Mika Koivuniemi wins qualifying at record pace at QubicaAMF German Open 2014


    2014 European Bowling Tour #15

    Finn leads the 169-player field from 21 countries with 1621 and an average of 270.17 including a perfect game; 48 players, 42 men and 6 women advance to Sunday's finals

    2014EBT15MikaKoivuniemi.jpg2014WYCMasters2JesperSvensson.jpgMika Koivuniemi (pictured left) of Finland romped through the six-game block in Squad 13 with an European Bowling Tour record 1621 pins, an average of 270.17, to run away with the qualifying lead at the QubicaAMF German Open 2014.

    The winner of ten EBT titles including two "gold" level events this season, fired games of 276, 214, 268, 288, 300 and 275 at A10 Bowling in Berlin, Germany, to break the previous record of 1614, set by his compatriot Osku Palermaa at the 2013 Vienna Open by seven pins.

    The "Big Finn", who also owns 13 Professional Bowlers Association titles, out averaged his nearest competitor, Jesper Svensson (right) of Sweden, by more than 33 pins. The two-time EBT champion and 2014 World Youth Championships Masters gold medalist was second with 1481.

    2014EBT15DominicBarrett.jpg2014EBT15PontusAndersson.jpgNine-time EBT and three-time PBA champion, Dom Barrett (left) of England, was third with 1450 followed by Mik Stampe of Denmark in fourth place with 1441.

    Fifth place belonged to Squad 12 leader Pontus Andersson (right), Sweden, with 1440 including a 299 game.

    Current EBT men's point ranking leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark was sixth with 1434. Martina SchĂĽtz (below left) of Germany was the best of 28 women in the field in seventh place with 1433 including 8 pins handicap each game, an average of 230.83 scratch, to win a 1.000 bonus.

    2014EBT15MartinaSchutz.jpg2013EBT15TobiasBording.jpgThe qualifying of QubicaAMF German Open 2014 served as the German qualifier for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Schütz and fellow German national team member Tobias Börding (right; 12th, 1418) were the best German male and female bowler and will represent Germany in the 50th edition of the World Cup Nov. 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will enjoy a two-round bye in Sunday's finals, was Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, with 1427 (237.83 average). The score to make the top 16, who receive one bye, was 1402 (233.67) set by Markus Jansson of Sweden.

    2014EBT15BrianValenta.jpg2014EBT15BjornEinerRudshagen.jpgPBA two-hander Brian Valenta (left), United States, led the 14th and last qualifying squad Saturday evening with 1398 but had to settle for 20th place just four pins off the pace for the top 16. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (right) of Norway, who led the morning Squad 11 with 1389 finished qualifying in 23rd place.

    Magnus Johnson Jr., son of the legendary Swedish coach, took the 40th and last place to advance with 1345 and an average of 224.17. Defending champion Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden missed the cut in 57th place with 1327.

    2014EBT15BrianVoss.jpgThe top 40 will be joined in the finals by the top four players of Squads 1-7 who were not among the top 40. Advancing besides Germans Laura Beuthner, Dustin Bartel and Martin Balzer was PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (right), United States, who was also the best senior bowler (50 years and over) in the qualifying to earn a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Rounding out the top 48, who advanced to the finals were the top four of the Desperado Squad (Tommy Petersen, Sweden, 266; Ida Andersson, Sweden, 257; Marcel Muggelberg, Germany, 230, and Tobias Beier, Germany, 226).

    2014QAMFGermanOpenLogo_small.jpg The QubicaAMF German Open 2014 is the 15th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate EBT "gold" tournaments this season. The tournament runs from Sept. 23-28 at 32-lane A10 Bowling center in Berlin, Germany.

    The German Open offers total prize fund of 60.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and 4.000 Euro to the runner-up and 2.400 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Final cash spot is 48th place worth 600 Euro.

    The qualifying winner got a 1.000 bonus. The top 4 women after qualifying and the top four seniors (50 and over) also received bonuses (1.000, 600 and 2 x 400 Euro, resp.).

    The German Open features a 36 feet lane conditioning pattern with 26.55ml volume oil total.

    Qualifying ran from Sept. 23-27. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings, the best 4 players of Squads 1-7 not among the top 40 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept 28. The top eight qualifiers enjoy a two-round bye while qualifiers 9-16 get a first-round bye.

    The first three rounds of the finals each consist of four games scratch which will trim the field to 28, 16 and then eight players, who will bowl for the title in single-elimination match play finals with the two-game total determining the winner.

    In each match, the highest seeded player will meet the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player will meet the second-lowest seeded player, etc. Winner advances, loser eliminated and ranked according to the seeding.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg 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 at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    QubicaAMF German Open 2014 - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    The top 40 plus the top four players from Squads 1-7 (places 41-44) and the top four of the Desperado Squad (places 45-48) advance to the finals. The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 9-16 get one bye.