of Italy averaged 232.33 Sunday afternoon at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, to lead the 12th Storm San Marino Open after four squads with 1394 six-game total.
Santu (pictured above), who led squad 1 on Saturday with 1298, improved by 30 pins in squad 3 (1328) and another 66 pins in squad 4 behind games of 256, 194, 226, 211, 252 and 255.
Marco Reviglio (left), who led squad 3 with 1386 and an average of 231, including a 267 last game, the highest game of the tournament so far, slipped to second place. Overnight leader Andrea Mangiacotti (right), Italy, fell two spots to third place with 1358 (226.33).
The top 3 from the standings of Saturday and Sunday (squads 1-4) will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 35 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the three will finish in the top 35, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.
Places 4 and 5 belonged to a pair of one-time European Bowling Tour champions. Serge Frouvelle (left) of France, who won his lone EBT title in the Florence International in 2014, slipped from second to fourth place with 1342.
Markus Jansson (right) of Sweden, the winner of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament in 2015, toppled 1324 pins in squad 3 to round out the top 5 after the first weekend.
Multiple French champion Isabelle Sacco was the best of just four women in the field so far in 12th place with 1251, including eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Qualifying continues Monday, July 11, with Squads 5 & 6 scheduled to start at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
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.