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Germany’s Oliver Morig wins his first EBT title in Rome Open All4bowling


Oliver Morig of Germany won the inaugural Rome Open All4bowling and the 4.500 Euro top prize at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy, Sunday.

In the last match of the eliminator finals went into overtime in which the German national team member edged Piearpaolo De Filippi of Italy, 10-8, in a one-ball roll-off, after a 198-198 tie. De Filippi received 2.500 Euro for second place.

Morig (above right) became the eighth player in 11 events this season who has won his first career European Bowling Tour title. Women have won three titles in 2018 and at least one in each season since the inception of the European Bowling Tour in the year 2000.

Featured photo from left: Piearpaolo De Filippi (2nd), winner Oliver Morig and Mai Ginge Jensen (3rd)..

Morig (643) and De Filippi (637) led the fourth and last three-game round, which trimmed the field to the top eight players who determined the champion in four one-game eliminator rounds.

By finishing Round Four in 1 and 2, Morig and De Filippi advanced directly into the semi-final match, while the remaining two women, Mai Ginge Jensen (right; 634) of Denmark and Amandine Jacques (630) of France advanced to the quarterfinal match by qualifying in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the opening eliminator match, No. 5 Gaëtan Mouveroux (left) of France, No. 6 Antonino Fiorentino of Italy, No. 7 Rob Thurlby of England and No. 8 Oleksander Nechypaiev of Ukraine squared off.

Mouveroux (222) and Nechypaiev (right; 215), the 2017 European Youth Championships silver medalist in Masters who bowled his way into the eliminator round from Round One, advanced while Thurlby (212) and Fiorentino (201) were eliminated to finish in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Mouveroux and Nechypaiev met the two women in the next round. Nechypaiev (182) and Jensen (180) ousted Mouveroux (177) who finished in fifth place. His fellow countrywoman Jacques had to withdraw to end in sixth place.

In the semifinal match, top seeded De Filippi (203) and Morig (198) bowled solid games to hold off Jensen (174) and Nechypaiev (165). Jensen, who was trying for her first EBT title to become the fourth Danish women’s titlist after Kamilla Kjeldsen, Britt Brøndsted and Iben Tchu, finished third and Nechypaiev ended his run in fourth place.

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

The tournament drew 313 players, including 47 women, from 19 countries, who competed 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 was 44th place worth 250 Euro.

In addition to the regular prize fund, there was a so called “300 Jackpot” competition, which included all games played in qualifying and Desperado Squad at no additional fee. Alessandro Santu of Italy rolled the tournament’s lone 300 game in squad 15 to earn 2.000 Euro.

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

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

Qualifiers 1-8 earned three byes, qualifiers 9-16 received two byes and qualifiers 17-24 got a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advanced to the first of four three-game rounds which trimmed the field to 32, 24, 18 and then eight players. The remaining eight players determined the champion in four one-game eliminator 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.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour concludes with the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick, an EBT “bronze” tournament, which will be held October 5-14 at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway. BowlingDigital will provide onsite coverage of the event commencing Thursday, Oct. 11, all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct 14.

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Rome Open All4bowling – Eliminator Finals

Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy (September 8-16, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Oliver Morig, Germany, 4.500 EUR
2. Piearpaolo De Filippi, Italy, 2.500 EUR
3. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 1.200 EUR
4. Oleksander Nechypaiev, Ukraine, 1.200 EUR
5. Gaëtan Mouveroux, France, 800 EUR
6. Amandine Jacques, France, 800 EUR
7. Rob Thurlby, England, 600 EUR
8. Antonino Fiorentino, Italy, 600 EUR

Playoff Results:
Round 5: No. 5 Mouveroux (222), No. 8 Nechypaiev (215), No. 7 Thurlby (212) and No. 6 Fiorentino (201); Thurlby and Fiorentino eliminated.
Round 6: Nechypaiev (182), No. 3 Jensen (180), Mouveroux (177) and No. 4 Jacques (WD); Mouveroux and Jacques eliminated.
Round 7: No. 2 De Filippi (203), No. 1 Morig (198), Jensen (174) and Nechypaiev (165); Jensen and Nechypaiev eliminated.
Championship: Morig def. De Filippi, 10-8 in roll-off after a 198-198 tie.

Rome Open All4bowling – Places 9 to 44 (Cashers)

Players with position, country and prize money.

9. Alessandro Di Martino, Italy, 500 EUR
10. Alessandro Santu, Italy, 500 EUR
11. Stavros Parasakis, Greece, 500 EUR
12. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 500 EUR
13. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 500 EUR
14. Julien Sermand, France, 500 EUR
15. Andrea Moro, Italy, 500 EUR
16. Vasilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 500 EUR
17. Tommaso Radi, Italy, 400 EUR
18. Giannis Stathatos, Greece, 400 EUR
19. Natascha Kögler, Germany, 400 EUR
20. Ricky Diaz, Italy, 400 EUR
21. Mauro Anastasi, Malta, 400 EUR
22. Andrea Spadavecchia, Italy, 400 EUR
23. Ardemio Chiarvesio, Italy, 400 EUR
24. Manuel Pflügl, Germany, 400 EUR
25. Andrea Minarelli, Italy, 350 EUR
26. Giada Di Martino, Italy, 350 EUR
27. Luca Osella, Italy, 350 EUR
28. Nicola Pongolini, Italy, 350 EUR
29. Annalisa Balzano, Italy, 350 EUR
30. Francesco Gaetano, Italy, 350 EUR
31. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 350 EUR
32. Gianni Cusumano, Italy, 350 EUR
33. PierFrancesco Franchini, Italy, 250 EUR
34. Andrii Shovkun, Ukraine, 250 EUR
35. Salvatore Lanzafame, Italy, 250 EUR
36. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 250 EUR
37. Paolo Ramondini, Italy, 250 EUR
38. Giacomo Buonanno, Italy, 250 EUR
39. Georgos Stefanidis, Greece, 250 EUR
40. Katie Finnigan, England, 250 EUR
41. Claude Escarguel, France, 250 EUR
42. Antonio Maddaloni, Italy, 250 EUR
43. Glen Richardson, England, 250 EUR
44. Gabriele Cerini, Italy, 250 EUR

2018 Rome Open All4bowling – Final Round 4 Results

Top 8 advance; positions 1 & 2 qualify for Round 7, positions 3 & 4 go to Round 6 and positions 5-8 advance to Round 5.

2018 Rome Open All4bowling – Final Round 3 Results

Top 8 advance to the fourth round.

2018 Rome Open All4bowling – Final Round 2 Results

Top 8 advance to the third round.

2018 Rome Open All4bowling – Final Round 1 Results

Top 8 advance to the second round.

Herbert Bickel

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