Falco Gutsche, Niko Kurppa take over lead in Poland after six qualifying squads


    2013 European Bowling Tour #3

    2011IWOLogo.jpg Falco Gutsche of Germany and Finn Niko Kurppa led the fifth and sixth qualifying squad Wednesday at bowling center Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer.

    Gutsche roller coasted his way into the lead with games of 235, 170, 249, 162, 231 and 245 leading Squad 5 with 1292 total and an average of 215.33 over six games. Kurppa topped Squad 6 with 1259 including high games of 256, 224 and 210.

    Previous leader Adam Błaszczak of Poland slipped two spots to third place with 1223. Alexandr Panchenko of Kazakhstan, who has bowled in all squads but the first so far, was second to Gutsche in Squad 5 with 1218 finishing with back-to-back 230s to leap into fourth place in the overall standings.

    Fifth place Patryk Preus, Poland, is the last player in the tournament with a 200-plus average with 1205.

    Blanka Hanusíková of the Czech Republic, the best of two women in the 30-player field from Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan and Poland after six of 18 qualifying squads, in seventh place with 1194 including 48 pins women's handicap.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, February 14, with Squad 7-10 at 10 a.m., 1.30, 5 and 8.30 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 6/18