Marius Balan moves into fourth place in qualifying in Romania



    Viorel Simut holds on to the lead in IDM Bucharest International

    2011BucharestViorelSimut.jpg2010BucharestMariusPiticariu2.jpgMarius Balan led the ninth qualifying squad of the IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open Wednesday at IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania, en route to move into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Balan had game of 245, 257, 160, 209, 220 and 198 for 1289 total and an average of 214.83 for six games.

    Viorel Simut (pictured left) continued to lead the field of 41 players from Romania, Bulgaria and Greece with 1345 total and an average of 224.17. Day one leader Marius Piticariu (right) remained in second place with 1332 and was followed by Marius Briciu in third place with 1300.

    The top 4 players from a separate leader board of the qualifying squads conducted Monday through Thursday will earn automatic berths into the finals if they don't qualify among the top 18. According to tournament officials, the cut is expected to be between 215 and 220.

    Balan's feat came at the expense of Romeo Gagenoiu, who fell from fourth to fifth place with 1286. Odette Piticariu is the best of four women in the field, in tenth place with 1240 including 48 pins handicap.

    Gabriel Anghelescu (all from Romania) currently holds the 18th and last spot to advance to the finals with 1182 or an average of 197.

    Qualifying continues Thursday with Squads 11-14 scheduled for 9 a.m., 12.30, 4.30 and 8.30 p.m. local time (CET+1).

    2011BucharestLogo.jpg The IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open 2011 will be held from Nov. 21-27 at IDM Club, a 14-laner with Brunswick equipment, in Bucharest, Romania. The tournament offers total prize fund of 15.000 Euro with 2.500 Euro going to the winner.

    A total of 24 players from the qualifying (six games; unlimited re-entries) will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 27: the top 18 qualifiers and the top 4 from a separate standing of the squads conducted Nov. 21-24 plus the top 2 of the one-game Desperado Squad. The top 8 players will receive one bye.

    Qualifiers 9-24 will bowl six games scratch. The top 8 meet the top 8 qualifiers in the second round. Those 16 will bowl another six-game series scratch to cut to the top 8, who will advance to match play finals in best-of-three games format.


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