Kamilla Kjeldsen defends her title in 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer


    2015 European Bowling Tour #4

    In a re-match of last year's finale, Kjeldsen out-strikes top-seeded Jaroslav Lorenc (CZE), 508-410

    2015EBT04JaroslavLorenc2.jpg2015EBT04KamillaKjeldsen2.jpgIn a re-match of last year's title match, defending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen (pictured left) of Denmark oubowled top-seeded Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 508-410, to win her second consecutive European Bowling Tour title and the 4.250 Euro top prize in the 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer Sunday evening at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    It was the 29th victory by a women on the European Bowling Tour, which is in its 16th season in 2015. Women have won at least one title in each season since the inception of the Tour in the year 2000.

    In the title match over two games total pins, Lorenc, who lost the 2014 IWO title match to Kjeldsen, 441-390, fell in a deep hole as Kjeldsen struck in all but one frame in the first game for a 287-217 win (including eight pins women's handicap).

    Trailing by 70 pins, Lorenc narrowed the gap thanks to a four-bagger but opened twice in the next frames and never mounted a comeback, allowing Kjeldsen to coast to the title and winner's check.

    2015EBT04MarkusBergendorff2.jpg2015EBT04MattiasWetterberg2.jpgOpposite to last year, when she was the No. 1 seed in the stepladder finals, Kjeldsen had to win three matches to defend her title. After beating out fellow countryman Markus Bergendorff (left), for the No. 3 seed by closest possible margin, 5087 to 5086, the 2014 women's EBT point ranking winner eliminated the two-handed player thanks to her handicap, 201-193.

    Next in line was No. 2 Mattias Wetterberg (right) of Sweden, who trailed Lorenc after 21 games including match play bonus by just five pins, 5154 to 51489. Kjeldsen flew past her opponent 251-211, to earn the right to bowl top-seeded Lorenc for the title.

    Lorenc received 2.750 Euro for second place. Wetterberg took home 2.100 Euro for third place and Bergendorff walked away with 1.800 Euro for fourth place.

    Sweden's Pontus Andersson took the lead after the first match play game (287) but fell out of the top 4 behind games of 176 and 183 and had to settle for fifth place. England's Elliot Crosby and Chris Oates as well as qualifying leader Chris Sloan were never really in contention for the top 4 and finished in sixth to eighth place.

    Bowling fans were able to follow the action live and free of charge on IWO's online video streaming service (click here)

    2015EBT04IWOLogo_small.jpg The 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer was the fourth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the second of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

    The IWO was held from Wednesday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland.

    As in the past four years, participants competed for total prize money of 26.000 Euro. Low to cash was 40th place (250 Euro).

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran through Saturday, Feb. 21. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

     The tournament was contested on a 39-ft. lane conditioning pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total. Click image for larger view.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings advanced to the finals on Sunday Feb. 22. Qualifying pinfall carried over. The finalists were divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who bowled a four-game block after which the field was cut to the top 20.

    Those 20 bowled another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carried over into round robin, where bowlers earned 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 advanced to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed bowled the No. 3 seed, the winner took on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earned the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match were decided in one game, while the championship match featured two games decided by total pinfall.

    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.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a short break before heading to Gibraltar for the inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015, an EBT satellite event, which will be held from March 4-8 at King's Bastion Leisure Center.


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    9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer

    Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland (Feb. 18-22, 2015)

     Championship Round:
    1. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 959 (4 games), 4.250 Euro
    2. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 410 (2 games), 2.750 Euro
    3. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 211 (1 game), 2.100 Euro
    4. Markus Bergendorff, Denmark, 193 (1 game), 1.800 Euro

    L-R Lorenc (2nd), champion Kjeldsen, Wetterberg (3rd) and Bergendorff (4th). Click image to enlarge.

    Playoff Results:
    Match 1: No. 3 Kjeldsen def. No. 4 Bergendorff, 201-193
    Match 2: Kjeldsen def. No. 2 Wetterberg, 251-211
    Championship: Kjeldsen (287+221) def. No. 1 Lorenc (217+193), 508-410.
    Note: Kjeldsen received 8 pins handicap each game.


    Cashers (places 5-40)

    5. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
    6. Elliot Crosby, England, 1.200 Euro
    7. Chris Oates, England, 1.100 Euro
    8. Chris Sloan, Ireland, 1.000 Euro
    9. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 750 Euro
    10. Emil Ă…gren, Sweden, 750 Euro
    11. Miles Corney, England, 350 Euro
    12. Paweł Bielski, Poland, 350 Euro
    13. Benjamin Jonsson, Sweden, 350 Euro
    14. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 350 Euro
    15. Sandro Brandt, Germany, 350 Euro
    16. Frida Dahlgren, Sweden, 350 Euro
    17. Hadley Morgan, England, 350 Euro
    18. Sven Garbotz, Germany, 350 Euro
    19. Ludwig Ingerskog, Sweden, 350 Euro
    20. Mattias Möller, Sweden, 350 Euro
    21. Timmy Fredriksson, Sweden, 300 Euro
    22. Tobias Raisanen, Sweden, 300 Euro
    23. Daniel Vezis, Latvia, 300 Euro
    24. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 300 Euro
    25. Tilo Matthies, Germany, 300 Euro
    26. Jiří Hindrák, Czech Republic, 300 Euro
    27. David Sandowski, Germany, 300 Euro
    28. David Cooper, England, 300 Euro
    29. Tom Janetzki, Germany, 300 Euro
    30. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 300 Euro
    31. Marco Baade, Germany, 250 Euro
    32. Jamie Bottomley, England, 250 Euro
    33. Magnus Gudmundsson, Iceland, 250 Euro
    34. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 250 Euro
    35. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 250 Euro
    36. Michał Zarzycki, Poland, 250 Euro
    37. Tomasz Janicki, Poland, 250 Euro
    38. Sam Rose, England, 250 Euro
    39. Vytautas Gykis, Lithuania, 250 Euro
    40. Frank Drevenstedt, Germany, 250 Euro


    Final Round Three (Round Robin Match Play)

    The top 4 advance to the Stepladder Final.


    Final Round Two

    The top 8 advance to Round Robin Match Play.


    Final Round One

    The top 20 advance to the second round.