Irish two-hander Chris Sloan becomes first player who cracks the 1500-bar in Wroclaw


    2015 European Bowling Tour #4

    Two-handed players dominate second qualifying day at 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer; Sloan and Dane Markus Bergendorff take first and second place with 1503 and 1447; Sweden's Jesper Svensson rolls the first 300 game of the tournament; score to make the cut in 40th place is 1182 (197 average)

    2014EBT11ChrisSloan.jpg2014EBT17MarkusBergendorff.jpgTwo-handed players dominated the second day at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland, as qualifying of the 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer has reached the halfway point.

    Chris Sloan (pictured left), a two-hander from Ireland, became the first player who cracked the magic 1500-bar when he posted a 1503 series on Thursday evening to lead a field of 66 players from 10 countries.

    Sloan averaged 250.50 in the eight qualifying squad including games of 280, 279, 193, 289, 208 and 254. Fellow two-hander Markus Bergendorff (right) of Denmark was 56 pins behind with 1447 and an average of 241.17 including four games in the 240s, a high game of 257 and a low game of 208.

    Tobias Raisanen of Sweden, who averaged 262.50 to lead Squad 8 after four games with 1050 (279, 225, 269, 277) closed out with two sub-200 games (197, 169) to finish in third place with 1416.

    2015AIKMattiasWetterberg.jpg2015EBT03JesperSvensson2.jpgDay one leader, Sven Garbotz of Germany, fell three spots to fourth place with 1415 and was followed by Mattias Wetterberg (left) of Sweden, who led Squad 7 with 1411 to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings.

    The top eight players in Squad 7 came from Sweden including two-handed Jesper Svensson (right), who started his 1355 series (13th place) with the tournament's first 300 game. Fellow Swede Benjamin Jonsson was fourth in Squad 8 with 1393, good enough for sixth place overall.

    2015EBT04DanielVezis.jpg2015EBT04IdoSharet.jpg Latvian two-hander Daniel Vezis (left) paced the first squad on Thursday, fifth overall, with 1383 and finished the day in seventh place.

    Frida Dahlgren of Sweden was the best of six women in the field in 20th place with 1235 scratch, an average of 205.83, and 1283 total including eight pins handicap each game. Squad 6 leader Ido Sharet (right) of Israel sits in 21st place with 1270.

    With eight of 16 qualifying squads in the books, Ralf Dragon of Germany mans the 40th and last place to advance to the finals with 1182 and an average of 197.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, February 20, with Squads 9-12 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 1.30, 5 and 8.30 p.m. CET.

    2015EBT04IWOLogo_small.jpg The 9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer is the fourth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the second of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

    The IWO will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland.

    As in the past four years, participants will compete for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place (250 Euro).

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Feb. 21, and ends with Squad 16 scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

     The tournament will be contested on a 39-ft. lane conditioning pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total. Click image for larger view.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 22. Qualifying pinfall carries over. The finalists will be divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who will bowl a four-game block after which the field will be cut to the top 20.

    Those 20 will bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carries over into round robin, where bowlers earn 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed bowls the No. 3 seed, the winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match will be decided in one game, while the championship match features two games decided by total pinfall.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. All 18 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.024 million U.S. Dollar).

    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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.


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    9th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer - Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/16

    Top 40 qualifiers will advance to the finals on Sunday, Feb 22.

    300 games (1) - Jesper Svensson.

    Tie Rules (Qualifying)
    In case of a tie in the qualifying, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games, etc."