Team USA's Marshall Kent wins his first career EBT title in Russian Open


    2012 European Bowling Tour #14

    Evgeniya Smirnova wins all-Russian Women's Ranking in Moscow

    2012EBT14MarshallKent2.jpg2012EBT04OleksandrKalika.jpgMarshall Kent (pictured left) of the United States defeated Oleksandr Kalika (right) of Ukraine, 419-323, to win the Russian Open Saturday at Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia. It was the first career title on the European Bowling Tour for the 19-year-old Team USA member, who pocketed 5.500 Euro for the win.

    Kent, who posted a huge 1478 series (246.33 average) in the first qualifying squad, led total 36 players, 28 men and six women, into Saturday's finals. By virtue of finishing in the top 8, he bypassed the first round and earned the No. 1 seed for two-game single-elimination finals.

    2012EBT04MykhayloKalika.jpgKent, who won the 2012 Team USA trials to make the team, fired games of 256 and 274 to eliminate No. 16 Alexey Parshukov of Russia in the Round of 16, 530-439. In the Round of 8, Kent eliminated Evgeny Karmazin of Ukraine, 451-406, to meet defending champion Mykhaylo Kalika (left), Oleksandr's brother, in the semifinals.

    Kent rolled big games of 249 and 258 to advance to the title match, 507-400. In the other semifinal match, Oleksandr Kalika topped No. 2 seed, Andrey Suslov of Russia, 379-373. Kalika took a comfortable 87-pin lead after the first game, 244-157, before he suffered a 135 in game two. Suslov toppled 216 pins to fall six pins short.

    In a roll-off for third and fourth place Kalika topped Suslov, 391-355. The Kalika brothers received 3.800 Euro and 2.500 Euro for second and third place while Suslov received 2.000 Euro for fourth place.

    Evgeniya Smirnova of Russia was the lone woman, who advanced to the Round of 8 after a 442-440 victory against Cameron Weier, United States. Smirnova fell to Oleksandr Kalika, 478-430, to finish in sixth place en route to win the women's ranking of the Russian Open.

    For the first time in the history of the European Bowling Tour, the women's ranking in an EBT international tournament was a purely national affair as all 42 women in the 170-player field from 10 countries came from Russia. All but two of them, Elena Milkovich and Elena Suslikova received their first ranking points.

    Dominic Barrett of England and Sandra Andersson of Sweden continued to lead the men's and women's EBT point ranking.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a short break before heading to the Netherlands for the Chandra Open 2012, an EBT Satellite event, which will be held from Sept. 24-30 at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein.

    2012EBT14RussianOpenLogo_small.jpg The Russian Open is the fourth of seven EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season and runs from Sept. 11-15 at 30-lane Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia. The tournament offers total prize fund of 25.000 Euro with 5.500 Euro going to the winner, 3.800 to the runner-up and 2.500 and 2.000 Euro for the third and fourth place finishers respectively.

    Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 14 and concluded with the Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 36 players advanced to the finals on Saturday, Sept. 15 including the top 32 players from the qualifying standings and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers earned one bye and will be seeded first through eighth in Round Two.

    The other 28 players bowl four games starting from scratch with the top 8 advancing to the second round seeded 9th through 16th.

    The remaining 16 players determine the champion in single-elimination rounds with the two-game total to determine the winner. The highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player bowls the second lowest seeded player, etc.

    The field will be trimmed to eight and then four players. The winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the title and the 5.500 top prize, while the losers meet in a roll-off for third and fourth place.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 20 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, seven Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the BNC Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters, which will be held Sept. 30, 2013 at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava immediately following the 2013 BNC Open (Sept. 23-29).


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    2012 Russian Open

    Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow, Russia (Sept. 11-15, 2012)

     Championship Round:
    1. Marshall Kent, United States, 5.500 Euro
    2. Oleksandr Kalika, Ukraine, 3.800 Euro
    3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 2.500 Euro
    4. Andrey Suslov, Russia, 2.000 Euro

    L-R O. Kalika, Kent, M. Kalika and Sulov. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Playoff Results:
    Title Match:
    No. 1 Kent (220, 199) def. No. 5 O. Kalika (167, 156), 419-323
    Roll-off for third and fourth place:
    No. 10 M. Kalika (214-177) def. No. 2 Suslov (152-203), 391-355.



    2012 Russian Open - Championship Match Game #1



    2012 Russian Open - Championship Match Game #2



    Final Standings - Places 5-36 (cashers)

    5. Nikita Koshelev, Russia, 500 Euro
    6. Evgeniya Smirnova, Russia, 500 Euro
    7. Dmitry Lapshinsky, Russia, 500 Euro
    8. Evgeny Karmazin, Ukraine, 500 Euro
    9. Alexander Panchenko, Kazakhstan, 400 Euro
    10. Alexander Minenko, Russia, 400 Euro
    11. Kristina Kryl, Russia, 400 Euro
    12. Cameron Weier, United States, 400 Euro
    13. Alena Korobkova, Russia, 400 Euro
    14. Ivan Semenov, Russia, 400 Euro
    15. Nikita Kuznetsov, Russia, 400 Euro
    16. Alexey Parshukov, Russia, 400 Euro
    17. Daniel Vezis, England, 300 Euro
    18. Oleg Kozyrev, Russia, 300 Euro
    19. Tanner Spacey, United States, 300 Euro
    20. Anton Sharov, Russia, 300 Euro
    21. Maria Bulanova, Russia, 300 Euro
    22. Sergey Prokhan, Russia, 300 Euro
    23. Mikhail Belenky, Russia, 300 Euro
    24. Victor Krasavkin, Russia, 300 Euro
    25. Oleksandr Kondratyev, Ukraine, 300 Euro
    26. Daria Minenko, Russia, 300 Euro
    27. Yan Korshak, Russia, 300 Euro
    28. Ben Fishler, Israel, 300 Euro
    29. Konstantin Matvienko, Russia, 300 Euro
    30. Evgeny Mineev, Russia, 300 Euro
    31. Igor Gorodnichiy, Russia, 300 Euro
    32. Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 300 Euro
    33. Pavel Sobolev, Belarus, 300 Euro
    34. Sergey Andreev, Russia, 300 Euro
    35. Yury Glazkov, Russia, 300 Euro
    36. Elena Suslikova, Russia, 300 Euro




    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers bowl for 3rd and 4th place, winners go to the title match.



    Round of 8

    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers eliminated, finish 5th-8th, earn 500 Euro.



    Round of 16

    Single-elimination match play with the two-game total to determine the winner. Losers eliminated, finish 9th-16th, earn 400 Euro.



    Final Round One

    The top 8 advance to the second round. All others eliminated, finish 17th through 36th, earn 300 Euro.