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Tobias Börding wins qualifying in Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament


Tobias Börding of Germany won the qualifying of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament to earn a 1.000 Euro bonus and to lead a forty-player field into Sunday’s finals at Dolfijn bowling center in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The German national team member (featured photo) had high games of 279, 258, 279, 251 and 257 and a low score of 196 in game three to lead the first squad on Saturday and 10th overall with 1520 total and an average of 253.33 for six games. As the daily leader, Börding received another 250 Euro bonus.

One-time European Bowling Tour champion Jeroen van Geel (left) of The Netherlands, who led the 206-player field from 18 countries since squad 2 slipped to second place with 1509. Rounding out the top 4, who will miss the first round of the finals on Sunday morning, were four-time EBT titlist Richard Teece (right) of England (1496) and three-time winner Mik Stampe of Denmark (1493).

EBT veteran Gery Verbruggen (left) of Belgium, who was the men’s EBT point ranking winner in the first four years of the Tour (2000-2003), led the final squad 12 with 1492 (248.67), but fell one pin short off the top 4 to settle for fifth place.

Daniel Härtel of Germany was next to Börding in squad 10 with 1488, including a pair of 279 games, to finish qualifying in sixth place.

Squad 11 leaders Xavier Lotthe of France (right) and Anton Gehlin of Sweden were in seventh and eighth position with 1476 and 1463, respectively. In the third game of this squad, Finnish women’s national team member Sanna Pasanen (left) rolled the fourth 300 game of the tournament and the first by woman. Pasanen, however, finished her set with 1328 pinfall, an average of 221.33, and 1368 total (she did not receive any handicap in game three), missing the cut by 51 pins.

Josefin Hermansson (right) of Sweden was the best of 50 women in the field in 14th place with 1446 total, including handicap. She received a 1.000 Euro bonus for accomplishing the feat.

Paul Moor (left) of England, the Tour’s all-time title leader with 17 wins, hit the cut for 30th place with 1419 and an average of 236.50.

Qualifiers 5 to 30 will be joined in the first round of the finals Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) by the top six of squads 1-3, who were not among the top 30 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

Sisters Cajsa and Jenny Wegner (right, r-l) of Sweden grabbed two of the four spots. Cajsa led the desperados with a near-perfect 298 game, including eight pins handicap. Jesper Agerbo of Denmark was second with 258, followed by Jenny with 253 and Lee Cocker of England in fourth place with 252.

The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 is the fifth stop on the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Silver” events this season, the middle of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

It marks the return, after a one-year hiatus, of the HBST to Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, which burned down two weeks after the 2016 HBST. The new 24-lane bowling center, now called “Dolfijn | The Plays To Be”, will host the 2018 edition from April 15 to 22.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 45.750 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 Euro to the first runner-up while the third and fourth place finishers take home 3.000 and 2.000 Euro, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place, worth 500 Euro.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

The top male and the top female qualifier receives 1.000 Euro apiece. There is a 250 Euro extra prize for each daily high series and a 1.000 Euro bonus for the leader of squad 5. Qualifying ran from April 15 to 21 and concluded with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad

Total 40 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, April 22, including the top 30 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 36 players bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 12 (seeded 5-16) who will join the top 4 qualifiers (seeded 1-4) in the eliminator finals. Those 16 players will be divided into four groups of four players each for the first of three eliminator rounds.

All four players of each group will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advance to the next round. The field will be cut to 8 players (2 groups) and then four players (1 group), who determine the top 4 places in the last eliminator round.

Immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament is the 11h European Bowling Tour Masters, which will be contested on Monday, April 23, also at Dolfijn bowling center Tilburg.

After the Aalborg International has been canceled, 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 will 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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Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 – Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

40 players, including the top 30 qualifiers, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17 (places 31-36), and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 37-40) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 22. The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

300 games (4) – Xavier Milet, Sebastian Lange, Brent de Ruiter, Sanna Pasanen.

Herbert Bickel

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