Finland's Mari Lukkari takes over pole position in Roto Grip Polish Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #9

    Lukkari totals 1364 to lead the 61-player field from 13 countries; four bowlers crack the 1300-bar on Thursday; score to make the cut in 30th place is now 1174 (195.67 average)

    2015EBT09MariLukkari.jpg2015EBT09IldemaroRuiz.jpgThe leaderboard in the Roto Grip Polish Open got a whole new look as eight players moved into the top 10 in Thursday's Squads 8, 9 and 10 at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Mari Lukkari (pictured left) of Finland toppled 1316 pins in Squad 9 and added 48 pins women's handicap to take the pole position with 1364 total. Lukkari had games of 204, 195, 237, 237, 241 and 202, an average of 219.33.

    Ildemaro Ruiz (right) of Venezuela was the first of four players, who cracked the 1300-bar Thursday. The PBA touring pro averaged 220 in Squad 8, including six games between 205 and 235, to finish the day in second place with 1320.

    2015EBT09PontusAndersson.jpg2015EBT09PaulMoor.jpgWorld Youth champion Pontus Andersson (left) of Sweden was next to Lukkari in Squad 9 with 1314, including high games of 244, 234 and 227, to leap into third place overall.

    Paul Moor (right) of England, the European Bowling Tour's all-time title leader, led Squad 10 on Thursday night with 1310 to take over fourth place. The lefty, who is looking for his 17th career EBT title, had games of 223, 203, 214, 223, 226 and 221.

    Places 5 to 8 belonged to Finnish bowlers Joonas Jehkinen (1293), Sami Paivaniemi (1271) and Sanna Pasanen (1261 including handicap).

    2015EBT09RodolfoMadriz.jpg2015EBT09KarolKwiatkowski.jpgPrevious leader Rodolfo Madriz (left) of Costa Rica fell seven spots to eighth place with 1254. Rounding out the top 10 were Mexico's Carlos Lee and two-hander Michal Zarzycki of Poland, who were tied at 1251.

    Squad 8 leader Karol Kwiatkowski (right) of Poland sits in 25th place with 1192.

    With 10 out of 18 qualifying squads in the books, Mieczysław Polanisz holds the 30th and last place to advance from the qualifying leaderboard with 1174 total or an average of 195.67. Qualifying continues on Friday, June 26, with Squads 12, 13 and 14 (11 has been canceled) scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2015EBT09PolishOpenLogo.jpg The Roto Grip Polish Open, a newcomer on the European Bowling Tour, is the ninth stop of the 2015 season and the fifth out of eight EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from June 22-28 at 24-lane Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, host of the 2012 and 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 30.000 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 to the runner-up and 2.500 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (40th place) is 250 Euro.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Monday, June 22, with Squads 1 & 2 and runs through Saturday, June 27, with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for Sunday at 0.30 a.m.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The Roto Grip Polish Open features a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.435ml oil volume.

    Total 40 players will qualify for the finals - the top 30 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players each from a separate leaderboard of Squads 5-10 and 1-4, who are not among the top 30, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad.

    The Turbo G5 and G6 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth and sixth game in any of the qualifying series (extra entry fee required).

    The top 4 qualifiers earn three byes, qualifiers 5-10 get two and qualifiers 11-20 receive a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advance to the first of three four-game rounds which will trim the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players, who advance to round robin match play.

    Match play consists of nine games starting from scratch (no position round match). During match play, players receive 30 bonus pins for winning a match, 10 pins each in the event of a tie and 10 points for any score higher than 250.

    The top 3 with the highest nine-game total including bonus will determine the champion in the stepladder finals.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 17 tournaments in 13 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. All 17 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or 971.400 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 12th San Marino Open.


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    Roto Grip Polish Open - Standings after Qualifying Squad 10/18

    The top 30 players, the top three players each from a separate leaderboard of Squads 5-10 and 1-4, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 2 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday's finals.

    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."