Brian Valenta widens his lead in 3rd Ebonite Florence International


    2014 European Bowling Tour #18

    American two-hander shoots 1392 in Squad 16; Italian Amedeo Spada moves into second place with 1328; score to make the cut in 36th place nears the 1200-mark (1155; 192.50 average)

    2014EBT18BrianValenta.jpg2014EBT18AmedeoSpada.jpgU.S. two-handed player Brian Valenta (pictured left) won the third squad out of the last four squads to widen his lead in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International Wednesday at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    Valenta, who led Squad 13 & 14 on Tuesday with 1358 and 1299, improved his high score to 1392 in Squad 16 including games of 224, 236, 268, 225, 244 and 195, an average of 232 for six games.

    Amedeo Spada (right) of Italy, who won his lone European Bowling Tour title in the 2004 Vienna Open, was 64 pins behind to move into second place after finishing his set with a big 258 game for 1328 (221.33).

    2014EBT17DanielVezis.jpg2014EBT18AlessandraMorra.jpgSquad 2 leader Giorgio Galluzzo slipped to third place with 1316 and was followed by Piero Colombani in fourth place with 1312 and Sergio Fabbietti, all from Italy, in fifth place with 1293.

    Daniel Vezis (left), a two-hander from Latvia, led Squad 15 with 1293 including a high game of 259 to take sixth place in the overall standings.

    Alessandra Morra (right), Italy, the best of ten women in the 131-player field, holds the 36th and final spot to advance with 1155 or an average of 192.50 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 16 with Squads 18-20 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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    The top 36 qualifiers plus 10 wild cards (total 46 players) will advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct 19