European Bowling News Overview

2014 ECC

10/18/14

Jenny Wegner, Mads Sandbækken average over 230 to earn the No. 1 seed for the ECC Finals

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2014ECCJennyWegner_small.jpgMads Sandbækken (l.) of Norway and Jenny Wegner (r.) of Swedenaveraged over 230 in Round Three en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the men's and women's single-elimination finals in the 37th European Champions Cup Friday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sandbækken led the men's field with 5283 total and an overall average of 220.13 for 24 games, while Wegner paced the women with 5360 (223.33).

2014 ECC

10/17/14

Paul Stott wins second consecutive round to widen his lead in European Champions Cup

Birgit Pöppler finishes strong to maintain her lead in the women's division

2014ECCPaulStott_small.jpg2014ECCBirgitPoppler_small.jpgPaul Stott of Ireland (l.) and Birgit Pöppler of Germany (r.) widened their lead in the men's and women's division of the 37th European Champions Cup after the second eight-game block Thursday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Stott won the second consecutive round to widen his lead in the men's division to 162 pins, while Pöppler finished second today to lead the women's field by 113 pins haeding into the last round.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/17/14

Brian Voss takes over pole position in Florence; becomes first player who cracks the 1400-mark

PBA Hall of Famer shoots 1406 series in Squad 19 to move atop the 144-player leaderboard; Daniel Vezis (LAT), Serge Frouvelle (FRA) crack the top 4; score to make the cut in 36th place is 1172 (195.33 average)

2014EBT04BrianVoss_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured), United States, averaged 234.33 for six games to catapult past previous leader Brian Valenta by 14 pins and to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 3rd Ebonite Florence International. Voss put up the top score in Squad 19/28 Thursday at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Voss, who owns 25 PBA titles along with three European Bowling Tour titles, had games of 245, 151, 279, 263, 247 and 221 and is on top of a field of 144 players from seven countries with 1406 total.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/16/14

Brian Valenta widens his lead in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

American two-hander shoots 1392 in Squad 16; Italian Amedeo Spada moves into second place with 1328; score to make the cut in 36th place nears the 1200-mark (1155; 192.50 average)

2014EBT18BrianValenta_small.jpg2014EBT18AmedeoSpada_small.jpgU.S. two-handed player Brian Valenta (l.) won the third squad out of the last four squads to widen his lead in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International Wednesday at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Valenta improved his high score to 1392 in Squad 16 including games of 224, 236, 268, 225, 244 and 195, an average of 232 for six games. Amedeo Spada (r.) of Italy was 64 pins behind to move into second place with 1328.

2014 ECC

10/15/14

Birgit Pöppler, Paul Stott claim first round lead in 37th European Champions Cup

2014ECCBirgitPoppler_small.jpg2014ECCPaulStott_small.jpgBirgit Pöppler (pictured left) of Germany and Paul Stott of Ireland claimed the first round lead in the 37th European Champions Cup which got underway on Wednesday with the first of three eight-game blocks at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Pöppler had the highest series of both, men and women, with 1858, an average of 232.25. Stott (r.) paced the men's field with 1820 total (227.50).

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/15/14

Brian Valenta claims position as tournament leader in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

American averages over 226 in Squad 13 to lead the 106-player field with 1358; Squad 12 leader Stefanides, De Filippi move in the top 20; score to make the cut in 36th place is currently 1149 (191.50 average)

2014EBT18BrianValenta_small.jpgBrian Valenta (pictured), United States, led Squad 13 on Tuesday afternoon at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy with 1358 en route to claim the top spot on the standings sheet in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International. The one-time PBA Regional titlist, who uses the two-hand delivery, had games of 229, 214, 215, 239, 186 and 275 to lead 106 players from Greece, France, United States and the host country Italy. Previous leaders Giorgio Galluzzo and Piero Colombani slipped to second and third place with 1316 and 1332, respectively.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/14/14

Giorgio Galluzzo continues to lead 3rd Ebonite Florence International after Day Three

No changes atop the qualifying leaderboard in Squads 10 & 11; Fabrizio Donini is the only player to move in the top 10; score to make the cut in 36th place is currently 1115 (185.83 average)

2014EBT10FedericoRossi_small.jpg2014EBT18GiorgioGalluzzo_small.jpgThere were no changes to the qualifying leaderboard in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International after Tuesday's squad 10 & 11 at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Italian international Federico Rossi (l.) led Squad 11 with 1257 just to miss his personal best in the tournament by two pins. Rossi stayed in fourth place with 1259. Giorgio Galluzzo (r.) of Italy continued to lead the 87-player field with 1316 and an average of 219.33.

