Rossi, Larsen qualify for Catalonia Open finals by leading Squads 5 and 6


    2010 European Bowling Tour #4

    Swede Peder Grimsen shoots the first 300 game of the tournament

    2010EBT04ThomasLarsen.jpg2009VOClaraJulianaGuerrero3.jpgThomas Larsen (pictured left), Denmark, led the high-scoring Squad 6 in the 8th Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa Friday afternoon at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, to earn a spot for the finals on Sunday.

    Larsen had high games of 247 (2) and a low game of 203 for 1362 to move into second place in the overall standings, just four pins behind qualifying leader Luz Adriana Leal from Colombia (1366).

    Dominic Barrett, England, was close behind with 1352 including two 250+ games to leap into third place. Larsen, Leal (led Squad 3), Barrett (led Squad 4) and fourth placed Yoan Alix (led Squad 2 with 1349), France, are automatically qualified for the finals.

    Peter Ljung, Sweden, and 2-time Women's World Champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (right), Colombia, were third and fourth in Squad 6 with 1346 and 1338, respectively, to lead rest of the field in 5th and 6th place.

    2010EBT04FredericoRossi.jpg2010EBT04PederGrimsen.jpgFederico Rossi (left), Italy, booked his spot in the finals by leading Squad 5 with 1254, currently good enough for 20th place in the overall standings. Peder Grimsen (right), Sweden, rolled the tournament's first 300 in the first game of Squad 5 and added 235 in game #2. As Grimsen closed out his six-game series with four sub-par games (179, 157, 152, 191) and 1214, the Swede failed to improve his 1221 high series.

    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 6

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

    300 games - (1) Peder Grimsen, Sweden.