Four-time Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year and defending Storm Lucky Larsen Masters champion, Jason Belmonte
(right) of Australia is only one win away from his 19th PBA and third European Bowling Tour title as the two-hander earned the no. 1 seed for the stepladder finals at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden.
Belmonte averaged 239.50 over eight games in Round 3, including games of 210, 224, 269, 237, 279, 245, 234 and 218 to beat out fellow PBA champions Kyle Troup, a two-handed right-hander like Belmonte, and Bill O’Neill, both USA, for the top spot by 106 and 116 pins.
Troup (left), who owns two PBA titles, had high games of 287 and 280 in the eight-game block and overtook O’Neill thanks to a 212 last game and 1916 total, an average of 239.50.
O’Neill (right), who has won nine PBA titles, including a victory in the U.S. Open, and two PBA titles, maintained third place with 1800 (225 average).
Starting the last game in second position, Irish two-hander Christopher Sloan (left) struggled and closed with 148 for 1776 to fall behind Troup and O’Neill, yet survived a late charge by Anthony Simonsen, USA, who fell two pins short with 218 and 1774 and had to settle for fifth place.
Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico and Daria Pajak of Poland were the only women who reached the third round of the finals, finishing in in 20th and 21st place, respectively.
The Storm Lucky Larsen Masters is the 9th stop of the World Bowling Tour 2018 and the 10th stop of the European Bowling Tour 2018. The tournament is a WBT “tier 2” event and second and last EBT “platinum” event this season, the highest of the five EBT categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).
The second Storm Lucky Larsen Masters will be held from August 25 to September 9 at Baltiska Bowlinghallen, a 22-laner in Malmö, Sweden and offers an increased total prize fund of 1.038.000 Swedish Kronor (SEK), or approximately 98.600 Euro, with 150.000 SEK (€14.250) going to the winner, 110.000 SEK to the runner-up and 80.000 and 60.000 SEK to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 60th place worth 3.500 SEK or 333 Euro.
All rounds can be watched live on SolidSport, featuring four different cameras covering 16 lanes. For more information, click here.
Qualifying of the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Aug. 25 through Sept. 8.
Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score is 300.
Total 60 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, September 9, including the top 46 qualifiers, top 7 from an “Early Bird” competition (squads 1-16), top 2 senior bowlers (born in 1968 or earlier), top 2 U21 bowlers (born in 1997 or later), all not among the top 46, plus one player each from Turbo 4, 5 and 6 ranking (highest scores in game, 4, 5 and 6 (no extra entry fee required).
The top 8 qualifiers received two byes for the finals, while qualifiers 9-33 got a first-round bye.
The other 27 players bowled four games from scratch before the field was cut to the top 11 who joined qualifiers 9-33 in the second round featuring another four-game block from scratch. The top 16 met qualifiers 1-8 in the third round to bowl eight games starting from scratch. The top 4 advanced to the stepladder finals.
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.
The World Bowling Tour 2018 currently features also twelve stops, one each in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Hong Kong and seven stops on U.S. soil. More events may be added, at least 3 months’ notice provided.
The Storm Lucky Larsen Masters is the 9th stop of the WBT 2018 and one of the tier 2 events this season. WBT tier 2 events award bowlers with four times the number of base WBT Rankings points (tier 1 six times and tier 3 two times).
The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.
Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member (who doesn’t accept handicap pins). However, when an event is U.S. based and not a PBA event (such as the New Mexico Open), no PBA title can be granted.
Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format.
The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (date and venue tba).
World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.
The 10th stop of the 2018 World Bowling Tour season is the WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand, a tier 2 event, which will be held Sept. 22-28 at Blu–O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.