Karel Kutina sets the pace in BNC Open in Bratislava, Slovakia


    2013 European Bowling Tour #14

    2013EBT14KarelKutina.jpgKarel Kutina (left) of the Czech Republic paces a field of 84 players from eight countries after the first two days of qualifying in the BNC Open at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    Kutina, who is the coordinator of the EBT gold tournament, averaged 219 in Squad 2 and toppled 1314 pins including games of 237, 256, 187, 242, 202 and 190. By virtue of finishing in the top 4 of Monday's squads 1-3, Kutina is already qualified for the finals in case he doesn't finish in the top 52 at the end of the qualifying.

    2013EBT14ChrisSloan.jpg Irish two-hander Chris Sloan (right) posted the highest total on Tuesday in Squad 6 to move into second place with 1309. Sloan and the next three players on Tuesday, Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic (4th, 1278); Lukáš Andrassy, Slovakia (5th, 1276); and Thomas Gross, Austria (6th, 1270) are also qualified for the finals.

    With six of 20 qualifying squads in the books, Juraj Voskár of Slovakia holds the 52nd and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1029 or an average of 171.50.

    Qualifying continues Wednesday, Sept. 25 with Squads 7-9 scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. CEST.

    2013BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open is the 14th event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate of EBT "Gold" tournament this season. The BNC Open, which runs from Sept. 23-29 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center, offers total prize fund of 62.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and 4.500 Euro to the runner-up.

    The BNC Open will be played on a 39 feet lane conditioning pattern with 23.3 mL volume oil total.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Sept. 28 with the final qualifying Squad 20 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 29: The top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who are not among the top 52.

    In the first round of the finals, all 64 players will bowl 4 games with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 get a second-round bye, while the players ranked 9th to 40th advance to the second round.

    Those 32 players will bowl further three games. The top 8 with the highest total of the foregoing 13 games advance to Round 3. The remaining 16 players will bowl four games starting from scratch to cut to the top 6, who will determine the champion in the stepladder finals.

    Following the BNC Open on Monday, September 30, is the sixth EBT Masters featuring the top 16 men and women of the 2012 EBT point rankings.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 2013 BNC Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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