Williams, Schaub continue to battle for the lead in Istanbul Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #8

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

    2010EBT08StuartWilliams.jpg2010EBT08CassidySchaub.jpgDay One Stuart Williams (pictured left), England, and second-placed Cassidy Schaub (right), United States, continued their battle for the lead in the qualifying of the 7th Istanbul Bowling Open Tuesday at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Schaub, a two-handed lefty, started Squad 3 almost with a 259 triplicate (258, 259, 259) and added 248, 232 and 246 for 1502 six-game total and an average of 250.33 to overtake the lead from Williams, who had 1456 on Monday.

    Two squads later, Williams rebounded to regain the lead with 1524 (254.00). Williams, who won the Bahrain Open last week, had three 279s in the first four games but missed the tournament record by 79 pins (Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1603 in 2008).

    2010SODominicBarrett.jpg2010EBT08MehmetKaya.jpgDominic Barrett (left), England, improved his score to 1447 (241.17) to maintain third place in the overall qualifying standings. Michael Michajlow, Germany, led Squad 4 with 1434 (239.00) to leap into fourth place.

    Mehmet Kaya (right) is the top-positioned player from Turkey after two days in fifth place with 1331 (221.83) after games of 213, 217, 245, 216, 212 and 228. His fellow countrywoman, Ebru √Ėzogluuntur, is the best of 12 woman in the 76-player field in 13th place with 1252 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    With 15 qualifying squads to, Sedat Aktas, Turkey, mans the 42nd and final place to advance with 1090 or an average of 181.67.

    2008IstanbulOpenLogo.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.jpg Ghislaine 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 ‚ā¨ top prize with the two-game total to determine the champion.


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