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Leaderboard shaken up at 13th Storm San Marino Open


The leaderboard of the 13th Storm San Marino Open got a whole new look Wednesday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, with Jenny Wegner and her team mates from Sweden highlighting the changes.

The qualifying standings got shaken up from the first squad on Wednesday, 9th overall, as Chad Roberts (right), United States, took the lead on 1435, with Stuart Williamsof England moving into third place on 1416. The duo eventually finished the fifth qualifying day in seventh and 11th place, respectively.

Squad 10 was dominated by Swedish bowlers as five Swedes surpassed the 1400-mark. Reigning QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Jenny Wegner (left) powered her way into the lead with 1476 total.

Wegner rolled games of 269, 216, 225, 254, 208 and 256 for 1428 scratch, an average of 238 and added 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Her younger sister Cajsa Wegner (right) totaled 1426 pins, good for ninth place overall.

Their fellow countrymen Anton Persson (3rd), Pontus Andersson (4th) and Anton Ahlgren (6th) almost matched each other but when the dust had settled Persson led the trio with 1441, with Andersson and Ahlgren just one pin behind with 1440 (pictured above, from left to right).

Ahlgren (left), however, stole the spotlight on a high-scoring squad as he rolled the first perfect game of the 13th edition of the San Marino Open.

His compatriot Martin Paulsson (right) immediately followed in Ahlgren’s footprints, tossing the second perfecto in the fifth game of squad 11 on his way to crack the top 10 with 1424.

Francois Louw (left) of South Africa, who won his first World Bowling Tour title in the 9th Kingdom International Open at the end of 2015, led the squad with 1442, including a near-perfect 299 in game five, to jump into second place in the standings.

Lucas Legnani (right) of Argentina tied Andersson and Ahlgren at 1440 and is sandwiched between the two Swedes in fifth place due to the higher-last-game rule to break the tie.

Previous leader Andrea Mangiacotti (left) of Italy fell to eighth place with 1427.

The top 4 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, who will not finish in the top 35, will earn automatic spots in Sunday’s finals. For the records, the score to make the cut for 35th place in 2016 was 1359 or an average of 226.50.

With 134 players, 121 men and 13 women, from 22 countries having completed at least one si-game qualifying block, the No. 35 score to beat to advance is 1328, or an average of 221.33, set by Irish two-hander Christopher Sloan (right).

Qualifying continues Thursday, July 13, with squads 12, 13 and 14 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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

The 13th edition will be held July 8-16 at 18-lane Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers 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 (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday, July 8, through Saturday, July 15, with the last qualifying squad 20 scheduled for 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The qualifying winner will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus.

Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The top three women based on the final standings will receive 500, 350 and 200 Euro bonuses, respectively.

Total 48 players will advance 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, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.

The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 9-16 get a first-round bye. The other 32 players will bowl four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who will meet qualifiers 9-16 in the second round. Those 24 bowl another four games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top eight in a six-game round before the cut to the top 4.

The four finalists will determine the winner in an eliminator-format finals which will feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same “low man out” format applies, with pinfall carrying over. The last man standing will be 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.

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13th Storm San Marino Open – Qualifying Standings after Squad 11/20

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, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.

300 games (2) – Anton Ahlgren, Martin Paulsson.

Herbert Bickel

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