Italian Marco Zorzan takes over lead in Brunswick Italia Challenge after seven squads


    2013 European Bowling Tour #9

    PBA champion Mike Machuga adds his name to the leaderboard; cut for 36th place is now 1139 (189.83 average)

    201213PBAMikeMachuga.jpgMarco Zorzan of Italy finished the seventh qualifying squad Monday evening at Bowling Red & Black in Asti, Italy with a big game to overtake the lead in the Brunswick Italia Challenge.

    Zorzan rolled games of 188, 222, 215, 219, 204 and 265 for 1313, an average of 218,83, to beat out previous leader Marco Boccato, Italy, for the top spot by two pins. Boccato slipped to second place with 1311.

    Linas Sasnauskas of Lithuania was nine pins behind Zorzan in Squad 7 and is the best non-Italian bowler in third place with 1302. Squad 6 leader Massimo Pirozzi and Pierfranco Fanizza round out the top 5 who surpassed the 1300-bar. Tied at 1301, Pirozzi is fourth and Fanizza fifth due to the higher last game, 267-258, in Pirozzi's favor.

    Two-time PBA champion Mike Machuga (pictured), United States, added his name to the leaderboard after finishing Squad 7 with 1289, good for sixth place overall. Rounding out the top 8, who will receive two byes at the end of the qualifying, were Italians Maurizio Celli (1282) and Fabio Cimino (1271).

    Pamela Provenzi, Italy, is the best of nine women in the 84-player field from eight countries in 14th place with 1225 total including handicap. Mauro Rampi holds the 36th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1139 or an average of 189.83.

    Qualifying continues Tuesday, July 2, with Squads 8 & 9 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 BIT 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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    Brunswick Italia Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 7/23

    Top 36 qualifiers, six players each from a separate leaderboard of the squads contested July 1 thru 3 (places 37-42) and June 29 & 30 (places 43-48), one player each from Turbo game 5 (49th place) and 6 (50th place) and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to finals on Sunday, July 7. The top 8 qualifiers will receive two byes.