O'Neill beats Fagan in all-American affair to win 42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open


    2012 EBT #1 / 2012 WBT #1

    PBA champ becomes the first non-Finnish winner since 1996

    201112PBABillONeill.jpg201112PBAMikeFagan.jpgIn all-American affair, three-time WTBA World Champion Bill O'Neill (pictured left) defeated fellow PBA champion Mike Fagan (right), 236-224, to win the 42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open Sunday, Jan. 15 at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland.

    Top-seeded O'Neill, who became the first U.S. winner in the 42-year history of the tournament and the first non-Finnish winner since 1996, pocketed 12.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat.

    2011EBT17DominicBarrett5.jpg201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpgIn a battle between four PBA champions, Fagan, the No. 3 seed, eliminated 2010 EBT ranking champion Dominic Barrett (left), England, in the opening match, 232-214.

    The American then denied the bid of reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniem (right)i, Finland, for his third consecutive Ballmaster title, defeating the "big Finn", in a high-scoring semifinal, 251-233.

    Fagan received 8.000 Euro for second place. Koivuniemi took 4.000 Euro for third place and Barrett pocketed 3.000 Euro for fourth place.

    2011BWCKristaPollanen2.jpgO'Neill and women's ranking winner Krista Pöllänen (right), Finland, became the first leaders of the men's and women's ranking in both the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the 2012 World Bowling Tour rankings.

    2012 European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Current Standings
    2012 EBT Women's Ranking
    2012 EBT Men's Ranking

    2012 World Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Current Standings
    2012 WBT Women's Ranking
    2012 WBT Men's Ranking

    2012BallmasterLogo_small.jpg The 42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open was the first of five "EBT Gold" events, the second-highest EBT category, in the 2012 season. The tournament runs Friday Jan. 6 through Sunday Jan. 15, 2012 at 36-lane Tali Bowl in Finland's capital city Helsinki.

    Players compete for total prize money of 90.300 Euro with 12.000 Euro going to the winner, 8.000 to the runner-up and 4.000 and 3.000 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively.

    As a consequence of the Finnish tax regulations, there was a tax on prize money for non-Finnish participants. The tax, which is 15% of any prize, was deducted from the prizes by the organizer.

    Qualifying of the 2012 Brunswick Ballmaster Open ran through Saturday, Jan. 14, and ended with Squad 16 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad on Saturday night. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    The BBO 2012 features a 39.5 feet lane conditioning pattern..

    A total of 48 players - the top 44 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - qualified for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 15. No byes were given in this tournament.

    The finals are similar to the old PBA format. All 48 finalists bowled 8 games starting from scratch to cut to the top 16 who advanced to the match play portion with the pinfall of Round 1 being carried forward

    Those 16 bowled 15 games of round robin match play. Players earned 30 bonus pins for each match won and 15 points for a tied match. The top 4 players after 23 games including bonus determined the champion in a traditional stepladder final.

    The No. 4 seed met the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 12.000 Euro top prize and 150 ranking points for the EBT ranking and 50 ranking points for the WBT ranking. .

    2011EBT01KristaPollanen_small.jpg201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg Reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (pictured left) is the two-time defending Ballmaster Open champion. In the 2012 title match, the "Big Finn" topped fellow PBA champion Sean Rash, United States, 236-191, to claim his third career Ballmaster title.

    2009 World Games champion Krista Pöllänen (right), Finland, finished the tournament in ninth place to win the women's ranking.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour consists of 22 tour stops in 17 countries including two Platinum, five Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the Brunswick Ballmaster Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2012 season qualify for the sixth EBT Masters to be held Sept. 23rd, 2013 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The Ballmaster is also the first event on World Bowling Tour, which was inaugurated in 2011. The 2012 WBT consists of 14 tournaments in America, Asia, Europe and Australia - five in the United States and one each in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, Kuwait and Thailand,.


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    42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open - Stepladder Finals

    Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland (Jan. 6-15, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1. Bill O'Neill, United States, 236 (1 game), 12.000 Euro
    2. Mike Fagan, United States, 707 (3 games), 8.000 Euro
    3. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 233 (1 game), 4.000 Euro
    4. Dominic Barrett, England, 214 ( 1 game), 3.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Fagan def. No. 4 Barrett, 232-214
    Second Match: Fagan def. No. 2 Koivuniemi, 251-233
    Championship Match: No. 1 O'Neill def. Fagan, 236-224.


    Final Standings - Places 5-48 (Cashers)

    5. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 2.600 Euro
    6. Chris Barnes, United States, 2.500 Euro
    7. Teemu Raatikainen, Finland, 2.400 Euro
    8. Andrew Frawley, Australia, 2.300 Euro
    9. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 2.200 Euro
    10. Chris Loschetter, United States, 2.100 Euro
    11. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 2.000 Euro
    12. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1.900 Euro
    13. Mika Heino, Finland, 1.800 Euro
    14. Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 1.700 Euro
    15. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1.600 Euro
    16. Joonas Jähi, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    17. Tony Ranta, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    18. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    19. Paul Moor, England, 1.100 Euro
    20. Tommy Jones, United States, 1.100 Euro
    21. Patrick Allen, United States, 1.100 Euro
    22. Ronnie Russell, United States, 1.100 Euro
    23. Petteri Salonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    24. Dino Castillo, United States, 1.100 Euro
    25. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    26. Sean Rash, United States, 1.100 Euro
    27. Panu Nurmilo, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    28. Jarmo Ahokas, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    29. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    30. Stuart Williams, England, 1.100 Euro
    31. Tom Hess, United States, 1.100 Euro
    32. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    33. Ryan Ciminelli, United States, 1.100 Euro
    34. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    35. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    36. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    37. Kert Truus, Estonia, 1.100 Euro
    38. Niko Liukkonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    39. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    40. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    41. Parker Bohn III, United States, 1.100 Euro
    42. Timo Alho, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    43. Niko Kurppa, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    44. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    45. Eemeli Hemmi, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    46. Magnus Lönnroth, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    47. Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    48. Jani Ketonen, Finland, 1.100 Euro