Bowling News USA - July 14, 2014 Italian Shoots 1449 to Lead Qualifying After the First Weekend of 10th Storm San Marino Open
Long-time Italian national team member Federico Rossi (pictured top right) averaged 241.50 in the fourth qualifying squad of the 10th San Marino Open Sunday afternoon at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle en route to overtake the qualifying lead with 1449 total.
Rossi, who won his lone European Bowling Tour title in the Catalonia Open in 2006, followed a 185 opening game with four games averaging 269.25 (263, 245, 300 and 269) including rolling the tournament's first 300 game.
Rossi closed his series with 187 to lead a field of 48 players from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia and San Marino after four of 21 squads.
His compatriot Amedeo Spada (right), who led Squad 3 with 1375, held the top spot for just 4 hours. Spada, also a one-time EBT champion, averaged 229.71 including games of 268, 243, 227, 210, 246 and 181.
Rounding out the top three after two day of qualifying is Rossi's and Spada's fellow national team member, Maurizio Celli, who rolled a 1312 series in squad 4. Celli had games of 223, 181, 197, 260, 227 and 224.
As the top three players of the squads conducted on July 12-13, Rossi, Spada and Celli (right) will earn berths into the finals on Sunday, July 20. If any of the three bowlers finishes among the top 35, the automatic spot drops to the next player in the standings.
Day one leader Julien Sermand (right) of France dropped to fourth place with 1303 and is the only other player so far who surpassed the 1300-mark.
Pamela Frioni of Italy is the best of four women in 20th place with 1163 including eight pins handicap each game. Mauro Ferro, Italy, holds the 35th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1077 and an average of 179.50.
Qualifying continues Monday, July 14, with Squads 5 & 6 scheduled to start at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
The 10th Storm San Marino Open is the 10th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the third out of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The 10th anniversary edition will be held 12-20 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 60.000 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, 3.300 to the third and 2.400 to the fourth place finisher.
The San Marino Open features a 42 feet Kegel lane conditioning pattern with 24.84 ml volume oil total.
Qualifying of the San Marino Open (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday July 12 through Saturday, July 19 with the last qualifying squad 21 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. The qualifying winner will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus.
Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at Midnight. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.
A total of 48 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 20, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 12-13, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 14-15, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 16-17, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.
The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 9-16 get a first-round bye. The other 32 players will bowl four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who will meet qualifiers 9-16 in round two. Those 24 bowl another 4 games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will join the top eight in the last four-game round before the cut to the top 4.
Those four will determine the winner in an eliminator-format finals which will feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same "low man out" format applies. The last man standing will be declared the champion.
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