Juhani Tonteri wins Qualifying in San Marino; earns a 1.000 Euro bonus


    2015 European Bowling Tour #11

    Finnish bowlers leads 207-player field from 20 countries with 1509 (251.50); England's Stuart Williams moves into the top 8 on Saturday; four players crack the top 16; score to make the cut in 35th place is 1383 (230.50 average)

    2015EBT11JuhaniTonteri2.jpg2015EBT11ChristopherSloan.jpgJuhani Tonteri (pictured left) of Finland won the qualifying in the 11th Storm San Marino Open with 1509 six-game total and an average of 251.50 to lead 48 players into the Sunday's finals at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle.

    By finishing atop the 207-player field from 20 countries, Tonteri earned a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    The Finn was the lone player who surpassed the magic 1500-mark, a 250 average, while 27 players posted scores of 1401 and higher.

    2015EBT11MikaKoivuniemi2.jpg2015EBT11PeterHellstrom.jpgChristopher Sloan (above right), a two-handed player from Ireland, had one of five perfect games in qualifying in his 1498 series to land in second place. Last year's qualifying leader Mika Koivuniemi (left) of Finland was third with 1493.

    The 48-year-old right-hander needs a win in San Marino or in one of the remaining six tournaments to keep alive his string of consecutive seasons with at least one title. He holds the EBT record at six years (2009-14).

    Peter Hellström (right) of Sweden finished in fourth place with 1492 and was followed by his compatriot Robin Persson and Marshall Kent, United States, in fifth and sixth place with 1489 and 1487, respectively.

    2015EBT11StuartWillams.jpg2015EBT11DomBarrett.jpgSquad 19 leader Stuart Williams (left) of England was the lone player on Saturday who cracked the top 8. The six-time European Bowling Tour titlist followed a pair of 224 games with 265, 243, 248 and 268 to leap into seventh place with 1472 and an average of 245.33.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will miss the first two rounds of the finals, was Tim Mack, United States, with 1462 (243.67).

    Another four players moved into the top 16 to earn first-round byes. Defending champion Dom Barrett (right) of England led Squad 18 with 1452, good for 11th place overall. His compatriot Morgan Hadley was next to Williams in Squad 19 to take 14th place with 1440.

    2015EBT11CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2015WBOMenNo2OskuPalermaa.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen (left)of Denmark, who won his first EBT title in the Roto Grip Polish Open last month, was the lone player in the 20th and last Squad who moved into the top 35.

    Hansen closed his set with 259 and 267 to jump into 15th place with 1436. 13-time EBT champion Osku Palermaa of Finland, who won the Bowling World Open last week, took the 16th and last spot to earn one bye with 1435 (239.17). Palermaa pocketed roughly $82,000 or 75.000 Euro for the victory in Tokyo, Japan, more than the total prize fund in San Marino.

    2015EBT09PaulMoor.jpg2015EBT10RebeckaLarsen.jpgPaul Moor (left) of England, who leads the all-time EBT titles list with 16 wins, made the first cut in 21st place with 1414.

    Rebecka Larsen (right) of Sweden and Maxime de Rooij were the only women (out of 17) who finished above the cut line in 25th and 32nd place with 1359 and 1346 total, including eight pins handicap each game.

    Anton Elofsson of Sweden took the 35th and last spot to advance with 1383 or an average of 230.50. The top 35 will be joined in the finals by another 10 players from squads 1-4, 5-8 and 9-14 plus the top 3 of the one-game Desperado Squad.

    2015EBT10IdaAndersson.jpg2015EBT10JennyWegner.jpgCurrent EBT women's point ranking leader Ida Andersson (left) of Sweden became the fourth woman (second-ranked Jenny Wegner, Sweden, is the third; pictured right) in the finals when she fired a 279 game and added eight pins handicap to lead the Desperado Squad with 287.

    Elliot Crosby of England was second with 278 while Luca Garassino of Italy took the last spot with 268.

    Players ranked 17th to 48th will kick off the finals at Rose'n Bowl on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    The Storm San Marino Open is the 11th stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first out of three EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The 11th edition will be held July 11-19 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 61.050 Euro with 8.000 Euro going to the winner, 5.000 to the runner-up, 3.300 to the third and 2.400 to the fourth place finisher.

    Qualifying of the San Marino Open (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from July 11-18 and concluded with the Desperado Squad. The qualifying winner received a 1.000 Euro bonus. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The top three women based on the finals standings will receive 500, 350 and 200 Euro bonuses, respectively.

    Total 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, July 19, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 13-14, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 15-16, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifiers received two byes and qualifiers 9-16 got a first-round bye. The other 32 players will bowl four games from scratch to cut to the top 16, who will meet qualifiers 9-16 in the second round. Those 24 bowl another four games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top eight in a six-game round before the cut to the top 4.

    The four finalists will determine the winner in an eliminator-format finals which will feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player being eliminated. In the two rounds to follow, the same "low man out" format applies. The last man standing will be declared the champion.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 17 tournaments in 13 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. All 17 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or 961.500 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 12th San Marino Open.


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    11th Storm San Marino Open - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    Top 35 qualifiers plus the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 15-16 (places 36-39), the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 13-14 (places 40-42), the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12 (places 43-45) and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad (places 46-48) advance to the finals.

    300 games (5) - Nicola Pongolini, Davide Spagnoli, Marco Baade, Richard Teece and Chris Sloan.

    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."