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Dane Carsten Warming Hansen leads top 44 into Rome Open finals


Carsten Warming Hansen averaged 226 over six games in the penultimate qualifying squad to win the qualifying of the European Bowling Tour’s Rome Open All4bowling and to lead 44 players, 37 men and seven women, into Sunday’s finals at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy.

The 2017 EBT men’s point ranking leader (featured photo), who won his lone European Bowling Tour title in the 2015 Polish Open, rolled games of 288, 233, 222, 168, 213 and 232 to lead the 313-player field from 19 countries with 1356.

Hansen (right) overtook Gaëtan Mouveroux (left) of France, who previously had the pole position with 1345, by eleven pins. Mouveroux, who won his first EBT title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 earlier this season, slipped to second place.

He was followed by Alessandro Santu of Italy in third place with 1322, including the tournament’s lone 300 game. Santu won the “300 Jackpot”, worth 2.000 Euro.

Stavros Parasakis of Greece became the fourth player who surpassed the 1300-mark as he finished 53 pins behind Hansen in squad 18 with 1303.

World and European champion Mai Ginge Jensen (left) of Denmark was the best of 47 women in the field in fifth place. Jensen led the last squad 19 with 1248, including games of 193, 233, 223, 221, 193 and 185, an average of 208, and added 48 pins women’s handicap for 1296 total.

Amandine Jacques (right) of France was mere 13 pins behind Jensen with 1283, including handicap, to position herself in seventh place. Sandwiched between Jensen and Jacques was Oliver Morig (left) of Germany, who fell three spots to sixth place with 1284.

Rounding out the top 8, who receive three byes for Sunday’s finals, was Rob Thurlby (right) of England with 1283 and an average of 213.83.

Ricky Diaz of Italy took the 16th and last place to earn two byes with 1235, while his fellow countrywoman Giada Di Martino held the 24th and final position to earn one bye with 1211 total.

One-time EBT champion Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, who won the 2013 Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti, led squad 17 on Saturday morning with 1230 to finish qualifying in 18th place.

Claude Escarguel of France took the 32nd and last place to advance from the overall leader board with 1184 or an average of 197.33. Another 12 spots were filled by “early birds” and the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad (pictured left).

Salvatore Lanzafame of Italy led 36 desperados with 222 and was followed by his compatriot Gianni Cusumano and Glen Richardson of England, both with 211. Andrii Shovkun of Ukraine took the very last spot with 201.

The Rome Open All4bowling, formerly known as Roma International on the European Bowling Tour in 2010 and 2011, is the 11th and penultimate stop of the 2018 season and the third of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories (satellite, bronze, silver, gold and platinum). The tournament will be held from September 8-16 at 24-lane Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy.

Players compete for total prize money of 25.200 Euro with 4.500 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 Euro to the runner-up and 1.200 Euro apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 44th place worth 250 Euro.

In addition to the regular prize fund, there is a so called “300 Jackpot” competition – for anybody without an additional fee – which includes all games played in qualifying and Desperado Squad. At stake is a 2.000 Euro prize for the athlete with the lone perfect game or, if there is more than one perfecto, for the athlete who is highest ranked in the overall qualifying standings among those who achieved perfection.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from September 8 to 15 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Maximum score is 300.

Total 44 players, including the top 32, the top three players from squads 1-4 and the top five from squads 5-10 who are not among the top 32, plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad, advanced to the finals on Sunday, September 16.

Qualifiers 1-8 earn three byes, qualifiers 9-16 receive two byes and qualifiers 17-24 get a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advance to the first of four three-game rounds which will trim the field to 32, 24, 18 and then eight players. The remaining eight players will determine the champion in four one-game rounds.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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Top 32 qualifiers, the top three players from squads 1-4 (positions 33-35) and the top five players from squads 5-10 (positions 36-40) who are not among the top 32, plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (positions 41-44) advance to the finals on Sunday, September 16.

300 games (1) – Alessandro Santu.

Herbert Bickel

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