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Russia’s Alexey Parshukov wins qualifying at Sofia International Open


Alexey Parshukov of Russia, who averaged 253.67 in the third qualifying squad of the Sofia International Open, stayed atop the leaderboard during the next 32 squads to win the qualifying with 1522 six-game total.

Parshukov (featured photo) rolled games of 226, 266, 279, 268, 225 and 258 to lead a field 56 players out of 219 competitors from 25 countries into the finals. He was the lone player who surpassed the 1500-mark (250 average).

Stamatis Roros (right), a two-hander from Greece, was second with 1495 and German junior national team member Sidney Schroschk third with 1486.

Parshukov and the next seven qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds of the finals.

Three players from Saturday’s squads 32-35 made it into the top 8. Georgos Stefanidis of Greece and Gaëtan Mouveroux (left) led squad 33 with 1466 and 1451 to move into fourth and sixth place overall, respectively. Stefanidis pocketed a 100 Euro bonus for the highest set on Saturday.

Mattias Wetterberg (right) of Sweden led the final squad with 1442 and an average of 240.33 to take the final spot to earn two byes. Rounding out the top 8 were Mehmet Kaya of Turkey (5th, 1463) and Alexey Drozhbin (7th, 1446) of Russia.

Kaya (left) had the first out of five perfect games this week. Alexandru Arbanas, Romania; Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands; Maksim Eremenko, Russia; and Jan Macek, Czech Republic, were the others.

Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden was the best of 30 women and one of six who survived the first cut. Wegner toppled 1370 and added 48 bonus pins to take the 16th and last spot to earn a first-round bye with 1418 total.

25th place Sophie Thompson of England hit 1400 on the nose. Jenny’s younger sister, Cajsa Wegner (left) was the cut in 44th place with 1380 or an average of 230 scratch. That is 114 pins higher than last year’s cut (1266).

Joining qualifiers 17 to 44 in the first round of the finals were the top 6 from the squads conducted Oct. 20-23, the top 2 from the squads conducted Oct. 24 & 25 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

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 ran from Oct. 20 to 27 and concluded after 35 squads with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300).

Total 56 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 28, including the top 44 qualifiers, the top 6 of squad 1-16 standings, the top 2 of squad 17-25 standings, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad. The 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 – Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

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 advance to the finals.

300 games (5) – Mehmet Kaya, Alexandru Arbanas, Ramon Hilferink, Maksim Eremenko, Jan Macek.

Herbert Bickel

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