Evgeniya Zelenkova wins qualifying; earns six byes for the finals of the Ekaterinburg Open

    03/28/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #5

    Russian totals 1339 including women's handicap to lead field of 70 players from six countries; Evgeniy Mineev cracks the top 4 in the last squad on Friday evening; Belarusian Dmitry Shilkin is the best foreign player in 14th place; cut for 32nd place is 1159 (193.17 average)

    2014EBT05EvgenyaZelenkova.jpgEvgeniya Zelenkova (pictured left) of Russia, who posted a 1339 series in the Friday morning squad (#12), emerged as the qualifying leader of the Ekaterinburg Open 2014 en route to lead 36 players out of 70 participants into Saturday's finals 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 win the qualifying. Zelenkova received six byes and cannot fall lower than fourth in the tournament.

    Igor Gorodnichiy, who won all three squads on Wednesday, remained in second place with 1317. Mikhail Belenky was the only other player who cracked the 1300-bar to take third place with 1302.

    2014EBT05EvgeniyMineev.jpg2014EBT05AndreyEmelyanov.jpgEvgeniy Mineev (left) led the final squad 15 with 1295 including games of 243, 224, 225, 218, 174 and 211 to beat out Squad 13 leader Andrey Emelianov (right) for fourth place by eight pins. Emelianov had to settle for fifth place with 1287.

    Qualifiers 2-4 got five byes. Emelianov and the next three players received four byes.

    Dmitry Shilkin (below left), Belarus, led the penultimate qualifying squad 14 with 1237 to become the lone non-Russian squad winner and to finish as the best player from the five foreign countries (Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Turkey and Ukraine).

    2014EBT05DmitryShilkin.jpg2014EBT04AndreySuslov2.jpgAll but Turkey are represented in the finals. Daniel Vezis of Latvia, landed in 14th place with 1220. Bulgarian Anton Makarov was 29th with 1165. Andrey Suslov (right), Ukraine, hit the cutoff number for 32nd place with 1159 or an average of 193.17.

    Joining the top 32 in the finals were the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad. Aleksandr Chernykh (190), Russia; Evgeny Khasenevich (225), Belarus; and Igor Kirilov (205), Russia who barely missed the cut in 33rd to 35th place as well as Mikhail Melnichenko (193), Russia, took the last four spots for the finals.

    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.

     The tournament features 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.

    Qualifying ran from March 24-28 and concluded with the Desperado Squad on early Saturday morning. Total 36 players - the top 32 qualifiers plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advanced 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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