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PBA stars off to good start in Storm Lucky Larsen Masters

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Professional Bowlers Association stars Jesper Svensson of Sweden and EJ Tackett, USA, set the tone in the eighth qualifying squad of the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska bowling center in Malmö, Sweden.

Svensson became the third player who surpassed the 1400-mark as the two-handed lefty posted games of 254, 233, 232, 247, 257 and 188 to move into second place on the 142-player leaderboard with 1411 total and an average of 235.17.

At the age of 23, the 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year (right) already owns seven PBA titles along with eight European Bowling Tour titles.

Jimmy Mortensen (left) of Denmark continued to lead the 129 men and 13 women from 10 countries with 1451 total and the field-best 241.83 average.

Tackett (right), 26, the 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year and 2016 PBA Player of the Year is an 11-time PBA titlist who will be trying to win his first title on the European Bowling Tour.

The right-hander rebounded from a 170 opening game with 256 and 258 and closed his set with 214, 234 and 205 for 1337 (222.83), good for sixth place overall.

Tournament namesake and multiple world and European champion Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden was third in squad 8 with 1308. The eight-time EBT champion slipped to fifth place with his high series of 1354.

Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (right) of Singapore was fourth with distant 1260, including 48 pins women’s handicap, and is currently the second-best woman in the field in 16th place. 12th place Maxime De Rooij (below left), Netherlands, leads the women’s ranking with 1283.

Bengt Petersson of Sweden currently holds the 46th and last spot to advance from the overall leaderboard with 1187 and an average of 197.83. For the records, the score to make 46th place in the inaugural Storm Lucky Larsen Masters was 1276, an average of 212.67 over six games.

Qualifying continues on Friday, August 31, with squads 9 & 10 scheduled to start at 2 and 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 8/33

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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