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Francois Lavoie wins San Marino Open for back-to-back EBT titles


Francois Lavoie of Canada won his second European Bowling Tour title within eight days, defeating Lucas Legnani of Argentina in the eliminator finals at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, 697-666, to win the 13th Storm San Marino Open. He received 8.000 Euro for the victory.

Lavoie (right and above), PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year and the 2016 U.S. Open champion, became the first Canadian to win a title on the European Bowling Tour with his victory in the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge last Sunday.

Lavoie is just the fourth player in the 18-year history of the European Bowling Tour and the first since 10 years who has won back-to-back EBT tournaments.

Swedish standout Anders Öhman was the first in 2001 and was followed by legendary Lasse Lintilä of Finland (2002-03) and all-time EBT title leader Paul Moor of England, who accomplished the feat twice in 2004 and 2007.

The top four players after the third round of the finals battled it out for the title in one-game eliminator rounds. Three-time defending San Marino Open champion Dom Barrett (left) was eliminated in the first round to finish fourth.

Barrett was followed by his compatriot and fellow PBA champion Stuart Williams (right) who led qualifying and Round 3, but had to settle for third place.

Leading by 26 pins heading into the last match against Legnani (left), Lavoie topped the Argentinian 222-213, to wrap up the title with 697 to 666 for three games.

Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, who posted 1428 scratch, an average of 238, and 1476 total, including handicap, to finish fourth in qualifying to earn two byes for the finals, finished in 17th place to win the women’s ranking in San Marino.

Qualifying was highlighted by 12 perfect games. Markus Jansson (left) accomplished the feat twice. Anton Ahlgren, Martin Paulsson, Robin Persson, Osku Palermaa, Daniel Fransson, Rodolfo Madriz, Georgios Stefanidis, Ray Teece, Salvatore Polizzotto and Andrea Moro had the others.br>

The Storm San Marino Open was the 6th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the first out of two EBT “Gold” tournaments this season.

The 13th edition was held July 8-16 at 18-lane Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offered total prize fund of 62.100 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, 3.300 to the third and 2.400 to the fourth place finisher.

Qualifying of the San Marino Open ran July 8-15. Qualifying winner Stuart Williams of England received a 1.000 Euro bonus. The top three women based on the final standings Jenny Wegner, Joline Persson Planefors and Ida Andersson, all from Sweden, received 500, 350 and 200 Euro bonuses, respectively.

Total 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, July 16, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 8-9, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 10-11, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, plus the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.

The top 8 qualifiers received two byes and qualifiers 9-16 got a first-round bye. The other 32 players bowled four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who met qualifiers 9-16 in the second round. Those 24 bowled another four games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who joined the top eight qualifiers in a six-game round before the cut to the top 4.

The four finalists determined the winner in an eliminator-format finals which featured three one-game rounds. All four players bowled the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same “low man out” format applied with the previous pinfall carrying over. The last man standing was declared the champion.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The next stop the 2017 European Bowling Tour is the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open, which got underway yesterday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. The finals will be held on Sunday, July 23.

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From left to right: Lucas Legnani (2nd), winner Francois Lavoie, Stuart Williams (3rd) and Dominic Barrett (4th).

13th Storm San Marino Open – Eliminator Finals

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 8-16, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 8.000 Euro
2. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 5.000 Euro
3. Stuart Williams, England, 3.300 Euro
4. Dominic Barrett, England, 2.400 Euro

Playoff Results:
Round 1: Lavoie (257), Williams (222), Legnani (217), Barrett (158); Barrett eliminated
Round 2: Lavoie (218/475), Legnani (236/453), Williams (227/449); Williams eliminated
Championship: Lavoie (222) def. Legnani (213), 697-666.

13th San Marino Open – Places 5-48 (cashers)

5. Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2.000 Euro
6. Francois Louw, South Africa, 1.900 Euro
7. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.800 Euro
8. Nicola Pongolini, Italy, 1.700 Euro
9. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1.600 Euro
10. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
11. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1.400 Euro
12. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 1.300 Euro
13. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
14. Anton Ahlgren, Sweden, 1.150 Euro
15. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1.050 Euro
16. Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
17. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 950 Euro
18. Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 900 Euro
19. Antonino Fiorentino, Italy, 750 Euro
20. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 750 Euro
21. Frank Drevenstedt, Germany, 750 Euro
22. Vassilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 750 Euro
23. Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 750 Euro
24. Chad Roberts, United States, 750 Euro
25. James Gruffman, Sweden, 750 Euro
26. Timmy Fredriksson, Sweden, 750 Euro
27. Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 750 Euro
28. Tommaso Radi, Italy, 750 Euro
29. Anton Persson, Sweden, 750 Euro
30. Maurizio Celli, Italy, 750 Euro
31. Richard Teece, England, 750 Euro
32. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 750 Euro
33. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 650 Euro
34. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 650 Euro
35. Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 650 Euro
36. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 650 Euro
37. Alessandro Gamberini, Italy, 650 Euro
38. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 650 Euro
39. Marco Baade, Germany, 650 Euro
40. Georgios Stefanidis, Greece, 650 Euro
41. Marco Boccato, Italy, 650 Euro
42. Benjamin Jonsson, Sweden, 650 Euro
43. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 650 Euro
44. Andrea Spadavecchia, Italy, 650 Euro
45. Luca Osella, Italy, 650 Euro
46. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 650 Euro
47. Alessandro Santu, Italy, 650 Euro
48. Andrea Mangiacotti, Italy, 650 Euro

13th San Marino Open – Final Round Three

Top 4 advance to the Eliminator round; places 5-18 eliminated, earn from 900 Euro (18th place) up to 2.000 Euro (5th place).

13th San Marino Open – Final Round Two

Top 10 advance to the third round. Players 11-24 eliminated, finish 19th to 32nd, earn 750 Euro.

13th San Marino Open – Final Round One

Top 16 advance to the second round. Players 17-32 eliminated, finish 33rd to 48th, earn 650 Euro.

Herbert Bickel

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