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Italian Alessandro Santu achieves perfection; rolls 300 at Rome Open All4bowling

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Powered by the tournament’s only 300 game, Alessandro Santu of Italy moved into second place in the qualifying standings of the Rome Open All4bowling at Brunswick Bowling in Rome, Italy, Friday.

Santu (featured photo and right), who had a six-game series of 1126 (187.67 average) in his first attempt on Friday morning, started squad 15 with games of 172, 174, 232, 245 and 199 before rattling off 12 consecutive strikes for 1322 total and an average of 220.33.

The tournament organizer has put a “300 Jackpot” toward 300 games for the tournament. 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.

Santu became just the second out of 298 competitors from 17 countries who reached the 1300-plateau. Gaëtan Mouveroux of France continued to lead the field with 1345 and an average of 224.17.

Oliver Morig (left) of Germany set the tone in squad 14 with 1284, including six games between 199 and 225 to jump into third place in the overall standings.

Ramon Hilferink (right), Netherlands, who led squad 12 Thursday with 1211, improved by 55 pins in squad 15 to leap five spots to fourth place.

2017 European Bowling Tour men’s point ranking leader, Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark led the final last squad on Friday (#16) with 1258 to finish the seventh qualifying in fifth place.

Vasilis Stefopoulos (right) of Greece fell from second to sixth place with 1254 and was followed by Tommaso Radi Italy, who was second to Morig to take seventh place with 1246.

Rounding out the top 8, who will receive three byes for Sunday’s finals, is currently Mauro Anastasi (left) of Malta with 1244 and an average of 207.33.

Two of the 47 women in the field moved into the top 32 on Friday. Heidi Thorstensen (right) of Norway used a high game 208 and five games between 183 and 199 for 1153 scratch and added right pins handicap for each game to leap into 17th place with 1201 total.

Katie Finnigan of England was mere nine pins behind in 21st place with 1192. The third and last woman in the top 32 was Annalisa Balzano of Italy in 31st place with 1172.

Her fellow countryman Luca Micciche is the man “on the bubble” with 1172 and an average of 195.17.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, September 15, with squads 17, 18 & 19 scheduled to start at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 7.30 p.m.

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.


300 games (1) – Alessandro Santu.

Herbert Bickel

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