Jenny Wegner takes pole position at 7th International Wroclaw Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #3

    Friday's squad leaders Wegner, Ahokas, Andersson and Krizinis crack the 1300-mark to move to the top of the leaderboard; cut for 40th place is 1180 (196.67 average)


    2012BWCJarmoAhokas.jpgAll four leaders of Friday's squads 11-14 cracked the 1300-bar to move to the top of the 97-player leaderboard in the qualifying of the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer currently underway at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Jenny Wegner (pictured left) of Sweden took over the pole position with 1355 six-game total including 48 pins handicap. Wegner became the first woman to lead a squad when she rolled games of 245, 187, 213, 224, 256 and 182 in Squad 13 for 1307, an average of 217.83 scratch.

    2013AIKPontusAndersson.jpgJarmo Ahokas (above right) of Finland led Squad 14 with 1337 including high games of 256 and 262 to overtake second place with field-best 222.83 average.

    Third place belonged to Pontus Andersson (left) of Sweden with 1321, who became the first player in this year's tournament to surpass the 1300-mark in Squad 11.

    2013EBT02EmilPolanisz.jpgSquad 12 leader Vagelis Krizinis used the tournament high game of 277 for 1301 to finish the day in fourth place.

    Previous leader Emil Polanisz (right) of Poland skipped to fifth place with 1299 and was followed by Falco Gutsche of Germany in sixth place with 1292.

    2013EBT02DennisEklund.jpgAnother three players of squad 14 moved into the top 10 with Dennis Eklund (left, 1282), Sweden in seventh place, Michał Rybicki (1269), Poland, in eighth and Sami Päiväniemi (1256), Finland, in tenth place. Päiväniemi's fellow countryman Niko Kurppa fell from fourth to ninth place with 1259.

    Heading into the last day of qualifying, Vyacheslav Oseredko of Ukraine is the man on the "bubble" in 40th place with 1180 or an average of 196.67.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, February 16, with Squad 11-14 scheduled for 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 14/18