Ten-pin bowling has grown at a remarkable rate over the past few years, gaining popularity with adults and children alike. This autumn will see a legion of tournaments hosted around Europe and there has never a better time to get involved. Take a look at these top picks.
The Russian Open 2015 takes place in St Petersburg from 11th to 13th September. It is held at the 52-lane Russkoe bowling centre and is part of the WTBA (World Tenpin Bowling Association) Tournaments. The ‘Russian Field’, as it is known locally, is one of the biggest bowling venues in Europe. The prize fund for first place is €2,500 (£1,793), with €2,000 for the runner-up and €1,700 for third place.
Taking place between 13th and 20th September in Nieuwegein, Holland, the Chanda Open is the 14th stop on the European Bowling Tour. The majority of participants are Dutch and English, although anyone can take part. The winner will take away €5,000, while second and third places take home €3,000 and €2,000 respectively.
Hosted at Plus Bowling, the self-proclaimed ‘hottest centre in town’, the Vienna Open runs from 28th September to 4th October. The venue has 32 tracks, a restaurant area for up to 110 people, a bar, a recreational area and a pro shop. There is €7,000 cash for the winner, with €5,000 and €3,500 for second and third place respectively.
The Norwegian Open takes place between 2nd and 11th October at the Veitvet Bowling Centre in Oslo. This family-friendly venue has 26 lanes, arcade games and billiards. The prize for first place is 40,000 krone (£3,845), with 20,000 krone for second place and 15,000 krone for third place.
If you fancy trying your hand at bowling, it is important to invest in the right equipment. Whether you need essentials such as bowling balls and shoes or accessories such as grip polish, it is worth getting correctly equipped to take your game to the next level. An extensive range of bowling items can be found at www.petesproshop.co.uk.
The 2015 European Bowling Tour consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries and the total prize fund for all 18 tournaments is roughly €900,000 (just under £646,000).