounding out the top 5 was Daniel Dol, Netherlands, who fell two spots with 1422.

Xavier Milet (left) of Belgium, who had the lone 300 game of the HBST so far, slipped to 28th place with 1337. Paul Cosgrove, Netherlands, holds the 30th and last spot to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1332, an average of 222.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, April 19, with squads 5 and 6 starting at 3 and 7 p.m. Central European Time (CET). The winner of Squad 5 receives a 1.000 Euro bonus, squad 6 leader gets 250 Euro.

The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 is the fifth stop on the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Silver” events this season, the middle of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

It marks the return, after a one-year hiatus, of the HBST to Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, which burned down two weeks after the 2016 HBST. The new 24-lane bowling center, now called “Dolfijn | The Plays To Be”, will host the 2018 edition from April 15 to 22.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 45.750 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 Euro to the first runner-up while the third and fourth place finishers take home 3.000 and 2.000 Euro, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place, worth 500 Euro.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

The top male and the top female qualifier receives 1.000 Euro apiece. There is a 250 Euro extra prize for each daily high series and a 1.000 Euro bonus for the leader of squad 5.

Qualifying kicks off Sunday evening, April 15, and runs through Saturday, April 21, with the final Squad 12 slated for 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 9.30 p.m.

Total 40 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, April 22, including the top 30 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 36 players bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 12 (seeded 5-16) who will join the top 4 qualifiers (seeded 1-4) in the eliminator finals. Those 16 players will be divided into four groups of four players each for the first of three eliminator rounds.

All four players of each group will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advance to the next round. The field will be cut to 8 players (2 groups) and then four players (1 group), who determine the top 4 places in the last eliminator round.

Immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament is the 11h European Bowling Tour Masters, which will be contested on Monday, April 23, also at Dolfijn bowling center Tilburg.

After the Aalborg International has been canceled, the 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which will offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 – Qualifying Standings after Squad 4/12

40 players, including the top 30 qualifiers, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 22. The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

300 games (1) – Xavier Milet.

Herbert Bickel

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