Roman Fürbacher sets the tone in BNC Open on the first day of qualifying


    2012 European Bowling Tour #13

    Only four of 60 players in the first four squads average over 200; the top four secured their spots for Sunday's finals; early cut for 48th place is 969 (161.50 average)

    2012EBT13RomanFurbacher.jpg2011EBT04BenjaminKubalek.jpgThe BNC Open got underway Monday, Sept. 3, with the first four of 24 squads at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. Only four out of sixty players - 53 men and seven women - from eight countries had an average of 200 or better.

    Roman Fürbacher (pictured left) led the day with 1238 six-game total and an average of 206.33. The Austrian national team member started his block in Squad 3 with games of 226, 196, 205, 158 and 185 and took the lead with the help of a final 268 game.

    Second place belonged to Kamil Bajcsi of Slovakia, who led the opening squad with 1221 (203.50) including five games between 202 and 222. Fürbacher fellow countryman Benjamin Kubalek (above right), who was second in Squad 3 with 1202 (200.33) including two 220-plus games, finished the first of six qualifying days in third place.

    Rounding out the top four, who will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish in the top 48, was Tanner Spacey, United States, who followed a low opening game of 166 with five consistent games between 200 and 211 for 1200 (200 average).

    2012WYCMastersMarshallKent.jpg2012EBT13MichaelLoos.jpgSquad 2 leader Gergely Kaproncza of Hungary was a distant fifth with 1169, followed by Andreas Pittesser of Austria and Team USA's Marshall Kent (left) in sixth and seventh place with 1163 and 1161, respectively.

    Squad 4 leader Michael Loos (right) of Austria, who won the silver medal in All Events at the Men's European Championships last month, sits in eighth place with 1157.

    Jana Lébrová of the Czech Republic and Alena Balúchová of Slovakia were the best women with 1133 and 123 including 8 pins handicap each game, good for 14th and 15th place. Dutch Ben van Denzel holds the 48th and last place to advance with 969 or an average of 161.50.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Sept. 4 with Squads 5-8 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2012BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open is the sixth of seven EBT "Silver" tournaments this season and runs from Sept. 3-9 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center. The BNC Open offers total prize fund of 42.000 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.300 to the runner-up and 1.800 Euro a piece for the third and fourth place finishers.

    The BNC Open will be played on the 39 feet Winding Road pattern from the Kegel Navigation Patterns Sport Series. Click here for the Kegel Lane Map Guide.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Sept. 8 with the final qualifying Squad 24 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 9: The top 48 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who are not among the top 48. The last four spots go to the top 4 of the single-game Desperado Squad.

    The top 16 qualifiers earn two byes, while players seeded 17-32 bypass the first round of the finals. The remaining 32 players will bowl 3 games starting from scratch with the top 16 advancing to the second round.

    The second and third round will be played in the same format. The remaining 16 players, who advance to the fourth round, will carry forward the pinfall total from Round 3 and bowl another three-game block to cut to the top 8 for the single-elimination match play finals.

    Match play consists of two games, with the total pinfall to determine the winner. In all rounds the highest seeded player will meet the lowest seeded player, the second highest will meet the second lowest etc.

    The field will be trimmed to four then two players who will bowl for the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 20 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, seven Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the BNC Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters, which will be held Sept. 30, 2013 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava immediately following the 2013 BNC Open (Sept. 23-29).


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