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Bowling News USA - February 22, 2012 Sandra Andersson Notches First EBT Title with Marvel Pearl™

In an eliminator final between three women and one man, Sandra Andersson of Sweden extended the women's winning streak on the European Bowling Tour to 13 consecutive seasons en route by claiming her first EBT title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2012.

Andersson used a Storm Marvel™ Pearl and Roto Grip Defiant™.

The HBS drew 236 players including 75 women. 48 players including 14 women survived the qualifying and advanced to the eliminator-format finals Sunday at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The eliminator-format finals featured four-player groups who determine the champion in six two-game rounds. In each round the two lowest-scoring players after two games will be eliminated. The top eight qualifiers earned three byes, while qualifiers 9 to 16 bypassed the first two rounds.

Joining Andersson in the championship round were Ballmaster Open ranking winner and women's point ranking leader Krista Pöllänen, Finland, and Dutch international Ghislaine van der Tol, who was aiming for her fourth EBT title. The lone male competitor in the title race was Thomas Larsen, Denmark.

Andersson took a 16-pin lead behind a 231 in the first game and added 187 in game two to claim the title with 434 including eight pins handicap each game. Larsen, who had two solid games (213, 200) took second place with 413 and pocketed 6.000 Euro.

Pöllänen, a World Games and European Champions Cup winner, was five pins behind in third place worth 4.000 Euro. Van der Tol suffered a 166 in game two to finish in fourth place with 397 to pocket 2.000 Euro.

Women bowlers have won at least one title in each season since the inception of the European Bowling Tour in the year 2000. 

The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament was the third stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and first of eight EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament was held from Sunday Feb. 12 through Sunday Feb. 19, 2012 at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg, a 20-laner in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Participants in the 2012 Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament competed for total prize money of 51.450 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 6.000 to the runner-up and 4.000 and 2.000 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively.

Once again the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament was contested on dual lane condition with one lane dressed with a 38 feet medium pattern and the other lane dressed with a 44 feet long pattern.

Qualifying ran from Sunday, Feb, 12 through Saturday, Feb. 18. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-4 and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advanced to the finals on Sunday, Feb. 19. The top 8 qualifiers received three byes and qualifiers 9-16 earned two byes.

The remaining 32 players were split into eight groups of four players each for the first of six 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.

The field was cut to 32, 24, 16, eight and then four. The four finalists bowled a final two-game match to determine the champion.

The 2012 European Bowling Tour consists of 22 tour stops in 17 countries including two Platinumfive Goldeight Silver and seven 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 Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 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 2012 season qualify for the sixth EBT Masters to be held Sept. 23rd, 2013 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

The European Bowling Tour takes a brief break before heading to the EBT Platinum Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held from March 16-25 at Plaza Saint Maximin in Saint Maximin, France. 

(courtesy: bowling

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