Qualifying leader Hadley Morgan
of England rolled three consecutive games over 250 in the stepladder finals of the 10th International Wroclaw Open
to win his first career European Bowling Tour title and the 4.250 Euro top prize Sunday evening at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland.
L-R Fransson (2nd), champion Morgan and Petersen (3rd).
Morgan, the No. 2 seed and the only player in the finale, who hasn’t rolled a 300 game in the tournament, fired games of 258 and 253 to defeat top seeded Daniel Fransson (right) of Sweden in the title match, 511-423, over two games total pins.
Fransson, who won the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 two weeks ago, was targeting to become just the fourth player in the history of the European Bowling Tour to win back-to-back titles and the first since Paul Moor of England in the 2007 season. He earned 2.750 Euro for second place.
Morgan flew past Steffen Petersen (left) of Denmark in the semifinal match, 257-226, to earn the right to bowl Fransson for the title. Petersen, seeded third, ousted Alfred Berggren (right) of Sweden in the opening match, 243-188. Petersen received 2.100 Euro for third place and Berggren got 1.800 Euro for fourth place.
Fransson, Petersen and Berggren rolled three out of six 300 games in the tournament. Petersen had the fourth perfecto in squad 14, Fransson rolled the fifth in Round One and Berggren accomplished the feat in Round Two. Robin Persson of Sweden (squad 7), Anders Lousdal of Denmark (squad 8) and Autum Chamberlain (left) of England (squad 11) had the others. Chamberlain was the lone women to shoot 300.
2015 WBT women’s point ranking leader Jenny Wegner (right) missed the cut to the stepladder finals by 62 pins in fifth place. She was the best of 22 women in the 104-player field from 16 countries.
Two-time defending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark was among the six women, who made the qualifying cut, but was eliminated in Round One to land in 36th place. Jaroslav Lorenc of Czech Republic, who lost to Kjeldsen in both years to finish in second place, made the cut to round robin but had to settle for eighth place.
The 10th International Wroclaw Open was the fourth stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second of six EBT “Satellite” events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.
The IWO was held from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-lane bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland.
As in the past five years, participants competed for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash was 40th place (250 Euro).
Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran through Saturday, Feb. 20, and concluded with Squad 16. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
The tournament was contested on the same lane conditioning pattern as in 2015, a 39-ft. pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total. Click image for larger view.
The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings advanced to the finals on Sunday Feb. 21. The qualifying pinfall carried over. The finalists were divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who bowled a four-game block after which the field was cut to the top 20.
Those 20 bowled another four games before the cut to the top 8 who advanced to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carried over into round robin, where bowlers earned 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 advanced to the stepladder finals.
The No. 4 seed bowled the No. 3 seed, the winner took on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earned the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match were decided in one game, while the championship match featured two games decided by total pinfall.
The 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 February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.
The 2016 European Bowling Tour will take a three-week break before heading to Munich, Germany, for the 103.000 Euro Brunswick Euro Challenge, an EBT “platinum” event, which will be held from March 13-20 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace.
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10th International Wroclaw Open
Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland (Feb. 17-21, 2016)
1. Hadley Morgan, England, 758 (3 games), 4.250 Euro
2. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 423 (2 games), 2.750 Euro
3. Steffen Petersen, Denmark, 469 (2 games), 2.100 Euro
4. Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 188 (1 game), 1.800 Euro
Match 1: No. 3 Petersen def. No. 4 Berggren, 243-188
Match 2: No. 2 Morgan def. Petersen, 257-226
Championship: Morgan (258, 253) def. No. 1 Fransson (234, 189), 511-423.
Cashers (places 5-40)
5. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
6. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 1.200 Euro
7. Robin Persson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
8. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 1.000 Euro
9. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 750 Euro
10. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 750 Euro
11. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 350 Euro
12. Autum Chamberlain, England, 350 Euro
13. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 350 Euro
14. Chris Oates, England, 350 Euro
15. Matt Chamberlain, England, 350 Euro
16. Michael Wittendorff, Denmark, 350 Euro
17. Peter Nordenson, Sweden, 350 Euro
18. Emelie Tiveljung, Sweden, 350 Euro
19. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 350 Euro
20. Markus Bergendorff, Denmark, 350 Euro
21. Santtu Tahvanainen, Finland, 300 Euro
22. Sebastian Eriksson, Sweden, 300 Euro
23. Krzysztof Olesiński, Poland, 300 Euro
24. Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia, 300 Euro
25. Lauri Sipilä, Finland, 300 Euro
26. Alexey Drozhbin, Russia, 300 Euro
27. Jamie Bottomley, England, 300 Euro
28. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 300 Euro
29. Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, 300 Euro
30. Nadezda Korablinova, Russia, 300 Euro
31. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 250 Euro
32. Przemysław Nowak, Poland, 250 Euro
33. Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 250 Euro
34. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 250 Euro
35. Sergey Andreev, Russia, 250 Euro
36. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 250 Euro
37. Dennis Grünheid, Germany, 250 Euro
38. Christian Karlsson, Sweden, 250 Euro
39. Jonathan Eriksson, Sweden, 250 Euro
40. Maksym Yaremchuk, Ukraine, 250 Euro
Final Round Three (Round Robin Match Play)
Top 4 advance to the Stepladder Final.
Final Round Two
Top 8 advance to Round Robin Match Play.
300 game (1) – Alfred Berggren.
Final Round One
Top 20 advance to the second round.
300 game (1) – Daniel Fransson.