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Argentina’s Lucas Legnani moves into second place in Munich

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There was only one squad in the qualifying of the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open on Wednesday with just two of the 16 players moving into the top 10.

Fresh off a runner-up finish in the San Marino Open, Lucas Legnani (above) of Argentina rolled games of 247, 225 , 253, 206, 256 and 195 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, to lead squad 7 with 1382 total and an average of 230.33 for six games to jump into second place in the overall standings.

Jamie Elliott of England was 92 pins behind Legnani in second Place with 1290, including a high game of 276, to leap into seventh place.

Bodo Konieczny (right) of Germany continued to lead the 74-player field from 10 countries with 1397 and the field-best 232.83 average.

Day one leader Clemens Ulsamer (left), Germany, slipped to third with 1348 and was followed by German women’s national team members Vanessa Timter and Janine-Manuela Gabel, who fell one spot to fourth and fifth place with 1310 and 1305, respectively. Timter and Gabel are the best of 13 women in the field.

Francois Louw (right) of South Africa, who finished third in the Madrid Challenge and sixth in San Marino in the past two weeks (both tournaments were won by Canadian Francois Lavoie), had four games between 165 and 180 and high games of 256 and 233 to miss the top 10 by just three pins to sit in 11th place with 1254.

International Seniors Bowling Tour champion Hermann Wimmer (left) of Germany holds the 34 and last spot to advance to Sunday’s finals from the overall qualifying standings with 1171 and an average of 195.17. For the records, the score for 34th place in last year’s Track Open was 1295 (215.83).

Qualifying continues Thursday, July 20, with squads 8, 9 and 10 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The 8th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger is the 7th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the lone EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 15-23 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

The Track DBP Open offers total prize fund of 45.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.500 to the runner-up, and 2.000 and 1.500 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Final cash spot is 48th place to pay 500 Euro.

Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday July 15, through Saturday, July 22, with the last qualifying squad 17 scheduled for 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The top 2 men and the top 2 women after qualifying receive 300 and 150 Euro bonuses, respectively.

Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 48 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 23, including the top 34 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 6 of squads 1-6, the top 4 from a “High-Low” list (two-game total of lowest and highest game; additional 10 Euro per squad) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes, while qualifiers 5-8 receive a first-round bye.

The finals kick off with three four-game rounds, each beginning from scratch, which will trim the field to 28, 16 and then eight players. Those eight will bowl another four-game block with the pinfall from Round 3 carried forward.

The remaining four players roll one game with highest nine-game total determining the two finalists, who will bowl one additional game for the title.

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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Top 34 plus the top 6 of squads 1-6, the top 4 from a “High-Low” list and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 23.

Herbert Bickel

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