Four players from England, Denmark and Sweden cracked the top 10 on Friday, the penultimate qualifying day of the Storm San Marino Open currently underway at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle.
Squad 16 leader, Curtis Hooper (pictured above) of England, used games of 267, 225, 242, 247, 226 and 256 to storm into second place with 1463 and an average of 243.83. Sin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia leads the 199-player field from 25 countries into the final qualifying day with 1499 total, including 48 pins women’s handicap.
Markus Jansson (right) of Sweden slipped to third place with 1454 and was followed by two-time defending San Marino Open champion and 11-time European Bowling Tour titlist Dominic Barrett of England averaged in fourth place with 1450.
Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden, a multiple European champion and two-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader (2011, 2013), is the second woman in the top 8 (will receive two byes for the finals) in fourth place with 1430, including handicap. Six-time EBT titlist Stuart Williams of England was sixth with 1419.
Anton Elofsson (left) of Sweden was second to Hooper in squad 16 with 1414, including high games of 262 and 245 along with four games in the 220s, to leap into seventh place.
World Trios champion Carsten Warming Hansen (right) averaged 220 for five games in squad 15 but closed his set with the tournament’s fourth 300 to win the squad and to jump into eighth place with 1405, an overall average of 234.17. It marked the fourth consecutive quad with a perfect game.
The streak came to an end in squad 17, which was won by Jesper Larsen (left) of Sweden with 1394 (232.33), including a 279 last game. Larsen moved into 9th place and is tied with 10th place Alessandro Santu of Italy.
With three more squads to go on Saturday, all-time EBT title leader Paul Moor (right; 17 titles) of England holds the 35th and last place to advance to the finals with 1349 and an average of 224.83.
Qualifying commences Saturday, July 16, with squads 18, 19 and 20 scheduled to start at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 10 p.m.
The Storm San Marino Open is the 9th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the first out of three EBT “Gold” tournaments this season. The 12th edition will be held July 9-17 at 18-lane Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 62.050 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 9, through Saturday, July 17, 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 19, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 9-10, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 13-14, 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.
Immediately following the 12th San Marino Open is the 9th European Bowling Tour Masters, which will be contested on Monday, July 18, at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.
The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.
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Top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 9-10, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 13-14, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.
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