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U.S. bowlers dominate Wednesday’s squads at Storm Lucky Larsen Masters

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Bowlers from the United States of America dominated Wednesday’s qualifying squads at the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmö, Sweden, as they occupied the top 5 spots in squad 21 and three of the top 4 in squad 20.

Tom Daugherty (featured photo and right) set the pace in the evening squad (with 1354 total and an average of 225.67 for six games, to jump into seventh place in the overall standings.

The two-time Professional Bowlers Association champion had games of 200, 222, 269, 203, 216 and 244 and to tie tournament namesake Martin Larsen (left) and to push back the Swede to eighth place, due to the higher last game, 244 to 214 in Daugherty’s favor.

The top 8 at the end of the qualifying will receive two byes for Sunday’s finals, while qualifiers 9-33 get a first-round bye.

Matthew McNeil (right) was on course to challenge Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark for the qualifying lead starting his set with 227, 245, 245 and 247 (241 average), but had to settle for 13th place with 1342 after finishing with 169 and 209.

Mortensen (left) leads the 300-player field from 20 countries, including 37 women, since squad 4 on Aug. 26 with 1451 total and an average of 241.83.

AJ Chapman (right) bowled in both squads on Wednesday (the morning squad 19 has been canceled), finishing squad 20 in first place with 1284 and squad 21 in fifth place with 1264. Chapman, a member of Wichita State team that won the 2015 Intercollegiate Team Championships moved into 30th place in the standings.

Anthony Pepe (left), who won his lone PBA title 2014 Cheetah Championship, was fourth in squad 20 with 1267 and improved by 12 pins in squad 21 to finish the day in 34th place with 1279.

Four-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion Danielle McEwan (right) and Malaysian national team member Adrian Ang were second and third on squad 20 to sit in 36th and 37th place with 1275 and 1274, respectively.

McEwan, who received eight pins handicap per game, is currently one of seven women who are above the cut line. By accepting handicap pins, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events, McEwan will not be awarded a PBA title if she would win the tournament.

In the 19-year-history of the European Bowling Tour, women have won at least one title in each season, including three titles this season. Sin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia, who owns one PWBA and two EBT titles, including the prestigious Brunswick Ballmaster Open in 2018, is the best of 37 women in the field in 9th place with 1353, including handicap pins.

Josh Blanchard (right), who won the first of his three PBA titles in the 2015 Brunswick Euro Challenge, was fourth in squad 21 with 126, good for 41st place overall.

Richard Teece (left) of England, a four-time EBT champion and the Tour’s 2016 point ranking leader was the best non U.S. player in squad 21. Teece, who won his first PBA title in the 2017 Shark Championship totaled 1263 to sit in 43rd place, mere six pins above the cut line.

Chris Klerk (right), USA, is the man “on the bubble” in 46th position with 1257 and an average of 209.50.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, September 6, with squads 22-25 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 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 21/33

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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