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Chris Sloan, Jenny Wegner crack the top 5 at Polish Open


2016EBT11JennyWegner.jpg2016EBT11LauraBeuthner2.jpgChristopher Sloan of Ireland and Jenny Wegner of Sweden cracked the top 5 in the qualifying of the Polish Open presented by Roto Grip as they led squad 7 Wednesday evening at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw with 1357 and 1338, respectively.

Sloan (pictured above), a two-handed player who improved on a 1322 series in squad 2, rebounded from a slow start and won his second squad in this tournament behind games of 157, 211, 246, 243, 246 and 254, an average of 226.17, but remained in third place in the overall standings.

Wegner (left), the 2015 European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader, had games of 189, 212, 178, 207, 288 and 216 for 1290 scratch (215 average) and added 48 pin women’s handicap to move into fourth place with 1338 total.

2016EBT11FrancoisLouw2.jpg2016EBT01PeterHellstrom.jpgLaura Beuthner (above right) of Germany continued to lead the 75-player field from 10 countries with 1402, including handicap. Francois Louw (left) of South Africa remained in second place with 1363 and the field-best 227.17 average.

Rounding out the top 5 was three-time EBT champion Peter Hellstrøm (right) of Sweden, who was second to Louw in squad 5 with 1310. Louw, Sloan, Wegner received a Storm Phaze as a prize sponsored by Roto Grip.

As the top 4 from the standings of squads 4-7, Louw, Sloan, Wegner and Hellstrøm will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 30 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the four will finish in the top 30, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

2016EBT11MarkusBergendorff.jpg2016EBT11LucyCharezinska.jpgMarkus Bergendorff (left) of Denmark would be the first player to benefit from the rule. The two-hander rebounded from slow (185, 193) start with 290, the highest game in the tournament thus far, and followed another sub-par game (175) with 217 and 233 to win squad 6 with 1293 (215.50) and to finish the day in 9th place.

As qualifying nears the halfway point, Lucy Charezińska (right) is the top Polish bowler and the third woman in the top 10 in eighth place with 1297, including handicap.

With seven out of 16 qualifying in the books, Tomasz Popielarczyk of Poland holds the 30th and last place to advance to the finals with 1147 or an average of 191.17. Qualifying continues on Thursday, July 28, with Squads 8, 9 and 10 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2015EBT09PolishOpenLogo.jpgThe Roto Grip Polish Open is the 11th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last of four EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The inaugural Polish Open last year was conducted as “satellite” tournament. The second edition will be held from July 25-31 at 24-lane Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, host of the 2012 and 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cups.

The prize fund increased by 10.200 Euro to total 40.200 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.500 to the runner-up and 3.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (40th place) is 400 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Monday, July 25, with Squads 1, 2 and 3 and runs through Saturday, July 30, with the final Squad 16 scheduled for 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 10 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Like last year, the 2016 Polish Open presented by Roto Grip features a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.435ml oil volume.

Total 40 players will qualify for the finals – the top 30 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top four players from a separate leaderboard of the squads on Tuesday and Wednesday (squads 4-7), who are not among the top 30, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.

The Turbo G5 and G6 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth and sixth game in any of the qualifying series (extra entry fee required).

The top 10 qualifiers earn two byes, while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advance to the first of two four-game rounds which will trim the field to 30 and then 20 players, who bowl a five-game round to cut to the top 9, who will be split into three groups (Group 1: 1, 6 and 7; Group 2: 2, 5 and 8; Group 3: 3, 4 and 9).

In each group the athletes will bowl two games with the total pinfall to determine the positions. The three group leaders will advance to the finals. The runner-ups will be ranked 4th to 6th according to the seeding after round three, while the second-runner-ups will be ranked 7th to 9th.

The three remaining players will bowl for the title using the same two games total pins format.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Top 30 players from the qualifying standings, top four players from a separate leaderboard of squads 4-7 who are not among the top 30, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday’s finals.

Herbert Bickel

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