Pawel Bielski shoots 300 to take the lead in 4th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer


    2010 European Bowling Tour #3

    Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland (Feb., 15-21, 2010)



    Paweł Bielski started his first qualifying series in the 4th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer with the tournament's first 300 game en route to take the lead with 1424 six-game total and an average of 237.33.

    Bielski added back-to-back 224 games, 234 and closed out his set with back-to-back 221 games to lead Tymoteusz Cieckiewicz by 76 pins. Cieckiewicz used high games of 268 and 248 for 1348.

    Third place belonged to Paweł Lisowski with 1235. Emil Polanisz was fourth with 1231. Greta Frost, who was the sole woman among the 23 competitors on day one qualifying, landed in fifth place with 1218 including 48 pins handicap.

    Ian Robinson, Sweden, the sole non-Polish bowler thus far sits in 7th place with 1176.

    The 4th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer is one of six newcomers on the 2010 European Bowling Tour. The IWO, the third of 21 tournaments in the 2010 EBT season and the Tour's first Satellite tournament, will be held from Monday Feb. 15 through Sunday Feb. 21 at 10-laner Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The 2010 EBT Tour features 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 7 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 8 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new).

    The tournament will be contested on a 41 feet long pattern (pdf file).

    Players will compete for total prize money of 20.000 Euro or approximately 27,250 USD. The champion will receive the 3.700 Euro winner's check.

    Qualifying (6 games) runs through Saturday Feb. 20 with the final qualifying squad 15 scheduled for 8.30pm (no Desperado Squad). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    The top 40 players from the qualifying will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 21. The pinfall will be carried forward until the stepladder finals. The top 40 will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 20, who will advance to the second round.

    The top 20 will bowl another 4 games with the top 8 after 14 games advancing to round robin match play. The top 4 players after seven match play games (20 pins bonus per win, 10 for a tie, 10 pins bonus for each game between 250 and 300) will advance to the stepladder finals.

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


    Qualifying Standings after Squad 2