French Yoan Alix, Marilyn Planchard set the pace in Catalonia Open

    02/25/10

    2010 European Bowling Tour #4

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

    2010EBT04Logo_small.jpg 2010EBT04YoanAlix.jpgYoan Alix (pictured right) and Marilyn Planchard, both France led the second qualifying squad in the Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa Wednesday at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona. Alix finished his six-game series with a 287, the highest game of the tournament thus far, for 1349 (224.83) to overtake the lead in qualifying. However, as one of the 12 squad leaders Alix is automatically qualified for the finals.

    Planchard is the best woman in the field of 37 players in second place with 1295 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Moises Perez Iba√Īez and Ra√ļl G√°lvez Galisteo, both Catalonia, moved into third and fourth place with 1243 and 1227, respectively.

    2010EBT04AxelGuimo.jpgCamilla Lindqvist and Peder Grimsen, both Sweden, overtook 5th and 6th place with 1224 and 1221, resp. Colombia's Luz Adriana Leal moved into 7th place with 1189. Squad 1 leader Axel Guimó (left), Catalonia, fell to 8th with 1184 but has earned his berth into the finals.

    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.

     


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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 2


    Squad leaders (in bold) automatically advance to the finals.