Giannis Stathatos wins qualifying in 3rd IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open



    Greek leads a group of 22 players into Sunday's finals; Bettina Lund is sole woman remaining; Eric Evripidou finishes atop "B bowler" leaderboard, hits cutoff number for 22nd place with 1267 (211.17 ave.); Orlanda, Mäkelä advance through Desperado Squad

    2012BOGiannisStathatos.jpg2012BOCatalinGheorghe.jpgGiannis Stathatos (pictured left) of Greece won the qualifying of the 3rd IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open en route to lead a group of 24 players into Sunday's finals at IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania.

    The top 8 players of the overall qualifying standings, who received one bye for the finals, remained unchanged in Saturday's squads 21-24.

    Stathatos, who averaged 229.17 in the 13th of 24 qualifying squads, led a field of 127 players, 116 men and 11 women, from 16 countries with 1375 six-game total.

    2012BOMattMiller.jpg201213PBARonnieRussell.jpgCatalin Gheorghe (above right) of Romania, who tied Stathatos in Squad 20, finished in second place due to the lower last game, 204 to 226. His fellow countryman Viorel Simut was third with 1359, followed by Vassilis Stefopoulos and Takis Karetsos of Greece in fourth and sixth place with 1351 and 1342, respectively.

    England's Matt Miller (left) was sandwiched between the two Greek bowlers in fifth place with 1350. Rounding out the top 8 were Romeo Gagenoiu of Romania (1336) and PBA bowler Ronnie Russell (right), United States (1323).

    Stathatos, Gagenoiu, Russell and Miller were automatically qualified for the finals by virtue of finishing 1-4 after Thursday's qualifying. Russell led Squad 22 but failed to improve with 1298.

    2012EBT04MikeQuarry2.jpg2012EBT18BettinaLund.jpgMike Quarry rolled the highest series Saturday in Squad 23 with 1319 to improve his top score by ten pins. The Englishman remained in ninth place missing a bye by six pins.

    Two-time European Bowling Tour's women's point ranking champion and long-time Danish national team member, Bettina Lund (right), Denmark, led Squad 21 on Saturday morning with 1265 including six games between 199 and 237 and added 49 pins handicap to leap into 10th place with 1313 total.

    Slava Oseredko was the 11th and last bowler, who surpassed the 1300-mark, when the Ukrainian led the last qualifying squad 24 with 1305 including high games of 247 and 234.

    2012BOJuhoMakela.jpgEric Evripidou of Cyprus beat out Mikko Ylitalo of Finland and Ryan Press of Ireland for the 22nd and last place to advance by one pin with 1267 or an average of 211.67. Evripidou was also the sole "B bowler" (average of less than 180), who survived the first cut en route to pocket a 350 Euro bonus.

    Joining the top 22 in the finals were David Orlanda of Romania and Juho Mäkelä (right) of Finland, who led the one-game Desperado Squad with 255 and 246, resp.

    2012BucharestOpenLogo_small.jpg The 3rd IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open will be held Nov. 19-25 at 14-lane IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania (Oil Pattern). The tournament offers total prize fund of 15.000 Euro in the open division and additional 1.800 Euro for bowlers with less than 180 average.

    The tournament winner will receive the 2.500 Euro top prize, the runner-up earns 1.500 Euro and the third and fourth place finishers get 1.000 Euro apiece.

    The qualifying of the Bucharest Open ran from Monday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 24 and concluded with the Desperado Squad early Sunday morning. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game.

    A total of 24 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Nov. 25 including the top 4 of a separate leaderboard of the squads contested Monday through Thursday, the top 18 of the overall qualifying standings and the top 2 of the one-game Desperado Squad.

    Players seeded 9th to 24th will bowl six games scratch with the top 8 advancing to the second round. The remaining 16 players will bowl another six games scratch to cut to the top eight, who will determine the champion in best-of-three games match play format.


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    Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    The top 22 including the top 4 of a separate leaderboard of squads 1-16 (highlighted in yellow) plus the top 2 of the Desperado Squad (places 23 and 24) advance to the finals. The top 8 receive one bye.