European Bowling News Overview

2015 MEC


Finland defeats England by a whisker to win Team gold at Men's European Championships

Denmark and Sweden share the bronze medal; Denmark's Frederik Øhrgaard beats out Finns Osku Palermaa and Kimmo Lehtonen for the gold medal in All-Events

2015MECTeamFinland2_small.jpgFinland (pictured left) defeated England by the closest possible margin, 1100 to 1099, to win the title in the coveted five-player team event in the Men's European Championships Friday evening at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Denmark and Sweden shared the bronze medal. Frederik Øhrgaard of Denmark averaged 223 on his way to the gold medal in All-Events. Finland's Olli Pakonen rolled the first 300 game game of the Championships.

2015 MEC


Finland defeats Sweden to win the gold medal in Trios at Europeans Championships

Israel and Germany share the bronze medal; Dane Frederik Øhrgaard continues to lead in All-Events after 18 of 24 games

2015MECJoonasJehkinenKimmoLehtonenOskuPalerma_small.jpgKimmo Lehtonen, Joonas Jehkinen and Osku Palermaa of Finland (l-r) defeated Sweden's Daniel Fransson, Magnus Johnson Jr. and Jesper Svensson, 636-555, in the Trios finale to win the first gold medal for Finland at the Men's European Championships in Aalborg. The Finns topped Germany in a high-scoring semifinal match, 698-694, and the Swedes prevailed by five pins against Israel, 642-637. Sweden earned silver while Germany and Israel shared bronze.

2015 MEC


Frederik Øhrgaard, Jesper Agerbo win second gold medal for Denmark in Doubles

Top-seeded Danes defeat Georgios Stefanidis, Vasileios Stefopoulos of Greece in the gold medal match, 442-416; Øhrgaard averages 228 to lead in All-Events after 12 of 24 games

2015MECFrederikOhrgaardJesperAgerbo_small.jpgFrederik Øhrgaard and Jesper Agerbo (pictured left, l-r) won the second gold medal for the host country Denmark at the Men's European Championships in Aalborg when the top-seeded duo defeated Georgios Stefanidis and Vasileios Stefopoulos of Greece in the title match, 442-416. The Greek earned silver, while Markus Jansson and Magnus Johnson Jr. of Sweden and Germany's Marco Baade and Tobias Börding, who had to bowl a roll-off prior to their semifinal defeat, shared bronze.

2015 MEC


Denmark's Thomas Larsen captures Singles gold at 2015 Men's European Championships

Defeats Romain Franchi (FRA) 209-192 in the title match; top-seeded Ramon Hilferink (NED) and Adam Cairns (ENG) share the bronze medal

2015MECThomasLarsen2_small.jpgLocal favorite Thomas Larsen (pictured) of Denmark captured the first gold medal of the 2015 Men's European Championships when he defeated Romain Franchi of France, 209-192, in the title match of the Singles event Saturday evening. In a high-scoring semifinal match, top-seeded Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, fell to Franchi, 241-231, while Larsen took down Adam Cairns, England, in a similar close match, 227-218. Cairns earned the silver medal and Hilferink and Cairns both received bronze.

2015 MEC


6th Men's European Championships starts Friday with Singles preliminaries

185 players from 32 countries compete from June 5-13 for medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark

2015MECLogo_small.jpg The 6th Men's European Championships will be held from June 3-14, 2015, in Aalborg, Denmark. 185 players from 32 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters. Real action begins on June 5 with the two-day Singles preliminaries with the first champion to be crowned on June 6. The Doubles event will be held June 7 & 8, the Trios event takes place June 9 & 10 and is followed by the Team event June 11 & 12.



Organizer announces players for 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour

6th edition of the made-for-TV event features eight TV finals, four men and four women, in four cities in France (Nov. 2-7, 2015)

2015QBPCStMalo_small.jpg Tournament manager Bruno Bidone has announced the men's and women's roster for the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour. The sixth edition of the made-for-TV Tour will be contested from Nov. 2-7 in bowling centers in four different cities in France, Bowling Skittle in Chateaubriant, Silverbowl in Angers, Bowling Le Belem in Dinan and Extra Bowl in Ballainvilliers. Each of the eight shows will air on French television networks and on the internet free of charge.

