Jeroen van Geel takes over lead in 2nd Florence Ebonite International


    2013 European Bowling Tour #18

    Dutch bowler rolls 1313 series and becomes the first player who cracks the 1300-mark; three Swedes and one Spaniard move into the 10 in Squad 18; cut for 38th place is 1166 pins (194.33 average)

    2013EBT18JeroenvanGeel.jpg2013EBT18AntoninoFiorentino.jpgDutch national team member Jeroen van Geel (pictured left) averaged 218.83 in Squad 18 on Thursday afternoon at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy to become the first player in the 2nd Florence Ebonite International who cracked the 1300-bar.

    Van Geel had games of 187, 247, 228, 222, 236 and 193 to overtake the qualifying lead with 1313.

    Previous leaders Antonino Fiorentino and Alessandro Del Carmine of Italy slipped to second and third place with 1278 and 1271.

    Another four players, three Swedes and one Spaniard, of Squad 18 moved into the top 10 of 165 players from 13 countries.

    2013EBT18BenjaminJonsson.jpg2013EBT18KevinKarlsson.jpgBenjamin Jonsson (left) of Sweden was next to Van Geel with 1270 including 255, 231 and 220 in the last three games to jump into fourth place. His compatriot Kevin Karlsson (right), the son of former PBA champion and Swedish standout Mats Karlsson, was 13 pins behind with 1257 to move into fifth place overall.

    Javier Moreno of Spain toppled 1251 pins to leap into seventh place and Anton Elofsson of Sweden took ninth place with 1232. Places 6, 8 and 10 belonged to Italians Nicola Pongolini (1254), Marco Boccato (1241) and Davide Spagnoli (1229).

    2013EBT18LisanneBreeschoten.jpg2013EBT18SergeFrouvelle.jpgSara Del Olmo of Spain is the best of 21 women in the field in 17th place with 1212 including 48 pins women's handicap. Dutch international Lisanne Breeschoten (left) is the only other woman in the top 38 in 24th place with 1198.

    Serge Frouvelle (right) of France led the 20th squad on Thursday evening (squad 19 has been cancelled) with 1188, good for 28th place overall.

    Dante Didon Francesco (below right) of Italy is the man "on the bubble" in 38th place with 1166 and an average of 194.33.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Nov. 8 with Squad 21-24 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CET.

    2013FlorenceInternationalLogo.jpg 2013EBT18DanteDidonFrancesco.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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