of Bulgaria took the early lead in the 7th Sofia International Open 2016
as 64 bowlers from Greece, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey,
United States and the host country Bulgaria kicked off qualifying Saturday at Bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.
Dinev had a high game of 256, four games between 206 and 224 and a low game of 166 to set the pace in the seven-day qualifying portion of the event with 1282 and an average of 213.67.
Mehmet Kaya of Turkey was 28 pins behind in second place on 1254 with Dmitriy Pudov of Russia in third place with 1222. Rounding the top 5 were Hristo Georgiev of Bulgaria and Konstantinos Kitsos of Greece who were the only other players who surpassed the 1200 mark (an average of 200) to take fourth and fifth place with 1216 and 1204, respectively.
Marina Stefanova of Bulgaria was the best of seven women on the first qualifying day finishing with 1168, including 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women not only on the European Bowling Tour but in most of the European events.
Qualifying continues Sunday, Oct. 30, with squads 5-8 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2, 6 and 9.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET).
The 7th Sofia International Open 2016, a popular but non-European Bowling Tour event, will be held from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 at bowling center Joy Station, a 20-laner in the capital city of Bulgaria. The tournament offers total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 350 Euro for 56th place.
Qualifying of the Sofia Open starts on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST), and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, with the final squad 35 scheduled for 9.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300).
Total 56 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov 6, including top 44 qualifiers, top 6 from squads 1-16, top 2 from squads 17-25, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad. Top 8 qualifiers will earn two byes and qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye.
The other 40 players will advance to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who will determine the finalists in the last four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 after eight games will bowl for the title in a traditional stepladder final.
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Top 44 qualifiers, top 6 from squads 1-16, top 2 from squads 17-25, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.