Mike Fagan wins his fifth career EBT title in 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open


    2012 European Bowling Tour #7

    PBA champion defeats Colombia's Clara Guerrero in the title match to become the first multiple champion this season


    2012EBT04ClaraGuerrero3.jpgFour-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year contender, Mike Fagan (pictured left) of Dallas, United States, defeated two-time world champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (right) of Colombia in the title match, 469-446, to win the 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open Sunday afternoon at Dream Bowl Palace in suburban Munich, Germany.

    It was the fifth career European Bowling Tour title for Fagan and the second this season after the Brunswick Euro Challenge in March which also counted as his fourth PBA title. PBA players from the United States have won four out of seven EBT events this season. The 31-year-old right-hander became the first multiple EBT champion this season and widened his lead in the men's point ranking.

    2012EBT04BrittBrondsted.jpg2012EBT04StuartWilliams.jpgGuerrero, who led the tournament in qualifying, posted a huge 278 in the last game of Final Round Three to make the cut to the single-elimination finals with the two-game total determining the winner.

    In a quarterfinal match between two former World Ranking Masters champions, Guerrero defeated Britt Brøndsted (left), 446-420, to advance to the semifinals en route to win the women's ranking in Munich.

    It marked the third time that the Colombian national team member led the women's ranking in an EBT tournament after the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge, where she captured her first EBT title, and the 2011 Vienna Open.

    2012EBT04PerttuJussila.jpg201112PBASeanRash.jpgIn the semifinal, Guerrero eliminated another World Ranking Masters champion, Stuart Williams (above right), England, 476-441. Williams, a six-time EBT champion, has won his first PBA title in the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling.

    Fagan, who led Round Three with a 255 average to earn the No. 1 seed for the finals, topped No. 8 Perttu Jussila (left), Finland, in the quarterfinals, 420-394, and posted games of 250 and 252 to sideline fellow PBA champion Sean Rash (right), 502-425, in the semis.

    2012EBT04DominicBarrett.jpg2012EBT04MikaKoivuniemi2.jpgGuerrero pocketed 4.000 Euro for second place while Williams and Rash earned 2.000 Euro apiece for third and fourth place, respectively.

    Guerrero, Rash, Williams as well as quarterfinal losers Brøndsted, Jussila, Dominic Barrett (left), England, and Mika Koivuniemi (right), Finland, will participate in the 5th EBT Masters, which follows the 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open on April 30 and May 1 also at Dream-Bowl Palace.

    The Masters is the season-ending event of the 2011 EBT season and features the top 16 men and women of the 2011 EBT point rankings.

    2012TrackDBPOpenLogo_small.jpg The 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open is the seventh stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the third out of eight EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from April 25-29 at 52-lane Dream Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, a suburb of Munich, Germany and offers total prize fund of 50.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 Euro to the runner-up and 4.000 and 2.000 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively.

    Qualifying of the 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open ran from Wednesday April 25 through Saturday, April 28. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 48 players including all squad winners and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad qualified for the finals on Sunday, April 29. The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes, while qualifiers 9-16 bypass the first round of the finals.

    Three four-game rounds each starting from scratch will trim the field to 32, 20 and then eight players, who will determine the champion in single-elimination match play rounds. In each round over two games decided by total pinfall, the highest seeded player meets the lowest seeded player, the second-highest meets the second-lowest, and so on.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 21 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.


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    3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open

    Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (April 25-29, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1. Mike Fagan, United States, 1391 (6 games), 7.000 Euro
    2. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 1368 (6 games), 4.000 Euro
    3. Stuart Williams, England, 906 (4 games), 2.000 Euro
    4. Sean Rash, United States, 879 (4 games), 2.000 Euro
    5. Dominic Barrett, England, 431 (2 games), 1.200 Euro
    6. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 401 (2 games), 1.200 Euro
    7. *Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 420 (2 games), 1.200 Euro
    8. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 394 (2 games), 1.200 Euro
    * Women's scores including 8 pins handicap each game.

    Playoff Results:
    No. 1 Fagan (214 + 206) def. No. 8 Jussila (188 + 206), 420-394
    No. 7 Rash (233 + 221) def. No. 2 Barrett (246 + 185), 454-431
    No. 6 Williams (209 + 256) def. No. 3 Koivuniemi (224 + 177), 465-401
    No. 4 Guerrero (234 + 212) def. No. 5 Brøndsted (204 + 216), 446-420

    Fagan (250 + 252) def. Rash (213 + 212), 502-425
    Guerrero (222 + 254) def. Williams (226 + 215), 476-441

    Fagan (246 + 223) def. Guerrero (225 + 221) 469-446.


    Places 9-48 (Cashers)

    9. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 900 Euro
    10. AnĹľe Grabrijan, Slovenia, 900 Euro
    11. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 900 Euro
    12. Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 900 Euro
    13. Paul Moor, England, 900 Euro
    14. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 900 Euro
    15. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 900 Euro
    16. Michael Holzapfel, Germany, 900 Euro
    17. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 900 Euro
    18. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 900 Euro
    19. Nina Flack, Sweden, 900 Euro
    20. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 900 Euro
    21. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 750 Euro
    22. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 750 Euro
    23. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 750 Euro
    24. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 750 Euro
    25. Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 750 Euro
    26. Raymond Teece, England, 750 Euro
    27. Andre Michow, Germany, 750 Euro
    28. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 750 Euro
    29. Remco van Dommelen, Netherlands, 750 Euro
    30. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 750 Euro
    31. Brian Voss, United States, 750 Euro
    32. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 750 Euro
    33. Kim Ojala, Sweden, 600 Euro
    34. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    35. Rainer Köpf, Germany, 600 Euro
    36. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 600 Euro
    37. Mathias Ă…rup, Sweden, 600 Euro
    38. Kai GĂĽnther, Germany, 600 Euro
    39. Mathias Olsson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    40. Tobias Börding, Germany, 600 Euro
    41. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 600 Euro
    42. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 600 Euro
    43. Maja Debenec, Slovenia, 600 Euro
    44. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands, 600 Euro
    45. Peter Basner, Germany, 600 Euro
    46. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 600 Euro
    47. Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 600 Euro
    48. Martin Klitte, Denmark, 600 Euro


    Final Round 3

    The top 8 advance to the playoffs. Places 9-20 eliminated, earn 900 Euro.


    Final Round 2

    The top 12 advance to the next round. Places 13-24 eliminated, finish 21st to 32nd, earn 750 Euro.


    Final Round 1

    The top 16 advance to the next round. Places 17-32 eliminated, finish 33rd to 48th, earn 600 Euro.