Marek Talpa, Mattias Nilsson add names to leaderboard in 3rd Ebonite Florence International


    2014 European Bowling Tour #18

    Brian Voss (USA) continues to lead the 167-player field from 14 countries with 1406 (234.33 average); score to make the cut in 36th place surpasses 1200-mark (1210, 201.67)

    2014EBT18MarekTalpa.jpg2014EBT18MattiasNilsson.jpgMarek Talpa of the Czech Republic and Swede Mattias Nilsson led Squads 22 & 23 on Friday to add their names to the leaderboard in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International.

    Talpa (pictured left), who won his first title on the European Bowling Tour in the 20013 Brunswick Italia Challenge, had games of 208, 208, 242, 248, 246 and 226 in the first squad (#21 has been cancelled) to jump into fourth place in the qualifying standings with 1378 and an average of 229.67.

    2014EBT15BrianVoss.jpg2014EBT18FedericoRossi.jpgNilsson (right) toppled 1358 in next squad including games of 199, 233, 246, 197, 246 and 237, an average of 226.33, to take fifth place. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (left), United States, continued to lead the 167-player field from 14 countries with 1406 and an average of 234.33.

    His fellow countryman and PBAer, Brian Valenta remained in second place with 1392 and was followed by fellow two-handed player Daniel Vezis of Latvia, in third place with 1384.

    Federico Rossi (right) of Italy and Marius Balan of Romania also cracked the 1300-bar in Squad 22. Rossi used high games of 247 and 258 to shift from 10th to eighth place with 1339. Balan started his series with 246 and 268 and finished with 1310, good for 12th place overall.

    2014EBT18MilesCorney.jpg2012EBT11LaurenceGaillard.jpgMiles Corney (left) of England led Squad 24 on Friday night with 1277 to move into 15th place. Laurence Gaillard (right) of France was the best of 14 women in the field and the lone in the top 36 in 23th place with 1216 including 48 pins handicap.

    With the last four squads to go, Vytautas Gykis of Lithuania is the player on the cut line in 36th place with 1210 pins and an average of 201.67.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, Oct. 18 with Squads 25-28 starting at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the Desperado Squad.

    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 24/28

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