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PBA champions set the sets the pace Wednesday at Lucky Larsen Masters


Professional bowlers Anthony Simonsen, Stuart Williams, Francois Lavoie and Danielle McEwan set the scoring pace in Wednesday’s squads 14a-c at the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmö, Sweden.

20-year-old Simonsen (right and above) of Austin, Texas, a three-time PBA champion, who became the youngest player to win a major (2016 USBC Masters) at 19 years and 39 days, led the first squad Wednesday at Baltiska Bowlinghallen to crack the top 8 as he moved into seventh place with 1306, average of 217.67.

Pontus Andersson (left) of Sweden, who won the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in July for his first European Bowling Tour title, continued to lead the 346-player field from 14 countries with 1372 and an average of 228.67. Fellow Swede Victoria Johansson is the best of 56 women in second place with 1367, including 48 pins women’s handicap.

One-time PBA champion Stuart Williams (right) of England, who also owns six EBT titles, paced squad 14b with 1291 (215.17) to leap into 10th place in the overall standings.

Three-time PBA champion Francois Lavoie (left) of Canada, the only multiple EBT champion this season after winning the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge and the 13th Storm San Marino Open in his EBT debut, was second to Simonsen in squad 14a to sit in 15th place with 1276.

Two-time PWBA champion Danielle McEwan (right) of Stony Point, New York, was mere two pins behind Lavoie to take 16th place with 1274.

Simonsen and McEwan also paced squad 14c Wednesday evening but were unable to improve their scores. Simonsen toppled 1271 pins and McEwan totaled 1259.

With three more qualifying days to come, Andreas Andersson of Sweden holds the 38th and last spot to advance from the overall standings with 1237 or an average of 206.17.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, August 24, with squads 15, 16, 17a and 17b scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

A newcomer on the European Bowling Tour, the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters is the 8th stop and the second and last EBT “Gold” tournament this season, the second-highest EBT category.

The tournament is also the third event of the 2017 World Bowling Tour, which is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling.

The inaugural LL Masters will be held August 13-27 at 22-lane Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden and offers total prize fund of 912.000 Swedish Kronor (SEK), or approximately 95.415 Euro, with 160.000 SEK (€16.740) going to the winner.

All rounds can be watched live on the internet, featuring four different cameras covering 16 lanes. The Lucky Larsen Masters will be live streamed Aug. 13-25 on luckylarsenmasters.com and Aug. 26-27 on worldbowling.org. For more information, click here.

Qualifying of the Lucky Larsen Masters (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Sunday, August 13, through Saturday, August 26, with the last qualifying squad 23 scheduled for 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 9.30 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 44 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, August 27, including the top 38 qualifiers, the top 2 from the “Early Bird Competition” (squads 1, 2 and 4-11), the highest senior bowler (born in 1967 or earlier) and the highest junior bowler (born in 1999 or later), all not among the top 38, plus the top 2 from the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

The other 36 players bowl six games from scratch before the field is cut to the top 16 who join the top 8 qualifiers in the second round featuring eight games from scratch. The top 8 bowl an additional four games with the pinfall from round two being carried forward. The top 4 with the highest 12-game total determine the champion in a traditional stepladder finals.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The World Bowling 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 award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

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. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held November 19th at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno., Nevada, in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling IX (Nov. 7-19, 2017).

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.

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Top 38 qualifiers, the top 2 from the “Early Bird Competition” (places 39-40), the highest senior bowler (41st place) and the highest junior bowler (42nd place) plus the top 2 from the Desperado Squad (places 43-44) advance to the finals. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

Herbert Bickel

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