Karl Wahlgren wins qualifying in 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer

    02/16/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #2

    Swede leads top 40 players into Sunday's finals; Dane Kamilla Kjeldsen is the lone woman in the finals and has already won the women's ranking in Wroclaw; cut for 40th place is 1245 (207.50 average)

    2013EBT15KarlWahlgrenJoonasJehkinen.jpgKarl Wahlgren (pictured left with Joonas Jehkinen, right) of Sweden won the qualifying in the 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer en route to lead the top 40 players into Sunday's finals at bowling center Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Wahlgren led the 99-player field from 18 countries with 1421 and an average of 236.83 including the tournament's lone 300 game. His compatriot Anton Borg was the only other player, who cracked the 1400-bar, to land in second place with 1405.

    Joonas Jehkinen of Finland rolled a 1396 series in the last qualifying squad on Saturday evening to leap into third place. The World and European champion had games of 247, 225, 244, 177, 235 and 268, an average of 232.67.

    2012EBT17DanielVezis.jpg2014EBT02MichalSwitalski.jpgFourth place belonged to Daniel Vezis (left) of Latvia with 1375 and rounding out the top 5 was Dane Carsten Warming Hansen with 1363. Michał Świtalski (right) was the best Polish bowler in ninth place with 1335.

    PBA Hall of Famer and 2012 Wroclaw Open winner Brian Voss, United States, finished qualifying in 10th place with 1329. Defending champion An┼że Grabrijan of Slovenia made the cut in 20th place with 1298.

    Two-time European Bowling Tour women's ranking champion and three EBT Masters winner Kamilla Kjeldsen (below right) of Denmark was the best of five women in the field in 21st place with 1296 including handicap. As the other four women failed to advance, Kjeldsen has already won the women's ranking in Wroclaw.

    2013EBT04KamillaKjeldsen.jpgStephan Fiege of Germany hit the cutoff number for 40th place with 1245 or an average of 207.50. All qualifying pinfall carries forward into the first round of the finals. Qualifiers 21-40 roll their four-game block starting at 8 a.m. with the top 20 qualifiers following at 10.30 a.m. CET.

    2014EBT02IWOLogo_small.jpg The 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer (IWO) is the second stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the first of nine EBT "Satellite" events, the lowest of four EBT categories. The tournament will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at bowling center Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland.

    As in the past three years, participants in the IWO will compete for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place (250 Euro).

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Feb. 15, and ends with Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The tournament will be contested on a 39-ft. lane conditioning pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 16. Qualifying pinfall carries over. The finalists will be divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who will bowl a four-game game block after which the field will be cut to the top 20.

    Those 20 will bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carries over into round robin, where bowlers earn 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed bowls the No. 3 seed, the winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match will be decided in one game, while the championship match features two games decided by total pinfall.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 21 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 in Asti, Italy.

     


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    8th International Wroclaw Open - Standings after Qualifying


    The top 40 advance to the finals.