BIRGIT PÖPPLER OF GERMANY WINS WOMEN’S RANKING IN TILBURG
Thomas Larsen of Denmark toppled 469 pins in the finals of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2013 en route to win his third title on the European Bowling Tour Sunday at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.
The four survivors after three eliminator rounds, in which the players with the lowest two-game totals were eliminated, battled it out in a final two-game round for the title and the 8.000 Euro first prize.
The top 3 only survived the first eliminator round by earning three of the four “lucky loser” spots.
All players were within 22 pins after the first game with Dutchman Joshua Schuurman (right) in the lead with 245, followed by qualifying leader Carsten Warming Hansen (below left), Denmark, in second place with 234, Achim Grabowski (below right) of Germany, who won the Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament in 2006 for his lone EBT title, in third with 226 and Larsen in fourth with 223.
Larsen threw a six-bagger in frames 2-7 and converted single-pin spares in the other frames for 246 and 469 to cruise to victory.
Schuurman, who rolled the tournament’s third 300 game in his four-game block in opening round of the finals, finished with 204 to secure second place with 449, worth 5.000 Euro.
Grabowski, who bowled the fourth perfecto in semi-final round to seal his spot in the championship round, remained in third place with 203 and 429 total to earn 3.000 Euro.
Hansen slipped to fell place with 416. He added another 2.000 Euro to the 1.000 Euro bonus he received for winning qualifying and for leading Squad 6.
2012 European Bowling Tour women’s ranking champion Birgit Pöppler (right) was the best of 39 women in the 196-player field from 16 countries in fifth place en route to win the women’s ranking in Tilburg.
L-R Schuurman (2nd), champion Larsen, Grabowski (3rd) and Hansen (4th). Click on the image to enlarge it.
The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2013 was the second stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the first of five EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament was held from Sunday Feb. 3 through Sunday Feb. 10, 2013 at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Players competed for total prize money of 51.500 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up and 3.000 and 2.000 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively.
Once again the HBS Tournament was contested on dual lane condition. In 2013, one lane was dressed with a 35 ft. “short” pattern and the other lane was dressed with a 40 ft. “medium” pattern.
Qualifying ran from February 3-9. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.
A total of 46 players - the top 36 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-4 conducted Feb. 3-5 - advanced to the finals on Sunday, Feb. 10. The top 6 qualifiers received one bye.
Players ranked 7 to 46 bowled four games with the top 18 players joining the top six qualifiers in the eliminator finals. Those 24 players were divided into six groups of four players each for the first of four eliminator rounds.
All four players bowled a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advanced to the next round (in the first round four “lucky losers” also advanced).
The field was cut to 16, eight and then four players who bowled a final two-game round to determine the champion.
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