Germans in control of the leaderboard at 1st Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #10

    Dream Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany (June 27 - July 4, 2010)

    2010NationsCupBodoKonieczn.jpg2010EBT10SaschaHauchwitz.jpgAfter two days of competition featuring the first four of 14 qualifying squads, German bowlers are in control of the leaderboard at the 1st Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open at Dream Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

    German national team member Bodo Konieczny (pictured left) leads the field of 108 players since Squad 2 with 1385 six-game total and an average of 230.83. Konieczny started his series with a 278 game, the highest in the tournament thus far, and added 233, 181, 249, 229 and 215.

    Trailing Konieczny by 12 pins in Squad 2 to sit in second place was Sascha Hauchwitz (right), who used six games between 204 and 248 for 1373 (228.73). Third place belongs to Christian Rechenberg, who led Squad 4 on Thursday with 1347 including high games of 254 and 253.

    German national squad member Michael Holzapfel is fourth after setting the pace in the first squad on Sunday with 1335 including a high game of 268.

    2010PBAS06PeterKnopp.jpg2010EBT10StefanUnger.jpgNext are Marco Baade and multiple German national champion Achim Grabowski with 1334 and 1330. Peter Knopp (left), who finished third in the USBC Senior Masters two weeks ago, led Squad 3 with 1329 pinfall total, good for 7th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    All squad leaders will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish among the top 30 qualifiers.

    Stephan Unger (right) and 2008 Men's World Championship silver medalist Kai Günther are close behind with 1322 and 1321, respectively.

    Rounding out the top 10 is the best foreign bowler thus far, Mohommad Al Rageeba with 1320. The Kuwaiti had games of 208, 199, 235, 190, 242 and 246. Sabrina Laub, Germany, is the best of 17 women in the field with 1305 including 48 pins handicap, a scratch average of 209.50.

    DBPOpenLogo_small.jpg The 1st Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open is a newcomer on the European Bowling Tour and will be staged from June 27 thru July 4 at Dream Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany. The state-of-the-art 52-laner, the biggest bowling center in Europe, will host the Men's World Championship in August.

    The DPB Open offers total prize fund of 50.000 Euro with 10.000 Euro going to the winner. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    The tournament is the 10th stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Silver" 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).

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, July 3rd and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. on Saturday night.

    A total of 48 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 4th - between 30 and 44 players from the overall qualifying standings, the qualifying squad leaders (max 14) not among the top 30 plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifiers will earn two byes while players seeded 9-16 will bypass the first round of the finals.

    Rounds 1-3 will feature 4-game blocks starting from scratch which will trim the field to 32, 20 and then 8 players who will advance to the quarterfinals. The format will switch to match play with the two-game total determining the winner. In each round the highest seeded player after Round 3 will meet the lowest seeded player, the second highest meets the second lowest, and so on.

    The winners of Round 4 advance to the semifinals to determine the finalists who will bowl for the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize.


    Qualifying Standings after Squad 4/14

    Squad leaders (boldface) are automatically qualified, if they don't finish among the top 30. If a squad leader finishes among the top 30 or if a player wins multiple squads, No. 31 advances to finals and so on.