Squad 9 and 10 leaders Larsen, Hansen crack top 24 at Odense International

    05/28/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #8

    Swede Pontus Andersson holds on to the lead with 1455 (242.50 average); score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1272 (212 average)

    2014PBAThomasLarsen.jpg2015EBT08SorenAhman.jpgSøren Åhman Hansen (pictured left) and Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark led the 9th and 10th qualifying squad Thursday at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark, en route to move into the top 24 in the Odense International, an EBT Satellite event.

    With 10 out of 15 qualifying squads in the books, Sweden's Pontus Andersson continued to lead in the 75-player field from England, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the host country Denmark with 1455 and an average of 242.50.

    Danish national team members Jimmy Mortensen and Mai Ginge Jensen remained the only other players who surpassed the 1400-mark. Mortensen sits in second place with 1408 and is followed by Jensen, who is the best of 14 women in third place with 1405 total including eight pins handicap each game.

    Rounding out the top 5 were Christopher Lüttke of Sweden in fourth place with 1393 and Jesper Agerbo of Denmark in fifth place with 1385.

    Thomas Larsen, a two-time PBA champion and World Champion in Trios (Abu Dhabi, 2014) had five games between 207 and 248 and a low game of 166 in Squad 10 to move into 13th place in the overall standings with 1321.

    Hansen paced Squad 9 with 1318 including games of 242, 214, 237, 186, 204 and 235 to take over 16th place. Frank Rasmussen of Denmark slipped to 24th and last place to advance to the finals with 1272 or an average 212.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, May 29, with Squads 11 & 12 scheduled to start at 4 and 7.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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    The Odense International 2015 is the eighth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the fourth out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from May 24-31 at 24-lane Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 20.000 Euro with 4.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 to the runner-up and 1.100 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 36th place worth 220 Euro.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) got underway on Sunday, May 24, with Squads 1-3 and runs through Saturday, May 31, with the final Squad 15 scheduled for 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9 p.m.

    The Odense International 2015 features a 40-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.51ml oil volume. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 36 players will qualify for the finals - the top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10, who are not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.

    The Turbo 1 and 2 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth (Turbo 1) and sixth (Turbo 2) game in any of the qualifying series (extra entry fee required).

    The top 10 qualifiers will receive bonus pins for the first round of the finals as follows: Qualifying winner: 140 pins; second place: 120 pins; third place: 100 pins; fourth place: 80 pins; fifth place: 60 pins; sixth place: 50 pins; 7th place: 40 pins; 8th place: 30 pins; 9th place: 20 pins; and 10th place: 10 pins.

    All 36 finalists will bowl six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women's handicap will advance to the second round with the total being carried forward.

    Those 16 bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who will be seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round, the highest seeded player selects his opponent, then the second-highest seeded player, and so on.

    The four winners of the Round of 8 plus two "lucky losers" (the two highest scoring players of the four losers) will advance. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser go to the semifinals. The winners of that round will bowl for the title.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 17 tournaments in 13 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. All 17 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or 970.000 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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    2015 Odense International - Qualifying Standings after Squad 10/15


    The top 24 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top two players each from the combined standings of Squads 1-3, 4-6 and 8-10, who are not among the top 24, one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday's finals.