Pontus Andersson is the first leader in the inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015


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    Swede averages over 230 to lead the opening squad with 1396

    2015EBT04PontusAndersson2.jpg2015EBT05Squad1.jpgPontus Andersson (pictured left) of Sweden became the first leader in the inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015 as the European Bowling Tour Satellite event got underway on Thursday evening at King's Bowl within the King's Bastion Leisure Center in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean.

    The 2014 World Youth Champion in Doubles (with Markus Jansson) rolled games of 210, 268, 212, 229, 277 (the highest game of the tournament so far) and 200 to take the early lead with 1396 pinfall and an average of 232.67.

    Five of the nine players from Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland and Gibraltar (above right) cracked the 1300-bar in the first of eight qualifying squads.

    2014EBT17IdaAndersson.jpg2014BWCHeidiThorstensen.jpgPlaces two and three belonged to Ida Andersson (left) of Sweden and Heidi Thorstensen (right) of Norway, who both received 8 handicap pins per game as a woman participant.

    Andersson started her series with scratch games of 234 and 267 and used a 259 in game five for 1342, an average of 223.67, to finish just six pins behind Andersson with 1390. Thorstensen totaled 1366 including a high game of 262 to take third place.

    England's Hadley Morgan posted a 1361 series which was boosted by 256 and 267 in games three and four and compatriot Richard Teece (below left) toppled 1304 pins including a 268 game to position themselves in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

    2014EBT16RichardTeece.jpg2014BWCAdamShrubb.jpgAiden Byrne of Ireland was sixth with 1287 including a high game of 267. The third Englishman, Matthew Miller, was sandwiched between Gibraltar's Adam Shrubb (right) and Micheal Wood in eighth place with 1273.

    Shrubb was seventh with 1277 including high games of 263 and 253, and Wood was ninth with 1056.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, March 6, with Squads 2, 3 and 4 slated for 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

    2015GibraltarOpenLogo_small.jpg The inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015 is the fifth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the third of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

    The GO will be held from Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8, 2015 at King's Bowl, a 14-laner within the King's Bastion Leisure Center in Gibraltar.

    Participants will compete for total prize money of 25.000 British Pounds with £3.500 going to the winner, £2.000 to the runner-up and £1.250 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 38th place worth £400.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs Thursday (one squad), Friday and Saturday (four squads each) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    The top 34 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top four of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Sunday, March 8. The top 10 qualifiers receive two byes, while qualifiers 11-20 earn a first-round bye. The remaining 18 finalists advance to the first round.

    In three four-game rounds starting from scratch, the field will be trimmed to 28, 18 and then four players, who determine the champion in head-to-head matches.

    The No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed takes on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowl for the title and the $3,500 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match.

    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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    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."