Three players move into the top 10 in Friday qualifying at 7th Istanbul Open

    05/15/10

    2010 European Bowling Tour #8

    Juhani Tonteri rolls the fifth 300 game of the tournament

    2009BWCTomasLeandersson.jpg2009VOBrianVoss2.jpgThree of the four squad leaders in Friday's qualifying at the 7th Istanbul Open moved into the top 10 in the overall qualifying standings while the fourth made it among the top 42 who will advance to the finals after the last four qualifying squads on Saturday at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

    PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), United States, led Squad 15 with 1475, an average of 245.83 behind games of 243, 258, 218, 268, 265 and 223 to jump into 7th place. Squad 14 leader Mehmet Kaya was 14 pins and two places behind to become the top local qualifier in 9th place with 1461.

    Swedish legend and current national team head coach, Tomas Leandersson (right), started Friday's qualifying by leading Squad 13 with 1457 to finish the penultimate qualifying day in 10th place.

    2010EBT08CassidySchaub.jpg2010EBT08PaulMoor.jpgTwo-handed lefty Cassidy Schaub (left), United States, remained unchallenged atop the leaderboard with 1591 six game total and an average of 265.17. Three-time European Bowling Tour ranking winner and reigning EBT Masters champion, Paul Moor (right), England, is second with 1556.

    3-time defending European Bowling Tour ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Stuart Williams, England, who won the Bahrain Open last week, have also cracked the 1500-bar to sit in third and fourth place with 1538 and 1524, respectively.

    2008 women's ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, is the best of 28 women in the 148-player field in 6th place with 1477 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    2009VOJuhaniTonteri.jpg2010EBT05GeryVerbruggen2.jpgJuhani Tonteri (left), Finland, rolled the fifth 300 game of the tournament in the morning squad en route to a 1427 total, good for 20th place.

    4-time European Bowling Tour ranking champion Gery Verbruggen (right), Belgium, closed out the day by leading Squad 16 with a moderate 1382 due to a 176 in game #5 to sit in 34th place 38 pins above the cut line.

    Dutch international Lisanne Breeschoten holds the 42nd and final place to advance with 1344, equivalent to a 224 average. Qualifying ends on Saturday with Squads 17-20.

    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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    Standings after Qualifying Squad 16/20


     


    300 games (5) - Stuart Williams, Tore Torgersen, Cassidy Schaub, Osku Palermaa, Juhani Tonteri.