Bowling News USA - August 22, 2011 Barrett Over Voss at the BNC Open
Reigning European Bowling Tour ranking champion and Storm International staffer Dominic Barrett, England, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left, r-l), United States, 484-465, over two games total pinfall to win the BNC Open Sunday at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Barrett, who was the top seed in Bratislava for the second consecutive year, improved on a fifth place finish in 2010, where he fell to compatriot Paul Moor in the opening round of the single-elimination finals.
"Thanks to Storm, my equipment helped me match up on a tough pattern," said Barrett. "The hard work after the accident is paying off. I really love the new balls."
This year, the positions of the eight players, who advanced to the final rounds, remained unchanged. The No. 1 (Barrett), No. 2 (Voss), No. 3 (Thomas Larsen, Denmark) and No. 4 seed (Heidi Thorstensen, Norway) defeated their opponents, seeded fifth through eighth, in the opening Round of 8.
In the semifinals, Barrett eliminated Thorstensen (left), 479-429, and Voss topped Larsen (right), 462-412, to set up a title match between the two top seeds.
It was Barrett's fifth career EBT title and the first this season as he missed most of the tournaments due to an injury suffered in an accident during the Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March.
Barrett earned 6.000 Euro for his victory while Voss pocketed 3.300 Euro for second place. Larsen, who overtook the lead in the EBT men's rankings cashed 1.800 Euro for third place. Thorstensen finished fourth and won the women's ranking in Bratislava worth 1.800 Euro plus a 100 Euro bonus.
The EBT moves to Norway for the Linne Norwegian Open which is already underway at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.
The BNC Open is the 13th stop of the 2011 European Bowling Tour and the fifth out of seven EBT "Silver" tournaments this season.
The tournament was held from Aug. 15-21, 2011 at BNC Bowling Center, a 16-laner in Bratislava, Slovakia. The BNC Open offered total prize fund of 42.000 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.300 to the runner-up and 1.800 each to the third and fourth place finisher.
The 2011 European Bowling Tour consists of 21 tour stops in 17 countries including two platinum, six gold, seven silver and six satellite tournaments.
The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the BNC Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.
The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2011 season qualify for the fifth EBT Masters to be held at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany on April 30 and May 1, 2012. The event will become the first EBT Masters to be contested on single lane condition.
Qualifying of the BNC Open (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Monday, August 15 through Saturday, August 20 featuring four squads each day. Qualifying concluded on early Sunday morning with the one-game Desperado Squad.
Women received 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.
The BNC Open features a 39 feet Kegel lane conditioning pattern with 22.45ml volume oil total.
A total of 64 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Aug. 21: The top 48 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday, who are not among the top 48, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.
The top 16 qualifiers earned two byes, while players seeded 17-32 bypassed the first round of the finals. The remaining 32 players bowled three games starting from scratch with the top 16 advancing to the second round.
The second and third round was played in the same format. The 16 players, who advanced to the fourth round carried forward the pinfall total from Round 3 and bowled another three-game block to cut to the top 8 for single-elimination match play.
Match play consisted of two games, with the total pinfall to determine the winner. In all rounds the highest seeded player met the lowest seeded player, the second highest met the second lowest etc.
The field was trimmed to four then two players who bowled for the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize.
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