Stuart Williams gets off to a great start in the 7th Istanbul Bowling Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #8

    Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey (May 10-16, 2010)

    2010EBT08StuartWilliams.jpg2010EBT08CassidySchaub.jpgFresh off his victory in the Bahrain Open last week, Stuart Williams (pictured left), England, got off to a great start on the first day of qualifying in the 7th Istanbul Bowling Open Monday at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Williams, who bowled full time on the 2009-10 PBA Tour, had games of 258, 215, 211, 257, 279 and 236 to set the pace with 1456 six-game total and an average of 242.56.

    U.S. two-handed lefty and Team USA member Cassidy Schaub (pictured right) was 78 pins behind to take second place with 1378 including high games of 267 and 266. Dominic Barrett, England, was third with 1362. Schaub finished 4th in Bahrain and Barrett 14th.

    Onur Demirkiran (below, right) was the best Turkish bowler in fourth place with 1322. Marina Stefanova was the besrt woman in 9th place with 1227 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    2008IstanbulOpenLogo.jpg2010EBT08OnurDemirkiran.jpgThe 7th Istanbul Bowling Open will be held from May 10-16, 2010 at 20-lane Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey and offers total prize fund of 68.000 Euro with 10.000 Euro going to the winner.

    The tournament is the 8th stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Gold" tournaments. Since the Ankara Open and the Austria Challenge have been cancelled, the 2010 EBT Tour consists of 19 events - 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 7 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    2010EBT02GhislainevanderTol2_small.jpg2009BWCTomasLeandersson_small.jpgGhislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands, is the defending champion. Tomas Leandersson (right), Sweden, finished second to lead the men's ranking.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, May 15th and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad early Sunday morning.

    A total of 48 players - the top 42 players from the qualifying plus the top 6 from the Desperado Squad - will advance to the finals on Sunday, May 16.

    The top 8 qualifiers will earn three byes, qualifiers 9-18 will receive two byes and qualifiers 19-28 will bypass the first round of the finals.

    Round 1-5 consist of four games starting from scratch. The field will be trimmed to 38, 28, 18, 8 and then four who will advance to the semifinals (Round 6). Those four determine the finalists in two-game matches (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3). The winners will bowl for the title and the 10.000 € top prize with the two-game total to determine the champion.


    Standings after Qualifying Squad 2/20