Romania

10/13/14

Bj√łrn Einar Rudshagen wins his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest Open

Norwegian defeats Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa in the championship match to defend his title

2014BucharestOpenBjornEinarRudshagen_small.jpg In a high scoring championship match, defending champion and tournament leader, Bj√łrn Einar Rudshagen (pictured) of Norway, topped Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa, 257-248, to win his second consecutive title in the IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open and the 3.500 Euro top prize Sunday at IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania. Rudshagen was the second Norwegian national team member after Tore Torgersen, winner of the Norwegian Open, who won an international title on Sunday, Oct. 12.

2014 European Bowling Tour #18

10/13/14

Giorgio Galluzzo, Piero Colombani set the early pace in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

EBT Satellite tournament in Italy is the penultimate tournament of the 2014 European Bowling Tour

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Giorgio Galluzzo and Piero Colombani rolled 1300 series to set the early pace in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International, which got underway Saturday at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. Galluzzo (l.) had games of 205, 204, 235, 237, 216 and 219 in the second squad to lead a field of 56 Italian bowlers, all men, with 1316 (219.33 average). Squad 6 leader Colombani (r.) fell four pins short of the lead to take second place with 1312 (218.67).

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Tore Torgersen cruises to victory in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick

Norwegian averages over 250 to capture his fourth career win on the European Bowling Tour; ends 13-year title drought in Oslo, Norway

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Norwegian standout and long-time national team member Tore Torgersen (pictured left with second-place Mads Sandbækken, left) cruised to victory in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick to capture his fourth career European Bowling Tour title and the 40.000 Norwegian Kronor top prize. Torgersen posted a record 844-series in Final Round 4, an average of 281.33 for three games, to take a 74-pin lead into the championships round and never looked back.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Tore Torgersen averages over 280 to lead top 8 players into championship round

Norwegians fires 844 series to take a 74-pin lead into the last three-game round; as the lone woman in the finale, Kamilla Kjeldsen (DEN) has won the women's ranking in Oslo

2014EBT17ToreTorgersen_small.jpgAfter almost missing the Round of 16, Tore Torgersen (pictured) of Norway made sure that he made the last cut to the championship round in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick. The former world and European champion averaged 281.33 for an 844 series including games of 267, 299 and 278 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. He missed the sixth perfecto of the tournament due to a solid 9 on his fill ball in game two. Torgersen holds a 74-pin lead over compatriot Mads Sandbækken heading into the final three-game round.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Danes Kjeldsen, Jensen lead Final Round Three as the field is cut to top 16 in Norway

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2014EBT17MaiGingeJensen_small.jpgKamilla Kjeldsen (l.) and Mai Ginge Jensen (r.) will battle it out for the women's ranking in Oslo, Norway as the Danish national team members are the only women in the race for the title at the Norwegian Open. Kjeldsen outaveraged the men to lead the squad with 712 scratch, an average of 237.33, and 736 total including handicap. Jensen was 32 pins behind with 704. The top 8 advance to a fourth round clash with the top 8 qualifiers.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Defending champion James Gruffman sets the tone in Round 2 at Norwegian Open Finals

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2014EBT17ToreTorgersen2_small.jpg2013 Norwegian Open champion James Gruffman (l.) of Sweden rolled games of 256, 237 and 223 to lead Final Round Two at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway with 716 and an average of 238.67. The defending champion leads the top eight players in a third-round clash with qualifiers 9 to 16. Trailing Gruffman by five pins to take second place was Tore Torgersen (r.) of Norway, who used games of 258, 226 and 227 for 711 (237 average).

