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Francois Louw leads 64 players into Track Open finals

2016EBT10GeryVerbruggen.jpg2016EBT10SinLiJane2.jpgFrancois Louw saved his best for the last qualifying squad at the 7th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger. The South African averaged 230.50 in squad 18 to beat out Gery Verbruggen of Belgium for top spot by just one pin Saturday evening at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Louw (pictured above) started his six-game series with 238, 257, 192, 206 and 224 and closed with a big 266 to win the qualifying with 1383. He leads 64 players out of a field of 171 from 17 countries into the finals on Sunday, July 24. Louw won his second 300 Euro bonus after winning squad 6 earlier in the week.

Former world and European champion Verbruggen (above left), who took the lead in the previous squad finished qualifying in second place with 1382. The lefty, who led the men’s point ranking in the first four years of the European Bowling Tour (2000-2003), posted games of 199, 246, 245, 214, 224 and 254.

2016EBT10BodoKonieczny2.jpg2016EBT10TommyJones.jpgFresh off her victory in the 2016 European Bowling Tour Women’s Masters and a second-place finish in the 12th Storm San Marino Open, Sin Li Jane (above right) of Malaysia was the best of 28 women in the field in third place with 1377, including eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Bodo Konieczny (left) of Germany was next to Louw in squad 18 with 1363, including high games of 265 and 256, to leap into fourth place. Thomas Larsen of Denmark also won his second squad and his second 300 Euro bonus by leading squad 16 with 1355 total. Larsen ended up in fifth position with his high series of 1363.

Rounding out the top 8, who will miss the first two rounds of the finals, were Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia (1357), Adam Purnell, England (1356) and 17-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (right), United States (1354).

2016EBT10AdrianAng3.jpg2016EBT10ThomasGross2.jpgPlayers from 9th to 16th place receive a first-round bye. Vanessa Timter of Germany took 16th place with 1320 total, an average of 220, including handicap.

Adrian Ang (left) of Malaysia led the first squad on Saturday (#15) with 1246, also his second squad win, and made the qualifying cut in 19th place with his 1314 pinfall in squad 8. Four-time European Bowling Tour champion Thomas Gross (right) of Austria hit the cutoff number for 50th place with 1268 and an average of 211.33.

The top 50 players will be joined in the finals by another 14 players, who earned their berths into the finals extra competition such as the Desperado Squad.

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) ran from Saturday July 16, through Saturday, July 23. Each of the 18 squad winners received a 300 bonus. 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 advanced 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, advance to the finals on Sunday, July 24

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