Brian Valenta claims position as tournament leader in 3rd Ebonite Florence International


    2014 European Bowling Tour #18

    American averages over 226 in Squad 13 to lead the 106-player field with 1358; Squad 12 leader Stefanides, De Filippi move in the top 20; score to make the cut in 36th place is currently 1149 (191.50 average)

    2014EBT18BrianValenta.jpgBrian Valenta (pictured left), United States, led Squad 13 on Tuesday afternoon at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy with 1358 en route to claim the top spot on the standings sheet in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International.

    The one-time PBA Regional titlist, who uses the two-hand delivery, had games of 229, 214, 215, 239, 186 and 275 to lead 106 players from Greece, France, United States and the host country Italy.

    2014EBT18GiorgioGalluzzo.jpgGiorgio Galluzzo (right) and Piero Colombani slipped to second and third place with 1316 and 1312, respectively. Valenta and the two Italians are the only players so far who have surpassed the 1300-mark.

    2014EBT18GeorgiosStefanides.jpgSergio Fabbietti and Federico Rossi, Italy, round out the top 5 with 1293 and 1259.

    Just two players cracked the 1200-mark in Tuesdays Squad 12. Georgios Stefanides (left) of Greece led the squad with 1221 and an average of 203.50 including games of 204, 193, 205, 178, 203 and 238. Stefanides, who moved into 13th place, was followed by Pierpaolo De Filippi of Italy, who took 15th place with 1217.

    2014EBT18AlessandraMorra.jpgAlessandra Morra (right), Italy, is the best of nine women in the field in 30th place with 1155 including 48 pins handicap. Gabriele Abbruscato of Italy holds the 36th and final spot to advance with 1149 or an average of 191.50.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday, Oct. 15 with Squads 15-17 starting at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2014FlorenceInternationalLogo.jpg The 3rd Ebonite Florence International is the 18th and penultimate stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the eighth and last EBT "Satellite" event this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 11-19 at 18-lane Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    The total prize fund is 29.500 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.5000 to the runner-up and 1.250 Euro apiece to the third and fourth place finishers.

    Qualifying began Saturday, Oct. 11 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18, with the final Squad 28 scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 15 minutes past Midnight. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 46 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 19 including the top 36 qualifiers, three players each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads conducted on Oct. 11 & 12 and 13 to 15 plus the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The qualifying leader and the runner-up will cash for 300 and 200 Euro, resp. The top 10 qualifiers will receive one bye.

    The other 36 finalists will bowl four games scratch. The top 18 of Round 1 will meet the top 10 qualifiers in Round 2. The top 16 after another four games scratch advance to the Eliminator round finals.

    Those 16 will be divided into four groups of four players. All players will bowl two games with the two lowest scoring players in each group eliminated. The two highest scoring players from each group advance to the next round featuring two groups.

    After another two-game round the two highest scoring players from each group advance. Those four players will determine the two finalists in another two-game round. The remaining two players will bowl one game on one lane (lower seed must start) to determine the champion.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost 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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    2014 Florence Ebonite International - Qualifying Standings after Squad 13/28

    The top 36 qualifiers plus 10 wild cards (total 46 players) will advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct 19