Strong finish powers Carlo Greulich to victory in 35th Grand Prix Zurich

    06/04/12

    Switzerland

    Review the Live Stream of the semifinals and finals

     Carlo Greulich of Germany finished the seven-game finals of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich with a huge 278 game en route to win the title and the 1.110 Swiss Franc (930 Euro) top prize Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon, Switzerland.

    Gregor Ramsak of Switzerland, who had a comfortable lead heading into the final game. had to settle for second place, worth 910 CHF. Third place and 760 CHF went to Dirk Völkel of Germany.

    L-R Ramsak, winner Greulich and Völkel. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2012GPZSimonWildenhayn2.jpg2012GPZSandroAncarani.jpgThe GPZ, which used a 60 percent handicap of 200, drew 114 players from Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The top 42 qualifiers carried 50 per cent of their qualifying totals into the semifinals where the field was trimmed to 28 and then 14, who advanced to the finals.

    All previous pinfall was dropped and the winner was determined by points given for each game and the seven-game total.

    Swiss international Sandro Ancarani (left) finished the semifinals atop the leaderboard with 1986 pinfall total (0 handicap) averaging 222.20 for the round. Qualifying leader Simon Wildenhayn (right), Germany, was second with 1967 and was followed by Greulich in third place with 1962.

    2012GPZGregorRamsak.jpgLocal bowler Gregor Ramsak (left), who made the final cut in sixth place, came out of the gates quickly with games of 236 and 234 including 2 pins handicap each game to take a four-point lead. Ramsak rebounded from a low 170 game in third with 214 followed by 246 and 248, the highest games in the fifth and sixth round worth 14 points each to lead Greulich by nine points and 74 pins.

    2012GPZCarloGreulich2.jpgGreulich (right), 53, a German national team member in the mid-1980s, who started with games of 211, 223, 172, 237, 232 and 201 saved the best for last firing the highest game of the finals with 278. He received 14 points for the highest game in Round 7, while Ramsak, who suffered a 170 game, got only three points.

    2012GPZDirkVolkel.jpgDue to 108 pin difference, Greulich led all 14 players with 1554 seven-game series and an average of 222 to earn the maximum 28 points for the highest series and to warp up the title with 104 total points.

    Ramsak had the second highest series of 1506, worth 26 points, to land in second place with 96 total points. Dirk Völkel (left) of Germany finished third with 87 points. Ancarani was four points behind in fourth place with 83 points and was followed by Wildenhayn in fifth place with 80 points.

    Review the final here:

     


    2012GPZurichLogo_small.jpg 2012BowlingSectionZurichBanner_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 used a 60 percent handicap of 200 with maximum 35 pins per game. With more than 90 players participating, the total prize fund was 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 was carried forward.

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

    The finals of the 35th Grand Prix Zurich featured seven games starting from scratch. In each round points were 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 were 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 was 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, provided Live Streaming on Sunday, June 3rd. Bowling fans around the world were 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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    35th Grand Prix Zurich - Final Results


    Seven games, position point system. Games include handicap. In each round (one game) points were awarded to the players according to their position in the respective round. At the end of Round 7 double points were given to the players according to their position based on the 7-game total including handicap. The player with the highest point total was declared the winner.

     


    Semifinals


    The top 28 after three games bowled further two games to cut to the top 14, who advanced to the finals.