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Ida Andersson adds her name to the leaderboard in San Marino

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Ida Andersson added her name to the leaderboard at the 13th Storm San Marino Open as the Swedish national team member led squad 6 with 1394 total Monday Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

Andersson (above), who finished second or third in the women’s point ranking in each of the past four European Bowling Tour seasons, rolled games of 233, 224, 222, 222, 203 and 242 for 1346, an average of 224.33, and added 8 pins handicap per game to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings.

Andrea Mangiacotti (right) of Italy continued to lead the field of 64 players from 10 countries with 1427 and an average of 237.83. His compatriot Nicola Pongolini (left) is 16 pins back in second place with 1411.

Tommaso Radi (right) of Italy was mere one pin behind Andersson in squad 6 to sit in fourth place with 1393. Radi averaged 232.17, including games of 259, 245, 188, 223, 232 and 246.

Long-time Italian national team member Federico Rossi (left), whose lone victory on the European Bowling Tour came in the Catalonia Open in 2006, was the only other player who moved into the top 10 on Monday. Rossi toppled 1329 pins in squad 6, good for 9th place.

The top three of squads 5 through 8, who will not qualify in the top 35, will earn automatic spots in Sunday’s finals.

After a slow start (535 for the first three games), squad 5 leader Marco Boccato (right) of Italy closed his set with 266, 242 and 279 to finish the third qualifying day in 13th place with 1322, an average of 220.33.

The score to make the first cut in 35th place is currently 1173 (by Antonio Maddaloni, Italy), an average of 195.50.

Qualifying continues Tuesday, July 11, with squads 7 and 8 scheduled to start at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Storm San Marino Open is the 6th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the first out of two EBT “Gold” tournaments this season.

The 13th edition will be held July 8-16 at 18-lane Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 62.100 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 8, through Saturday, July 15, 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 16, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 8-9, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 10-11, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, 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.

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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