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Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol wins 7th Sofia International Open

2016SIOGhislaineStigtervanderTolGhislaine Stigter-van der Tol of the Netherlands defeated Santtu Tahvanainen of Finland, 186-182, to win the 7th Sofia International Open 2016
Sunday at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The all-time European Bowling Tour women’s titlist (pictured right) who has won four tournaments earned the No. 1 seed for the four-player stepladder finals by leading the fourth and last 4-game round of the finals.

2016SIOSanttuTahvanainen2In the opening match third-seeded Tahvanainen (left) ousted seven-time European champion Jesper Agerbo of Denmark, 234-210, and then flew past No. 2 seed Karsten Aust of Germany, 279-193, to earn the right to bowl Stigter-van der Tol for the title.

The long-time Dutch national team member, who received eight pins handicap each game, became the second woman to win the Sofia International Open after Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden in the year 2013.

The seventh edition of the popular event which doesn’t belong to the European Bowling Tour drew 232 players, 201 men and 31 women, from 28 countries. With total prize money of more than 50.000 Euro the tournament would have been the 7th richest on the 2016 European Bowling Tour.

2016SofiaOpenLogoThe 7th Sofia International Open 2016 was held from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 at bowling center Joy Station, a 20-laner in the capital city of Bulgaria. The tournament offered 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 ran from Oct. 29 through Saturday, Nov. 5 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300).

Total 56 players advanced 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 earned two byes and qualifiers 9-16 received a first-round bye.

The other 40 players advanced to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field was trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who determined the finalists in the last four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 carried forward. The top 4 after eight games bowled for the title in a traditional stepladder final.

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7th Sofia International Open – Stepladder Finals

Bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria (Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol, Netherlands, 186 (1 game), 7.000 Euro
2. Santtu Tahvanainen, Finland, 695 (3 games), 5.000 Euro
3. Karsten Aust, Germany, 193 (1 game), 3.500 Euro
4. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 210 (1 game), 2.500 Euro

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Tahvanainen def. No. 4 Agerbo, 234-210
Second Match: Tahvanainen def. No. 2 Aust, 279-193
Championship: No. 1 Stigter-van der Tol (f) def. Tahvanainen, 186-182.
(f) score includes eight pins handicap.

7th Sofia International Open – Places 5-56 (Cashers)

5. Adam Andersson, Sweden, 2.000 Euro
6. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 1.700 Euro
7. Hadley Morgan, England, 1.400 Euro
8. Nikolay Selin, Ukraine, 1.200 Euro
9. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 1.000 Euro
10. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
11. Kristoffer Persson, Sweden, 700 Euro
12. Christoffer Jakobsson, Sweden, 700 Euro
13. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 700 Euro
14. Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 700 Euro
15. Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia, 700 Euro
16. William Svensson, Sweden, 700 Euro
17. Zoran Banjac, Croatia, 700 Euro
18. Ian Robinson, Sweden, 700 Euro
19. Jari Ratia, Finland, 700 Euro
20. Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 700 Euro
21. Alexandros Pantelidis, Greece, 500 Euro
22. Didi Ilieva, Bulgaria, 500 Euro
23. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 500 Euro
24. Vasilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 500 Euro
25. Tim Cerkvenik, Slovenia, 500 Euro
26. Georgos Stefanidis, Greece, 500 Euro
27. Dian Dinev, Bulgaria, 500 Euro
28. Plamen Stanchev, Bulgaria, 500 Euro
29. Piearpaolo De Filippi, Italy, 500 Euro
30. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 500 Euro
31. Eliaz Olsson, Sweden, 500 Euro
32. Yiola Pastou, Cyprus, 500 Euro
33. Brian Voss, United States, 500 Euro
34. Bojan Kovachic, Serbia, 500 Euro
35. Barry Foley, Ireland, 500 Euro
36. Jord van Weeren, Netherlands, 500 Euro
37. Kenneth Ankerdal, Denmark, 350 Euro
38. Mehmet Kaya, Turkey, 350 Euro
39. Victor Dumitrascu, Romania, 350 Euro
40. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 350 Euro
41. Jesper Larsen, Sweden, 350 Euro
42. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
43. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 350 Euro
44. Yavor Milanov, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
45. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania, 350 Euro
46. Nikita Koshelev, Russia, 350 Euro
47. Oron Cohen, Israel, 350 Euro
48. Nikolay Petrov, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
49. Michael Loos, Austria, 350 Euro
50. Kaaron Salomaa, Finland, 350 Euro
51. Omer Nechushtan, Israel, 350 Euro
52. Gheorghe Nicolae, Romania, 350 Euro
53. Nadezda Korablinova, Russia, 350 Euro
54. Borjan Binev, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
55. Ruslan Vasilev, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
56. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece, 350 Euro

7th Sofia International Open 2016 – Round Four Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.

7th Sofia International Open 2016 – Round Threee Results

Top 10 advance to the fourth round.

7th Sofia International Open 2016 – Round Two Results

Top 12 advance to the third round.

7th Sofia International Open 2016 – Round One Results

Top 20 advance to the second round.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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