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Bodo Konieczny shoots into lead at Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open


Long-time German national team member Bodo Konieczny averaged 232.83 in the fifth qualifying squad to take the lead in the qualifying of the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open.

Konieczny (above), who won bronze in trios and team at the 2010 Men’s World Championships here at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, used games of 215, 276, 214, 202, 257 and 233 to lead the field of 58 players with 1397 six-game total.

Konieczny was the only player of Sunday’s squads 4-6, who overtook the top 7 players from the opening day, all of whom were from Germany.

Overnight leader Clemens Ulsamer (left) slipped to second place with 1348. Women’s national team members Vanessa Timter and Janine-Manuela Gabel were the best of 10 women on the weekend with 1310 and 1305, respectively, both including 8 pins handicap each game.

Andreas Hernitschek was fifth with 1295 and was followed by Marcel Muggelberg in sixth place with 1264.

The top 6 from the standings of squads 1-6 will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish in the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the six will finish in the top 34, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

Next in line would be seventh place Julia Keil (1262) and eighth place Markus Günther (1257).

Andreas Kocher (right), who led squad 6 with 1252 including high games of 257, 237 and 233, was the best foreign bowler in 9th place. Dominik Hergenröder, Germany, was mere three pins behind to round out the top 10 with 1249.

Christoph Schurian, Germany, was second to Konieczny in squad 5 to sit in 11th place with 1245. Squad 4 leader Robert Pirzer (left), Germany, finished Sunday in 12th place with 1243.

Qualifying takes a two-day break and continues Wednesday, July 19, with squad 7 scheduled to start at 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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