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South Africa’s Francois Louw moves into second place in Poland


2016EBT11LauraBeuthner2.jpg2016EBT11ChrisSloan.jpgFresh off an 11th place finish in the Track Open in Munich, where he led qualifying with 1383, Francois Louw of South Africa had a 1363 series in squad 5 to leap into second place in the Polish Open presented by Roto Grip with the field-best 227.17 average.

Louw (pictured above), runner-up in the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas, had games of 224, 258, 216, 202, 217 and 246 Tuesday at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland. Laura Beuthner (left) of Germany, who leads the European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking, remained atop the leaderboard with 1402.

Irish two-hander Christopher Sloan slipped one spot to third place with 1322 and was followed by Peter Hellstrøm of Sweden. Hellstrøm, who won the last of his three EBT titles in the Aalborg International in May, was second to Louw in squad 5 with 1310, including high games of 256 and 244.

2016EBT11JaroslavLorenc2.jpg2016EBT11EmilPolanisz.jpgSquad 4 leader Jaroslav Lorenc (left) of Czech Republic finished the second day of qualifying in 10th place with 1289.

The top 4 from the standings of squads 4-7 will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 30 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the four will finish in the top 30, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

With Wednesday’s squads 6 & 7 to go, 12th place Emil Polanisz (right) of Poland and 13th place Philipp Gladigau of Germany join Louw and Lorenc atop the list with 1278 and 1252, respectively.

2016EBT11MarkusBergendorff.jpgTwo-handed Markus Bergendorff (right) of Denmark was next after finishing squad 4 with 1207, good for 15th place.

With 63 players from Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the host country Poland in the books, Kazimierz Rybicki of Poland holds the 30th and last place to advance with 1129 and an average of 188.17.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, July 27, with Squads 6 & 7 scheduled to start at 3 and 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2015EBT09PolishOpenLogo.jpgThe Roto Grip Polish Open is the 11th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last of four EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The inaugural Polish Open last year was conducted as “satellite” tournament. The second edition will be held from July 25-31 at 24-lane Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, host of the 2012 and 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cups.

The prize fund increased by 10.200 Euro to total 40.200 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.500 to the runner-up and 3.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (40th place) is 400 Euro.

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) gets underway on Monday, July 25, with Squads 1, 2 and 3 and runs through Saturday, July 30, with the final Squad 16 scheduled for 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 10 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Like last year, the 2016 Polish Open presented by Roto Grip features a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.435ml oil volume.

Total 40 players will qualify for the finals – the top 30 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top four players from a separate leaderboard of the squads on Tuesday and Wednesday (squads 4-7), who are not among the top 30, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.

The Turbo G5 and G6 winners are the players with the highest score in the fifth and sixth game in any of the qualifying series (extra entry fee required).

The top 10 qualifiers earn two byes, while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye. The remaining 20 players advance to the first of two four-game rounds which will trim the field to 30 and then 20 players, who bowl a five-game round to cut to the top 9, who will be split into three groups (Group 1: 1, 6 and 7; Group 2: 2, 5 and 8; Group 3: 3, 4 and 9).

In each group the athletes will bowl two games with the total pinfall to determine the positions. The three group leaders will advance to the finals. The runner-ups will be ranked 4th to 6th according to the seeding after round three, while the second-runner-ups will be ranked 7th to 9th.

The three remaining players will bowl for the title using the same two games total pins format.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Top 30 players from the qualifying standings, top four players from a separate leaderboard of squads 4-7 who are not among the top 30, one player each from the Turbo Game 5 and Turbo Game 6 standings, and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday’s finals.

Herbert Bickel

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