Marcus Tidbeck comes from behind to win Odense International


    2012 European Bowling Tour #9

    Swede averages 243 in match play round to claim his first career EBT title; Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten finishes seventh to win women's ranking in Odense

    2012EBT09MarcusTidbeck.jpg Marcus Tidbeck (pictured left) of Sweden averaged over 250 for the first six games in match play to claim his first career European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International Sunday afternoon at Odense Bowling Center in Denmark.

    Starting the final seven games of round robin match play in sixth place, Tidbeck posted games of 234, 257, 246, 278, 257 and 237 (1509; 251.50 average) to hold a comfortable 80-pin lead over his nearest competitor, Finn Perttu Jussila, heading into the last game.

     The Swede closed things out with a solid 193 game to seal the victory. Tidbeck, who received 150 bonus pins for winning five of his seven match play games, finished with 4139 total and the field-best average of 234.65 for 17 games.

    Jussila finished with 216 and 4082 total including a 5-2 won-lost record. Third place belonged to qualifying leader James Gruffman, Sweden, with 4043 and a 4-3 match play record.

    L-R James Gruffman, Sweden (3rd), winner Marcus Tidbeck, Sweden and Perttu Jussila, Finland (2nd). Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2012EBT04MikStampe.jpg2012EBT09MatthiasWetterberg.jpgDefending champion Mik Stampe (left) started the match play round with a huge 279 game and added six consistent games between 209 and 233 to end up in fourth place with 4031 (4-3).

    Mattias Wetterberg (right) , who led the tournament after Final Round 1 and 2, averaging 238.90 for ten games, suffered two sub-par scores in the second and fourth match play game to fall behind.

    The Swede recovered and finished with 244, 214 and 239 to help grab fifth place with 3965 (3-4).

    2012EBT09LisanneBreeschoten.jpgSixth place belonged to Tony Ranta, Finland, who won three matches and chalked up 3811 pins. Lisanne Breeschoten (left), Netherlands, was the sole women, who made the third cut to the top eight. The Dutch national team member finished seventh with 3793 (3-4) en route to win the women's ranking in Odense.

    2012EBT04SandraAndersson.jpgRounding out the match play field was Daniel Vezis, Latvia, in eighth place with 3677 and a 1-6 match play record.

    Despite failing to advance to the finals, Sandra Andersson (right) of Sweden took over the lead in the EBT women's point ranking by just one pin over Britt Br√łndsted, 345 to 244 points.

    2012EBT09ThomasLarsen.jpgThomas Larsen (left), Denmark, who was eliminated in the Round of 16, moved into second place in the men's point ranking, trailing leader Mike Fagan, United States, by 137 points, 333 to 470.

    The 2012 European Bowling Tour takes a three-week break before heading to the Brunswick Italia Challenge June 23-July 1 at Bowling Red & Black in Asti, Italy.

    The Odense International is the 9th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the third out of seven EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from May 27 through June 3 at 24-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark and offers total prize fund of 20.000 Euro with 4.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 to the runner-up and 1.500 to the third place finisher.

    The qualifying of the Odense International 2012 (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Sunday May 27 through Saturday, June 2. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    The Odense International 2012 features a 39 feet lane conditioning pattern with 25.1ml oil volume.

    A total of 32 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, June 3 - the top 26 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top two players each from a combined standing of Squads 1-4 and 5-8 which are not among the top 26, and one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list.

    The Turbo 1 and 2 winners are the player with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series who have paid the extra entry fee of 10 Euro per squad/Turbo.

    The top 10 qualifiers will receive bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows: Qualifying winner: 140 pins; second place: 120 pins; third place: 100 pins; fourth place: 80 pins; fifth place: 60 pins; sixth place: 50 pins; 7th place: 40 pins; 8th place: 30 pins; 9th place: 20 pins; and 10th place: 10 pins.

    All 32 finalists will bowl six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women's handicap will advance to the second round with the pinfall being carried forward. Those 16 bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who will determine the champion in seven games round robin match play with the 10-game total from Round 1 and 2 being carried forward.

    Players receive 30 pins bonus for each win in match play and 15 for a tie. The player with the highest 17-game total including bonus pins and handicap will be declared the winner and receives the 4.000 Euro top prize.

    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 earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Odense International 2012 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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    Final Standings - Top 32 (Cashers)

    1. Marcus Tidbeck, Sweden, 4.000 Euro
    2. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 2.500 Euro
    3. James Gruffman, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    4. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    5. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 900 Euro
    6. Tony Ranta, Finland, 800 Euro
    7. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 700 Euro
    8. Daniel Vezis, Latvia, 600 Euro
    9. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 520 Euro
    10. Henrik J√łrgensen, Denmark, 500 Euro
    11. Jamie McDermott, Germany, 480 Euro
    12. Samuli Tiainen, Finland, 460 Euro
    13. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 440 Euro
    14. Jonas Olsson, Sweden, 420 Euro
    15. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 400 Euro
    16. Sami Lampo, Finland, 380 Euro
    17. S√łren √Öhman Hansen, Denmark, 350 Euro
    18. Frederik √ėhrgaard, Denmark, 340 Euro
    19. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 330 Euro
    20. Lars Linder, Denmark, 320 Euro
    21. Thomas Buch, Denmark, 310 Euro
    22. Jan Andersen, Denmark, 300 Euro
    23. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 290 Euro
    24. Christian Karlsson, Slovenia, 280 Euro
    25. Frank Drevenstedt, Germany, 270 Euro
    26. Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 260 Euro
    27. Filip Lindbjer, Sweden, 250 Euro
    28. Josefine Linderoth, Sweden, 240 Euro
    29. Stefan Klockgether, Germany, 230 Euro
    30. Johnni Adsb√łl, Denmark, 220 Euro
    31. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 210 Euro
    32. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 200 Euro



    Final Round Three

    Seven games Round Robin Match Play. 30 pins bonus for each win and 15 for a tie.



    Final Round Two

    The top 8 advance to Round Robin Match Play.



    Final Round One

    The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women's handicap advance to the second round.