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/12/14

Rasmus Bering paces Round One as finals get underway at Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick

2014EBT17RasmusBering_small.jpg2014EBT17MikaelRoos_small.jpgThe finals of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick got underway on Sunday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with the first of five three-game rounds featuring 16 players, qualifiers 25 to 28, who were seeded into the round and the top 12 from the semifinals. Dane Rasmus Bering (l.) the round with 695 total including games of 247, 265 and 187. Mikael Roos (r.) of Sweden was eight pins behind in second place with 683.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/11/14

Mai Ginge Jensen leads top 12 of Semifinal Round Two into Sunday's Finals

Women from Denmark, Sweden and Norway take the top three spots; Frode J√łrgen Aaneby hits the cutoff number for 12th place with 1266 (211 average)

2014EBT17MaiGingeJensen_small.jpg2014EBT17RebeckaLarsen_small.jpgMai Ginge Jensen (l.) of Denmark totaled 1369 pins in Semifinal Rounds 1 and 2 to lead the top 12 players into the finals of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick Sunday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. The 2011 World Champion in All-Events added 662 to the 707 of Round 1 to lead the 24-player field with 1369 total including eight pins handicap per game. Round 1 leader Rebecka Larsen (r.) of Sweden slipped to second place with 1348.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/11/14

Five women atop the leaderboard in Semifinal Round One at Norwegian Open

National team members from Sweden, Norway and Denmark lead the top 24 players into Semifinal Round Two

2014EBT17RebeckaLarsen_small.jpg2014EBT17AndreaHansen_small.jpg Five women's national team members from Sweden, Norway and Denmark topped the leaderboard of the first semifinal round in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick Saturday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. Rebecka Larsen (l.) of Sweden averaged 237 to lead the round with 735 total including handicap. Andrea E. Hansen (r.) of Norway was 26 pins behind with 709. The top 24 advanced to the second round.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/11/14

Women dominate penultimate qualifying squad at Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick

Rebecka Larsen (SWE), Andrea E. Hansen (NOR) and Pernille W. Rasmussen (DEN) atop the qualifying cut line; top 27 remain unchanged with Mike Fagan (USA) leading the 222-player field with 1481; score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1347 (224.50 average)

2014EBT17RebeckaLarsen_small.jpg2014EBT17AndreaHansen_small.jpgEighteen men and fourteen women took to lanes 11 to 26 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway for the 21st and penultimate qualifying squad of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick and it were the women who dominated the squad. Rebecka Larsen (l.) of Sweden led the way with 1383 including handicap to leap from 85th to 28th place, while Andrea E. Hansen (r.) of Norway was mere two pins behind with 1381 to claim 31st place.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/11/14

Norwegians Kenneth Haukås, Tore Torgersen roll 1400-series No. 22 and No. 23 in Squad 20

Haukås moves into 14th place with 1425, Torgersen takes 23rd place with 1402; Mike Fagan (USA) leads the 220-player field with 1481; with two more squads to go the score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1341 (223.50 average)

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Much like the early bird who catches the worm, the three leaders of the 9 a.m. Squad 20 on Saturday morning, all from Norway, caught berths into the semifinals and finals, respectively, of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick. Kenneth Haukås (l.) and Tore Torgersen (r.) rolled the 22nd and 23rd 1400-series in the tournament to leap into 14th and 23rd place with 1424 and 1402, resp. Arvid Espen leaped to 31st place with 1375.

2014 European Bowling Tour #17

10/10/14

No changes atop the leaderboard in Squad 19 at Norwegian Open

USA's Mike Fagan leads the 214-player field into the final qualifying day; Squad 19 leader Olav J. Olsen rolls 1382-series to claim 27th place in the overall qualifying standings; another six players shift above the cut line; with 19 of 22 squads completed the score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1334 (222.33 average)

2013EBT16OlavOlsen_small.jpg2014EBT17MikeFagan_small.jpgThere were no changes to the leaderboard Friday evening as Squad 19 leader Olav J. Olsen (l.) toppled 1382 pins to claim 27th place in the overall qualifying standings of the European Bowling Tour's Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick. Another six players besides Olsen managed to move into the top 42. Mike Fagan (r.), United States, leads the 214-player field from eight countries into the last qualifying day with 1481 or an average of 246.83.

2014 European Bowling Tour #14

10/10/14

Mike Fagan uses perfection to move into the top spot in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick

EBT & PBA champion rolls fifth 300 game to lead the 193-player field with 1481; Danish two-hander Markus Bergendorff is close behind to move into third place; Rasmus Bering (DEN) rolls the fourth perfecto; score to make the cut in 42nd place is up to 1325 (220.83)

2014EBT17MikeFagan300_small.jpg2014EBT17MarkusBergendorffViking2_small.jpgMike Fagan (l.), United States, closed out Squad 18 with the fifth 300 game of the tournament for 1481, an average of 246.83, to overtake the lead in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick Saturday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. Danish two-hander Markus Bergendorff (r.) was close behind Fagan to move into third place with 1464.

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