Cassidy Schaub wins qualifying at 7th Istanbul Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #8

    Eklund, Aviram bring the number of 300 games to seven

    200910PBACassidySchaub.jpg2010EBT05DennisEklund2.jpgTeam USA member Cassidy Schaub (pictured left) finished the qualifying in the 7th Istanbul Bowling Open atop the leaderboard to lead 48 players into the finals on Sunday, May 16, at Timeout Bowling Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The two-handed lefty, who posted a 1591 six game series, an average of 265.17, in the 9th of 20 qualifying squads, pocketed a 1.200 Euro bonus. Reigning EBT Masters champion, Paul Moor, England, was second with 1556 (259.33).

    Dennis Eklund (right), Sweden, started his six-game block on Saturday with the tournament's sixth 300 game and added 257, 249, 248, 217 and 279 en route to win Squad 18 and to jump into third place overall with 1550 (258.33).

    2009EBT04PeterLjung.jpg200910PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpg3-time defending European Bowling Tour ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Stuart Williams, England, who won the Bahrain Open last week, were in 4th and 5th place with 1538 and 1524, respectively.

    Peter Ljung (left), Sweden, was the sixth and last player, who cracked the 1500-bar. The lefty led Squad 17 with 1513 (252.17) including back-to-back 279 in games 2 and 3.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first three rounds on Sunday, were Mathias Årup, Sweden, with 1499 and 8-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2003-04, Mika Koivuniemi (right), who led Squad 19 with 1488 (248.00).

    2009VOTinaHulsch.jpg2010EBT08OrAviram.jpgPalermaa led the 20th and last qualifying squad on Saturday evening with 1442 and was followed by Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, who checked in with 1381 including 48 pins handicap to beat out Or Aviram (right), Israel, for the 42nd and final spot to advance by eight pins.

    Aviram rebounded with the tournament's 7th perfecto in the one-game Desperado Squad early Sunday morning to regain his spot in the finals. Joining Aviram were Piotr Zjawiony, Poland (257), Habib Dogan (248), Onur Demirkiran (246) and Barlas Kontas (238), all from Turkey, and Charis Panayiotou (237), Cyprus.

    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.

    A total of 48 players - the top 42 players from the qualifying plus the top 6 from the Desperado Squad - advanced 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.

    Rounds 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

    the top 42 players plus the top 6 from the Desperado Squad (places 43-48) advance to the finals.

    300 games (7) - Stuart Williams, Tore Torgersen, Cassidy Schaub, Osku Palermaa, Juhani Tonteri, Dennis Eklund, Or Aviram.