Ireland's Amanda Larkin takes the early lead in 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic

    01/15/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #2

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    Amanda Larkin (pictured left) of Ireland toppled 1401 pins, an average of 233.50, and added 48 pins handicap to take the early lead in the 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic currently underway at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland.

    Larkin rolled games of 257, 245, 235, 214, 205 and 245 in the first qualifying squad on Sunday and remained atop the leaderboard after Wednesday's squads 3-5.

    2015EBT02PaddyDunneKarlDoherty.jpgHer compatriots Paddy Dunne and Karl Doherty (right, l-r) both shot 1406 (234.33 average) in Squad 5 to sit in second and third place. Dunne had five games between 212 and 279 and a low game of 201, while Doherty posted six games between 208 and 279.

    2015EBT02GlennMartenPedersen.jpgPaul Green of Wales slipped to fourth place with 1404 (234.00). Norwegian Glenn Morten Pedersen (left) led Squad 3 with 1395 (232.50) including games of 216, 234, 238, 237, 202 and 268 to finish the second qualifying day in fifth place.

    59 players from eleven countries have completed at least one six-game qualifying block so far. Qualifying continues on Thursday, January 15 with Squads 6-9 scheduled to start at 09.15, 13.15, 17.15 and 21.15 local time (CET -1).

    2014ITBALogo_small.jpgThe 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic is the second event of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first of eleven "EBT Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

    The Irish Open, which will be held from January 11-18 at 18-lane Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland, is back on the EBT after an eight-year hiatus after being part of the Tour in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 20.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 to the runner-up and 1.500 and 1.250 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 32nd place, worth 100 Euro. The top 8 women are guaranteed extra prizes (from 1.000 to 100 Euro) which will be awarded no matter what place they finish in.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Sunday, January 11, through Saturday, January 17, and ends with Squad 15 followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 15.45 Greenwich Mean Time (CET -1).

    Women will receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 - maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 92 players - the top 80 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 6-10, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 1-5, plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - qualify for the finals.

    The top six qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 7-12 and the top four players each of squads 1-5 and squads 6-10 earn a first-round bye.

    The remaining 72 finalists bowl four games scratch with the top 31 advancing to another four-game block scratch to cut to the top 26. Those 26 and the top six qualifiers bowl six games scratch with the top 16 advancing to the single-elimination match play finals with the two-game total determining the winner.

    The highest seeded player will meet the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player will meet the second lowest seeded player, etc.

    The field will be trimmed to eight, four and then two players who bowl for the title and the 5.000 Euro top prize (6.000 Euro if won by a woman).

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 21 tournaments in 15 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, four "Gold", three "Silver" and eleven "Satellite" events. All 21 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 1 million Euro (approx. 1.22 million U.S. Dollar).

    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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.

     


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    2015 Irish Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 5


    Top 80 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 6-10, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 1-5, plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.

     


    Tie Rules (Qualifying)
    In case of a tie in the qualifying, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games, etc."