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Thomas Larsen, Daniel Wigman ad their names to the leaderboard in Odense

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Thomas Larsen and Daniel Wigman led the fifth qualifying squad Tuesday evening at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark with 1299 and 1289 to move into second and third place, respectively, in the qualifying of the Odense International, a European Bowling Tour event.

Larsen (featured photo), who won his fifth EBT title in the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in July, had games of 180, 202, 240, 265 and 195 and closed with 217 for the field-best 216.50 average to overtake the lead in this squad and to beat out Wigman for the bragging rights by 10 pins. Wigman rolled games of 236, 214, 176, 234, 226 and 203, an average of 214.83.

Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark, who averaged 209.33, continued to lead the 61-player field, 42 men and 19 women, from five countries with 1304 six-game total, including 48 pins women’s handicap.

Rounding out the top 5 were Steffen Tang-Petersen and three-time EBT titlist and two-time Odense International champion Mike Stampe, also of Denmark, with 1267 and 1218, respectively.

Björn Sigurdsson of Iceland is still the best foreign bowler in the field but slipped to sixth place with 1217.

With five out of 13 qualifying squads completed, Michael Sørensen of Denmark holds the 24th and last place to advance from the overall qualifying standings with 1104 and an average of 184.

Qualifying continues Wednesday, August 29, with Squad 6 scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).


The Odense International 2018 is the ninth stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories (satellite, bronze, silver, gold and platinum). The tournament will be held from August 26 to September 2 at 20-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

Players compete for total prize money of 120.000 Danish Kronor (DKK) or roughly 16.100 Euro with 25.000 DKK (3.350 Euro) going to the winner, 12.000 DKK to the runner-up and 6.000 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 36th place worth 1.800 DKK or 241 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Sunday, August 26, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) with squad 13, followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start a 9 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score is 300.

Total 36 players qualify for the finals, including the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-4 and 5-8 plus the top two youth (Under-20) and top 2 senior (50 & over) bowlers, all outside the top 24, as well as one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 ranking and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad.

The Turbo 1 and 2 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series (optional; extra entry fee required).

The top 10 qualifiers receive bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows:
Qualifying winner: 140 pins; 2nd place: 120; 3rd place: 100; 4th place: 80; 5th place: 60; 6th place: 50; 7th place: 40; 8th place: 30; 9th place: 20; and 10th place: 10.

All 36 finalists bowl six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women’s handicap advance to the second round with the total pinfall carried forward.

Those 16 bowl an additional four games to cut to the top 8 who will be seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round, the highest seeded player selects his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, and so on.

The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two “lucky losers” (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) advance. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser go to the semifinals. The winners of that round bowl for the title.

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.

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The top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-4 and 5-8 plus the top two youth and top 2 senior bowlers, all outside the top 24, as well as one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 ranking and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad, advance to the finals on Sunday, September 2.

Herbert Bickel

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