It's Wells by a whisker; defending champ Larsen falls short due to higher last game rule


    2014 European Bowling Tour #3

    Englishman John Wells wins his first EBT title in Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014; ties Dane Thomas Larsen in final round, 429-429, and becomes the winner by the higher last game, 176 to 173



    John Wells of England won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014 in the closest decision in EBT history. Wells tied defending champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark in the fourth and last Eliminator Round after two games, 429-429, and became the winner due to the "higher last game" rule.

    Larsen had a three-pin lead after the first game, 256 to 253. Both players struggle in game two, but Wells managed to level the match with 176 to 173. As all ties in this tournament were broken by the higher last game, Wells emerged as the champion and received the 6.000 Euro top prize.

    Larsen, who was targeting his fourth EBT title and the second consecutive in Tilburg, had to settle for second place, worth 4.000 Euro.

    The two other players in the eliminator finals, Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark and PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, United States, were more than 70 pins behind after the first game and could not make up enough ground in the second game.

    Fresh off her victory in the 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer, Kjeldsen was looking to become the fourth player in EBT history and the first woman to win back-to-back EBT titles.

    She fired back-to-back 277 games (scratch) in the semifinal to secure her 13th career win in the women's ranking in an EBT event. She had games of 182 and 205 in the finals and added 16 handicap to land in third place with 403 total. Kjeldsen earned 3.000 Euro.

    Voss, who owns 25 PBA titles and three EBT titles, averaged 228 in the first three eliminator rounds, but suffered a 176 opening game in the finale. He rebounded with a 221 game to finish fourth with 397. Voss pocketed 2.000 Euro.



    The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014 was the third stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the first of four EBT "Silver" tournaments, the third-highest of four EBT categories. The tournament was held from Sunday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, March 2, at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Players competed for total prize money of 44.400 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 to the runner-up and 3.000 and 2.000 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash was 46th place (400 Euro).

    Qualifying (six games) ran from February 23 through March 1. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 46 players - the top 36 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-4 conducted Feb. 23-25 - advanced to the finals on Sunday, March 2. The top 6 qualifiers received one bye. Qualifying winner, Johnny Spil, Netherlands, received a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Players ranked 7 to 46 bowled four games after which the top 18 players joined the top six qualifiers in the eliminator finals. Those 24 players were divided into six groups of four players each for the first of four eliminator rounds.

    All four players of each group bowled a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advanced to the next round. In the first round four "lucky losers" (four highest third-place finishers) also advanced.

    2014EBTMastersLogo.jpg The field was cut to 16, eight and then four players who bowled a final two-game round to determine the champion.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the 2014 Brunswick Italia Challenge has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 in Asti, Italy.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe European Bowling Tour commences with the 11th Brunswick Euro Challenge, a World Bowling Tour event, which will be staged March 15-23 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany. will be onsite March 22-23 to provide Live Coverage and Live Streaming.



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    Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014 - Championship Round (Final Standings)

    Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands (Feb. 23 - March 2, 2014)



    Final Standings - Places 5-46 (Cashers)

    5. Rebecka Larsen Jr., Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    6. Jean-Marc Lebon, Belgium, 1.500 Euro
    7. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, 1.500 Euro
    8. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 1.500 Euro
    9. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    10. Falco Gutsche, Germany, 1.000 Euro
    11. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    12. Youri Fens, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
    13. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    14. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1.000 Euro
    15. Jimmy Ravez, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    16. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    17. Olivier Leroy, Belgium, 700 Euro
    18. Mark Jacobs, Netherlands, 700 Euro
    19. Johnny Spil, Netherlands, 700 Euro
    20. Jeffrey van de Wakker, Netherlands, 700 Euro
    21. Anna-Belle Jean, France, 700 Euro
    22. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 700 Euro
    23. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 700 Euro
    24. Jord van Weeren, Netherlands, 700 Euro
    25. Joshua Schuurman, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    26. Marawan Aernoudt, Belgium, 400 Euro
    27. Nadine Geissler, Germany, 400 Euro
    28. Glenn-Morten Pedersen, Norway, 400 Euro
    29. Clemens Ulsamer, Germany, 400 Euro
    30. John Guldbaek, Denmark, 400 Euro
    31. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    32. Richie Teece, England, 400 Euro
    33. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 400 Euro
    34. Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 400 Euro
    35. Phil Hulst, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    36. Christian Kweens, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    37. Alex de Vries, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    38. Michael Krämer, Germany, 400 Euro
    39. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 400 Euro
    40. Bram Van Meerbergen, Belgium, 400 Euro
    41. Jeroen van der Heide, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    42. Wesley Selier, Netherlands, 400 Euro
    43. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 400 Euro
    44. Heidi Guldbaek, Denmark, 400 Euro
    45. Ziggy Meylemans, Belgium, 400 Euro
    46. David Manderscheid, Luxembourg, 400 Euro



    Eliminator Finals Round 3 (fourth round overall)

    Two highest scoring players advance, two lowest scoring players eliminated.



    Eliminator Finals Round 2 (third round overall)

    Two highest scoring players advance, two lowest scoring players eliminated.



    Eliminator Finals Round 1 (second round overall)

    Two highest scoring players plus four "lucky losers" (highlighted in yellow) advance; all other players eliminated.



    Final Round One

    Top 18 advance to the second round