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Bowling News USA - April 23, 2012 Osku Continues Torrid Pace with EBT Title...

Three-time PBA champion and Storm staffer Osku Palermaa captured his 12th career European Bowling Tour title when he defeated compatriot Jarmo Ahokas, 214-196, to win the 6th QubicaAMF Open 2012 at Gladiator Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

The four time EBT point ranking leader (2007-09, 2011), who finished third in the QubicaAMF Open in the past years, led the 117-player field in qualifying to earn a 1.000 bonus and two byes for the finals. 

He led the third and the fourth round of the finals averaging over 232 for eight games to easily take the No. 1 seed for the four-player stepladder finals. 

In the opening match, third-seeded Thomas Larsen of Denmark eliminated Swede Mattias Olsson 213-205, before he fell to Ahokas in the semifinal, 191-185. 

Palermaa received the 6.000 Euro top prize and 100 ranking points, which propelled him into third place in the current EBT men's point ranking. Ahokas earned 3.000 Euro for second place, while Larsen and Olsson garnered 2.000 and 1.800 Euro for third and fourth place, respectively. 

Three of only 12 women, who participated in the QubicaAMF Open, survived the qualifying. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands, was eliminated in the first round of the finals. Her compatriot Nicole Sanders (below right) advanced to the third round and defeated Ivonne Gross of Austria by nine pins, 812 to 809, to finish in 15th with Gross in 16th en route to win the women's ranking in Ljubljana. 

It was the seventh EBT ranking title since 2007 for the Dutch national team member, who has won a women's ranking in each of the last six seasons. 

The 6th QubicaAMF Open 2012 is the sixth stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the second out of eight EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from April 17-22 at 28-lane bowling center Gladiator Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia and offers total prize fund of 43.300 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 Euro to the runner-up and 2.000 and 1.800 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively.

Qualifying of the sixth QubicaAMF Open ran from Tuesday April 17 through Saturday, April 21. Women receive eight pins handicap each game. 

A total of 40 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, April 22, including the top 30 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top six players from the combined standings of the first three days (Squads 1-6; Tuesday through Thursday) which are not among the top 30 plus the top 4 players from the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers receive two byes, while qualifiers 11-20 bypass the first round of the finals.

Each of the four rounds in the finals consists of four games. The field will be trimmed to 30, 20, 10 and then four players. Rounds 1, 2 and 3 start from scratch. The pinfall total from Round 3 will be carried forward into Round 4. In a change for 2012, only the top 4 players based on the highest eight-game total will advance to the stepladder final.

The one-game playoffs begin Sunday at 5.30 p.m. In the opening match, the No. 4 seed meets No. 3 with the winner taking on No. 2. The winner of that match bowls the top-seeded player for the title, the 6.000 Euro top prize and 100 ranking points.

The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 21 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. 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 QubicaAMF Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.

The European Bowling Tour will be in Munich, Germany, next week for the 3rd Track Dream-Bowl Palace OpenApril 25-29 at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Following April 30 and May 1 at the same venue will be the5th EBT Masters featuring the top 16 men and women of the 2011 EBT season.


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