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Anton Elofsson continues to lead as qualifying reaches halfway point


2016EBT04AntonElofsson.jpgAnton Elofsson of Sweden continued to lead in the European Bowling Tour’s 10th International Wroclaw Open as qualifying reached the halfway point Friday at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.

2016EBT04RobinPersson.jpgElofsson (pictured left), who had games of 224, 277, 220, 248, 247 and 255 in squad 3 on Thursday, leads a 74-player field from 15 countries with 1471 and an average of 245.17.

Four players cracked the top 5 in Friday’s squads 5-8, including Robin Persson (right) of Sweden and Anders Lousdal (pictured above) of Denmark who rolled the first 300 games of the tournament.

Persson became the first to accomplish the feat in the second game of squad 7. He added 212, 209, 259, 212 and 235 to finish the day in fifth place with 1427. Lousdal rolled the highest six-game series on Friday, including games of 225, 289, 201, 300, 174 and 258 to jump into second place with 1447 and an average of 241.17.

2016EBT01JaroslavLorenc2.jpg2016EBT04AnzeGrabrijan.jpgJaroslav Lorenc (left), Czech Republic, was just 10 pins behind Persson with 1437 to leap into third place. Lorenc was the first runner-up in Wroclaw in 2014 and 2015 falling to Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark in both title matches. The two-time defending champion currently sits in 21st place on 1315 with handicap.

2013 Wroclaw Open winner Anže Grabrijan (right) of Slovenia led squad 6 with 1431 including a high game of 274 and five games between 225 and 237 to position himself in fourth place.

2015EBT15JennyWegner.jpg2015EBT14MathiasOlsson.jpg2015 EBT women’s point ranking winner Jenny Wegner (left) of Sweden was the best of 10 women in the field in seventh place with 1422. Her compatriot Mattias Olsson (right) led the fifth squad on Friday morning with 1382, good for 13th place in the overall standings.

With eight of 16 qualifying squads in the books, Egon Sørensen of Denmark, holds the 40th and last spot to advance to the finals with 1245 or an average of 207.50.

Qualifying continues on Friday, February 19, with Squads 9-12 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 1.30, 5 and 8.30 p.m. CET.

2016EBT04WroclawOpenLogo2.jpgThe 10th International Wroclaw Open is the fourth stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second of six EBT “Satellite” events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

The IWO will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-lane bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland.

As in the past five years, participants will compete for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place (250 Euro).

Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Feb. 20, and ends with Squad 16 scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

 The tournament will be contested on the same lane conditioning pattern as in 2015, a 39-ft. pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total. Click image for larger view.

The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 21. The qualifying pinfall carries over. The finalists will be divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who will bowl a four-game block after which the field will be cut to the top 20.

Those 20 will bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carries over into round robin, where bowlers earn 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals.

The No. 4 seed bowls the No. 3 seed, the winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match will be decided in one game, while the championship match will feature two games decided by total pinfall.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 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 February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

After the conclusion of the 10th International Wroclaw Open, the 2016 European Bowling Tour will take a three-week break before heading to Munich, Germany, for the 103.000 Euro Brunswick Euro Challenge, an EBT “platinum” event, which will be held from March 13-20 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace.


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10th International Wroclaw Open – Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/16

Top 40 qualifiers will advance to the finals on Sunday, Feb 21.

300 games (2) – Robin Persson, Anders Lousdal.

Herbert Bickel

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