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German junior national team member shoots into second place in Sofia

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Sidney Schroschk, a member of the German junior national team, led Tuesday’s qualifying squads with 1486 and an average of 247.67 for six games to shoot into second place in the overall standings at the 9th Sofia International Open 2018.

Bowling in the second squad of the day and 14th overall, Schroschk (right, and featured photo) followed a pair of 230s with a pair of 250s before he closed with 246 and a high game of 267 to earn a 100 Euro bonus for the highest series of the day.

Schroschk trails Alexey Parshukov (left) of Russia by 36 pins in the second position. Parshukov, who rolled the lone 1500-series so far at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria, in squad 3 Saturday, continued to lead the field of 115 players from 17 countries with 1522 and an average of 253.67.

Mehmet Kaya (right) of Turkey (1463), Nick Kekesis of Greece (1432) and Karsten Aust of Germany (1415) slipped one spot to third, fourth and fifth place.

Artemii Zubkov (left) of Russia had five games between 215 and 246 and finished with a high game of 269 to trail Schroschk by 76 pins in squad 14 en route to move into sixth place overall with 1410.

Frank Heine of Germany fell from fifth to seventh place with 1404 and was followed by Nadezda Korablinova (right) of Russia, who is the best of 15 women in the field in eighth place with 1397 total, including 48 bonus pins. The top 8 qualifiers will receive two byes for Sunday’s finals.

Ramon Hilferink (left), Netherlands, highlighted squad 14 by recording the third 300 game of the tournament. His 300 game came in the fourth game of a 1293 block which wouldn’t be enough to make the first cut.

The Dutch national team member improved by 101 pins in squad 16 on Tuesday night to jump into ninth place with 1394 and to lead the group of eight players who would receive one bye for the finals. Hilferink had games of 257, 203, 236, 244, 210 and 244.

Speaking of 300 games, Alexandru Arbanas (right), a two-handed player from Romania, who had the second perfecto (Kaya had the first) in his 1382 series in squad 11 Monday, was found guilty using an illegal bowling. Arbanas’ ball has two finger holes, a thumb hole and a balance hole.

Since he is only using the thumb hole for making spares, it would be classified as a balance hole. According to World Bowling rules, only one hole for balance purposes is allowed. That means Arbanas was using equipment which was not within specifications.

In the end, Arbanas’ scores weren’t canceled as the tournament organizers decided that he had no knowledge that he was using a ball that is out of specification and has played in a lot of tournaments with this ball.

The other two squad leaders on Tuesday, Kari Murtomaki (left) of Finland (squad 15, 1389) and Nikolay Petrov (right) of Bulgaria (squad 13, 1366) finished the fourth qualifying day in 12th and 24th place, respectively.

The score to make the cut in 44th place almost reached the 1300-mark. Lucian Paraschiv of Romania holds the last spot to advance with 1296 or an average of 216. With 19 squads to come, that is already 30 pins higher than last year’s cut (1266).

Qualifying continues Wednesday, Oct. 24, with squads 17-20 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The 9th Sofia International Open 2018, a popular non-European Bowling Tour event, will be held from Oct. 20-28 at bowling center Joy Station, a 20-laner in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. The tournament offers total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 350 Euro for 56th place.

Qualifying of the Sofia Open started on Saturday, Oct. 20 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27, with the final squad 35 scheduled for 9.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300).

Total 56 players advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 28, including top 44 qualifiers, top 6 of squad 1-16 standings, top 2 of squad 17-25 standings, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad. Top 8 qualifiers earn two byes and qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye.

The other 40 players advance to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who determine the stepladder finalists in the last four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 with the highest eight-game total bowl for the title in a traditional stepladder final.

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9th Sofia International Open 2018 – Qualifying Standings after 16/35 Squads

Top 44 qualifiers, top 6 from squads conducted Oct. 20-23 and top 2 from squads conducted Oct. 24 & 25 who finish outside the top 44, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.


300 games (3) – Mehmet Kaya, Alexandru Arbanas, Ramon Hilferink.

Herbert Bickel

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