Marco Boccato paces Brunswick Italia Challenge after two days of qualifying


    2013 European Bowling Tour #9

    Italians Boccato and Pierfranco Fanizza crack the 1300-bar to lead the 55-player field after 5/23 qualifying squads; cut for 36th place is currently 1085 (180.67 average)

    2012EBT04MarcoBoccato.jpg2012EBT11MaurizioCelli.jpgItalian bowlers dominated the first two days of qualifying in the Brunswick Italia Challenge currently underway at Bowling Red & Black in Asti, Italy. With five of 23 qualifying squads in the books, the Italians occupy the top eight spots on the 55-player leaderboard.

    Marco Boccato (pictured left) and Pierfranco Fanizza became the first players who cracked the 1300-bar to take the early lead with 1311 and 1301, respectively. Third place belonged to Maurizio Celli (right) with 1282.

    The top six players from the first weekend are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday, July 7, if they don't finish in the top 36.

    Viktor Dementiev of Ukraine was the best non-Italian bowler in ninth place with 1225 followed by Pamela Provenzi, Italy, who is the best woman so far in 10th place with 1225 total including handicap. Ties will be broken by the higher last game.

    Nicola Bertossi holds the 36th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1084 or an average of 180.67.

    Qualifying continues Monday, July 1, with Squads 6 & 7 scheduled for 4 and 8 p.m. CEST.

    2012BrunswickItaliaChallengeLogo_small.jpg The 2013 Brunswick Italia Challenge is the 9th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fourth and last EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from June 9 through July 7 at 24-lane Bowling Red & Black in Asti, Italy.

    The BIC offers total prize fund of 51.600 Euro with 10.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 Euro to the runner-up and 3.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

    Qualifying of the Italia Challenge 2013 (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday, June 29 through Saturday, July 6, with the last qualifying squad 23 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST.

    Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for early Sunday morning 12.30 a.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 52 players advance to the finals including the top 36 qualifiers, six players each from a separate leaderboard of the squads contested June 29 & 30 and July 1 thru 3, one player each from Turbo game 5 and 6 (extra entry fee) and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers will receive two byes.

    Two four-game rounds will trim the field to 24 and then 8 players, who will meet the top eight qualifiers in eliminator-format rounds which will feature three two-game rounds.

    All four players bowl the opening two-game series, with the lowest-scoring player being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same "low man out" format applies. The four group winners will bowl for the title and a 10.000 Euro first prize in three games round robin match play (20 bonus per win, 10 for a tie, 10 bonus for each game over 250).

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the Italia Challenge earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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