Brian Voss wins qualifying in 3rd Ebonite Florence International

    10/19/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #18

    PBA Hall of Famer leads a field of 46 players, into Sunday's finals; Anna-Belle Jean (France) is the lone woman in the finals to seal the victory in the women's ranking in Florence

    2014EBT04BrianVoss.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left), United States, won the qualifying in the 3rd Ebonite Florence International and leads a field of 46 players, 45 men and just one woman, into Sunday's finals at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy.

    Voss, rolled a 1406 series in Squad 19, an average of 234.33 for six games, and remained unchallenged on Friday and Saturday to earn a 300 bonus. His fellow countryman, Brian Valenta (right) took second place with 1392 and pocketed a 200 Euro bonus.

    The top eight players in the overall standing received one bye. Joining the Americans on the list were Daniel Vezis, Latvia (1384), Marek Talpa, Czech Republic (1378), Mattias Nilsson, Sweden (1358), Serge Frouvelle, France (1353) and the best Italian bowler, Antonino Fiorentino (1352).

    2014EBT06AndreySuslov.jpg2014EBT18MilesCorney.jpgSquad 25 leader Andrey Suslov (left) of Russia took over eighth place with 1339 including a high game of 276. Tommaso Radi, who led Squad 26 with 1345 including six games between 205 and 246, pushed Suslow out of the top 8 to take the final spot to earn the bye.

    Miles Corney (right), England, won Squad 27 with 1288 to finish qualifying in 16th place. Anna-Belle Jean of France was second to Radi in Squad 26 with 1253 including 48 pins handicap to leap into 21st place and to became the lone woman in the finals. The 28th and last squad was cancelled.

    Omar Mambelli of Italy was on the cut line in 36th place 1218 or an average of 203. The top 36 qualifiers will be joined in the finals by another ten players who received wild cards through the early squads and 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 - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad


    The top 36 qualifiers plus the top 3 each of the squads conducted on Oct. 11 & 12 (places 37-39) and Oct. 13 to 15 (places 40-42) plus the top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 43-46) advance to the finals on Sunday, Oct 19.