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Germany’s Karsten Aust takes over lead in 7th Sofia International Open

Karsten Aust of Germany averaged 214.50 on Sunday at Bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria, to take over the lead in the qualifying of the 7th Sofia International Open 2016.

Aust started his six-game block with games of 203, 215, 216, 173 and 224 before he closed with a big 256 game which propelled him to the top of the 84-player leaderboard with 1287 pinfall total.

2016SIODianDinevPlaces 2 to 5 belonged to Bulgarian bowlers. Aust beat out Yavor Milanov for the top spot by just four pins. Milanov closed his set with his high game of 248 to leap into second place with 1283.

Dian Dinev (right), who led the qualifying after the first day with 1282, slipped two spots to third place and was followed by Plamen Stanchev, who moved into fourth place behind a 1261 series on Sunday.

Didi Ilieva was the best of 10 women in the field with 1255, including 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women.

Mehmet Kaya of Turkey rounds out the top 6 with 1254. The top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted Oct. 29 thru Nov. 1 (squads 1-16) will earn automatic berths into Sunday’s finals in case they don’t finish in the top 44 of the overall qualifying standings.

With the first six squads in the books, Georgi Deliyski of Bulgaria mans 44th place with 1096 or an average of 182.67.

Qualifying continues Monday, Oct. 31, with squads 9-12 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2, 6 and 9.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

2016SofiaOpenLogoThe 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.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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