Brian Voss takes over pole position in Florence; becomes first player who cracks the 1400-mark


    2014 European Bowling Tour #18

    PBA Hall of Famer shoots 1406 series in Squad 19 to move atop the 144-player leaderboard; Daniel Vezis (LAT), Serge Frouvelle (FRA) crack the top 4; score to make the cut in 36th place is 1172 (195.33 average)

    2014EBT04BrianVoss.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), United States, averaged 234.33 for six games to catapult past previous leader Brian Valenta (right) by 14 pins and to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 3rd Ebonite Florence International.

    Voss put up the top score in Squad 19/28 Thursday at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy. The former PBA Player of the Year (1988), who owns 25 PBA titles along with three European Bowling Tour titles, had games of 245, 151, 279, 263, 247 and 221 and is on top of a field of 144 players from seven countries with 1406 total.

    2014EBT17DanielVezis.jpg2013EBT18SergeFrouvelle.jpgHis fellow countryman and PBAer Valenta, who held the lead for two days, slipped to second place with 1392.

    Daniel Vezis (left) of Latvia, a two-handed player like Valenta was just 22 pins behind Voss to improve his highest series by 91 pins and to shift from sixth to third place with 1384 including a 289 final game.

    Serge Frouvelle (right) of France was further 31 pins behind Vezis in Squad 19 to leap into fourth place with 1353 including six games from 206 to 243. Rounding out the top 5 was Squad 17 leader Antonino Fiorentino, who is the best Italian bowler with 1352.

    2014EBT18AlessandraMorra.jpgAlessandra Morra (right), Italy, remained the best of ten women in the field but slipped out of the top 36 to 43rd place with 1155 or an average of 192.50 including handicap. With two more days or eight squads to go, Alessandro Mozzone is the player on the cut line in 36th place with 1172 pins and an average of 195.33.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, Oct. 17 with Squads 21-24 starting at 9 a.m., 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 19/28

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