2nd Florence Ebonite International is underway at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy


    2013 European Bowling Tour #18

    Antonino Fiorentino rolls 1278 to lead a field of 75 Italian and one Spanish bowler after the first weekend; after 8 of 28 qualifying squads, the cut for 38th place is 1067 (177.83 average)

    2013EBT18AntoninoFiorentino.jpg2013EBT18AlessandroDelCarmine.jpgThe 2nd Florence Ebonite International, the penultimate tournament of the 2013 European Bowling Tour season, got underway over the Nov. 2-3 weekend with the first eight of 28 qualifying squads at 18-lane Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    Antonino Fiorentino (pictured left) leads a field of 75 Italian and one Spanish bowler (Ricardo De Andres Bermejo, 63rd) with 1278 or an average of 213 for six games. Fiorentino had games of 239, 266, 164, 214, 177 and 218 in Squad 6 on Sunday to overtake previous leader Alessandro Del Carmine by seven pins.

    Del Carmine (right) started Squad 3 with four sub-par games (based on a 200 average) before he closed out with 223 and 267, the highest game in the tournament so far, for 1271.

    2013EBT18DavideSpagnoli.jpg2013EBT18AmedeoSpada.jpgOne-time European Bowling Tour titlist (Ebonite Roma International in 2011) Marco Boccato was 37 pins behind Fiorentino in Squad 6 to move into third place with 1241.

    Squad 7 leaders Davide Spagnoli (left) and Eros Origlia had 1229 and 1224 to sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Four players from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-8, who will not finish in the top 38, will receive a wildcard for the finals on Sunday, Nov. 10.

    Amedeo Spada (right), who won his lone EBT title in the 2004 Vienna Open, paced qualifying squad 4 with 1196 and improved by 19 pins in Squad 6 to move into sixth place in the overall standings.

    2013EBT18RenatoBortolon.jpg2013EBT18IngaMarco.jpgMaurizio Celli was the last player, who surpassed the 1200-mark, in seventh place with 1214 and was followed by Piero De Cenzo and Samuel De Luca in eighth and ninth place with 1197 and 1188, resp.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Squad 5 leader Renato Bortolon (left) with 1182. Inga Marco (right), who led the opening squad 2 (Squad 1 and 8 have been cancelled), slipped to 12th place with 1171.

    Despite a final 129 game, Pamela Frioni was the best of 12 women in the tournament so far in 14th place with 1158 including 48 pins women's handicap. Moreno Chisci currently holds the 38th and final spot to directly qualify for the finals with 1067 or an average of 177.83.

    Qualifying continues Monday, Nov. 4 with Squad 9-11 scheduled for 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CET.

    2013FlorenceInternationalLogo.jpgThe 2nd Florence Ebonite International is the 18th and penultimate stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the last of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Nov. 2-10, 2013 at 18-lane Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    The Florence International offers total prize fund of 33.240 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 Euro to the runner-up and 1.500 Euro apiece to the third and fourth place finishers.

    The qualifying of the Florence International runs from Saturday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 9 with the final Squad 28 scheduled to start at 9 p.m. local time (CET). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad short after Midnight. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    A total of 50 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 10 including the top 38 qualifiers, four players each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads conducted on Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 4-6 plus the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The qualifying leader and the runner-up will cash for 300 and 200 Euro, resp. The top 14 qualifiers will receive one bye.

    The other 36 finalists will bowl four games scratch. The top 18 of Round 1 will meet the top 14 qualifiers in Round 2. The top 16 after another four games scratch advance to the Eliminator round finals.

    Those 16 will be divided into four groups of four players. All players will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players in each group eliminated. The two highest scoring players from each group advance to the next round, where they will be re-seeded and split into two groups of four.

    After another two-game round the two highest scoring players from each group advance. Those four players will determine the two finalists in another two-game round. The remaining two players will determine the champion in a final one-game match.

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

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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