Valgeir Gudbjartsson

The ETBF Congress, which is held every second year, was this time held on 9 June 2019 in Dream Bowl Palace, Unterföhring, where the European Men Championship was conducted from 10-19 June.

About the Congress, we report the following:

Coaches in competition area

From 1st January 2021 no coaches will be allowed in the competition area, unless they are certified coaches as ETBF Level II coaches or equivalent by one of the national or international programs approved/recognized by ETBF and/or World Bowling

Changed name of the ECC

The full name of the ECC was changed to European Championship of Champions

Formats and schedules of the ETBF Championships

The Presidium was given the mandate to come up with a number of choices to shorten the ETBF championships, this work should be done in good time before next ETBF Congress so all ETBF member federations could have time and possibility to study and have their opinions well in time before the next ETBF Congress.


The Vice President’s position of ETBF was vacant after the passing away of Kim Thorsgaard Jensen; Valgeir Gudbjartsson, was elected by acclamation for a 4-years period.

Marios Nicolaides, Presidium Member and Marc Beaufays, were both elected for new 4-years period.

Sergey Lisitsyn, Presidium Member, was elected for a two years period

The ETBF Presidium is from now on composed as follows:

Addie Ophelders, President

Valgeir Gudbjartsson, Vice President

Onder Gurkan, Presidium Member,

Marios Nicolaides, Presidium Member

Marc Beaufays, Presidium Member

Sergey Lisitsyn, Presidium Member


Florian Fister and Jan Edvardsen were re-elected as auditors, and Argyris Logothetis was elected as the substitute auditor.

The next ETBF Congress will be held in conjunction with the European Championship of Champions 2021 in Olomouc, Czech.

The program of the European Bowling Tour 2020 has been decided by the ETBF Presidium. The program is presented at the following page and at the ETBF Website:

The EBT 2020 is the 21st consecutive tour since the first European Bowling Tour in 2000.

The 13 tournaments adopted in the tour are divided in 5 different categories as follows: 2 EBT Platinum, 1 EBT Gold, 4 EBT Silver, 4 EBT Bronze and 2 EBT Satellite tournaments.

The total prize fund in the EBT 2020 is 679.000€; giving an average prize fund of over 52.000€.

It is a pleasure for ETBF to welcome one new tournaments in the tour, The BOWL for Fun Open Tournament, which will be conducted in Langen, Germany in May.

In addition to this new tournament, 12 tournaments included in the EBT 2019 are included in the EBT 2020 as well.

The highest ranked woman and the highest ranked man by the conclusion of the EBT 2020 will be awarded 1.000 € each.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men after the 13 stops are qualified for the 14th EBT Masters in 2021. The host centre of the EBT Masters 2021 will be BOWL for FUN, Langen, Germany

Arnar David Jonsson from Iceland won his second tour stop ever, when he defeated Nicole Sanders from Netherlands in the final of the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger.

The tournament, which was conducted in Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, as the 8th stop in the European Bowling Tour 2019, attracted 233 athletes, that competed for the 48 spots in the final steps on the 21 July.

In Step 5 then following were the 4 players qualified from the earlier steps:

1796:          Arnar David Jonsson, Iceland

1794:          Nicole Sanders, Netherlands

1749:          Oliver Morig, Germany

1723:          Jesper Agerbo, Denmark – winner of the last year’s tournament.

Oliver Morig and Jesper Agerbo were eliminated in stop 5 which ended as follows:

2003:          Arnar David Jonsson, Iceland

1970:          Nicole Sanders, Netherlands

1968:          Jesper Agerbo, Denmark

1950:          Oliver Morig, Germany

And finally, Arnar David Jonson became the winner of the Tournament:

2199:          Arnar David Jonsson, Iceland

2156:          Nicole Sanders, Netherlands


We did not see any changes in the women’s division of the tour as Anna Andersson from Sweden is leading now with 558 points in front of her countrywoman Jenny Wegner with 477 points, Cherie Tan from Singapore is at 3rd place with 475.

In men’s division then we had change in the leader of the tour: Arnar David Jonsson, Iceland is leading the men’s division of the tour with 488 points in front of Adam Andersson from Sweden at position 2 with 451 points and Carsten Hansen from Denmark at position 3 with 375 points.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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One of the most beautiful locations in Europe, San Marino held the Storm San Marino Open for the 15th time, which was conducted from 6 July until 14 July.

Daniel Fransson picked up his second Tour win after beating Antonino Fiorentino in the final. Final Step 4 was played over 3 games, were the lowest score was eliminated after each game.

After first game, Anna Andersson had the low game of 173 and finished 4th. After the second game, Thomas Larsen from Denmark had the lowest series of 441 in 2 games so he finished in 3rd place and then in the end Daniel Fransson had a series of 695 in 3 games against 686 from Fiorentino.

This was Fransson’s second tour win but his first win came in Tilburg in 2016 in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel. For the win, Fransson pocketed 8,000 euros. Congratulations Daniel.

We did see a big change in the women’s division of the tour as Anna Andersson from Sweden is leading now with 558 points in front of her countrywoman Jenny Wegner with 477 points, Cherie Tan from Singapore is at 3rd place with 475.

In men’s division then Adam Andersson from Sweden is leading the men’s division of the tour with 388 points in front of Arnar David Jonsson from Iceland at position 2 with 338 points and Niko Oksanen from Finland at position 3 with 318 points.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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One of the well-known tournaments in the European Bowling Tour, The Brunswick Madrid Challenge was conducted on 29 June to 7 July 2019.

