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Bowling News USA - July 15, 2014 Alessandro Silletti Chalks Up 1347 to Move Into Third Place in Storm San Marino Open

Alessandro Silletti (bottom left) of Italy outscored his nearest competitor by 111 pins Monday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle en route to jump into third place in the overall qualifying standings in the European Bowling Tour's 10th San Marino Open. 

Silletti posted games of 224, 231, 180, 209, 237 and 266 for 1347 series and an average of 224.50. Four Italian bowlers sit atop the 60-player leaderboard after six of 21 qualifying squads.
Long-time Italian national team members Federico Rossi (bottom left) and Amedeo Spada remained in the lead with 1449 and 1375, respectively, while Maurizio Celli fell one spot to fourth place with 1312. 
Rounding out the top 8, who will receive two byes for the finals, are 5. Julien Sermand, France (1303), 6. Daniel Vezis, Latvia (1290), 7. Paolo Ramondini, Italy (1263) and 8. Marco Reviglio, Italy (1244). 
Oliver Morig of Germany and Laurence Gaillard (bottom left) of France were next to Silletti in Squad 5 to position themselves in the top 16, who will receive a first-round bye. Morig used a high game of 258 for 1236, good enough for 9th place. Gaillard toppled 1158 pins, an average of 193 and added 48 pins handicap to become the best woman in the field in 16th place with 1206. 
Squad 6 on Monday afternoon was the lowest-scoring squad so far with Andrea Spadavecchia (bottom left) of Italy leading the 14-player group with 1188 (198 average) to finish the day in 20th place. 

Stefano Paci
(bottom left), Italy, holds the 35th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1120 and an average of 186.67. Qualifying continues Tuesday, July 15, with Squads 7 & 8 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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