2015 ISBT #4


England's Angie Brown, Lol Ellis sweep the titles in 50+ Euro Bowling Open

2015ISBT04LolEllisAngieBrown_small.jpgAngie Brown and Lol Ellis (r-l) of England swept the women's and men's title in the 50+ Euro Bowling Open Sunday at Euro Bowling Deurne in Brussels, Belgium. It was the 12th career ISBT title for Brown, who pocketed 750 Euro, and the third for Ellis, who received the 1.400 Euro top prize. The fourth stop on the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour attracted an entry list of 73 men and 15 women including a strong English contingent, with 28 players competing.



Switzerland's Harn Chieh Kwan emerges victorious at 38th Grand Prix Zurich

2015GPZHarnChiehKwan_small.jpg Harn Chieh Kwan (pictured) of Switzerland closed out the finals of the 38th Grand Prix Zurich with a big 236 game to overtake his compatriot David Tanic en route to win the title and the 1.100 Swiss Franc top prize (approx. 1.064 Euro). The Swiss national team member posted a 1440 series and the field-best 205.71 average in the final seven-game round, which featured a special position point system format, to beat out Tanic for the title by six points, 95 to 89.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Jeroen van Geel defeats Kamilla Kjeldsen in roll-off to win his first EBT title Odense International

2015EBT08JeroenvanGeel2_small.jpgThe match play finals in the Odense International went into overtime when the two undefeated players, Jeroen van Geel of Netherlands and Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark tied in the title match at 202. In the one-ball roll-off Van Geel (pictured) struck while Kjeldsen left two pins standing to cruise to his first career EBT title and to earn the 4.000 Euro top prize. Kjeldsen, who was looking to become the first multiple EBT champion this season, had to settle for second place worth 2.500 Euro.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Pontus Andersson wins qualifying in Odense International to lead top 36 into Sunday's finals

Swede leads the 98-player field with 1455 (242.50 average); Squad 13 & 14 leader Anders Lousdal (DEN) and Squad 15 leader Timmy Frederiksson (SWE) jump into fifth and sixth place; score to make the cut in 24th place is 1315 (219.17 average)

2015EBT08PontusAndersen_small.jpg Sweden's Pontus Andersson (pictured) remained atop the leaderboard in the qualifying of the Odense International to lead 36 players, 29 men and seven women, into the finals starting Sunday, Mai 31, at 8 a.m. CEST at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark. Andersson posted a 1455 series in Squad 5 of 16, an average of 242.50 for six games, including back-to-back 299 games. As the qualifying leader Andersson will take a 140-pin bonus into the first round. He will be looking to win his first career European Bowling Tour title.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Swede Christoffer Jakobsson moves into third place in Odense International

Compatriot Pontus Andersson leads the 90-player field into the final qualifying day; score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1291 (215.17 average)

2015EBT08ChristofferJakobsson_small.jpgChristoffer Jakobsson (pictured) averaged 234.17 Friday afternoon at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark, to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings in the Odense International. The Swede had a slow start in Squad 11 but rebounded from a 184 game with 259, 235, 214, 276 and 237 for 1405. His compatriot Pontus Andersson leads the 90-player field from England, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the host country Denmark into the final qualifying day with 1455 or an average of 242.50.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Squad 9 and 10 leaders Larsen, Hansen crack top 24 at Odense International

Swede Pontus Andersson holds on to the lead with 1455 (242.50 average); score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1272 (212 average)

2014PBAThomasLarsen_small.jpg2015EBT08SorenAhman_small.jpgSøren Åhman Hansen (l.) and Thomas Larsen (r.) of Denmark led the 9th and 10th qualifying squad Thursday at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark en route to move into the top 24 in the Odense International, an EBT Satellite event. With 10 out of 15 qualifying squads in the books, Sweden's Pontus Andersson continued to lead in the 75-player field from six countries with 1455 and an average of 242.50.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Pontus Andersson leads Odense International as qualifying reaches halfway mark

Swede paces the 68-player field with 1455 (242.50 average); score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1269 (211.50 average)

