Adam Błaszczak leads Squad 3 & 4 at 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer


    2013 European Bowling Tour #3

    Jacek Skorupa continues to lead 18 players from three countries with 1223 (203.83 average)


    Adam Błaszczak of Poland dominated the second qualifying day at 10-lane Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland en route to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings in the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer.

    Błaszczak led Squad 3 with 1148 (191.33 average) and improved by 51 pins to also lead Squad 4 with 1199 (199.83) including four games between 214 and 233 and low games of 162 and 149.

    Squad 2 leaders Jacek Skorupa and Patryk Preus, the only players who surpassed the 1200-mark so far, continued to lead the European Bowling Tour event with 1223 (203.83) and 1205 (200.83), respectively.

    Blanka Hanusíková of the Czech Republic, the lone woman in the 18-player field from Poland, Kazakhstan and Czech Republic after four of 18 qualifying squads, overtook fourth place with 1194 including 48 pins women's handicap.

    Matej Fotko of Czech Republic and Alexandr Panchenko of Kazakhstan had 1194 (lower last game than Hanusíková) and 1186 to move into fifth and sixth place. For the records: The qualifying cut for 40th place at the 2012 International Wroclaw Open was 1183 or an average of 197.17.

    Qualifying continues Wednesday, February 13, with Squad 5 & 6 at 1.30 and 5 p.m. local time (CET).

    The 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer (IWO) is the third stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the first of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at bowling center Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland.

    As in the past two years, participants in the IWO will compete for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Feb. 16, and ends with Squad 18 slated for 8.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    As in 2012 the tournament will be contested on a 39-ft. "Kegel Challenge Series - MIDDLE ROAD" lane conditioning pattern with 22.85ml volume oil total.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 17 with the qualifying pinfall carried over. The finalists will be divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who will bowl a four-game game block after which the field will be cut to the top 20.

    Those 20 will bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to round robin match play. The top 4 players after seven match play games (20 pins bonus per win, 10 for a tie, 5 pins bonus for each game between 250 and 300) will advance to the stepladder finals.

    Stepladder matches one and two will be decided in one game, while the championship match features two games decided by total pinfall. The No. 4 seed bowls the No. 3 seed, the winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title.


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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 4/18