Evgeniya Zelenkova takes over pole position on final qualifying day of in Ekaterinburg Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #5

    Russian totals 1339 including handicap to lead field of 62 players from five countries; Mikhail Belenky becomes the third player to crack the 1100-bar; Latvia's Daniel Vezis is the best non-Russian bowler in 13th place; cut for 32nd place is currently 1120 (186.67 average)

    2013BWCEvgeniyaZelenkova.jpgEvgeniya Zelenkova (pictured left) of Russia posted a 1339 series in the first squad on Friday (12th overall) en route to overtake the pole position in the Ekaterinburg Open 2014 on the last qualifying day at Hippo Amusement Park in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

    Zelenkova rolled games of 252, 202, 206, 224, 180 and 227 for 1291, an average of 215.17, and added 48 pins women's handicap to lead a field of 62 players, 51 men and 11 women, from five countries (Bulgaria, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia).

    The qualifying leader at the end of Friday will receive six byes and cannot fall lower than fourth in the tournament.

    2014EBT05IgorGorodnichiy.jpg2012WSCEvgeniyaSmirnova.jpgThe top 12 places in qualifying belong to Russian bowlers. Previous leader Igor Gorodnichiy (left) slipped to second place with 1317. Mikhail Belenky became the third bowler to crack the 1300-bar. Belenky rebounded from a slow start into squad 12 (196, 188) with four games between 217 and 247 for 1302 total to jump into third place.

    Rounding out the top four (places 2-4 will receive five byes) is Evgeniya Smirnova (right) with 1263 including handicap. With three more squads to go, seven out of eleven women in the tournament are above the cut line.

    2014EBT05AndreyRasputin.jpg2014EBT05YanKorshak.jpgAndrey Rasputin (left), who led Squad 11 on Thursday with 1253, slipped to seventh place with 1253 including a high game of 256. Squad 10 leader Yan Korshak (right) sits in ninth place with 1248, while Squad 9 leader Alena Egel (below left) owns 16th place with 1197 including handicap.

    Latvian two-hander Daniel Vezis (below right) is the best foreign bowler in 13th place with 1220. The only other non-Russian bowlers in the top 32 are 23rd place Anton Makarov of Bulgaria (1165) and 25th place Andrey Suslov of Ukraine (1159).

    2014EBT05AlenaEgel.jpg2012EBT17DanielVezis.jpgMikhail Melnichenko holds the 32nd and last place to qualify directly for Saturday's finals with 1120 or an average of 186.67.

    Qualifying continues Friday, March 28, with Squads 13-15 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Ekaterinburg Time (CET +5) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 0.30 a.m. on early Saturday morning.

    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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    Ekaterinburg Open 2014 - Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/15

    The top 32 players plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to Saturday's finals.