Gery Verbruggen wins qualifying VIII Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa


    2010 European Bowling Tour #4

    48 players - 27 men and 21 women - advance to Sunday's finals

    2010EBT04GeryVerbruggen.jpg2010EBT04MathiasSarmadi.jpgGery Verbruggen (pictured left), Belgium, was the sole player in the qualifying of the Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa, who cracked the 1400-bar en route to lead 48 players into Sunday's finals at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona.

    The 4-time European Bowling Tour ranking champion (2000-'03) had games of 214, 194, 234, 266, 251 and 252 to win the qualifying with 1411 six-game total and an average of 235.17.

    The 12 squad leaders were automatically qualified for the finals. Joining Verbruggen, who won Squad 9 on Saturday morning, during the final qualifying day were Mathias Sarmadi (right), France, (2nd, 1373), Patricia Luoto (below left), Germany, (10th, 1341) and Osku Palermaa, Finland (6th, 1350).

    2010EBT04PatriciaLuoto.jpg2010EBT04XavierLotthe.jpgXavier Lotthe (right), France, rolled the second 300 game of the tournament in the final Squad 12 en route to make the cut in 33rd place with 1283 pinfall total. Luz Adriana Leal, Colombia, was the best of 32 women in the 113-player field from 17 countries in third place with 1366 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    Ten of the 12 squad leaders finished among the top 40, who survived the first cut. Joining those 40 in the finals are Squad 1 leader Axel GuimĂł Miranda, Catalonia (69th, 1184) and Squad 5 leader Federico Rossi, Italy (43rd, 1254) as well as the next best six women.

    With 15 women among the top 40 plus the six wild cards, 21 out of 32 women advanced to the finals.

    2010EBT04Logo_small.jpg 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.

    The 48 finalists will 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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    Catalonia Open - Standings after Qualifying

    The top 30 plus all 12 squad leaders (in bold) plus the next six women (places 47, 48, 51, 54, 56, 60) advance to the finals.

    300 games - (2) Peder Grimsen, Sweden; Xavier Lotthe, France