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Jeroen van Geel leads as Bronzen Schietspoel qualifying reaches halfway mark


Jeroen van Geel of The Netherlands held onto the lead in Thursday’s squads 5 & 6 to lead the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament with 1509 and an average of 251.50 as qualifying reached the halfway mark at Dolfijn bowling center in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Mik Stampe (featured photo) of Denmark led squad 6 with 1493 (248.83), including games of 258, 214, 222, 286, 287 and 226, to leap into second place. As the daily leader, Stampe earned a 250 Euro bonus.

Stampe’s fellow countryman Dan Østergaard-Poulsen (left), who paced the fifth squad with 1463 (243.83), missed the daily leader bonus by 30 pins, yet earned a 1.000 Euro bonus for leading squad 5. Østergaard-Poulsen had games of 245, 235, 241, 268, 237 and 237.

Sebastian Lange (right) of Germany was 14 pins behind Østergaard-Poulsen with 1449, including the second perfecto of the tournament in game three followed by 296 in game four. Lange, who has a high score of 1454 since squad 3, slipped two spots to fourth place.

Christopher Sloan (left), a two-handed player from Ireland, and Maxime de Rooij. Netherlands, also added their names to the leaderboard in squad 5. Sloan finished day five qualifying in fifth place with 1442, while de Rooij sits in eighth place with 1429, including handicap.

Four-time European Bowling Tour winner Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol (right), Netherlands, was the best of 27 women in the 145-player field from 14 countries in sixth place with 1441, including handicap, and was followed by compatriot Joshua Schuurman in seventh place with 1430.

Bram Van Meerbergen of Belgium holds the 30th and last spot to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1357 and an average of 226.17.

Qualifying continues on Friday, April 20, with squads 7, 8 and 9 starting at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

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 6/12

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 (2) – Xavier Milet, Sebastian Lange.

Herbert Bickel

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