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Clemens Ulsamer sets the pace as Track Open gets underway in Munich

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Clemens Ulsamer led a field of 41 bowlers who kicked off the qualifying of the 8th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open Saturday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

Ulsamer (above with newly crowned German champion Tobias Beier, right), who had games of 194, 231, 225, 207, 234 and 257, led the second of three squads with 1348 total and an average of 224.67 for six games.

Second and third place belonged to members of the German women’s national squad. Vanessa Timter (left) was next to Ulsamer in squad 2 with 1310, including 48 pins handicap, while Janine-Manuela Gabel paced the third squad with 1305.

Rounding out the top 6 were Andreas Hernitschek (1295), Bodo Konieczny (1279) and Marcel Muggelberg (1264). The top 6 from the standings of squads 1-6 will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish in the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings.

Squad 1 leader Daniel Härtel (right) finished the day in 10th place with 1225. Tamara Adler of Austria was the best foreign player in 20th place with 1166.

Qualifying continues Sunday, July 16, with squads 4, 5 and 6 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The 8th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger is the 7th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the lone EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 15-23 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

The Track DBP Open offers total prize fund of 45.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.500 to the runner-up, and 2.000 and 1.500 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Final cash spot is 48th place to pay 500 Euro.

Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday July 15, through Saturday, July 22, with the last qualifying squad 17 scheduled for 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The top 2 men and the top 2 women after qualifying receive 300 and 150 Euro bonuses, respectively.

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 48 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 23, including the top 34 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 6 of squads 1-6, the top 4 from a “High-Low” list (two-game total of lowest and highest game; additional 10 Euro per squad) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes, while qualifiers 5-8 receive a first-round bye.

The finals kick off with three four-game rounds, each beginning from scratch, which will trim the field to 28, 16 and then eight players. Those eight will bowl another four-game block with the pinfall from Round 3 carried forward.

The remaining four players roll one game with highest nine-game total determining the two finalists, who will bowl one additional game for the title.

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.

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Author: Herbert Bickel
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