and Paolo Ramondini
led qualifying squads 5 and 6 at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy, Monday, to move into the top 10 in the qualifying of the Rome Open All4bowling, a European Bowling Tour “satellite” tournament.
With seven of the twenty squads completed, Italian bowlers continued to dominate the 183-player leaderboard, including 181 from Italy, and hold the top 32 positions which would qualify for the finals on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Gaetano (right and above) sandwiched high games of 230 and 222 around four games between 208 and 155 to lead squad 5 with 1168 total and an average of 194.67. He leaped into ninth place in the overall standings.
Ramondini (left) had four games between 208 and 200 and low games of 174 and 173 in squad 6 to help grab 10th place with 1157 (192.83).
Andrea Moro (right) held on to the lead with 1235 and an average of 205.83.
Ricky Diaz was second, also with 1235, but the lower last game which breaks the tie.
Places three to eight belonged to Luca Osella (1197), Alessandro Martino (1189), Gabriele Cerini (1179), day one leader Antonio Maddaloni (left; 1173), Annalisa Balzano (1172), Gennaro Varchetta (1169).
Balzano (right) is the best of 30 women, who receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Mirko Marsili 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 1099 or an average of 183.17.
Jean-Philippe Rossire of Switzerland is the best of two non-Italian bowlers in the field in 33rd place with 1097. The other, Leonardo Gonzales, Philippines, sits in 172nd place with 883.
Qualifying continues on Tuesday, September 11, with squads 7 & 8 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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Top 32 qualifiers, the top three players from squads 1-4 and the top five players 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.