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Jimmy Mortensen leads Storm Lucky Larsen Masters after first week of qualifying


The first week of qualifying at the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters concluded with squads 14 and 15 at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden, Sunday.

Jimmy Mortensen (right) of Denmark continued to lead the 244-player field from 14 countries with 1451 total and an average of 241.83. Mortensen posted games of 275, 269, 213, 246, 234 and 214 in squad 4.

Jesper Svensson (left) and William Svensson (right) of Sweden were the only other players who surpassed the 1400-mark. Jesper, a two-handed lefty who owns seven Professional Bowlers Association titles along with eight European Bowling Tour titles, moved into second place in squad 8 with 1411, and William, who was second to Mortensen in squad 4, sits in third place with 1407.

Peter Hellström (left and featured photo) and Karl Wahlgren, also of Sweden, led squads 14 and 15 (squad 16 wasn’t needed and has been canceled) to crack the top 5 in the overall qualifying standings.

In his first attempt, Hellström, a three-time EBT titlist, started his six-game series with 237, 220, 221 and 218 before he closed with his high games of 247 and 253 to jump into fourth place with 1396 and an average of 232.67.

Wahlgren (right), who started the day in 82nd place on 1164, improved by 202 pins to leap into fourth place with 1366 (227.67). He had games of 229, 228, 247, 232, 218 and 212.

Places 6, 7 and 8 belonged to Swedish bowlers Mikael Roos (1363), tournament namesake and eight-time EBT champion Martin Larsen (left; 1354) and two-time EBT titlist Pontus Andersson (1347).

Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark was ninth with 1344, while 11-time PBA champion and 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett, USA, rounds out the top 10 with 1337.

Maxime De Rooij (left), Netherlands, was the best of 30 women in the field in 22nd place with 1235 scratch, an average of 205.83, and 1283 total, including right pins handicap each game.

Daphne TanNew Hui Fen had 1270 in squad 15 to move into 28th place.

Sweden’s Annie Thorell holds the 46th and last position to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1234.

Qualifying continues on Monday, September 3, with squad 17 scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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) runs from Saturday, August 25, through Saturday, September 8, with the last qualifying squad 33 scheduled for 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). There will be no Desperado Squad this year.

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 will advance 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 receive two byes for the finals, while qualifiers 9-33 get a first-round bye.

The other 27 players bowl four games from scratch before the field is cut to the top 11 who join qualifiers 9-33 in the second round featuring another four-game block from scratch. The top 16 meet qualifiers 1-8 in the third round to bowl eight games starting from scratch. The top 4 advance 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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Storm Lucky Larsen Masters – Standings after Qualifying Squad 16/33

Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, September 9, including the top 46 qualifiers, top 7 from an “Early Bird” competition, top 2 senior bowlers, top 2 U21 bowlers, all not among the top 46, plus one player each from Turbo 4, 5 and 6 ranking.

Herbert Bickel

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