Three Finns crack the 1400-mark in Friday's qualifying at Istanbul Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #6

    Perttu Jussila averages 239 to lead in the 149-player field with 1434; cut for 38th place rises by 79 pins on Friday to 1267 (211.17 average)

    2014EBT06PerttuJussila.jpg2014EBT03MartinPaulsson.jpgPerttu Jussila (pictured left) of Finland averaged 239 in Friday's Squad 14 en route to lead the 149-player field from 18 countries into the final qualifying day of the 9th Istanbul Bowling Open.

    Jussila, a member of the Finnish team that won the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, rolled games of 226, 213, 266, 235, 278 and 216 at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey, for 1434 to overtake previous leader Martin Paulsson (right) of Sweden by 28 pins. Paulsson slipped to second place with 1406.

    2014EBT06JariRatia.jpgAnother two Finns, Jari Ratia (left) and Sanna Pasanen cracked the 1400-bar in Squad 16 to leap into third and fourth place in the qualifying standings. Ratia used high games of 268 and 258 for 1403 series to beat Pasanen for the top spot by one pin. As all squad leaders, Ratia pocketed a 300 Euro bonus.

    2014EBT06TolgaSismanogullar2.jpgPasanen, who is the best of 32 women in the field, had three consecutive duplicates (246, 246, 216, 216, 215, 215) and a 1354 series, an average of 225.67, and added 48 pins handicap for 1402.

    Tolga Şişmanoğullar (right), who slipped from second to fifth place, is the best bowler from the host country with 1401. Nikita Koshelev of Russia was third in Squad 16 with 1382 including six games between 267 and 203 to move into sixth place.

    2014EBT06AndreySuslov.jpg2014EBT06ChrisSloan.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen of Denmark was next to Jussila in Squad 14 with 1368, good for seventh place.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will earn three byes at the end of the qualifying, is currently Andrey Suslov (left) of Ukraine with 1365 or an average of 227.50.

    Chris Sloan (right), a two-hander from Ireland, won Squad 15 with 1356 including a high game of 275 to finish the penultimate qualifying day in 11th place.

    2014EBT06BirgitPoppler.jpg2014EBT06GulhanAksular.jpgBirgit Pöppler (left) of Germany, who led the morning Squad 13 on Friday, with 1306 including handicap, leaped into 27th place, one spot and one pin ahead of Denmark's Kamilla Kjeldsen, who won her first EBT title earlier this season in Wroclav, Poland.

    Gülhan Aksular (right) of Turkey is the only other woman in the top 38 in 33rd place with 1295. Her compatriot Taygun Erkeskin holds the 38th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1267 and an average of 211.17.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, May 10, with Squads 17-20 scheduled to start at 8.30 a.m., 12.30, 4.30 and 8.30 p.m. Eastern European Summer Time (CEST +1) and concludes with Desperado Squad 2 slated for Midnight.

    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 16/20

    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.