The final were a Swedish battle between the hottest young bowler in Europe today, William Svensson, just coming with load of medals from the EMC in Munich few weeks earlier, and his fellow teammate Adam Andersson, in short then this was the moment for Adam, and he won the nail-biting final 214 vs 207.  His first EBT title.  In third and fourth place were Kyle Troup from USA and Siti Safiyah Amirah from Malaysia.

For Madrid, this was a record breaking tournament, with 183 athletes in total – thereof 42 women, and total of 581 entries/re-entries.

Cherie Tan from Singapore is leading the women’s division of the tour with 475 points in front of her fellow countrywoman, Bernice Lim at position 2 with 400 points and Anna Andersson, Sweden at position 3 with 358 points.

Adam Andersson from Sweden is leading the men’s division of the tour with 388 points in front of Arnar David Jonsson from Iceland at position 2 with 338 points and Carsten Warming Hansen from Denmark at position 3 with 281 points.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

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Rafiq Ismail and Sin Lin Jane from Malaysia won the EBT Masters 2019 that has just been finalized in Bowling Chamartin in Madrid.

After 8 games then Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane – both from Malaysia – had good lead in their respective divisions, but in the last 4 games of the men then Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson tried as best they could to catch up with Rafiq Ismail, but without success. On the women side then Sin Li Jane lead from the beginning and never looked back.

Final standing in each division as follows:

Sin Li Jane Malaysia 1725 + 878
Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 1542 + 797
Siti Safiyah Malaysia 1489 + 759
Jenny Wegner Sweden 1541 + 702
Daria Pajak Poland 1488
Cajsa Wegner Sweden 1421
Wendy Bartaire-Jiminez France 1373
Maxime De Rooij The Netherlands 1316
Rafiq Ismail Malaysia 1850 + 901
Kyle Troup USA 1748 + 993
Jesper Svensson Sweden 1717 + 1000
Carsten W. Hansen Denmark 1647 + 930
Pontus Andersson Sweden 1643
Anthony Simonsen USA 1597
Christopher Sloan Ireland 1585
Thomas Larsen Denmark 1562


Denmark became the best nation, when the European Men Championships 2019 were conducted
in Dream Bowl Palace, Unterföhring, Germany on the 10-21 June 2019.

Denmark won 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 3 Bronze medals, closely followed by Sweden
that won 2 Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals.

The Danish titles came in the Doubles event by Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen and
in the All Events by Thomas Larsen.

The Swedish titles came at the end of the championship; in the Team event by Mattias
Wetterberg, Mattias Olsson, Pontus Andersson, William Svensson and Martin Larsen and then in
the Masters event after 2-1 win to William Svensson over Germany´s Frank Drevenstedt; 238
vs 167, 212 vs 213 and 230 vs 160

Italian title came in Trios by Nicola Pongolini, Alessandro Santu and Antonino Fiorentino.

England got finally one title – in singles by Matty Clayton.

The previously awarded host of Slovenia has informed ETBF that they cannot do the hosting as
the Bowling center in Ljubljana will not be ready.

Another host has been ready to take on the duties of the hosting with this notice, and we will
be looking forward to the ECC 2020 edition.

The European Championship of Champions 2020 will be held at its originally scheduled period
of 19-25 October 2020 in Greece, the Mega Place Bowling Center in Chania, Crete

The ETBF Presidium wants to express the appreciation to the organizers in Greece to step in
and take over the hosting with this short notice.

The Rome Open, which was supposed to be conducted in September in Rome, is cancelled by
the organizers due to various domestic problems.

The organizer expresses the wish to reinsert the tournament into the European Bowling Tour
at a later moment – another year. We obviously hope that they will succeed.

The 22st edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships was concluded on Saturday 6 April in Eden Superbowl, situated in Malta.

These regional championships, which are conducted annually, are open for member federations with a coastline of the Mediterranean See – This time with record participation of 16 federations

The 10 titles in the championships were distributed as follows:

4 titles in the women’s division

Singles: Georgia Sagona from Greece

Doubles: Sara Xuereb and Sue Abela from Malta

All Events: Georgia Sagona from Greece

Masters: Delphine Labille from France

4 titles in the men’s division

Singles: Antonino Fiorentino from Italy

Doubles: Gediz Ege and Taygun Erkeskin from Turkey

All Events: Antonino Fiorentino from Italy

Masters: Taygun Erkeskin from Turkey

2 titles for mixed groups

Doubles: Ebru Ozogluntur & Taygun Erkeskin from Turkey

Team: Delphine Labille, Audrey Skopnick, Julien Keller and Jonathan Lefevre from France


The following six matches, all bowled over two games total pin fall to count, concluded the championships in Ankara.

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 1:

434 (235+199): Sue Abela, Malta

368 (188+180): Martha Karatzoula, Greece

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 2:

376 (185+191): Sara Xuereb, Malta

428 (232+196): Delphine Labille, France

Women’s Masters, Final:

399 (183+216): Delphine Labille, France

396 (181+215): Sue Abela, Malta

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 1:

442 (204+238): Mauro Anastasi, Malta

404 (207+207): Julien Keller, France

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 2:

420 (187+233): Ziga Zalar, Slovenia

486 (262+224): Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey

Men’s Masters, Final:

392 (191+201): Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey

353 (165+188): Mauro Anastasi, malta


Turkey became the best federation with 3 Gold and 2 Bronze, Greece became the second best nation with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze and France became the third best nation with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze