Emil Polanisz misses first 1300 series at Wroclaw Open by mere one pin


    2013 European Bowling Tour #3

    The local bowler leads field of 60 players after 10 of 18 qualifying squads with 1299; cut for 40th place is 1122 (187 average)

    2013AIKPontusAndersson.jpg2013EBT03EmilPolanisz.jpgEmil Polanisz (pictured left) of Poland led the eight qualifying squad Thursday at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland, with 1299 total and an average of 216.50 to lead the qualifying of the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer after 10 of 18 squads.

    Polanisz alternated three 190 games with high games of 227, 257 and 227 to overtake previous leader Falco Gutsche of Germany by seven pins. Gutsche slipped to second place with 1292.

    Swede Pontus Andersson (right) topped the ninth squad with 1260 including a high game of 245 to move into third place overall. Niko Kurppa of Finland fell from second to fourth place with 1259.

    2013EBT01JoonasJehkinen.jpg2012BWCBlankaHanusikova.jpgRounding out the top 5 was Kurpaa's compatriot, multiple European champion Joonas Jehkinen (left), who led the last squad on Thursday (#10, Squad 7 has been cancelled) with 1243.

    Blanka Hanusíková (right) of the Czech Republic is the best of three women in the 66-player field from 13 countries in 18th place with 1194 including 48 pins women's handicap. Carolina Muñoz of Spain was also above the cut line in 35th place with 1134.

    After the field surpassed the 40-player mark on Thursday, Yurii Grynyk of Ukraine holds the 40th and place to advance with 1122 or an average of 187.

    Qualifying continues Friday, February 15, with Squad 11-14 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 10/18