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Swedes Martin Paulsson, Jörgen Roos crack the top 10 in Malmö

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Martin Paulsson and Jörgen Roos of Sweden led squads 9 & 10 to crack the top 10 in the qualifying of the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden, Friday.

Paulsson (featured photo), the 2010 world champion in doubles (with Mathias Arup), who won his lone European Bowling Tour title in the 2012 Florence International became just the ninth player in the event who surpassed the 1300-mark as he totaled 1321 in squad 8 to finish the day in seventh place in the overall qualifying standings.

Paulsson rebounded from a sub-par start (198) with 213, 215, 210, 268 and 217.

Jörgen Roos (left) led squad 7 with 1306, including games of 181, 266, 216, 208, 218 and 217, good for ninth place overall.

Former world and European champion Tore Torgersen (right) of Norway, who owns five European Bowling Tour titles, toppled 1294 pins in squad 8, including a 287 game, the highest game of the tournament so far, but fell two short of the top 10 to sit in 11th place.

Jimmy Mortensen (left) of Denmark continued to lead the 176-player field from 13 countries with 1451 total and an average of 241.83 over six games.

Places 2 to 5 belonged to Swedish bowlers with Jesper Svensson (right) in second with 1411, William Svensson in third with 1407, Mikael Roos in fourth with 1363 and Martin Larsen in fifth with 1354.

2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett (left), USA, remained in sixth place with 1337.

The score to make the qualifying cut surpassed the 1200 mark (200 average). Emil Wohlin of Sweden holds the 46th and last place to advance from the overall leaderboard with 1202 and an average of 200.33. For the records, the score for 46th place in the inaugural Storm Lucky Larsen Masters was 1276 (212.67).

Qualifying continues on Saturday, September 1, with squads 11, 12 & 13 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 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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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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