Italian bowlers took control of the leaderboard at the 13th Storm San Marino Open after the first weekend at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.
Andrea Mangiacotti (above) averaged 237.83 in Sunday’s squad 3 to move to the top with 1427 total. Mangiacotti used games of 205, 266, 245, 234, 257 and 220 to overtake day one leader Nicola Pongolini by 16 pins.
Pongolini (left), who was second to Mangiacotti with 1383, slipped to second place with his high series of 1411.
Alessandro Gamberini (right), who led squad 4 Sunday with 1357, an average of 226.17, leaped into third place.
By qualifying in the top three of squads 1-4, Mangiacotti, Pongolini and Gamberini will get a free pass into Sunday’s finals should they not qualify for the finals. If any of the above will finish in the top 35 in the overall qualifying standings, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order of the squad 1-4 list.
Just outside the top 3 was Antonino Fiorentino, who finished five pins behind Gamberini in squad 4 to sit in fourth place with 1352. Rounding out the top 5 was Alessandro Santu with 1348.
Laurence Gaillard of France was the best foreign bowler and the best of three women in the 49-player field in eighth place with 1324, including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.
Qualifying continues Monday, July 10, with squads 5 and 6 scheduled to start at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
The Storm San Marino Open is the 6th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the first out of two EBT “Gold” tournaments this season.
The 13th edition will be held July 8-16 at 18-lane Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 62.100 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, 3.300 to the third and 2.400 to the fourth place finisher.
Qualifying of the San Marino Open (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday, July 8, through Saturday, July 15, with the last qualifying squad 20 scheduled for 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The qualifying winner will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus.
Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The top three women based on the final standings will receive 500, 350 and 200 Euro bonuses, respectively.
Total 48 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 16, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 8-9, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 10-11, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.
The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 9-16 get a first-round bye. The other 32 players will bowl four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who will meet qualifiers 9-16 in the second round. Those 24 bowl another four games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top eight in a six-game round before the cut to the top 4.
The four finalists will determine the winner in an eliminator-format finals which will feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player 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.
The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Nicola Pongolini first leader in 13th Storm San Marino Open
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13th Storm San Marino Open – Qualifying Standings after Squad 4/20
Top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 8-9, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 10-11, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.