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Andrea Moro, Ricky Diaz set the pace in Rome Open All4bowling

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Andrea Moro and Ricky Diaz paced a field of 144 players after the first weekend in the Rome Open All4bowling which got underway Saturday at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy.

Moro (featured photo) and Diaz tied for the lead in squad 4 on Sunday evening with 1235 and an average of 205.83 for six games. Moro became the overall leader thanks to the higher last game, (212 to 164 in Moro’s favor), which breaks all ties in qualifying.

The two Italians became the first players who surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average). Lucas Osella was 38 pins behind in squad 4 with 1197 to move into third place overall.

Alessandro Di Martino (right), who led the extra squad 2b on Sunday morning with 1189, finished the second day of qualifying in fourth place. As a result of finishing the squads 1-4 in the top 4, Moro, Diaz, Osella and Martino have already secured their spots in the finals on Sunday, Sept. 16.

If any of the above finish in the top 32 at the end of the qualifying, the automatic spot goes to the next squad 1-4 qualifier in order.

Squad 3 leader Gabriele Cerini (left) missed the top 4 by 10 pins to sit in fifth place with 1179. Antonio Maddaloni (right), who led the opening day with 1173, fell to sixth place.

Rounding out the top 7, all from Italy, was Annalisa Balzano (left), who is the best of 24 women so far with 1172, including eight pins handicap each game.

Qualifying continues on Monday, September 10, with squads 5 & 6 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Rome Open All4bowling, formerly known as Roma International in 2010 and 2011, is the 11th and penultimate stop of the 2018 season and the third of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories (satellite, bronze, silver, gold and platinum). The tournament will be held from September 8-16 at 24-lane Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy.

Players compete for total prize money of 25.200 Euro with 4.500 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 Euro to the runner-up and 1.200 Euro apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 44th place worth 250 Euro.

In addition to the regular prize fund, there is a so called “300 Jackpot” competition – for anybody without an additional fee – which includes all games played in qualifying and Desperado Squad. At stake is a 2.000 Euro prize for the athlete with the lone perfect game or, if there is more than one perfecto, for the athlete who is highest ranked in the overall qualifying standings among those who achieved perfection.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Saturday, September 8, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) with squad 19, followed by the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start a 7.30 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score is 300.

Total 44 players, including the top 32, the top three players from squads 1-4 and the top five from squads 5-10 who are not among the top 32, plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad, advance to the finals on Sunday, September 16.

Qualifiers 1-8 earn three byes, qualifiers 9-16 receive two byes and qualifiers 17-24 get a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advance to the first of four three-game rounds which will trim the field to 32, 24, 18 and then eight players. The remaining eight players will determine the champion in four one-game rounds.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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Top 32 qualifiers, the top three players from squads 1-4 and the top five players from squads 5-10 who are not among the top 32, plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Sunday, September 16.

Herbert Bickel

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