Dutch women and Sweden men strengthen their positions among the top-ranked European bowlers in Norwegian Open


    2007 European Rankings

    2007EBTLogo_small.jpg Ghislaine van der Tol and Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, and World Doubles champions Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen, Sweden, strengthened their positions in the women's and men's European rankings in the Norwegian Open, the 17th event of the 2007 European Bowling Tour.

    2007EBT17GhislainevanderTol.jpg Van der Tol (left), who finished the Challenger tournament in 8th place, was the second-best woman to third-place finisher Ingunn Øien to earn 40 ranking points and to maintain her third place in the women's rankings with 461 ranking point total. The lefty won two EBT titles this season, the women's division of the Malta Open and the open division title in the San Marino Open.

    2007EBT17NicoleSanders.jpg Kirsten Penny, England, and defending ranking champion Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, did not compete in Norway but continued to lead the women's rankings with 568 and 520 points, respectively.

    2007EBT17TinaHulsch.jpg Martina Beckel, Germany (391) and Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark (363) remained in fourth and fifth place. Van der Tol's compatriot Nicole Sanders (right) earned 20 points for finishing 10th in the women's rankings, 57th overall, in Oslo en route to leap one spot into sixth place with 318.

    Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark fell one spot to seventh with 315. Rounding out the top 8 is Zara Glover, England with 276 points. Just outside the box looking in is Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, who got 22 points in Oslo, with 272.

    2007EBT17MartinLarsen.jpg Andersson and Larsen finished 12th and 20 in the Norwegian Open and received 20 and 12 ranking points to maintain their positions in the men's rankings. Larsen (right) is third with 470 points.

    The top 2 didn't compete in Oslo. Ranking leader Osku Palermaa, Finland (697) is still 60 points ahead of defending champion Paul Moor, England (597).

    2007EBT17RobertAndersson2.jpg Moor as well as his compatriots Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett accepted an invitation to bowl in the Panama Invitational Tournament, which clashed with the Norwegian Open. Moor and Williams were the top-ranked non-US players in sixth and 13th place in the Open division.

    Stuart Williams, the reigning World Ranking Masters champion is currently fifth in the European rankings with 330 points trailing fourth-placed Pasi Uotila (337) by seven pins. Andersson (left) remained in sixth place with 327 points but narrowed the gap to Williams and Uotila to three and ten pins, respectively.

    Rounding out the top 8 are Finns Kimmo Lehtonen (284) and Jouni Helminen, Finland (236).

    The top eight men and the top eight women at the end of the ranking season will qualify for the 2008 World Ranking Masters in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, the top 16 men and the top 16 women will qualify for the inaugural EBT Masters in September 2008 in Ankara.

    Top 8 men after Oslo
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 657
    2. Paul Moor, England, 597
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 470
    4. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 337
    5. Stuart Williams, England, 330
    6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 327
    7. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 284
    8. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 236

    Top 8 women after Oslo
    1. Kirsten Penny, England, 568
    2. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 520
    3. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 461
    4. Martina Beckel, Germany, 391
    5. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 363
    6. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 318
    7. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 315
    8. Zara Glover, England, 276

    Men's rankings after 17 events

    Women's rankings after 17 events