Frederik Øhrgaard raises bar in 2nd Florence Ebonite International


    2013 European Bowling Tour #18

    Dane averages 220 in Squad 21 of 28 to lead a field of 199 players with 1320; international bowlers in control of the leaderboard heading into the final day of qualifying; cut for 38th place surpasses 1200-mark (1202; 200.33 average)

    2013EBT18FrederikOhrgaard.jpg2013EBT15JeroenvanGeel.jpgFrederik Øhrgaard (pictured left) of Denmark averaged 220 in the 21st of 28 qualifying squads to overtake the lead in the 2nd Florence Ebonite International heading into the final qualifying day at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    The Danish national team member rolled games of 209, 198, 194, 237, 258 and 224 for 1320 to beat out previous leader Jeroen van Geel (right), Netherlands, for the pole position by seven pins. The Dutch slipped to second place with 1313. The qualifying winner and the runner-up will receive a 300 and 200 Euro bonus, respectively.

    2013EBT18SergeFrouvelle.jpg 2013EBT18KevinKarlsson.jpgInternational bowlers took control of the leaderboard in Friday's squads 21-24. Serge Frouvelle (left) of France won his second squad in the tournament when he finished Squad 22 with 1293 including a 258 high game to improve his previous high score of 1188 by 105 pins to rocket into third place in the overall standings with 1293.

    Kevin Karlsson (right), Sweden, whose father Mats Karlsson was a pioneer in professional bowling and the first non-American player who has won a PBA title (1986), was second to Øhrgaard in Squad 21 to sit in fourth place with 1284 including high games of 255 and 243.

    2013EBT18DanielFransson.jpg2013EBT15PaulMoor.jpgHis compatriot Daniel Fransson (left) also had 1284 to lead the 24th squad Friday night but was seeded fifth due to Karlsson's higher last game, 227-201.

    Paul Moor (right) of England, who won the Brunswick Etna Open in October for his record-tying 13th career European Bowling Tour title, was next to Frouvelle in Squad 22 with 1281 to leap into sixth place. If the European Bowling Tour would have a "Player of the Year" award, Moor would be the front-runner as he is the only multiple champion in 2013.

    2013EBTMastersLisanneBreeschoten.jpg2013EBT18KarlWahlgren.jpgPrevious leader Antonino Fiorentino slipped five spots and is the best Italian bowler in seventh place with 1278. Tanner Spacey, United States, and Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten (left) had 1275 and 1273 in Squad 21 to leap into eighth and ninth place, respectively. Breeschoten is the best of 27 women in the 199-player field from 17 countries.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Alessandro Del Carmine of Italy who fell from third to tenth place with 1271. Karl Wahlgren (right) of Sweden, who paced the 23rd squad with 1269, positioned himself in 12th place.

    2013EBT18AnnalisaBalzano.jpg2013EBT18SaraDelOlmo.jpgAnnalisa Balzano of Italy and Sara Del Olmo (right) of Spain are the only other woman besides Breeschoten in the top 38, who will survive the first cut. Balzano totaled 1215 pins including handicap to overtake 30th place, while Olmo sits in 34th place.

    With another four qualifying squads to go, Dutch Marco Landman holds the 38th and final place to qualify directly for Sunday's finals with 1202 or an average of 200.33.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, Nov. 9 with Squad 25-28 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CET and concludes with the Desperado Squad scheduled to start 15 minutes past Midnight.

    2013FlorenceInternationalLogo.jpg The 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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