averaged 235.17 on the first day of qualifying to become the first leader in the Storm San Marino Open Sunday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.
The Italian (above), who had games of 245, 216, 226, 235, 254 and 235, led a field of 29 players from Italy, France, Turkey, Italy, United States and Lithuania, who kicked off the 13th edition of the European Bowling Tour “gold” tournament.
Laurence Gaillard of France, the lone woman in the first two squads, was second to Pongolini in the opening squad with 1324 total, including 48 pins handicap.
Gediz Ege (left) of Turkey had a slow start into squad 2, but rebounded from low games of 179 and 168 with 235, 231, 255 and 235 to move into third place with 1303.
Italians Maurizio Celli and Andrea Mangiacotti rounded out the top five with distant 1259 and 1258 respectively.
Qualifying continues Sunday, July 9, with squads 3 and 4 scheduled to start at noon and 4 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.
2017 European Bowling Tour Schedule & Champions
13th Storm San Marino Open – Qualifying Standings after Squad 2/20
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.