Daniel Vezis takes over lead in Chandra Open by the higher last game


    2014 European Bowling Tour #14

    Latvian two-hander shoots 256 final game to break the tie with previous leader Jeroen van Geel; Carsten Warming Hansen, Osku Palermaa, Paul Moor crack the top 8; score to make the cut in 30th place rises to 1241 (1210, 206.83)

    2013EBT18JeroenvanGeel.jpg2014EBT13DanielVezis.jpgLatvian Daniel Vezis (pictured left) closed out his six-game series in Squad 10 Friday night at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, with 258 and 256 to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the Chandra Open 2014.

    The two-handed lefty tied previous leader Jeroen van Geel (right), Netherlands, at 1411, an average of 235.17, and moved to the top of the 109-player leaderboard by the higher last game.

    Van Geel, who finished his 1411 series in Squad 1 with 235, slipped to second place. Another three players cracked the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye for Sunday's finals at the end of the qualifying.

    2014EBT10CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2014WBTThailandOskuPalermaa.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark led Squad 9 (squad 8 has been cancelled) with 1392 including six game between 213 and 258 to finish the penultimate qualifying day in third place.

    Fresh off his victory in the WBT Thailand, which gave him his fourth PBA title, Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa (right) was second in Squad 10 with 1390 including a 279 opening game, the highest game of the tournament so far, to position himself in fourth place.

    Dirk Dreyer (1369), Germany, and Priscilla Maaswinkel (1368), Netherlands, fell three spots to fifth and sixth place, respectively. Paul Moor (below left) of England, who ties Palermaa for the most European Bowling Tour titles (13), closed out his set in Squad 9 with 267and 246 to leap into seventh place with 1352.

    2014EBT04PaulMoor.jpg2014EBT03LisanneBreeschooten2.jpgRounding out the top 8 is Lisanne Breeschoten (right), Netherlands, with 1349. With three more squads to go, Giancarlo Ragusa of Belgium holds the 30th and last place to qualify directly for the finals with 1241 and an average of 206.83.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, September 20, with Squads 11, 12 and 13 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m.

    The Chandra Open 2014 is the 14th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the sixth out of nine EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season. The tournament runs from Sept. 14-21 at 16-lane Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

    The Chandra Open offers total prize fund of 25.600 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner and 3.000 Euro to the runner-up, while the third and fourth place finishers will receive 2.000 Euro and 1.000, respectively. Final cash spot is 40th place worth 300 Euro.

    The Chandra Open features a 38 feet lane conditioning pattern with 26.45ml volume oil total.

    Qualifying (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) runs from Sunday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 20, with the final Squad 13 scheduled for 6 p.m., and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

    Total of 40 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 21 including the top 30 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 of a separate leader board of Squads 1-4 (Sept. 14-16), and the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

    The remaining 32 players bowl four games starting from scratch with half of the field advancing to the second round. The top 16 from Round One and the top eight qualifiers bowl another four-game round starting from scratch to cut to the top 12.

    Those twelve bowl six games with the pinfall from Round Two being carried forward. The player with the highest 10-game total including handicap becomes the champion.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    Chandra Open 2014 - Standings after Qualifying Squad 10/13

    Top 30 qualifiers plus the top 6 of a separate leader board of Squads 1-4 (places 31-36) and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 37-40) will advance to Sunday's finals. Top 8 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.