Jeroen van Geel defeats Kamilla Kjeldsen in roll-off to win his first EBT title Odense International


    2015 European Bowling Tour #8



    2015EBT08JeroenvanGeel2.jpgThe match play finals in the Odense International went into overtime when the two undefeated players, Jeroen van Geel (pictured left) of Netherlands and two-time European Bowling Tour champion Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark tied in the title match at 202.

    In the one-ball roll-off Van Geel struck while Kjeldsen left two pins standing to cruise to his first career EBT title and to earn the 4.000 Euro top prize. Kjeldsen, the 2014 women's point ranking leader, who was looking to become the first multiple EBT champion this season, had to settle for second place worth 2.500 Euro.

    2015EBT08KamillaKjeldsen.jpgThe title match wasn't the first close match for Kjeldsen (right) in the one-game match play finals at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark. In a rule change to previous years the highest seeded player would choose his opponent.

    After the top three players, Mai Ginge Jensen, Mikkel Sørensen and Mik Stampe chose to bowl the three foreigners, Timmy Frederiksson and Christoffer Jakobsson of Sweden and Van Geel, in the round of 8, fourth-seeded Jimmy Mortensen had to bowl No. 5 seeded Kjeldsen.

    Kjeldsen posted a 222 game and added eight pins women's handicap to defeat Mortensen, 230-195. Van Geel, who made the cut to match play in eighth and last place, fired a huge game to fly past Sørensen, 279-189.

    In the other matches, Jensen made quick work of Frederiksson, 233-146, and Jakobsson took down Stampe, 245-193. The four winners as well as Mortensen and Stampe as "lucky losers" advance.

    2015EBT08MikStampe.jpg2015EBT08JimmyMortensen2.jpgJensen's decision to bowl Van Geel in the Round of 6 wasn't proper as the Dutch posted another big game to eliminate the 2011 World Champion in All-Events, 247-179. Kjeldsen's match against Stampe ended in a 212-212 tie with Stampe winning the roll-off. As Mortensen edged Jakobsson, 216-205, Kjeldsen advanced as "lucky Loser".

    Stampe decided to bowl another match against Kjeldsen, but this time the three-time EBT women's point ranking champion emerged the winner by the closest possible margin, 188-187. Van Geel ousted Mortensen, 214-193, to set up the title match against Kjeldsen. Stampe (left) and Mortensen (right) each received 1.100 Euro for third and fourth place, respectively.

    With his strike in the roll-off Van Geel denied Kjeldsen's bid to tie Zara Glover of England and Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, for the most EBT titles by a woman (3) and to become the second woman after Sweden Nina Flack (2008) to win two titles in the same season.




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

    Players competed 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 was 36th place worth 220 Euro.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from May 24-30 featuring 15 squads and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    The Odense International 2015 featured a 40-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.51ml oil volume.

    Total 36 players qualified 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 were 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 received 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 bowled six games. The top 16 with the highest six-game total including bonus pins and women's handicap advanced to the second round with the total carried forward.

    Those 16 bowled another four games to cut to the top 8 who were seeded 1-8 for the match play finals featuring one-game rounds. In each round, the highest seeded player selected 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) advanced. The three winners of the Round of 6 plus one lucky loser went to the semifinals. The winners of that round bowled 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.

    The 2015 season reaches its halfway point with the Polish Open, another EBT "Satellite" event to be held from June 22-28 at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.


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    2015 Odense International - Match Play Finals

    Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark (May 24-31, 2015)

    2015EBT08Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, 4.000 Euro
    2. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 2.500 Euro
    3. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    4. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
    5. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 800 Euro
    6. Christoffer Jakobsson, Sweden, 800 Euro
    7. Mikkel Sørensen, Denmark, 600 Euro
    8. Timmy Frederiksson, Sweden, 600 Euro

    Championship Match
    #8 Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, def. #5 Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 10-8 in roll-off after a 202-202 tie

    Two winners advance.
    #8 Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, def. #4 Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 214-193
    #5 Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, def. #3 Mik Stampe, Denmark, 188-187

    Round of 6
    Three winners and one "lucky loser" (Kjeldsen) advance.
    #8 Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, def. #1 Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 247-179
    #3 Mik Stampe, Denmark, def. #5 Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, in roll-off after a 212-212 tie
    #4 Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, def. #7 Christoffer Jakobsson, Sweden, 216-205

    Round of 8
    Four winners and two "lucky losers" (Mortensen, Stampe) advance.
    #5 Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, def. #4 Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 230-195
    #1 Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, def. #6 Timmy Frederiksson, Sweden, 233-146
    #7 Christoffer Jakobsson, Sweden, def. #3 Mik Stampe, Denmark, 245-193
    #8 Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, def. #2 Mikkel Sørensen, Denmark, 279-189

    Jensen's and Kjeldsen's scores including eight pins handicap.



    2015 Odense International - Places 9-36 (Cashers)

    9. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 450 Euro
    10. Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden, 450 Euro
    11. Christopher Lüttke, Sweden, 450 Euro
    12. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 450 Euro
    13. Sascha Wedel, Denmark, 450 Euro
    14. Markus Bergendorff, Denmark, 450 Euro
    15. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 450 Euro
    16. Tim Stampe, Denmark, 450 Euro
    17. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 270 Euro
    18. Michael Wittendorff, Denmark, 270 Euro
    19. Søren Åhman Hansen, Denmark, 270 Euro
    20. Kent Wigman, Denmark, 270 Euro
    21. Kim Andersson, Sweden, 270 Euro
    22. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 270 Euro
    23. Maxime de Rooij, Germany, 270 Euro
    24. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 270 Euro
    25. Richard Teece, England, 270 Euro
    26. Johan Danielsson, Sweden, 270 Euro
    27. Frank Rasmussen, Denmark, 220 Euro
    28. Lars Lindbäck, Sweden, 220 Euro
    29. Jan Andersen, Denmark, 220 Euro
    30. Sandra Svantesson, Sweden, 220 Euro
    31. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 220 Euro
    32. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 220 Euro
    33. David Cronqvist, Denmark, 220 Euro
    34. Rikke Nørgaard Johansen, Denmark, 220 Euro
    35. Andreas Hernitschek, Germany, 220 Euro
    36. Tore Rokkones, Norway, 220 Euro



    2015 Odense International - Final Round Two

    The top 8 players advance to match play; players 9-16 eliminated, earn 450 Euro



    2015 Odense International - Final Round One

    The top 16 players advance; players 17-36 eliminated; places 17-26 earn 270 Euro, places 27-36 earn 220 Euro