Larsen wins V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa

    03/05/07

    2007 European Bowling Tour #4

    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 28 - March 4, 2007)

    2004VOMartinLarsen1.jpg In a stepladder final representing one player from each of the three FIQ/WTBA zones - America, Asia and Europe, Martin Larsen walked away the winner in the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.

    The World Doubles Champion from Sweden was the top-seeded player and defeated Rodrigo Hermes, Brazil, in the title match, 208-196. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, who has won an EBT title in 2006, the Vienna Open, finished third. Larsen pocketed 10.000 Euro for the feat. Hermes received 5.000 and Wu garnered 3.000 Euro.


    V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa


    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 28 - March 4, 2007)

    Championship Round:
    1. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 208 (1 game), 10.000 Euro
    2. Rodrigo Hermes, Brazil, 404 (2 games), 5.000 Euro
    3. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 191 (1 game), 3.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: Hermes def. Wu, 208-191
    Championship Match: Larsen def. Hermes, 208-196.

    Larsen, Siu Hong and Hermes to bowl for the title in Barcelona


    2006EBT15MartinLarsen_small.jpg Martin Larsen from Sweden moved up one spot in each round to take the top seed for the finals in the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.

    The World Doubles Champion, who was third after qualifying, rolled a 940 four-game series in Round 1 to move to second place, then added 913 to lead the field after Round 2 with 2587 pinfall total and an average of 237.29.

    Larsen will take on the winner of the opening match between Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, and Rodrigo Hermes from Brazil, who took different routes to the finals.

    2006EBT18WuSiuHong_small.jpg Siu Hong, left, who won the Vienna Open last year, started the day in 13th place and leaped five spots into 8th behind a slid 905-series in Round 1. He averaged 246.25 in Round 2 behind games of 258, 255, 237 and 235 for a 985-series and 2585 pinfall total, just two pins shy of the lead.

    Hermes, the No. 10 after qualifying rocketed into the lead behind a 980-series in Round 1 (including a 290) but fell to third after a 900-series in Round 2 with 2582 pinfall total, just five pins off the lead.

    Gery Verbruggen.jpg Qualifying leader Gery Verbruggen, Belgium finished fourth with 2522 and missed the cut to the finals by 60 pins. 3-time defending ranking champion Paul Moor, England, who won the last two stops of the European Bowling Tour, landed in 9th place with 2472.

    2006EBT15KirstenPenny_small.jpg England's Kirsten Penny (r.) won the women's ranking in Barcelona and the 2.500 women's top prize. Penny totaled 2480 pins including handicap to end in 7th place. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, the sole female squad leader, was the only other woman in the top 24 in 19th place with 2344.

    V Catalonia Open - Standings after Round 2

    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.




    V Catalonia Open - Standings after Round 1

    Top 24 advance to Round 2.




    Verbruggen, Moor lead 48 players into the finals in Catalonia Open


    Paul_Moor_4064.jpg Gery Verbruggen.jpg European ranking champions Gery Verbruggen (l.) from Belgium (2000-03) and England's Paul Moor (2004-06) remained atop the leaderboard in the 5th Catalonia Open in Barcelona, Spain, after the qualifying concluded Saturday night.

    Verbruggen had a 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33, with Moor close behind at 1485. With 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall being carried forward, Verbruggen starts with 748 and Moor has 742.

    French Sebastian Cagnat won the 12th and final qualifying squad with 1403 pinfall total, good enough for 11th place in the qualifying standings. The top 42 players including Cagnat and the other eleven squad leaders, who automatically qualified for the finals, advanced to the finals.

    As the Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly, those 42 are joined by next six women, who failed to make the cut to top 42, Stephane Huidjen, Therese Forsell, Anna Mattsson-Baard, Rebecka Larsen, Ivonne Gross and Florie Biguet.

    Krista_Pollanen_4680.jpg A total of 13 women out of 60 participants survived the first cut. Krista Pöllänen from Finland, the sole female squad leader, was the highest ranked in 8th position with 1410 including 8 pins handicap, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. With the qualifying pinfall reduced to 50 per cent, 24th placed Stuart Williams, England, has a slim 32-pin advantage over 48th placed Florie Biguet, France, 678 to 646.

    The top 24 from Round 1 will bowl another 4-game set and then already cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women are guaranteed 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro.


    Standings after Qualifying

    The top 42 players including the 12 Squad Leaders plus six women (**) advanced.


    * Squad leaders: Michael Kok, Gery Verbruggen, Martin Larsen, Kimmo Lehtonen, Luke Hampshaw, Paul Moor, Jean-Marc Lebon, Krista Pöllänen, Jesper Agerbo, Yoan Alix, Patrick Rolland, Sebastian Cagnat.


    Rolland wins penultimate qualifying squad in Catalonia Open


    Former World champion Patrick Rolland posted a 1433 six-game series including a 280 high game to win the 11th and penultimate qualifying squad in the 4th stop of the 2007 European Bowling Tour, the Catalonia Open in Barcelona, Spain.

    The French veteran, who won the gold medal in Singles in the 1987 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, moved into sixth place in the overall standings but secured his spot in tomorrow's finals by virtue of having won the squad.

