2007 European Ranking season is over


    2007 European Rankings

    2007EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2007 European Ranking season concluded with the Storm English Open in Nuneaton, England, last weekend. The 2007 European Bowling Tour consisted of 18 tournaments, 12 classified as a "Major" tournament and six as a "Challenger".

    Originally there were 21 tournaments on the schedule for the 2007 European Bowling Tour, but the Danish Masters (Denmark), the Viernheim Open (Germany) and the Kungsbacka International (Sweden) withdrew during the season.

    2007AOKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007MECAEOskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa, Finland and Kirsten Penny, England earned the men's and women's European Ranking titles for the first time in their careers. Palermaa is just the third men's champion in the eight-year history of the European Rankings after Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (2000-03) and Paul Moor, England (2004-06). Penny made history as she ended the winning streak of the Danish women, who dominated the women's rankings in the past seven years (Kamilla Kjeldsen, 2000, 2003; Bettina Lund, 2001-02; and Britt Brøndsted 2004-06).

    Both defending champions, Moor and Brøndsted, finished in second place in the 2007 rankings.

    Dominic Barrett, England and Nicole Sanders, Netherlands received 25 and 6 ranking points in Nuneaton to move from 9th to 8th place in the men's and women's rankings, respectively.

    Men's rankings - Final Standings

    Women's rankings - Final Standings

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women in the 2007 European rankings qualified for the 2008 World Ranking Masters to be held from April 30 through May 6, 2008 at Senayan Bowling Sportainment Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Below is a look at the WRM qualifiers:

    Men's Division
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 727
    2. Paul Moor, England, 635
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 534
    4. Stuart Williams, England, 452
    5. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 433
    6. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 381
    7. Yoan Alix, France, 336
    8. Dominic Barrett, England, 301

    Women's Division
    1. Kirsten Penny, England, 726
    2. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 580
    3. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 555
    4. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 426
    5. Tina Hulsch, Germany, 408
    6. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 397
    7. Martina Beckel, Germany, 391
    8. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 362

    For the first time the European Tenpin Bowling Federation presidium has added its own Masters final to the 2008 schedule. The top 16 men and the top 16 women from the 2007 Euro rankings qualified for this event. The inaugural EBT Masters will end the 2007 EBT season from September, 21-25, 2008 at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey.
    Below is a look at the EBTM qualifiers:

    Men's Division
    The top 8 players and
    9. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 284
    10. Nikolay Ovchinnikovs, Latvia, 239
    11. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 236
    12. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece, 225
    13. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 223
    14. Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 201
    15. Jean Marc Lebon, Belgium, 193
    16. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 193

    Women's Division
    The top 8 players and
    9. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 361
    10. Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands, 343
    11. Zara Glover, England, 301
    12. Isabelle Saldjian, France, 290
    13. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 260
    14. Lotte Pedersen, Denmark, 257
    15. Piritta Kantola, Finland, 252
    16. Ivonne Gross, Austria, 246