Squad 7 & 8 leaders Svensson, Hansen move into the top 6 in Tilburg

    02/13/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #3

    Jesper Svensson (SWE) leads Thursday's qualifying at Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament with 1438; score to make the cut in 36th place raises by 30 pins to 1282 (213.67 average)

    2015EBT03JesperSvensson2.jpgTwo world champions set the tone in Thursday's qualifying in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 as they rolled 1400-plus series to move into the top 6 in the overall standings at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    2015EBT03CarstenWarmingHansen.jpgTwo-handed lefty Jesper Svensson (pictured left) of Sweden, the reigning World Youth Championships Masters champion, rolled games of 258, 266, 247, 195, 258 and 214 in Squad 7 for 1438, an average of 239.67, to jump into third place.

    Carsten Warming Hansen (right) of Denmark, who won the gold medal in Trios at the Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi in December 2014, led Squad 8 on Thursday evening with 1427 (237.83) including four games between 217 and 235 and high games of 256 and 278 to leap into fifth place.

    The top 6 players at the end of the qualifying will earn a first-round bye for Sunday's finals.

    2015EBT03JordvanWeeren2.jpg2015EBT03HumbertoVazquez2.jpgJord van Weeren, Netherlands, continued to lead the field of 134 players from 14 countries, 114 men and 20 women, with 1491 and an average of 248.50. Van Weeren had the tournament's first 300 game in a 1410 series he rolled in his first attempt.

    Humberto Vazquez, one of six Mexican bowlers in the field, remained in second place with 1460. Jeffrey van de Wakker, Netherlands, slipped to fourth place with 1429.

    Rounding out the top 6 was Peter Smits (below left), Netherlands, who posted a 1405 series which included the tournament's second perfecto.

    2015EBT03PeterSmits.jpg2014MWCJohnWells.jpgTrailing Hansen by 29 pins in Squad 8 was defending champion John Wells (right) of England, who missed the 1400-bar by two pins to move into seventh place with 1398 and an average of 233.

    Four-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (1396), and Mexicans Alejandro Cruz (1383) and Mario Quintero (1380) fell three spots to places 8 to 10, respectively.

    Aseret Zetter of Mexico is the best woman in the field in 17th place with 1348 including 48 pins handicap. Melissa Vallons, Belgium, became the first woman to win a squad in this year's event, when she posted 1250 total in Squad 6, but finished the day in 51st place, 32 pins off the pace for the finals.

    With six qualifying squads to go, Norwegian Svein Ă…ke Ek was on the man "on the bubble" in 36th place with 1282 or an average of 213.67. Qualifying continues on Friday, February 13 with Squads 9, 10 and 11 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. local time (CET).

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    The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 is the third event of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first of three "EBT Silver" events this season, the third highest of the four EBT categories.

    The HBST will be held from Sunday, February 8 through Sunday, February 15 at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Players will compete 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 is 46th place (400 Euro). The qualifying leader gets a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, February 14 with the final qualifying Squad 14 scheduled for 6 p.m. CET followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    A total of 46 players including the top 36 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 conducted Feb. 8-11 will advance to the finals. The top 6 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

    Players ranked 7 to 46 will bowl four games with the top 18 players joining the top six qualifiers (seeded 1-6) in the eliminator finals. Those 24 players will be divided into six groups of four players each for the first of four eliminator rounds.

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

    The field will be cut to 16, 8 and then four players, who determine the top 4 spots in the last eliminator round.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. All 18 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.024 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.

     


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    Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 - Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/14


    The top 36 qualifiers plus the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals. The top 6 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

     


    300 games (2) - Jord van Weeren, Peter Smits.

    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."