Arnar Davið Jónsson
of Iceland stayed atop the leaderboard in the Odense International as the 111-player field from nine countries was cut to 36, who advanced the final at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark on Sunday, September 2.
Jónsson (featured photo and right) won the qualifying with 1337 total and an average of 222.83, including games of 223, 197, 225, 232, 203 and 257. Steffen Tang-Petersen (left) of Denmark remained in second place with 1331.
Robert Lindberg (right) of Sweden made a run at the lead in the first of three squads Saturday, 11th overall, but he finished 18 pin shy, moving into third place with a 1319 total (219.83).
Mai Ginge Jensen (left) of Denmark , who led the qualifying from Sunday to Friday after posting 1304 in squad 2, improved by 10 pins in squad 12 but slipped another spot to finish in fourth place with 1314 total, including eight pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.
Jensen was the best of 28 women in the field and one four, all from Denmark, who survived the qualifying cut.
Patrik Jannik Sørensen (right), also of Denmark, led the final qualifying squad with 1192, which was 19 pins short of the cut, yet qualified for the finals in 22nd place with his high series of 1212.
Gunnar Þór Ásgeirsson (left) of Iceland took the 24th and last place to advance from the overall qualifying standings with 1211 and an average of 201.83.
The top 24 will be joined in the finals by another 10 players who got a free pass into the finals through early bird, youth, senior and Turbo games brackets. Heidi Guldbæk and Mathias Grønne Ankerdal of Denmark took the last two spots by rolling 238, including handicap, and 224, respectively, in the Desperado Squad on Saturday evening.
The Odense International 2018 is the ninth stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories (satellite, bronze, silver, gold and platinum). The tournament will be held from August 26 to September 2 at 20-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.
Players compete for total prize money of 120.000 Danish Kronor (DKK) or roughly 16.100 Euro with 25.000 DKK (3.350 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 36th place worth 1.800 DKK or 241 Euro.
Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score is 300.
Total 36 players qualified 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 plus the top two youth (Under-20) and top 2 senior (50 & over) bowlers, all outside the top 24, as well as one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 ranking 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 36 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 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which 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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Odense International 2018 – Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad
The top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-4 (places 25 & 26) and 5-8 (places 27 & 28) plus the top two youth (places 29 & 30) and top 2 senior bowlers (places 31 & 32), all outside the top 24, as well as one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 (places 33 & 34) ranking and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad (places 35 & 36), advance to the finals on Sunday, September 2.