Nicola Pongolini tops Squads 9-17; moves into third place overall in Florence International


    2013 European Bowling Tour #18

    Italian rolls 1254 series (209 average) in Squad 16; leads a group of four players, who are automatically qualified for Sunday's finals; bar for 38th place raises to 1158 pins (193 average)

    2013EBT18NicolaPongolini.jpg2013EBT18AntoninoFiorentino.jpgItalian bowlers continued to dominate the leaderboard in the 2nd Florence Ebonite International as they hold the top 11 spots after five days of qualifying at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    Nicola Pongolini (pictured left) led the 16th of 28 squads Wednesday afternoon with 1254, an average of 209, to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Pongolini, who had games of 195, 210, 205, 193, 260 and 191, positioned himself atop the standings of Squads 9-17 to lead a group of four players, who are automatically qualified for Sunday's finals.

    2013EBT18AlessandroMartino.jpg2013EBT18SaraDelOlmo.jpgAntonino Fiorentino (above right) of Italy continued to lead a field of 146 players from England, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Spain, United States and the host country Italy with 1278 and an average of 213.

    Alessandro Del Carmine remained in second place with 1271. Marco Boccato and Davide Spagnoli slipped to fourth and fifth place with 1241 and 1229, respectively.

    Alessandro Martino (left) paced squad 15 with 1214 to move into 10th place. Trailing Martino by two pins was Sara Del Olmo (right) of Spain, who is the best foreign bowler and the best of 18 women in the field in 12th place with 1212 including 48 pins women's handicap.

    2013EBT18UngerStephan.jpg2013EBT18TannerSpacey.jpgUnger Stephan (left) of Germany and Tanner Spacey (right), United States, topped the 17th and final squad on Wednesday with 1201 and 1200 to sit in 15th and 16th place in the overall standings.

    Pamela Frioni (below right) of Italy fell from 23rd to 38th place with 1158, a 193 average including handicap, and is the only other woman besides Olmo in the top 38 who will advance to the finals.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, Nov. 7 with Squad 18-20 scheduled for 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CET.

    2013FlorenceInternationalLogo.jpg 2013EBT18PamelaFrioni.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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