Four players secure a wildcard for the finals of the 2010 Bucharest International



    IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania (Nov. 22-28, 2010)

    2007EBT05TakisKaretsos.jpgViorel Simut, Romania, set the pace in the qualifying of the 2010 Bucharest at the IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania. Simut had four of six games over 200 finishing with 245 and 234 for 1254 pinfall total and an average of 209.

    Long-time Greek international Takis Karetsos (pictured) was second with 1234 including a high game of 245 and a low game of 137. Third and fourth place belonged to Florian Mihailescu and Romeo Gagenoiu, both Romania, with 1218 and 1216, respectively.

    The top 4 of the squads conducted Monday through Thursday will be awarded a wildcard for the finals on Sunday.

    2010BucharestMariusPiticariu.jpgMarius Piticariu (right), Romania, just the fifth player who cracked the 1200-bar (par based on a 200 average) sits in fifth place with 1209. Marina Stefanova, Bulgaria, is the best of four women in the field in 15th place with 1121 including 48 pins handicap.

    With 49 players in the books - 39 from Romania and 10 from Bulgaria, Greece, Israel and Turkey - Cristian Calagiu, Romania holds the 18th and last place to advance with 1112 and an average of 185.33. The 2010 Bucharest International will be held from Nov. 22-28 at IDM Club, a 14-laner with Brunswick equipment, in Bucharest, Romania. The tournament offers total prize fund of 10.000 Euro with 2.000 Euro going to the winner.

    A total of 24 players from the qualifying (six games) will advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 28: the top 18 qualifiers and the top 4 from a separate standing of the squads conducted Nov. 22-25 plus the top 2 of the one-game Desperado Squad. The top 8 players will receive one bye.

    Qualifiers 9-24 will bowl six games from scratch. The top 8 meet the top 8 qualifiers in the second round. Those 16 will bowl another six-game series from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will advance to match play finals in best-of-three games format.


    Qualifying Standings after Thursday, Nov. 25

    The top 22 qualifiers including the top 4 from a separate standing of the squads conducted Nov. 22-25 (boldface) plus the top 2 of the one-game Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.