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Bodo Konieczny refuses to fall at Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open

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Bodo Konieczny of Germany, who averaged 232.83 in the fifth qualifying squad continued to lead the qualifying of the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open after Friday’s squad 11, 12 and 13 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Konieczny (right) leads 169 players from 20 countries into the final qualifying day with 1397 and was followed by 2016 European Bowling Tour men’s point ranking leader Richard Teece (left) of England in second place with 1389.

Fresh off a second place finish in the San Marino Open, Lucas Legnani (right) of Argentina sits in third place with 1382.

Squad 12 and 13 leaders, Mikael Roos (above) of Sweden and John Guldbaek (left) of Denmark, led their respective squads with 1372, an average of 228.67, to leap into fourth and fifth place in the overall standings. The tie was broken by the higher last game, 218 to 202, Roos’ favor.

Squad 2 leader Clemens Ulsamer of Germany fell to sixth place with 1348 and was followed by last year’s runner-up Dominic Barrett of England, who was second to Guldbaek with 1317.

Emanuel Jonsson (left) of Sweden led the first squad on Friday, 11th overall, with 1315 and finished the day in eighth place. Fellow Swede Mikael Pettersson was second in squad 12 with 1313, good for ninth place.

Rounding out the top 10 was Vanessa Timter (right) of Germany, who is the best of 30 women in the field with 1310, including 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

With only four squads to go, Marcel Muggelberg of Germany holds the 34th and last place to advance from the overall leaderboard with 1264 and an average of 210.67.

Qualifying continues Saturday, July 22, with squads 14, 15, 16 and 17 scheduled to start at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

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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Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open – Qualifying Standings after Squad 13/17

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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