Jeroen van Geel, Priscilla Maaswinkel take early lead in Chandra Open 2014


    2014 European Bowling Tour #14

    47 players from Belgium and the Netherlands kick off the EBT Satellite tournament at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands; Van Geel becomes the first player to crack the 1400 bar; cut line in 30th place is currently 1119 (186.50)

    2013EBT15JeroenvanGeel.jpg Dutch bowlers Jeroen van Geel and Priscilla Maaswinkel took the early lead in the qualifying of the Chandra Open 2014, which got underway Sunday with the first two of 13 qualifying squads at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

    Van Geel (pictured left) averaged 235.17 in the opening squad en route to lead the field of 47 players, 42 men and five women, from Belgium and the Netherlands after day one with 1411 total. He had games of 254, 224, 267, 227, 204 and 235.

    2014EBT14PriscillaMaaswinkel.jpgMaaswinkel (right) used three games over 240 for 1320 series, an average of 220, and added eight pins women's handicap per game to overtake second place with 1368.

    Jimmy Ravez of Belgium toppled 1324 pins including a high game of 267 and a pair of 250s to move into third place. His compatriot Xavier Milet, who was next to Van Geel in Squad 1 with 1289, slipped to fourth place.

    2013EBT02GeryVerbruggen.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye for the finals at the end of the qualifying, were four bowlers of Squad 2, Jord van Weeren, Netherlands, (5th, 1270), Ellen Jansen, Netherlands (6th, 1257), Gery Verbruggen, Belgium (left; 7th, 1243) and Giancarlo Ragusa, Belgium (8th, 1241).

    After the first day of qualifying, Jeffrey van de Wakker, Netherlands, was the player on the cut line in 30th place with 1119 and an average of 186.50. Qualifying continues on Monday, September 15, with Squad 3 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    The Chandra Open 2014 is the 14th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the sixth out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament runs from Sept. 14-21 at 16-lane Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

    The Chandra Open offers total prize fund of 25.600 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner and 3.000 Euro to the runner-up, while the third and fourth place finishers will receive 2.000 Euro and 1.000, respectively. Final cash spot is 40th place worth 300 Euro.

    The Chandra Open features a 38 feet lane conditioning pattern with 26.45ml volume oil total.

    Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Sunday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 20, with the final Squad 13 scheduled for 6 p.m., and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

    Total of 40 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 21, including the top 30 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 of a separate leader board of Squads 1-4 (Sept. 14-16), and the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

    The remaining 32 players bowl four games starting from scratch with half of the field advancing to the second round. The top 16 from Round One and the top eight qualifiers bowl another four-game round starting from scratch to cut to the top 12.

    Those twelve bowl six games with the pinfall from Round Two being carried forward. The player with the highest 10-game total including handicap becomes the champion.

    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 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.



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