Saverio Tuccimei leads the Ebonite Roma International after the first weekend


    2010 European Bowling Tour #17

    The top 4 players earn automatic berth into the finals on Sunday, Nov. 14

    2010RomeIntlLogo_small.jpg2010EBT17SaverioTuccimei.jpgItalian bowlers dominated the qualifying of the 1st Ebonite Roma International during the first four squads on Saturday and Sunday at Brunswick Bowling Rome in Rome, Italy. Saverio Tuccimei (right) led Squad 3 on Sunday with 1268 pinfall total and an average of 211.33 en route to lead the 104-player field after the first weekend.

    Saturday's qualifying leader Antonio Maddaloni improved his score as he knocked down 1259 pins in Squad 4 to sit in second place. Stefano Oddi (below left) and Giovanni Battagli (below right), who were next to Tuccimei in Squad 3 landed in third and fourth place with 1257 and 1229, respectively.

    The top 4 of the combined standings of Squads 1-4 earned automatic berth into the finals on Sunday, Nov. 14.

    2010EBT17SteffanoOddi.jpg2010EBT17GiovanniBattagli.jpgItalian internationals Federico Rossi (1212), Amedeo Spada (1209) and Enrico Maddaloni (1203) missed the top 4 by 17, 20 and 26 pins in fifth through seventh place.

    Francisco Lopez, Spain, was high among the few foreign bowlers in eighth place with 1176, an average of 196.00. Marzia Castagna, Italy, was the best of 18 women in 15th place with 1128 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    Qualifying continues on Monday, Nov. 8, with Squads 5 and 6 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. CET.

     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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