Another four players crack the 1400-mark at BNC Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #14

    Thomas Larsen (DEN), Kevin Karlsson (SWE), Parker Bohn III and Mike Fagan (USA) move into second thru fifth place; Norwegian Björn Einar Rudshagen continues to lead the 202-player field; Larsen and Mika Koivuniemi (FIN) achieve perfection; cut for 52nd place is 1261 (210.17 average)


    Dane Thomas Larsen, Kevin Karlsson of Sweden and PBA stars Parker Bohn III and Mike Fagan cracked the 1400-mark in Friday's squads 13-16 to move into second thru fourth place in the qualifying standings of the BNC Open in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    Norwegian Björn Einar Rudshagen (pictured right), who had a 1457 series (242.83 average) in Thursday's Squad 10, continued to lead the 202-player field from 22 countries heading into the final qualifying day.

    Larsen (left) was the "player of the day" thanks to a 1450 series, an average of 241.67, which included the tournament's first 300 game. Larsen, who is looking for his fourth career European Bowling Tour title in the EBT gold event, started Squad 14 with games of 200 and 223 before he achieved perfection in game three. He closed out with 234, 259 and 234 to move into second place on the leaderboard.

    2013EBT14ParkerBohn.jpg2013EBT14MikeFagan.jpgThird place belonged to Squad 13 leader Karlsson, who used a pair of 260s and a pair of 240s for 1417 (236.17). PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Bohn (left), a 33-time PBA champion, was second to Larsen in Squad 14 with 1406, which included a pair of 257s, to leap into fourth place.

    Fellow PBA champion and five-time EBT titlist Fagan (right), United States, led Squad 16 Friday night at BNC Bowling Center with 1404 including a high game of 289 to overtake fifth place.

    World Team Champion Perttu Jussila and 14-time PBA champion and multiple world champion Tommy Jones, United States, leaped into seventh and eighth place with 1394 and 1392, respectively.

    I2013EBT14JennyWegner.jpg2013EBT14MikaKoivuniemi.jpgJenny Wegner (left) of Sweden, who slipped from second to eighth place, is the best of 35 women in the field with 1371 including 48 pins handicap. Squad 15 leader Pontus Andersson of Sweden positioned himself in 16th place with 1353.

    Finnish-American Mika Koivuniemi (right), who owns 11 PBA and 7 EBT titles, posted the second 300 game of the BNC Open just one game later than Larsen but had to settle for 24th place with 1337 after finishing with two sub-par games.

    Gyorgi Bodis of Hungary holds the 52nd and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1161 or an average of 210.67.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Sept. 28 with Squads 17-20 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2013BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open is the 14th event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate of EBT "Gold" tournament this season. The BNC Open, which runs from Sept. 23-29 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center, offers total prize fund of 62.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and 4.500 Euro to the runner-up.

    The BNC Open will be played on a 39 feet lane conditioning pattern with 23.3 mL volume oil total.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Sept. 28 with the final qualifying Squad 20 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 29: The top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who are not among the top 52.

    In the first round of the finals, all 64 players will bowl 4 games with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 get a second-round bye, while the players ranked 9th to 40th advance to the second round.

    Those 32 players will bowl further three games. The top 8 with the highest total of the foregoing 13 games advance to Round 3. The remaining 16 players will bowl four games starting from scratch to cut to the top 6, who will determine the champion in the stepladder finals.

    Following the BNC Open on Monday, September 30, is the sixth EBT Masters featuring the top 16 men and women of the 2012 EBT point rankings.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 2013 BNC Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 16/20