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Nicole Sanders, Michell Stinissen crack top 8 at Scheveningen Dutch Open

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Dutch national team members Nicole Sanders and Michell Stinissen led qualifying squad 10 Thursday evening at Bowling Scheveningen in The Hague, Netherlands, and moved into fifth and seventh place in the overall standings in the Scheveningen Dutch Open.

Sanders (above) toppled 1223 pins, including high games of 234 and 233, to lead a group of 14 bowlers with 1281 total, including 48 pins handicap. Stinissen (right) had five games between 224 and 211 and a low game of 188 for 1269.

Bauke Jespers (left) of Belgium continued to lead the 72-player field from Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany and Netherlands with 1326 six-game total, including handicap. Jeffrey van de Wakker remained in second place with 1290 and the field-best 215 average.

Belgians Mats Maggi (1287) and Sanne Helleman (right; 1285) sit in third and fourth place, respectively. Rounding out the top 8 who will miss the first round of the finals are sixth place Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol (1271), Netherlands, and Clement Dubus of Belgium, who holds the last place to earn the bye with 1241.

Richard Teece (left) of England, who finished the 2016 European Bowling Tour season atop the men’s point rankings after winning three titles, averaged 196.50 in squad 10 to hold the 22nd and last place to advance to the finals from the overall qualifying standings with 1179.

Qualifying continues on Friday, September 15, with squads 11, 12 and 13 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Scheveningen Dutch Open is the 10th and penultimate stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the last of three EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season, the lowest of the five EBT categories. The tournament will be held from September 9-17 at 24-lane Bowling Scheveningen in The Hague, Netherlands.

Players compete for total prize money of 18.650 Euro with 4.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 Euro to the runner-up and 1.000 Euro apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Low to cash is 32nd place worth 250 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 9, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 16, with squad 15, followed by an Elimination Roll-off. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 32 players qualify for the finals, including the top 22 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top four players from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-7, who are not among the top 22, one player from the 50+ squad, one player from a separate leaderboard of the two youth squads, one player from the Turbo list and three players from the Elimination Roll-off.

The Turbo winner is the players with the highest score in the and the sixth game in any of the qualifying series (optional; extra entry fee required).

Once the field has been determined, the top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye while qualifiers 9-32 will be placed into a blind draw for placement into eight groups of three players each. All players bowl five games starting from scratch with the top players from each group advancing to the match play finals.

Match play is single-elimination, best-of-one game. Match play opponents are determined by a blind draw. The field is cut to eight, four and then two players who will bowl for the title and the 4.000 Euro top prize.

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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Top 22 qualifiers, top four from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-7, who are not among the top 22, one player from the 50+ squad, one player from a separate leaderboard of the two youth squads, one player from the Turbo Game 6 list and three players from the Elimination Roll-off advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 17. Top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

Herbert Bickel

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