Bowling News USA - July 25, 2014 Dominic Barrett Holds Onto Lead in Munich; Palmeraa and Williams In the Mix
Dominic Barrett (pictured right) of England continued to lead the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger as the European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament has surpassed the halfway point.
Barrett, who won his ninth EBT title in the San Marino Open last weekend, leads a 138-player field from 21 countries with 1375 six-game total and an average of 229.17. Hansi Glasl (below left) of Germany remained in second place with 1349.
Stuart Williams of England led Squad 8 with 1329 and an average of 221.50 en route to move into third place in the overall standings.
Williams (pictured right with tournament organizer Manuel Mrosek, right), who owns six European Bowling Tour titles and one PBA Tour title, had games of 170, 239, 247, 212 and 196 before he finished with a huge 265 to capture the 350 Euro squad leader bonus.
The tournament pays 250 Euro for each leader of Squads 1-7, 350 Euro for the winners of squads 8-14 and 500 Euro for the squad 15-18 leaders. The next players in this squad were within three to 30 pins to Williams.
13-time EBT and three-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa (right) closed his 1326 series with 257 to take over fourth place. Fifth-place Thomas Larsen of Denmark, who own four EBT and two PBA international titles, was one pin behind Palermaa with 1325, while his compatriot Anders Lousdal leaped into sixth place with 1322.
Carsten Warming Hansen, also from Denmark, fell from third to seventh place with 1321. Kim Bolleby (below left) was the only player of Squad 9, who surpassed the 1300-mark. The Swede had games of 189, 213, 206, 207, 225 and 279 for 1319, good for 8th place and worth 350 Euro.
Collegiate standout Daria Kovalova (above right), Ukraine, was fifth in Squad 8 with 1267 including 48 pins handicap to become the best of 12 women in the field in 9th place.
The 10th and last squad on Thursday was dominated by English bowlers. John Wells (below left) pocketed the bonus with 1296 en route to overtake 14th place. Paul Moor (below right), who ties Palermaa for the most EBT titles at 13, was just one pin behind on 1295 with Barrett in third at 1273.
Lukas Homola, Czech Republic, holds the 50th and last place to qualify directly for Sunday's finals with 1195 or an average of 199.17. Qualifying resumes Friday, July 25, with Squads 11-14 scheduled for 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. CEST.
The 5th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger is the 11th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the fourth out of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held July 19-27 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.
The DBP Track Open offers total prize fund of 70.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, and 3.000 and 2.000 Euro to the third and fourth place finisher, respectively. Low to cash is 64th place for 600 Euro.
The tournament features a 40-feet lane conditioning pattern with 24.885 ml volume oil total.
Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday July 19, through Saturday, July 26, with the last qualifying squad 18 scheduled for 8 p.m. CEST. The qualifying winner will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus.
Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.
A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 27 including the top 50 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 6 from Squads 1-7, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top four from a "High-Low" list (lowest and highest game added together; additional 10,-€ per squad). The top 8 qualifiers earn two byes, while qualifiers 9-16 receive a first-round bye.
Three four-game rounds, each starting from scratch, will trim the field to 36, 16 and then four players, who will carry forward their third-round pinfall total into the eliminator-format finals featuring three one-game rounds.
All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player after five games 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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