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Thomas Larsen misses top spot by 14 pins in Munich

2016EBT10SinLiJane2.jpg2016EBT10AhmadMuaz2.jpgTomas Larsen of Denmark led Friday’s qualifying with 1363 to fall 13 pins short off the lead in the 7th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Larsen (pictured above), who owns four European Bowling Tour titles along with two PBA international titles sandwiched games of 200, 202, 202 and 223 between high games of 278 and 258, to leap into second place in the qualifying standings with 1363, or the field-best average of 227.17.

As with all squad leaders, Larsen received a 300 Euro bonus. EBT Women’s Masters champion Sin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia continued to lead the 159 players from 17 countries with 1377 total, including 48 pins handicap.

Her compatriot Ahmad Muaz (above right) slipped to third place with 1357 and was followed by Adam Purnell of England, who was second so Larsen in squad 12 with 1356, including a 290 opening game to tie Germany’s Tobias Börding for the highest game of the tournament so far.

2016EBT10TommyJones.jpg2016EBT09DominicBarrett.jpgRounding out the top 5 was 17-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (left), United States, who is still looking for his first victory on the European Bowling Tour. Jones used high games of 289 and 255 to lead squad 13 with 1354 six-game total.

Places 6 to 9 belonged to squad 12 bowlers Richard Teece, England (1347), Mik Stampe, Denmark (1346), last week’s San Marino Open winner Dominic Barrett, England (right; 1344) and Osku Palermaa, Finland (1321).

Rounding out the top 10 was Alex Liew of Malaysia with 1320, an average of 220. Dominik Hergenröder is the top German bowler in 11th place also with 1320 but the lower five-game series than Liew.

2016EBT10IdaAndersson.jpgIda Andersson (right) of Sweden had 1211 scratch and 1259 including women’s handicap to lead squad 14 and to move into 43rd place overall. Her compatriot Magnus Johnson currently holds the 50th and last place to advance with 1243 and an average of 207.17.

Qualifying continues Saturday, July 23, with squads 15-18 scheduled to start at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

2015TrackDBPOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 7th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger is the 10th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second out of three EBT “Gold” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 16-24 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

The Track DBP Open offers total prize fund of 60.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.500 to the runner-up, and 2.500 and 2.000 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Final cash spot is 64th place to pay 500 Euro.

Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday July 16, through Saturday, July 23, with the last qualifying squad 18 scheduled for 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Each of the 18 squad winners receives a 300 bonus.

Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 24, including the top 50 from the overall qualifying standings plus top 4 of squads 1-7, leader of squads 8-9, leader of squads 10-11, top 4 from a “High-Low” list (two-game total of lowest and highest game; additional 10 Euro per squad) and top 4 from the Desperado Squad.

The top 8 qualifiers earn two byes moving them into the Round of 16, while qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye having to compete in the Round of 36.

The finals will kick off with three four-game rounds, each beginning from scratch, which will trim the field to 36, 16 and then four players. Those four will carry over their pinfall total into the eliminator-format finals featuring three one-game rounds.

All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player after five games being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same “low man out” format applies, with pinfall carrying over. The last man standing will be declared the champion.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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64 players, including the top 50 from the overall qualifying standings plus top 4 of squads 1-7, leader of squads 8-9, leader of squads 10-11, top 4 from a “High-Low” list and top 4 from the Desperado Squad, will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 24

Author: Herbert Bickel
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