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De Filippi, Chiarvesio add their names to the leaderboard in Rome

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Piearpaolo De Filippi and Ardemio Chiarvesio became just the third and fourth player who surpassed the 1200-mark in the qualifying of the inaugural Rome Open All4bowling as the Italians led squad 8 at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy, Tuesday evening.

De Filippi (featured photo) started his six-game series with three games between 190 and 197 before he closed with 239, 212 and 200 for 1231 total and an average of 205.17. He fell just four pins short of the lead moving into third place in the overall qualifying standings.

After a slow start, Chiarvesio averaged 231 over his last three games, including 234, 237 and 222, to finish squad 8 mere 19 pins behind De Filippi to move into fourth place in the qualifying standings with 1212 total and an overall average of 202.

Andrea Moro (left) and Ricky Diaz held onto the lead with 1235 as the number of participants surpassed the 200-player mark. Moro leads the 205 players, including 203 from Italy, with Diaz in second place due to the higher last game, 212 to 164 in Moro’s favor.

Luca Osella and Alessandro Di Martino slipped two spots to fifth and sixth place with 1197 and 1189, respectively.

Squad 1 leader Antonio Maddaloni (right) improved by ten pins in squad 7 on Tuesday afternoon, yet slipped from sixth to seventh place with 1183. Eight place belonged to Gabriele Cerini who fell three spots with 1179.

Ninth place Annalisa Balzano (left) is the best of 35 women in the field with 1172, including eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

Sandro Maltinti, all from Italy, currently holds the 32nd and last place to advance from the qualifying standings (12 more spots will be filled by “early birds” and “desperados”) with 1107 or an average of 184.50.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, September 12, with squads 9 & 10 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Rome Open All4bowling, formerly known as Roma International 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) gets underway on Saturday, September 8, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) with squad 19, followed by the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start a 7.30 p.m.

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, advance 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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Herbert Bickel

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