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Bodo Konieczny leads Track Open as qualifying reaches halfway point

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Bodo Konieczny of Germany held onto the lead in the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open as qualifying has reached the halfway point at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

Konieczny (above), who had games of 215, 276, 214, 202, 257 and 233 this past Sunday, leads a field of 105 players, including 88 men and 17 women, with 1397 and an average of 232.83 for six games.

2016 European Bowling Tour men’s point ranking leader and three-time winner last season, Richard Teece (right) of England posted 1389 in squad 9 on Thursday afternoon to leap into second place in the standings. Teece had high games of 268, 256 and 266 and also three games between 206 and 193.

Lucas Legnani (left) of Argentina slipped one spot to third place with 1382 and was followed by a quartet from Germany, Clemens Ulsamer with 1348, the top women, Vanessa Timter and Janine-Manuela Gabel with 1310 and 1305, including handicap, respectively, and Andreas Hernitschek with 1295.

Jamie Elliott of England slipped to eighth place with 1290. Mik Stampe (right) of Denmark, a three-time EBT titlist, led squad 8 with 1287 to move into ninth place. Rounding out the top 10 was Oliver Morig of Germany, who was second in squad 9 with 1285.

11-time EBT champion and four-time ranking leader (200-03), Gery Verbruggen (left) of Belgium and Dan Østergaard-Poulsen of Denmark were second and third in squad 8 to finsih the fourth day of qualifying in 11th and 12th place with 1275 and 1268, respectively.

With nine out of 17 squads in the books, the score to make the cut in 34th place surpassed the 1200-mark. Dennis Helbig of Germany is man “on the bubble” with 1206 or an average of 201.

Qualifying concludes Thursday with squad 10 at 8 p.m. and continues Friday, July 21, with squads 11, 12 and 13 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 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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