Antonio Maddaloni takes the early lead in 1st Ebonite Roma International


    2010 European Bowling Tour #17

    Penultimate EBT event kicks off with the first two squads on Saturday

    2010EBT17AntonioMaddaloni.jpg2010EBT17RodolfoTomarelli.jpg52 players from the host country Italy, two of Malta and one German kicked off the 1st Ebonite Roma International Saturday at Brunswick Bowling Rome with the first two of total 18 qualifying squads. None of the 55 bowlers averaged over 200.

    Antonio Maddaloni (pictured left), Italy, led Squad 2 to take the early lead with 1184 six-game total and an average of 197.33. Maddaloni had high games of 254 and 215 and four games between 169 and 191.

    Next were his compatriots Emanuele Rustici (1158), Squad 1 leader Rodolfo Tomarelli (right, 1146) and Valentino Marrocco (1145). The top 4 of the combined standings of Squads 1-4 will earn automatic berth into the finals on Sunday, Nov. 14.

    Marzia Castagna, Italy, was the best woman in fifth place with 1128 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Rainer Pichl, Germany, was the top non-Italian player in seventh place with 1110.

    Qualifying continues on Sunday, Nov. 7, with Squads 3-4 scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CET.

    2010RomeIntlLogo_small.jpg The 1st Ebonite Roma International is the 17th and penultimate stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and the last "Satellite" event of the 2010 EBT season. The tournament will be held from Saturday Nov. 6 through Sunday Nov. 14, 2010 at 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Rome in the capital of Italy, the country's largest and most populated city (over 2.7 million residents) located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula.

    Since the Ankara Open and the Austria Challenge have been cancelled and the English Open has lost its EBT status, the 2010 EBT Tour consists of 18 events - 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 6 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    The 1st Ebonite Roma International is a newcomer on the European Bowling Tour offering total prize money of 25.900 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner. 313 players from 23 countries have registered for the event.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Nov. 13 and ends with Squad 18 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time (CET).

    A total of 50 players - the top 38 from the qualifying, plus the top four of the squads conducted on Nov. 6-7 (Squad 1-4), plus the top 4 of the squads conducted on Nov. 8-10 (Squad 5-10), plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 14.

    The top 8 qualifiers will earn three byes and will be seeded into Final Round 4. Positions 9-16 will get two byes and positions 17-28 will bypass the first round of the finals.

    The other 22 players will bowl 4 games scratch. The top 10 will advance to the second round. After another four-game block scratch the top 8 will advance to first round of single-elimination match play (third round overall) with the two-game total pinfall to determine the winner.

    In all matches the highest seeded player will bowl the lowest seeded player, the second highest will bowl the second lowest, etc.

    The field will be cut to 16, 8 and then 4, who will determine the champion in single-game matches (semifinals and final).


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