8th Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa is underway in Barcelona


    2010 European Bowling Tour #4

    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Feb., 23-28, 2010)

    2010EBT04Logo_small.jpg 20 bowlers - 16 men and 4 women - took to the lanes at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday night to kick off the 8th Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa. Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, one of the seventeen Autonomous Communities of the Kingdom of Spain.

    None of the 20 players averaged 200. Axel GuimĂł, Catalonia, led Squad 1 with 1184 or an average of 197.33 and is automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday. Oriol Ros, Catalonia, was second with 1175, with Jesus Alberto Dacorte, Spain, in third with 1154.

    Monica Boldo, Catalonia, was the best woman with 1122 including handicap, good for 4th place.

    The VIII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa will be held from Feb., 23-28, 2010 at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, and offers total prize fund of 44.700 Euro. The tournament is the fourth stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Silver" tournaments.

    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 category).

    2009EBT04LucasLegnani_small.jpg2009EBT04KirstenPenny_small.jpgThe top 48 players in the Catalonia Open will cash with 6.000 Euro going to the winner. Lucas Legnani (left) from Argentina is the defending champion. Kirsten Penny (right), England, has won the women's ranking in 2009.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday evening, Feb. 27, with the final Squad 12 scheduled for 9 p.m. local time.

    A total of 48 players, the top 42 qualifiers including all squad leaders plus the next six women will advance to the finals and carry forward 50 per cent of their respective qualifying total into Round 1.

    Those 48 players will bowl 4 games to cut to the top 24 with the pinfall total being carried forward. Those 24 will determine the top three players for the stepladder finals in another 4-game block. In the semifinal, the No. 3 seed takes on No. 2 for the right to bowl the top seeded player for the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize.

    Qualifying Standings after Squad 1