Petteri Salonen averages over 240 to take over pole position in Brunswick Italia Challenge


    2013 European Bowling Tour #9

    Finn rolls 1447 series in Squad 14 of 23; another three players in this squad crack the top 8; cut for 36th place rises to 1259 or an average of 209.83


    2012EBT16StuartWilliams3.jpgLong-time Finnish national team member Petteri Salonen (pictured left) saw his name atop the qualifying standings of the Brunswick Italia Challenge after posting a 1447 series, a 241.17 average, Thursday afternoon at Bowling Red & Black in Asti, Italy.

    Salonen, who won four gold medals when the Finnish men swept all six titles at the 2005 European Championships, rebounded from a slow start (209 & 182) in Squad 14 with a near-perfect 298 and closed out with 269, 257 and 232 to overtake previous leader Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, by 20 pins.

    Stuart Williams (right), England's first PBA champion, finished his series with 284 and 258 to tie Talpa at 1427 but was ranked third due to the lower last game (279 to 258 in Talpa's favor).

    2011MECMartinLarsenRobertAndersson.jpg2013EBT07SandraAndersson.jpgSwedes Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen (left), World Champions in Doubles (2006, Korea), also cracked the top 8, who will receive two byes at the end of the qualifying. Andersson had six games between 214 and 267 to leap into fourth place with 1389. Larsen rounds out the top 8 with 1343, an average of 223.83.

    Fifth and sixth place belonged Italians Davide Spagnoli and Marco Reviglio with 1363 and 1352, respectively, while Sandra Andersson (right) of Sweden was the top-ranked woman in the 181-player field from 22 countries in seventh place with 1351 including 48 pins handicap.

    2013EBT04IldemaroRuizAlejandroReyna.jpg2013EBT04AlexandrPanchenko.jpgIldemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela (pictured left with 26th place Alejandro Reina of Costa Rica, right) of led Squad 15 with 1340 but fell three pins short of the top 8 to sit in ninth place. Alexandr Panchenko of Kazakhstan (right) was the best player in Squad 13 (Squad 12 has been cancelled) en route to finish the day in 10th place with 1338.

    Nicola Galeone of Italy holds 36th and last place to qualify directly to Sunday's finals with 1259 and an average of 209.83.

    Qualifying continues Friday, July 5, with Squads 17-19 (16 was cancelled) scheduled for 1, 5 and 9 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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    Brunswick Italia Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 15/23

    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 & 6 plus the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to finals on Sunday, July 7. The top 8 qualifiers will receive two byes.