Penny, Moor hold onto the lead in European Rankings after Thessaloniki

    03/19/07

    2007 European Rankings

    European Rankings after 5/21 Events

    2007EBT05PaulMoor_small.jpg 2006EBT15KirstenPenny_small.jpg Kirsten Penny and Paul Moor remained in the lead in the women's and men's rankings after the conclusion of the fifth tournament and one of the European Bowling Tour's "Majors", the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Penny has a 22-point buffer over BEC women's ranking leader Britt Bröndsted, while Moor is just six points ahead of BEC champion Osku Palermaa.

    The five women's ranking title winners of the 2007 European Bowling Tour season are currently ranked 1-5 in the women's rakings in Europe. Kirsten Penny, England, who won the ranking event in Catalonia earlier this months remained in the lead after the fifth stop of the 2007 EBT, the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Thessaloniki, Greece, with 238 points.

    2007EBT05BrittBrondsted_small.jpg 3-time defending ranking champion Britt Bröndsted, Denmark, moved into second place after winning the rankings in Greece. Piritta Kantola, top-ranked woman in Helsinki and No. 2 this weekend, is third with 208. Fourth place belongs to Martina Beckel, Germany, who won in Tilburg, with 178. Luxembourg winner Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, is fifth with 166 points.

    2007EBT05OskuPalermaa_small.jpg The four men's champions - Moor has already won two titles - are pulling away after a successful performance in Thessaloniki. Moor, who finished ninth, has 268 points. Palermaa, who improved on a second-place finish in the Brunswick Euro Challenge last year, is leaped into second place with 262. This is exactly the outcome of the 2006 rankings.

    Swede Martin Larsen, the Catalonia Open champion, was fifth in Greece and got 60 points for 240 points overall. Kimmo Lehtonen, the Ballmaster Open champion from Finland and 13th place finisher in Greece is fourth with 170 points. Rounding out the top 5 is Jouni Helminen, third in the EBT rankings in 2005 and third in the BEC, with 142 points.

    The top eight men and the top eight women at the end of the ranking season will qualify for the 2008 World Ranking Masters at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. In addition, the top 16 men and the top 16 women will qualify for the inaugural EBT Masters 2008 (read more).