Brian Voss cracks 1300-bar to overtake qualifying lead in Bucharest International



    International bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Romania

    201011PBABrianVoss.jpg2010BucharestPaulStott.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), United States, became the first player who cracked the 1300-bar en route to overtake the qualifying lead in the 2010 Bucharest International Friday at IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania.

    The 25-time PBA champion had games of, 210, 226, 198, 236, 230 and 211 to pace the 72-player field from eleven countries with 1311 pinfall total and an average of 218.50.

    Voss held a 39-pin lead over Paul Stott (right), Ireland, who moved into second place with 1272 including a high game of 245. Matt Miller, England, had high games of 234 and 235 in his 1256 series to leap into third place.

    Previous leader Viorel Simut, Romania, slipped to fourth place with 1254 while Takis Karetsos, Greece, fell to fifth place with 1234. Simut, Karetsos as well as seventh places Florian Mihailescu and ninth placed Romeo Gagenoiu have already secured their spot in the finals by virtue of finishing 1-4 in a separate standing of the squads conducted Monday through Thursday.

    Todor Lichev, Bulgaria, used a 247 game, the second highest game of the tournament thus far (Marius Piticariu, Romania is high with 267), to overtake sixth place with 1233.

    2010BucharestMattMillerStuartWilliams.jpg2010BucharestZaraGiles.jpg PBA exempt player Stuart Williams (left photo on the right with Matt Miller, left), England, posted 1217 to sit in eighth place. Compatriot Zara Giles (right), a multiple world and European champion, was the best of eight women in the field in 17th place with 1163 including 48 pins handicap.

    Heading into the last qualifying day Corneliu Antimirescu, Romania, holds the 22nd and last place to advance with 1131 and an average of 188.50.

    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.


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