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Rule change excludes Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from 2019 European Bowling Tour


European Bowling Tour Director Kim Thorsgaard Jensen has announced that the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters will not be part of the European Bowling Tour 2019 since the organizers of the EBT Platinum event have decided that they will not give any handicap to women in the third edition of the 100.000 Euro tournament to be held Aug. 24 – Sept. 8, 2019, in Malmö, Sweden.

The ETBF Presidium has recently renewed its decision that women’s handicap is mandatory for all tournaments on the European Bowling Tour and that they must give exactly eight bonus pins per game to all female competitors.

In addition, Thorsgaard Jensen has announced that the EBT Presidium has also decided that beginning with the 2020 European Bowling Tour season “an EBT Tournaments cannot be included in any series organized by PBA” nor award a PBA title to the winner.

The European Bowling Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary tour since the inception in the year 2000 featuring 14 tournaments in 12 countries, two each in Denmark and Germany, and one each in France, Greece, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Spain and Sweden.

The 2019 EBT schedule includes one “Platinum”, two “Gold”, three “Silver”, four “Bronze” and four “Satellite” events, which will offer total prize fund of roughly 600.000 Euro.

For the second consecutive year, the European Bowling Tour will kick off with the AIK International Tournament Powered by Track in Stockholm, Sweden, and concludes with the Kegel Aalborg International in its comeback after a one-year absence.

The 12th EBT Masters, the seson-ending event of the 2018 Tour will be held on July 4, 2019 in conjunction with the Brunswick Madrid Challenge at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

While all events from the 2018 season but the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters will return, the 2019 EBT features two newcomers, the Brunswick Dimitris Karetsos Tournament in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the 3rd Brunswick Open in Wittelsheim, France.

In each event of the 2019 European Bowling Tour women will receive an equality handicap of eight pins per game.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each tournament will also 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 13th EBT Masters July 7, 2020, at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

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2019 European Bowling Tour Schedule

Subject to change

2019 EBT #1 (Silver)
AIK International Tournament Powered by Track
Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm, Sweden (Dec. 26-Jan. 6, 2019)

2019 EBT #2 (Gold)
Brunswick Ballmaster Open
Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 4-13, 2019)

2019 EBT #3 (Satellite)
31st Irish Open Championships in association with Storm
Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 13-20, 2019)

2019 EBT #4 (Silver)
Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2019
Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands (Feb. 24-March 3, 2019)

2019 EBT #5 (Platinum)
Brunswick Euro Challenge
Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 16-24, 2019)

2019 EBT #6 (Bronze)
VII Brunswick Madrid Challenge
Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain (June 30-July 7, 2019)

2019 EBT #7 (Gold)
15th Storm San Marino Open
Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 6-14, 2019)

2019 EBT #8 (Silver)
Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open
Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (July 13-21, 2019)

2019 EBT #9 (Satellite)
Odense International
Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark (Aug. 25 – Sept. 1, 2019)

2019 EBT #10 (Satellite)
Rome Open All4bowling
Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy (Sept. 7-15, 2019)

2019 EBT #11 (Satellite)
Brunswick Dimitris Karetsos Tournament
Alexander the Great Bowling Club in Thessaloniki, Greece (Sept. 14-22, 2019)

2019 EBT #12 (Bronze)
3rd Brunswick Open
Cristal Bowling in Wittelsheim, France (Oct. 1-6, 2019)

2019 EBT #13 (Bronze)
Norwegian Open 2019 by Brunswick
Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway (Oct. -13, 2019)

2019 EBT #14 (Bronze)
Kegel Aalborg International 2019
Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (Nov. 3-10, 2019)

Herbert Bickel

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