Simon Wildenhayn leads top 42 into the semifinals at 35th Grand Prix Zurich



    GPZ provides live streaming of the semifinals and finals from 9 to 15.30 CEST



    2012GPZSimonWildenhayn.jpg2012GPZCarloGreulich.jpgSimon Wildenhayn (pictured left) of Stuttgart, Germany, finished the qualifying of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich atop the 114-player leaderboard to led the top 42 players into the semifinals Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland. The deaf sportsman, who uses the two-handed delivery, rolled games of 238, 214, 209 and 219 before he almost achieved perfection in game #5.

    Wildenhayn followed the 299 with games of 184, 226 and 205 for 1794 pinfall or an average of 224.25 for eight games. Trailing Wildenhayn by 15 pins to sit in second place was Carlo Greulich (right), Germany, with 1779 including high games of 256 and 254.

    2012GPZSandroAncarani.jpgThird place belonged to the best local bowler. Sandro Ancarani, (left) with 1749. The top 3 were not eligible for any handicap (60 percent of 200).

    World and multiple European Champions Cup winner, Tanya Cuva, a native German, who lives in Switzerland, was the best woman in ninth place with 1680 (0 handicap). Sabine Leutwiler of Switzerland, who has won the last stop of the 2012 International Seniors Bowling Tour, the Alsace Senior Open, took the 42nd and last place to advance with 1560 total including 7 pins handicap each game.

    2012GPZurichLogo_small.jpg The 35th annual Grand Prix Zurich got underway Monday, May 28th, at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, a 22-laner in suburban Winterthur, Switzerland.

    The GPZ is a singles event (men and women in one division) and uses a 60 percent handicap of 200 with maximum 35 pins per game. With more than 90 players participating, the total prize fund is 6.590 Euro. All players bowled eight games of qualifying with the top 42 advancing to the semifinals. 50 percent of the qualifying total including handicap will be carried forward.

    The 42 players bowl another three games with the top 28 advancing to the second round. The total pinfall will be carried forward. Those 28 bowl another two games to cut to the top 14 for the finals.

    The finals of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich features seven games starting from scratch. In each round points will be awarded to the players according to their position in the respective round. 1st place - 14 points; 2nd place - 13, 3rd place - 12, …… 14th place 1 point.

    At the end of Round 7 double points will be given to the players according to their position based on the 7-game total including handicap. 1st place - 28 points; 2nd place - 26, 3rd place - 24, …… 14th place 2 points.

    The player with the highest point total will be declared the winner of the 35th GP Zürich.

    PhotopgrapherBeatGrauwiler_small.jpg2009EBT04FlavioCuva_small.jpg Bowlingdigital's Flavio Cuva (pictured left) and Beat Grauwiler (right), the BeSeCo GM and tournament director of the GPZ, will provide Live Streaming on Sunday, June 3rd. Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the semifinals starting at 9 a.m. and the finals of the Grand Prix Zurich from 1 to 3.30 p.m. (all times Central European Summer Time).

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    The top 42 advance to the semifinal.