England's Hadley Morgan moves into second place as Gibraltar Open surpasses halfway point


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    Swede Pontus Andersson continues to lead 25-player field from eight countries with 1396 (232.67)

    2015EBT04PontusAndersson.jpg2015EBT05HadleyMorgan.jpgWorld Youth champion Pontus Andersson (pictured left) of Sweden continued to lead the inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015 as qualifying surpassed the halfway point Friday at King's Bowl within the King's Bastion Leisure Center in Gibraltar.

    Andersson, who won the gold medal in Doubles with teammate Markus Jansson at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong leads a field of 25 players, 19 men and six women, from Bulgaria. England, France, Gibraltar, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Sweden with 1396 or an average of 232.67 for six games.

    Hadley Morgan (above right) of England rolled games of 234, 239, 194, 256 , 213 and 255 in Squad 2 on Friday afternoon to move into second place with 1391 and an average 231.83, just five pins short off the lead.

    Morgan, who out averaged his nearest competitor in Squad 2 by almost 30 pins (Adam Shrubb 1212) improved on a 1361 series in Squad 1 by 30 30 pins to move into second place in the overall standings.

    2014EBT17IdaAndersson.jpg2015EBT05MilesCorney.jpgIda Andersson of Sweden is the best woman in the field in third place with 1390 total including eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Heidi Thorstensen of Norway was further 24 pins behind Andersson in fourth place with 1366.

    Places 5, 6 and 7 belonged to English bowlers. Richard Teece slipped one spot to fifth place with 1304 and was followed by Miles Corney (right), who led squad 3 with 1301 (216.83) to become the sixth player who cracked the 1300-mark. Corney had games of 216, 254, 247, 210, 203 and 171.

    2014EBT16PaulMoor2.jpg2015EBT05AdamShrubb.jpgTrailing Corney by just four pins was Paul Moor (left), who finished his set with 227, 228 and 227 to take seventh place with 1297 (216.17). Moor owns 16 European Bowling Tour titles which tops the all-time list.

    Aiden Byrne of Ireland was seventh with 1287. With four more qualifying squads to go on Saturday, Adam Shrubb (right) was the best bowler from Gibraltar in eight place with 1277.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, March 7, with Squads 5 to 8 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad immediately following the last squad.

    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."