Swede Christoffer Jakobsson moves into third place in Odense International

    05/30/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #8

    Compatriot Pontus Andersson leads the 90-player field into the final qualifying day; score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1291 (215.17 average)

    2015EBT08ChristofferJakobsson.jpg2015EBT04MaiGingeJensen.jpgChristoffer Jakobsson (pictured left) averaged 234.17 Friday afternoon at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark, to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings in the Odense International.

    The Swede had a slow start in Squad 11 but rebounded from a 184 game with 259, 235, 214, 276 and 237 to tie Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark at 1405. Due to the new European Bowling Tour tie rule (total minus the lowest game) Jakobsson was seeded third and Jensen slipped to fourth place.

    2015EBT08PontusAndersen.jpg2015EBT08JimmyMortensen.jpgHis compatriot Pontus Andersson (left) leads the 90-player field from England, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the host country Denmark into the final qualifying day.

    The World Youth Champion in Doubles, who posted a 1299 series in Squad 11, took the pole position with a 1455 series in Squad 5, an average of 242.50, including a pair of 299 games.

    Second place belonged to the best Danish bowler in the field, Jimmy Mortensen (right), who toppled 1408 pins including a last game of 290. Rounding out the top 5 was Christopher L√ľttke, Sweden, with 1393.

    2015EBT08FilipWilhelmsson.jpgFilip Wilhelmsson of Sweden started Squad 12 with five games between 218 and 239 before he closed out the set with 186 for 1325 (220.83), good for 13th place.

    With three more squads to go on Saturday, Andreas Hernitschek of Germany holds the 24th and last spot to advance to the finals with 1291 or an average 215.17.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, May 30, with Squads 13-15 and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9 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 12/15


    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.

     


    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."