    European ranking champions Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (2000-03) and Paul Moor, England (2004-06) lead the field with 1496 and 1485 pinfall total. Swede Martin Larsen is third at 1469, with Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, in fourth with 1466 and Yoan Alix, France in fifth with 1452. All five are also squad leaders.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    Agerbo, Alix add their names to the squad leaders list in Catalonia Open


    2006EBT15YoanAlix_small.jpg 2006EBT15JesperAgerbo_small.jpg Jesper Agerbo (l.) from Denmark and Yoan Alix (r.), France secured a spot for the finals in the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. Agerbo won the 9th qualifying squad with 1396 six-game total and an average of 232.67, while Alix topped the 10th squad with 1397. Alix sits in 5th place with his highest qualifying set of 1452 and Agerbo is 10th.

    Gery Verbruggen from Belgium remained unchallenged and continued to lead the field with 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    Men 7, Women 1 - Pöllänen becomes first woman to win a qualifying squad in Barcelona


    Krista_Pollanen_4680.jpg Krista Pöllänen, became the first woman to win a qualifying squad in the 5th Catalonia Open in Barcelona, Spain. The Finnish international averaged 227.00 scratch to win Squad 8/12 with 1410 pinfall total including 8 pins handicap each game.

    Jean-Marc_Lebon_3869.jpg Belgian National Champion Jean-Marc Lebon averaged 236.00 over his six-game qualifying series to win the seventh squad with 1416. Lebon and Pöllänen moved into sixth and seventh in the overall standings.

    Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, held onto the lead with 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33. Paul Moor, England, who won the last two EBT events in Tilburg and Luxembourg, is second with 1485.

    Those four and the other four squad leaders, Michael Kok, Martin Larsen, Kimmo Lehtonen and Luke Hampshaw are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    Lebon advances to the Catalonia Open finals through Squad 7


    Jean-Marc_Lebon_3869.jpg Belgian National Champion Jean-Marc Lebon averaged 236.00 over his six-game qualifying series to win the seventh out of 12 qualifying squads in the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa, the 4th stop of the 2007 European Bowling Tour, and to earn a berth into the finals. Lebon felled 1416 pins to move into sixth place in the overall standings.

    Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, held onto the lead with 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33. Paul Moor, England, who won the last two EBT events in Tilburg and Luxembourg, is second with 1485.

    Those three and the other four squad leaders, Michael Kok, Martin Larsen, Kimmo Lehtonen and Luke Hampshaw are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    European Ranking Champions Verbruggen, Moor, 1-2 in Catalonia Open


    Paul_Moor_4064.jpg Gery Verbruggen.jpg Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, and England's Paul Moor, who have dominated the men's European rankings in the past seven years, sit in first and second place in the qualifying in the 5th Catalonia Open in Barcelona, Spain.

    Verbruggen, who won the rankings in the first four years (2000-2003), leads the field with 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33. Moor, the 3-time defending ranking champion, almost had a 269 triplicate in Squad 6, but fell eleven pins short in second place with 1485.

    The two lefties and the other four squad leaders, Michael Kok, Martin Larsen, Kimmo Lehtonen and Luke Hampshaw are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday.

    2006EBT15YoanAlix_small.jpg 2006EBT14RobertAndersson_small.jpg Robert Andersson, left, Sweden, rolled the second perfecto of the tournament (Yoan Alix, right, France, shot the first yesterday) but could not improve his score and sits in 24th place with 1311.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    Verbruggen continues to lead in Catalonia Open


    Gery_Verbruggen_5600.jpg Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, continued to lead the qualifying of the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain with 1496 six-game total and an average of 249.33.

    As one of the 12 squad leaders, the 4-time European ranking champion (2000-2003) is automatically qualified for the finals.

    2004VOMartinLarsen3.jpg 2006MWCKimmoLehtonen_small.jpg Martin Larsen (left), world doubles champion from Sweden, led the third squad with 1469 including a 290 final game to move into second place. Kimmo Lehtonen (r.), who won the first ranking event this season, led Squad 4 with 1466 including high games of 279 and 289, good enough for third place.

    Krista_Pollanen_4680.jpg Luke Hampshaw, England, booked his spot in the finals after leading Squad 5 with 1377 and high games of 258 and 268. Hampshaw is currently in seventh place. Krista Pollänen (r.), Finland, is the top-ranked woman in 14th place with 1340 including handicap.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.


    Verbruggen holds dominating lead in Catalonia Open


    Gery Verbruggen.jpg Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, fired a 1496 six-game series in Squad 2, an average of 249.33, to take a 91-pin lead in the qualifying of the V Catalonia Open - Trofeo Galasa at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.

    The 4-time European ranking champion (2000-2003) had a high game of 267 and a low game of 226.

    Rodrigo Hermes, Brazil, used the tournament high game of 298 to sit in second place with 1405. Stuart Williams, England, is third at 1356.

    The 12 squad leaders plus the top 30 from the qualifying (in case a players wins two squads the top 31 players, etc.) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 4. The Catalonia Open is extremely woman-friendly. Besides the EBT standard handicap (8 pins per game), the women are awarded six extra spots in the final as the top six women not among the 42 squad and qualifying leaders will also advance to the finals. 50 per cent of the qualifying pinfall will be carried forward.

    The 48 finalists will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 for the second round. Those 24 bowl another 4-game set to cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals. Players seeded second and third after Round 2 will bowl one game for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize. The top three women will receive an extra prize money of 2.500, 1.500 and 1.000 Euro, respectively.