Mattias Wetterberg shoots back-to-back 300 to move into second place in Sofia



    Mattias Olsson continues to lead qualifying at Sofia Open with 1515 (252.50); Andrii Shovkun (UKR), Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (NOR) also achieve perfection; score to make the cut in 44th place is 1352 (225.33)

    2015EBT14MathiasOlsson.jpg2015EBT04MattiasWetterberg2.jpgWith the last four qualifying squads to go on Saturday, Swedish bowlers continued to dominate the qualifying of the 6th Sofia International Open 2015 at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    The Swedes man the top four places in the 257-player field from 29 countries, 221 men and 36 women. Mattias Olsson (pictured left) held on to the lead with the lone 1500-series. Olsson toppled 1515 pins, an average of 252.50, including games of 279, 278, 201, 244, 258 and 255.

    Mattias Wetterberg (right) finished his first entry with back-to-back 300 games to move into second place with 1484 (247.33). Daniel Fransson and Pontus Andersson slipped to third and fourth place with 1464 and 1463, respectively.

    2015EBT13PaulMoor.jpg2015SofiaOpenAndriiShovkun.jpgChris Sloan, a two-handed player from Ireland, fell to fifth place on 1447 and was followed by Paul Moor (left) of England with 1437.

    Andrii Shovkun (right) of Ukraine also achieved perfection in the last game of a 1419 series to break a tie for seventh place with Konstantinos Xagoraris of Greece. The top 8 at the end of the qualifying will receive two byes.

    Cheska Tomas, Netherlands, is still the best woman in the field with 1408, including eight pins handicap each game, in 11th place. Jesper Larsen of Sweden currently holds the 16th and last spot to earn a first-round bye with 1391 (231.83).

    2015MaltaOpenBjornEinarRudshagen.jpgBjørn Einar Rudshagen (right) of Norway used another perfect game to improve his previous high series of 1296 by 91 pins to jump into 19th place with 1387. Heading into the last qualifying day, Elkhan Feyzullayev of Azerbaijan holds the 44th and last spot to advance to Sunday's finals with 1352 or an average of 225.33.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, Oct. 31, with Squads 25-28 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 1, 5.30 and 9.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for Midnight.

    2015SofiaOpenLogo.jpg The 6th Sofia International Open 2015, a non-European Bowling Tour event, will be held from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria. The tournament offers total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 350 Euro for 56th place.

    Qualifying of the Sofia Open began Saturday, Oct. 24, and concludes Saturday, Oct. 31 with Squad 28 scheduled to start at 9.30 p.m. CET followed by the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300).

    Total 56 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov 1, including the top 44 qualifiers, the top 6 from the Oct. 24-27 and the top 2 from the Oct. 28-29 leaderboards, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers will earn two byes and qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye.

    The other 40 players will advance to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who bowl a final four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 will determine the champion in a stepladder final.


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