England's Williams, Morgan set the tone on Day 4 Qualifying in San Marino


    2016 European Bowling Tour #9



    2016EBT09HadleyMorgan2.jpg 2016EBT09MarkusJansson2.jpg England's Stuart Williams and Hadley Morgan led the qualifying squads on Tuesday en route to move into the top 5 in the overall standings at the 12th Storm San Marino Open after the fourth day of qualifying at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

    Williams (pictured above), a six-time European Bowling Tour champion, who finished second in the IV Brunswick Madrid Challenge last week, came out of the gates in squad 8 with 248, 249 and 263 and closed his six-game series with 212, 243 and 204 to jump into second place with 1419 and an average of 236.50.

    Williams became just the second bowler in San Marino who surpassed the 1400-mark, trailing only to Markus Jansson (left) of Sweden, who continued to lead the 117-player field from 18 countries with 1454 (242.33).

    2016EBT09AlessandroSantu2.jpg 2016EBT09MarcoReviglio2.jpg Alessandro Santu (left) and Marco Reviglio (right) of Italy slipped to third and fourth place with 1394 and 1386, respectively.

    Morgan (above right), who won the 10th International Wroclaw Open in February for his first EBT title, led squad 7 with 1384 total (230.67), including games of 220, 210, 267, 224, 253 and 210 to finish the day in fifth place.

    As the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12 (squad 5-8), Jansson, Williams and Morgan will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish among the top 35 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the three will finish in the top 35, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

    2016EBT08ChrisSloan.jpg 2015EBT15EmanuelJonsson2.jpg Andrea Mangiacotti of Italy fell to sixth place with 1358 and is followed by Serge Frouvelle of France, who slipped to seventh place with 1342.

    Irish two-handed bowler Christopher Sloan (left) and Antonino Fiorentino of Italy were next to Williams in squad 8 to move into 8th and 9th place with 1331 and 1327, respectively. Sloan's series was boosted by a 279 game, the highest game of the tournament so far.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Emanuel Jonsson (right) of Sweden, who was second to Morgan in squad 7 with 1323.

    2016EBT08BirgitPoppler.jpg Birgit Pöppler (right) of Germany, who finished fourth in Madrid, is the best of rollercoasted her way to a 1255 series, including handicap, yet is the best of the eight women in the field in 22nd place.

    The cut for 35th place surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average) on Tuesday. With eight of 20 squads in the books, Luca Caiti of Italy holds the last place to advance from the overall standings with 1219, an average of 203.17. Qualifying continues Wednesday, July 13, with Squads 9, 10 and 11 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2016EBT09SanMarinoOpenLogo_small.jpg The Storm San Marino Open is the 9th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the first out of three EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The 12th edition will be held July 9-17 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino and offers total prize fund of 62.050 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) runs from Saturday, July 9, through Saturday, July 17, with the last qualifying squad 20 scheduled for 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The qualifying winner will receive a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300) throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. The top three women based on the final standings will receive 500, 350 and 200 Euro bonuses, respectively.

    Total 48 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, July 19, including the top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 9-10, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 13-14, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifiers receive two byes and qualifiers 9-16 get 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, with pinfall carrying over. The last man standing will be declared the champion.

    Immediately following the 12th San Marino Open is the 9th European Bowling Tour Masters, which will be contested on Monday, July 18, at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

    2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.


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    Top 35 qualifiers plus the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 9-10, the top 3 from the squads conducted on July 11-12, the top 4 from the squads conducted on July 13-14, and the top 3 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.