Suslov, Kallio, Sverchkov, Vezis add their names to the leaderboard in Istanbul


    2014 European Bowling Tour #6

    Top six players of Thursday's Squads 9-12 move into 3rd to 8th place in qualifying; cut for 38th place is 1188 (198 average)

    2014EBT06JesseKallio.jpg2014EBT06AndreySuslov.jpgThe four leaders of Thursday's Squads 9-12 and another two players from Squad 12 moved into 3rd to 8th place in the overall qualifying standings after the sixth day of the 9th Istanbul Bowling Open at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Ukrainian Andrey Suslov (pictured left) and Jesse Kallio (right) of Finland both rolled 1365 series, an average of 227.50, in Squad 10 and 12 to move into third and fourth place.

    2014EBT06MartinPaulsson.jpg2014EBT06TolgaSismanogullar.jpgThe tie was broken by the higher last game, 223-215 in Suslov's favor. As all squad leaders, Suslov and Kallio pocketed a 300 Euro bonus.

    Martin Paulsson (left) of Sweden continued to lead the field of 121 players from 15 countries with 1406 or an average of 234.33. Holding second place was Tolga Şişmanoğullar (right) of Turkey, who had 1401 on the first day of the tournament.

    Kallio's compatriots Perttu Jussila and Timo Alho were second and third in the Finnish Squad 12 on Thursday evening (8 out of 12 bowlers came from Finland) moving into fifth and sixth place with 1355 and 1350, respectively.

    2014EBT06VladimirSverchkov.jpg2012EBT17DanielVezis.jpgSeventh place belonged to Vladimir Sverchkov (left) of Russia, who led Squad 11 with 1349. Daniel Vezis (right) of Latvia led the morning Squad 9 with 1301 but slipped from third to eighth place with his 1340 high series. The top eight players at the end of the qualifying will earn three byes.

    Gülhan Aksular (below right) of Turkey is the best of 23 women in the field in 16th place with 1295 including 48 pins handicap. Aksular and her fellow countrywomen, Ebru Özoğluuntur (33rd; 1207) and Adile Sevgi Michajlow (36th; 1196) are the only women above the cut line.

    2014EBT06GulhanAksular2.jpgMaxim Sokolov, Russia, holds the 38th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1188 and an average of 198.

    Qualifying continues Friday, May 9, with Squads 13-16 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Eastern European Summer Time (CEST +1).

    2014IstanbulOpenLogo2_small.jpg The 9th Istanbul Bowling Open will be held from Saturday, May 3, through Sunday, May 11, at 20-lane Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey. The tournament is the sixth stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour season and the second of six EBT "gold" tournaments, the second-highest of four categories.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 60.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up and 1.400 and 3.250 apiece to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Low to cash is 48th place worth 500 Euro.

    Qualifying got underway on Saturday, May 3, and runs through Saturday, May 10 with the final qualifying Squad 20 scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern European Summer Time (CEST +1). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad 2 slated to start at Midnight.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers, two players of a separate leaderboard from Squads 1-4 plus the two players of Desperado Squad 1 and six players of Desperado Squad 2 - will advance to the finals on Sunday, May 11.

    The top eight qualifiers earns three byes, qualifiers 9-18 get two byes, and qualifiers 19-28 receive a first-round bye.

    The first five rounds of the final consist of four games from scratch. The field will be trimmed to 38, 28, 18, 8 and then four players, who will determine the champion in head-to-head matches with the two-game total determining the winner.

    The top-seeded player after Round 5 bowls No. 4 seed and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semifinals. The winners advance to the title match while the losers will be seeded third and fourth according to their seeding after Round 5.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg 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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    9th Istanbul Bowling Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/20

    Total 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers, two players of a separate leaderboard from Squads 1-4 plus two players of Desperado Squad 1 and 6 players of Desperado Squad 2 - will advance to the finals on Sunday, May 11.