2015EBT08PontusAndersen_small.jpg2015EBT08JanAndersen_small.jpgThe qualifying of the Odense International currently underway in Odense, Denmark, has reached its halfway mark Wednesday evening at Odense Bowling Center. With eight out of 15 qualifying squads in the books, Sweden's Pontus Andersson (l.) held on to the lead in the 68-player field from six countries averaging 242.50 for six games. Jan Andersen (r.), Denmark, averaged 219.83 to lead Squad 8 and to move into 14th place with 1319.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


No changes atop the leaderboard in Odense International

Swede Pontus Andersson holds on to the lead after seven qualifying squads with 1455 (242.50 average)

2015EBT08FrankRasmussen_small.jpg2015EBT08PontusAndersen_small.jpgThere were no changes to the qualifying leaderboard in the Odense International Tuesday as Squad 7 leader Frank Rasmussen (l.) barely made it into top 24. Rasmussen, who averaged 212 including games of 223, 200, 186, 245, 196 and 222, moved into 21st place with 1272. World Youth Champion Pontus Andersson (r.) of Sweden continued to lead the 64-player field from six countries after 7 of 16 squads with 1455 and an average of 242.50.

2015 European Bowling Tour #7


Finn Juhani Tonteri averages over 230 to win Kegel Aalborg International 2015

In a championship round featuring fives Swedes, two Norwegians and one Finnish bowler, Juhani Tonteri of Finland averaged 237.75 to win his first European Bowling Tour title in the Kegel Aalborg International 2015 Sunday, May 24, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Starting the final four-game round in second place with 1374, Tonteri rolled games of 243, 248, 243 and 217 (951) to overtake previous leader Mattias Olsson (838) of Sweden by 59 pins to earn the 5.000 top prize.



Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.



Lynne Fishler, Ron Berlov win 2015 Israeli National Championships

2015IsraelNCRonBerlov_small.jpg2015IsraelNCLynneFishler_small.jpgRon Berlov (l.) of Hutzot club and Lynne Fishler (r.) of Ramat Gan club won the men's and women's title at the 2015 Israeli National Championships, which concluded May 15 at Gan Shmuel bowling center. It marks the first individual title for both players, who will represent Israel at the 2015 European Champions Cup in San Marino.



Thorstensen, Haukås win both titles in Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships

Norwegian Bowling Federation names team for 2015 Men's European Championships

2015NorwegianChampionshipsWomenSinglesHeidiThorstensen_small.jpg 2015NorwegianChampionshipsMenSinglesKennethHaukas_small.jpg Heidi Thorstensen (l.) and Kenneth Haukås (r.) won both titles in the women's and men's division at the Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships Sunday at Bowling & Squash in Tromsø, Norway. Both started the championhips with victory in Doubles and went on to win the Singles competition as well. Thorstensen teamed with Lisa I Riise to claim the women's doubles titles while Haukås and team mate Stefan Palmèr captured the men's doubles title.



Maria Bulanova, Alexey Parshukov dominate Russian Championships 2015

Bulanova wins four out of possible five gold medals; Parshukov claims the titles in Singles and Team; the leaders in All-Events, who rolled the lone women's and men's 300 game, will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup

2015RUSCAlexeyParshukovMariaBulanova_small.jpgDefending Russian champions Maria Bulanova of Nizhny Novgorod and Alexey Parshukov of Krasnodar (pictured r-l) dominated the Russian Championships 2015 which took place April 28th to May 3rd at Russian Field in St. Petersburg, the biggest bowling center in Russia. The event combined the Russian Individual and Team Championships, which were held separately in previous years. As the repeat winners in All-Events, Bulanova and Parshukov will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup.

2015 MCC


Anže Grabrijan (SLO), Gulhan Aksular (TUR) conclude MCC with victory in Masters

Turkey leads the final medal table in the 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals

2015MCCLogo_small.jpg The 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 concluded Saturday with the men's and women's Masters competition at Bowling Mega Place in Chania, Crete, Greece. The top 8 players in All-Events advanced to single-elimination match play. Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia defeated Malta's Mark Spiteri, 420-391, to claim the men's title. Gulhan Aksular of Turkey came back from a 32-pin deficit with big 246 second game to beat Italian Giada Di Martino, 415-395.

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