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Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol wins record 4th European Bowling Tour title


Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol of the Netherlands averaged 251 for the last 10 games in the Chandra Open Sunday at Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, to win her fourth career European Bowling Tour title and the 3.250 Euro top prize.

With the victory Stigter broke a titles tie with Zara Glover from England which gives her the sole possession of the first-place position on the women’s all-time titlist list. England’s Paul Moor leads the men’s list with 17 titles.

The top 3 in the Chandra Open 2016 – from left, Markus Bergendorff (2nd), Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol (1st), and Kimmo Lehtonen (3rd).

It was the second victory by a woman this season after Sin Li Jane of Malaysia won the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in July and the 30th victory by a woman in 271 tournaments since the inception of the European Bowling Tour in the year 2000.

Stigter, whose previous titles came in 2007 (3rd Storm San Marino Open), 2009 (6th Istanbul Bowling Open) and 2010 (1st Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open) trailed Round 2 leader Kimmo Lehtonen of Finland by three pins heading into the final round.

The top 12 players, eight men and four women, bowled a six-game block with the four-game total of Round 2 carrying over. Lefty Lehtonen, who was also looking to win his fourth career EBT title, maintained a slim lead over Stigter and two-hander Markus Bergendorff of Denmark heading into the three games.

In game 8, Lehtonen (279), Stigter (279) and Bergendorff (278) widened the gap to the rest of the field. In the penultimate game, Stigter (265) and Bergendorff (269) overtook Lehtonen (201). Stigter then sealed the victory with a 278 game and 2590 total, including eight pins handicap each game.

Bergendorff finished with 258 to secure second place and the victory in the men’s ranking in Nieuwegein with 2539 or an average of 253.90. Lehtonen closed with 235 to land in third place with 2495. Fourth place belonged to Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, with 2451.

Bergendorff received 2.250 Euro, Lehtonen pocketed 1.500 Euro and Breeschoten took home 1.000 Euro.

The tournament was highlighted by eight 300 games, five of who were rolled in the qualifying portion. Dutchmen Patrick Meka and Johnny Spil and Richard Teece of England achived perfection in final round one on Sunday morning.

2016ChandraOpenLogoSliderThe Chandra Open 2016 was the 12th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the fourth out of six EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season. The tournament ran from Sept. 11-18 at 16-lane Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

This year’s edition offered total prize fund of 21.100 Euro with 3.250 Euro going to the winner and 2.250 Euro to the runner-up, while the third and fourth place finishers received 1.500 Euro and 1.000, respectively. Final cash spot was 40th place worth 250 Euro.

Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Sunday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 17, and concluded with the Desperado Squad. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

Total 40 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 18, including the top 30 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of squads 1, 2 and 3 (Sept. 11-13), and the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers received a first-round bye.

The other 32 players bowled four games from scratch with the top 16 advancing to the second round. Those 16 and the top eight qualifiers bowled another four-game round from scratch to cut to the top 12 who advanced to the final round.

All finalists carried over their four-game total into a final six-game round. The player with the highest 10-game total including handicap was declared champion.

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The next stop of the European Bowling Tour is the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, an EBT “gold” tournament which will be held from Sept. 24 – Oct. 2 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Bowlingdigital.com will provide on-site coverage of the event.

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Chandra Open 2016 – Final Round Three (Final Standings)

Chandra Open 2016 – Places 13-40 (Cashers)

13. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 350 Euro
14. Dan French, England, 350 Euro
15. Tom van der Vliet, Netherlands, 350 Euro
16. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 350 Euro
17. Jord van Weeren, Netherlands, 350 Euro
18. Richard Teece, England, 350 Euro
19. Paul Moor, England, 350 Euro
20. Ray Teece, England, 350 Euro
21. Patrick Meka, Netherlands, 350 Euro
22. Christian Kuttig, Germany, 350 Euro
23. Maxime de Rooij, Germany, 350 Euro
24. Yorick van Deutekom, Netherlands, 350 Euro
25. Elco Gorter, Netherlands, 250 Euro
26. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 250 Euro
27. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 250 Euro
28. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 250 Euro
29. Dirk Dreyer, Germany, 250 Euro
30. Marco de Bruijn, Netherlands, 250 Euro
31. Sebastian Lange, Germany, 250 Euro
32. Martina Schütz, Germany, 250 Euro
33. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 250 Euro
34. Mark Jacobs, Netherlands, 250 Euro
35. Tim Stampe, Denmark, 250 Euro
36. Ron Hurt, United States, 250 Euro
37. Ronan van der Loo, Netherlands, 250 Euro
38. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 250 Euro
39. Kevin van Rooijen, Netherlands, 250 Euro
40. Olli Pescher, Germany, 250 Euro

Chandra Open 2016 – Final Round Two

Top 12 advance to the second round. Places 13-24 eliminated, earn 350 Euro.

Chandra Open 2016 – Final Round One

Top 16 advance to the second round. Places 17-32 eliminated, finish 25th to 40th, earn 250 Euro.

300 games (3) – Patrick Meka, Johnny Spil, Richard Teece.

Herbert Bickel

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