Alexey Parshukov atop the leaderboard in Ekaterinburg Open after Qualifying Squad 6 of 15


    2014 European Bowling Tour #5

    Russian bowler leads field of 37 players with 1262; all squad leaders position themselves in the top 6; cut for 32nd place is currently 988 (164.67 average)

    2014EBT05AlexeyParshukov.jpg2014EBT05YuliyaGorbacheva.jpgAlexey Parshukov (pictured left) of Russia posted a 1262 series in Squad 3, an average of 210.33, to lead a field of 37 players from three countries as the qualifying in the Ekaterinburg Open 2014 nears its halfway point on Wednesday.

    Parshukov, who finished 92nd in the Brunswick Euro Challenge last week, started with games of 190, 226, 186, 176 and 216 before he closed the series with 268, the highest game of the tournament so far, to overtake previous leader Yuliya Gorbacheva (right), Russia, by six pins.

    2014EBT05IgorGorodnichiy.jpg2014EBT05AlexeyYaroslavtsev.jpgGorbacheva, who receives eight pins handicap each game, won two squads (#1 with 1256 and #5 with 1257) and is the best of six women in the field in second place. Igor Gorodnichiy (left), Russia, led Squad 6 on Wednesday afternoon with 1253 to overtake third place.

    Squad 4 leader Alexey Yaroslavtsev (right), Russia, is mere two pins behind with his high series of 1251. The qualifying winner will earn six byes while qualifiers 2-4 will get five byes for Saturday's finals.

    Aleksandr Efremov is a distant fifth with 1216, followed by Squad 2 leader Evgeniya Zelenkova (below left), Russia, in sixth place with 1201 including handicap.

    2014EBT05EvgenyaZelenkova.jpgAnton Makarov of Bulgaria is the best foreign bowler in 26th place with 1029. Nemli Osman is the top positioned Turkish bowler in 30th place with 995.

    With six of 15 squads in the books, Maksim Loboda, Russia, holds the 32nd and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 988 or an average of 164.67.

    Qualifying continues Wednesday, March 26, with Squads 7 & 8 scheduled to start at 4 and 8 p.m. Ekaterinburg Time (CET +5).

    The Ekaterinburg Open 2014, a newcomer on the European Bowling Tour, is the fifth stop of the 2014 season and the second of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments, the lowest of the four EBT categories. The tournament will be held from Monday, March 24, through Saturday, March 29, at 16-lane Hippo Amusement Park in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 20.000 Euro with 2.200 Euro going to the winner, 1.800 to the runner-up and 1.400 and 1.200 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 36th place worth 220 Euro.

     Qualifying runs through Friday, March 28 with the final qualifying Squad 15 scheduled for 9 p.m. Ekaterinburg Time (CET +5), followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 0.30 a.m. on Saturday.

    The tournament will be contested on a 39 feet oil pattern with 24,745 mL volume oil total (click image to enlarge). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 36 players - the top 32 qualifiers plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - will advance to the finals on Saturday, March 29.

    The qualifying leader earns six byes and will be seeded first in the semifinal round. Qualifiers 2-4 get five byes, qualifiers 5-8 receive four byes, qualifiers 9-12 get three byes, qualifiers 13-18 take two byes and qualifiers 19-24 bypass the first round of the finals. Qualifiers 25-32 and the four "Desperados" will start the finals at 9 a.m. local time.

    Rounds 1-6 feature two games. The field will be cut to 30, 24, 16, 12, 7 and then four players who will bowl head-to-head semifinal matches with the two-game total determining the winner.

    The winners advance to the title match and the losers bowl in a roll-off for third and fourth place. The same format as in the semifinal applies.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the 2014 Brunswick Italia Challenge has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three 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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