Sean Rash wins qualifying in 1st Ebonite Roma International


    2010 European Bowling Tour #17

    36 of 320 players crack the 1200-bar; cut for 38th places is 1192

    201011PBASeanRash.jpg2010EBT17MarcoDeAngelis.jpgFour-time PBA champion Sean Rash (pictured left), United States, remained unchallenged during the last three qualifying squads on Saturday en route to win the qualifying of the 1st Ebonite Roma International at Brunswick Bowling Rome in Rome, Italy.

    Rash, who has won the 2007 USBC Masters, had games of 267, 212, 186, 181, 258 and 222 to lead the field of 320 players from 21 countries with 1326 pinfall total and an average of 221.00 for six games.

    Only three players cracked the 1300-bar and just 36 including the top 3 cracked the 1200-bar (200 average). Marco De Angelis (right) was the best player from the host country Italy in second place with 1322.

    2010EBT17TorbenJorgensen.jpg2010EBT17PeterLjung.jpgTorben Jørgensen (left), Denmark, bowled the most consistent series of the tournament when re rolled games of 223, 220, 224, 223, 213 and 210 to lead Squad 16 on Saturday en route to overtake third place in the overall qualifying standings with 1313 (218.83).

    Alessandro Martino, Italy, slipped to fourth place with 1298 and was followed by PBA exempt player Stuart Williams, England, in fifth place, also 1298, and Eike Kabowski, Germany, in sixth with 1276.

    Swedish international Peter Ljung (right) led Squad 17 to leap into seventh place with 1270. Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first three rounds of the finals on Sunday was Squad 3 leader Saverio Tuccimei, Italy with 1268.

    2010EBT17NickiAinge.jpg2010EBT17CheskaTomas.jpg2009 European Bowling Tour ranking champion Nicki Ainge (left), England, was high among the 48 women in 14th place with 1247 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Patricia Luoto, Germany, was close behind in 15th place with 1243.

    Cheska Tomas (right), Netherlands, became the sole woman to win a squad when she led the 18th and final qualifying squad Saturday night with 1217 including high games of 227 and 244 scratch. Tomas finished qualifying in 21st place. World Youth champion Birgit Pöppler, Germany, was the fourth woman among the top 38, who advanced from the overall qualifying standings, with 1211, good for 28th place.

    Mauro Rampi, Italy, and Vytautas Gykis, Lithuania, were tied for 38th place at 1192 (198.67 average). Rampi took the last spot to advance due to the higher last game, 213 to 194.

    Another 12 players including three women made the cut by leading separate standings of Squads 1-4 and 5-10 as well as through the single-game Desperado Squad.

    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 first 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) ran through Saturday, Nov. 13 and ended with Squad 18 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad.

    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 - advanced 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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    Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    Total 50 players, the top 38 from the qualifying, plus the top 4 of the squads conducted on Nov. 8-10 (places 39-42), plus the top four of the squads conducted on Nov. 6-7 (places 43-46), plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 47-50), advanced to the finals.