Paul Moor shoots into the lead in high-scoring Istanbul Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #8

    Tore Torgersen achieves perfection; Dominic Barrett converts 7-10 split

    2010EBT08PaulMoor.jpg2010EBT08StuartWilliams.jpgThree-time European Bowling Tour ranking winner and reigning EBT Masters champion, Paul Moor (pictured left), England, fired games of 279, 234, 259, 256, 259 and 269 in Squad 8 on Wednesday night at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey, to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the 7th Istanbul Open.

    Moor felled 1556 pins, an average of 259.33 for six games, to overtake his compatriot Stuart Williams (right) by 32 pins. Williams slipped to second place and is followed by two two-handers, Cassidy Schaub, United States, in third with 1502 and Osku Palermaa, Finland, who had 1478 in Squad 7 including a 298 to move into fourth place.

    2010EBT08NinaFlack.jpg2010EBT04OskuPalermaa.jpgNina Flack (left), Sweden, was mere one pin behind Palermaa after games of 258, 237, 238, 236, 216 and 244 for 1429 scratch (238.17) and 1477 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. She is the best female competitor in fifth place and currently one of four women in the top 42.

    Palermaa (right), who has won the men's EBT rankings the past three years and Flack, who was the 2008 women's ranking champion, lead the 2010 EBT rankings after 7 of 19 events.

    2010EBT08DominicBarrett.jpg2010EBT08BurakNatal.jpgMartin Larsen, Sweden, who owns the qualifying record in Istanbul (1603) since 2008, is sixth with 1448. Places 7 and 8 belong to Dominic Barrett (left), England (1447), and Tore Torgersen (1442), Norway.

    Barrett set one of the highlights on Wednesday when he converted the 7-10 split during his 1441 attempt in Squad 6 but still failed to improve his previous high by 6 pins. Torgersen started Squad 8 with the second perfecto of this year's event (Stuart Williams had the first) en route to his 1442 series.

    Rounding out the top 10 are Michael Michajlow, Germany, in 9th with 1434 and Tim Mack, United States, in 10th with 1412. Burak Natal (above right), Turkey, is the top local bowler with 1360 in 13th place.

    His compatriot Cengiz Aydin is the "man on the bubble" in 42nd place with 1182 or an average of 197.00. Qualifying continues on Thursday with Squads 9-12.

    2008IstanbulOpenLogo.jpg2010EBT08OilPattern.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 oil pattern (pdf file) being used in Istanbul is USBC Sport Bowling compliant. The pattern is based on Kegel’s Navigation Sport Series pattern BOARDWALK but made two feet longer because of the extremely high friction lane surface.

    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 € top prize with the two-game total to determine the champion.


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