Sean Rash moves into fifth place in 1st Ebonite Roma International


    2010 European Bowling Tour #17

    Leads qualifying on Thursday with 1267; cut for 38th place is currently 1145

    2010EBT17SeanRash.jpg2010EBT17MarcoDeAngelis.jpgFour-time PBA champion Sean Rash (pictured left) started his first qualifying block in the 1st Ebonite Roma International Thursday with the front nine en route to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings Thursday at Brunswick Bowling Rome in Rome, Italy.

    The 28-year-old righthander finished the first game with 278, the highest game of the tournament so far, and added 204, 228, 171, 229 and 157 for 1267 six-game total and an average of 211.17.

    Rash would have needed 213 in the final game to overtake Marco De Angelis (right), Italy, who held on to the lead with 1322 pinfall total (220.33), the lone 1300-plus series in the tournament.

    2010EBT17StuartWilliams.jpg2010EBT17TommasoRadi.jpgAlessandro Martino, remained in second place with 1298 and was followed by Eike Kabowski, Germany, in third place with 1276 and Saverio Tuccimei in fourth with 1268.

    Antonio Maddaloni and Stefano Oddi slipped to sixth and seventh place with 1259 and 1257, respectively. PBA exempt player Stuart Williams (left), England, moved into the top 8 with 1240 including five games between 191 and 202 and a final game of 268.

    Joining the group of seventeen players, who have cracked the 1200-bar (200 average), were Franciso Lopez, Spain (12th, 1221) and Paolo Zeppi (17th, 1204), Italy.

    2010EBT17PacoRodriguez.jpg2010EBT17ValentinoMarrocco.jpg22-year-old Tommaso Radi (above right), Italy, used a 241 in the last game to lead Squad 11 with 1215 pinfall total and an average of 202.50 to climb in 12th place in the overall standings. Paco Rodriguez (left), Spain, was mere six pins behind Radi thanks to 235 in the last game, to land in 15th place with 1209.

    Carmelina Giuffrida, Italy, is high among the 36 women with 1180 including 48 pins handicap, good for 21st place. With 257 players from 17 countries in the books, Valentino Marrocco (right), Italy, holds the 38th and last spot to advance with 1145 or an average of 190.83.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, Nov. 12 with Squads 13-15 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 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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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/18