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Stamatis Roros shoots into second place in Sofia International Open


Stamatis Roros of Greece averaged almost 250 to shoot into second place in the overall qualifying standings of the Sofia International Open at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria, Friday.

The two-handed right-hander (right, and featured photo) started squad 29 with 247 before he flirted with perfection, firing 11 strikes to start the second game before finishing with a 297 game. He added games of 217, 244 and 211 and closed with a huge 279 game for 1495, an average of 249.17.

Alexey Parshukov (left) of Russia leads the field of 217 players from 25 countries since day one qualifying with 1522 and an average of 253.67.

Players in positions 1-8 will be rewarded with two byes. Nick Kekesis (right) of Greece holds currently holds the last place with 1432 (238.67).

Another two bowlers of squad 29 joined the group who will receive a first-round bye (positions 9 to 16). Nikos Boufesis of Greece started with 290 and added five games between 209 and 248 to leap into 10th place with 1427.

Mykola Sielin of Ukraine had 1415 to finish the day in 14th place. Maxim Okorokov of Russia led squad 30 with 1417, including back-to-back games in the 260s, to position himself in 13th place.

Stavros Fotakis (left) of Greece led the low-scoring first squad on Friday, 27th overall, with 1299 to sit in 82nd place, while Hadley Morgan (right) of England, who led squad 28 with 1381, moved into 34th place.

Gheorghe Nicolae of Romania led squad 31, which started at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, with 1365, one pin above the cut, but sits in 31st place with his high score of 1382.

Dian Dinev (left) of Bulgaria holds the 44th and last spot to advance from the overall leader board with 1364 or an average of 227.33. That is almost 100 pins higher than last year’s cut (1266).

Qualifying continues Saturday, Oct. 27, with squads 32-35 (squad 31 has been canceled) scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes at half past midnight with 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 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 31/35 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.

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

Herbert Bickel

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