Joonas Jehkinen, Reija Lundén shoot 1346 to pace Day One at Brunswick Ballmaster Open

    01/03/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #1

    European Bowling Tour/World Bowling Tour event continues Saturday with Squads 3 and 4 at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland

    2015EBT01ReijaLunden.jpg2014MWCJoonasJehkinen.jpg Ninety-five Finnish bowlers, eight women and 87 men, kicked off the qualifying of the 45th Brunswick Ballmaster Open Friday at Tali Bowling Center in Helsinki, Finland. 2013 Team World Champion Joonas Jehkinen (pictured left) and former women's national team member Reija Lundén (right) led the field with 1346 pinfall total.

    Jehkinen, who won the bronze medal in Doubles (with Kimmo Lehtonen) at the Men's World Championships last month, sits in the pole position after day one qualifying behind five games between 257 and 216 and a low game of 176, an average of 224.33, as his total pinfall minus his lowest game (1170) is higher than Lunden's five-game total (1153).

    Lundén had games of 226, 246, 192, 185, 237 and 212 (216.33 average) and added 48 pins handicap to sit in second place.

    2015EBT01MagnusLonnroth.jpgMagnus Lönnroth (pictured right with his 10 weeks old daughter Linnea; photo Seija Lankinen) paced Squad 1 with 1339 (223.17) including six games between 215 and 247. Fourth place Lauri Sipilä was the only other bowler who surpassed the 1300 mark with 1308.

    Lundén's daughter, Roosa Lundén, was the second-best woman in 10th place with 1251 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, January 3, with Squads 3 and 4 scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time (CET +1).

    2015BallmasterLogo_small.jpg The 45th Brunswick Ballmaster Open is the opening event of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first of three "EBT Platinum" events this season, the highest of the four EBT categories.

    The BBO, which is also the sixth stop of the 2015 World Bowling Tour, will be held from Friday, January 2 through Sunday 11, 2015 at 36-lane Tali Bowling Center in Finland's capital city Helsinki.

    Players will compete for total prize money of up to 121.800 Euro including all extra prizes with 13.000 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 to the runner-up and 6.000 and 4.000 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 48th place, worth 1.100 Euro.

    The 2015 BBO also offers a 3.000 Euro bonus for the first 300 game (5.000 if it is the only 300 game in the tournament) and a 20.000 Euro extra prize for a 300 game in Round Robin or the TV stepladder finals (300eXtra rules). The maximum a bowler can win in this year's event is 40.800 Euro.

    According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Ballmaster Open will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Jan. 10, and ends with Squad 17 followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. local time (CET +1).

    Women will receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 - maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    A total of 48 players - the top 44 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - qualify for the finals on Sunday, Jan. 11. The qualifying winner receives a 1.500 Euro bonus. The first and second runner-up get 1.000 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    All 48 finalists bowl eight games scratch with the top 16 advancing to the match play portion. Those 16 bowl further 15 games of round robin match play (no position round) with the Round 1 total carried over.

    Players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won and 15 for a tie. The top 4 players after 23 games including bonus pins determine the champion in a traditional stepladder final.

    The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match. The winner takes on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 13.000 Euro top prize and 250 EBT and 50 WBT ranking points.

    The stepladder finals, which are supposed to start at 6 p.m. local time, will be broadcast by the national TV in Finland. A live stream will be available for international viewers.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 21 tournaments in 15 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, four "Gold", three "Silver" and eleven "Satellite" events. All 21 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 1 million Euro (approx. 1.22 million U.S. Dollar).

    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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in 2014 with the PBA World Championship, currently consists of 20 tournaments including seven "majors" in the Middle East (9), United States (6), Asia (3), Europe (2).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

     


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    2015 Brunswick Ballmaster Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 2


    The top 44 plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, Jan. 11

     

    Tie Rules (Qualifying)
    In case of a tie in the qualifying, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games, etc."