Martin Larsen, Alexander Medveditskov take over lead in BNC Open qualifying


    2012 European Bowling Tour #13

    Swede; Russian shoot 1379 and 1352 series Thursday; Team USA's Marshall Kent is on the bubble with 1171 (195.17 average)

    2012EBT13MartinLarsen.jpg2012EBT13AlexandeMedveditskovr.jpgMartin Larsen of Sweden and Alexander Medveditskov of Russia powered their way into the lead in the qualifying of the BNC Open Thursday at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    World and European champion Larsen (pictured left), who was voted the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner after his first season as touring pro on the 2011-12 PBA Tour, sandwiched games of 185, 226, 209 and 237 between high games of 258 and 264 to overtake the lead in Squad 16 Thursday night with 1379 and an average of 229.83 for six games.

    2012EBT13ThomasGross.jpg2012EBT13ReneLandl.jpgMedveditskov (right) started Squad 14 (13 has been cancelled) with a bang when he used games of 233, 210, 210, 257, 216 and 226 for 1352 (225.32) to overtake previous leader Thomas Gross (left) of Austria by 13 pins. Gross and his compatriot Rene Landl (right) slipped to third and fourth place with 1339 and 1322, respectively.

    Mattias Nilsson of Sweden was second to Medveditskov with 1312 to leap into fifth place. Božo Nagode of Slovenia fell to sixth with 1303. Only the top six of 174 players from 21 countries surpassed the 1300 mark.

    2012EBT04KarlWahlgren2.jpg2012EBT04DenisEklund2.jpgSeventh place belonged to Linas Sasnauskas of Lithuania, who was next to Larsen in Squad 16 with 1297. Larsen fellow national team members Karl Wahlgren (left), who led Squad 15 with 1296, and Dennis Eklund (right), who was third in Squad 16 with 1285, sit in eight and ninth place, respectively, in the overall standings.

    Rounding out the top 10 was two-hander Daniel Vezis, also of Squad 16, who chalked up 1284.

    The top three of 26 women in the field are close together. Dutch Paula van Hemertwas 22nd with 1230 followed by Heidi Thorstensen of Norway and Birgit Pöppler of Germany in 23rd and 24th place with 1228 and 1223, all scores including eight pins handicap each game.

    2012EBT13MarshallKent.jpgKamil Bajcsi is the top Slovakian bowler in 26th place with 1221. Team USA member Marshall Kent (right) is the man "on the bubble" in 48th place with 1171 and an average of 195.17.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, Sept. 7 with Squads 17-20 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2012BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open is the sixth of seven EBT "Silver" tournaments this season and runs from Sept. 3-9 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center. The BNC Open offers total prize fund of 42.000 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.300 to the runner-up and 1.800 Euro a piece for the third and fourth place finishers.

    The BNC Open will be played on the 39 feet Winding Road pattern from the Kegel Navigation Patterns Sport Series. Click here for the Kegel Lane Map Guide.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Sept. 8 with the final qualifying Squad 24 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 9: The top 48 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who are not among the top 48. The last four spots go to the top 4 of the single-game Desperado Squad.

    The top 16 qualifiers earn two byes, while players seeded 17-32 bypass the first round of the finals. The remaining 32 players will bowl 3 games starting from scratch with the top 16 advancing to the second round.

    The second and third round will be played in the same format. The remaining 16 players, who advance to the fourth round, will carry forward the pinfall total from Round 3 and bowl another three-game block to cut to the top 8 for the single-elimination match play finals.

    Match play consists of two games, with the total pinfall to determine the winner. In all rounds the highest seeded player will meet the lowest seeded player, the second highest will meet the second lowest etc.

    The field will be trimmed to four then two players who will bowl for the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 20 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, seven Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the BNC Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters, which will be held Sept. 30, 2013 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava immediately following the 2013 BNC Open (Sept. 23-29).


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