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Romania’s Alexandru Arbanas rolls the second perfecto in Sofia International Open

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Alexandru Arbanas of Romania rolled the second perfect game of the 2018 Sofia International Open to move into the top 10 at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday.

Arbanas (right and featured photo) posted games of 221, 235, 246, 300, 191 and 189 to lead squad 11 with 1382 and an average of 230.33. He improved his previous high series of 1325 by 57 pins to leap from 11th to ninth place in the overall qualifying standings.

Alexey Parshukov (left) of Russia continued to lead the field of 99 players from 16 countries with 1522 and an average of 253.67.

Parshukov re-entered the tournament in squad 10 and though he could not match his pace from squad 3, he posted the highest six-game block on Monday with 1412 (235.33) to earn another 100 Euro bonus for the daily leader. Parshukov started with four game from 211 to 226 before he closed with 278 and 256.

Mehmet Kaya (right) of Turkey, who had the first perfecto of the 9th edition of the Sofia International Open Sunday, remained in second place with his 1463 high series from squad 1.

Nick Kekesis (left) of Greece remained in third place with 1432 and Karsten Aust of Germany stayed in fourth position with 1415.

Aust’s fellow countryman Frank Heine (right) became the fifth player who surpassed the 1400-mark when he led squad 9 on Monday morning with 1404, including high games of 269 and 263.

Nadezda Korablinova (left) of Russia, who is the best of 11 women in the field, slipped one spot to sixth place with 1397 total, including 48 bonus pins. Rounding out the top 8, who will receive two byes for the finals on Sunday, are Hristo Georgiev of Bulgaria and Gheorghe Nicolae of Romania with 1392 and 1382, respectively.

Anna Andersson led the last squad on Monday, 12th overall, with 1369, including bonus pins, to jump into 12th place. Qualifiers 9 to 16 will earn one bye.

The score to make the cut in 44th place raised by 64 pins in a span of four squads Monday. Vaggelis Pergaminos of Greece currently holds the last spot to advance with 1244 or an average of 207.33.

Qualifying continues Tuesday, Oct. 23, with squads 13-16 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2, 6 and 9.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The 9th Sofia International Open 2018, a popular non-European Bowling Tour event, will be held from Oct. 20-28 at bowling center Joy Station, a 20-laner in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. The tournament offers total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 350 Euro for 56th place.

Qualifying of the Sofia Open started on Saturday, Oct. 20 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27, with the final squad 35 scheduled for 9.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300).

Total 56 players advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 28, including top 44 qualifiers, top 6 of squad 1-16 standings, top 2 of squad 17-25 standings, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad. Top 8 qualifiers earn two byes and qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye.

The other 40 players advance to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who determine the stepladder finalists in the last four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 with the highest eight-game total bowl for the title in a traditional stepladder final.

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9th Sofia International Open 2018 – Qualifying Standings after 12/35 Squads

Top 44 qualifiers, top 6 from squads conducted Oct. 20-23 and top 2 from squads conducted Oct. 24 & 25 who finish outside the top 44, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals. ***pending verification.


300 games (2) – Mehmet Kaya, Alexandru Arbanas.

Herbert Bickel

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