Two players crack the top 8 on Day Three Qualifying in Rome


    2010 European Bowling Tour #17

    Scoring pace is still very low; top 8 only average over 200

    2010EBT17EnricoMaddaloni.jpg2010EBT17MohamedAlZaabi.jpgThe two squad leaders on Monday, Enrico Maddaloni (pictured left), Italy and Mohamed Al-Zaabi (right), UAE were the only players who managed a 200-plus average on the third day of qualifying in the 1st Ebonite Roma International in Rome, Italy.

    As the scoring pace is still very low in the penultimate tournament of the 2010 European Bowling Tour, both players cracked the top 8 on the 137-player leaderboard.

    Maddaloni had games of 224, 199, 232, 161, 249 and 173 to leap into fourth place with 1238 six-game total and an average of 206.33. Italian bowlers continued to dominate the qualifying and man the top six positions.

    2010EBT17SaverioTuccimei.jpg2010EBT17AntonioMaddaloni.jpgSaverio Tuccimei (left) held on to the lead with 1268 (211.33) and was followed by Enrico's brother Antonio Maddaloni (right) in second place with 1259 and Stefano Oddi in third with 1257.

    Rounding out the top 6 after six of 18 qualifying squads were Track amateur staffer Giovanni Battagli (1229) and long-time Italian national team members Federico Rossi (1212).

    Al Zaabi closed out his series in Squad 6 with a 220 high game to tie EBT champion Amedeo Spada, Italy, at 1209. The Arab overtook seventh place due to the higher last game, 220-181.

    2010EBT17AnnalisaBalzano.jpg2010EBT17MariaRosariaIacomino.jpgThe top 8 at the end of the qualifying will received three byes for the finals. The top 4 of the squads conducted Monday through Wednesday (Squad 5-10) will earn automatic berth into the final on Sunday.

    11th placed Annalisa Balzano (left), Italy, was high among the 22 women in the field with 1173 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Maria Rosaria Iacomino (right), Italy, holds the 38th and last spot to advance with 1087 including handicap (173.17 scratch average).

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with Squads 7 and 8 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 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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