Barcelona Squad 1 – You’re Welcome

July 12th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Bowling Pedralbes, host of the 33rd Barcelona Open, well Ciutat de Barcelona is the official name, is one of those rare centers where you immediately feel at home.

Walk through the doors and you are immediately firmly greeted by the management and staff, and that applies to all who frequently participate in its two European Bowling Tour events, the Catalonia Open in February and the July Ciutat de Barcelona. Just one of those centers you would love to have within walking distance of your front door.

The center’s 14 lanes will be exceptionally busy through this week as 174 players from 26 nations are on the roster, meaning full squads of 28 and many wishing that EBT director Kim Thorsgaard Jensen would relax the rules and allow five bowlers per pair of lanes. Nevertheless, some openings will occur later in the week as a few players may not take up their option of two re-entries, which will ease the squad waiting list situation.

The tournament kicked off Tuesday night with the first squad taking to the lanes at 21:00, meaning a very late finish, but that is no deterrent in this neck of the woods where some elite restaurants don’t even open their doors until that hour and families dine together into the wee small hours.

All eyes on the opening squad will be on Catalonia Open champion Brian Voss, the PBA hall of famer and great ambassador for bowling who spends most of his summers touring Europe. He was in the US Army serving in Germany in 1988-89 and has been a European at heart ever since.

Marcial Ovide

Local stars Marcial Ovide and Sandra Torrents are also in the line-up along with a Swede, two Dutch, two French and a German.

So, let battle commence.

There’s no hero quite like a local hero and the honors for leading the opening squad went to Catalonian Marcial Ovide, 46, the Barcelona coach for the Catalan federation. He took pole position with 1329 but feels that he could have done a lot better and broken the 1400-barrier.

“I didn’t really have any problems moving from pair to pair,” remarked Ovide, “but I did have a few problems with the approaches. I didn’t get the carry in a couple of games so feel that I could have made a much better score.”

Anyway, that 1329 and being the squad winner takes him through to the finals on Sunday.

Brian Voss

The big question: can Brian Voss make the 2011 double by winning the Catalan Open and now the Barcelona Open?

“Well, you know how I like Barcelona and each year I come back, although each time a year older,” stated Voss in his Texan accent. “Anyway, this is the first day and I’m just trying to get a feel for the lanes. It’s a long trip over and I need to get a good night’s sleep. Every time I enter I feel I’m going to win. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.

“I love bowling. I still love it. I love the competition. I love the challenge of winning. It’s not easy but I love the challenge – against yourself really to push yourself farther than you have before. It’s hard for me to practice three to four hours a day like I used to when I was a kid but I push myself as far as I can  and that’s about all you can do.”

Squad 2 is at 17:00 Wednesday.

STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 1:

Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 230 207 259 209 212 212 1329 0 1329
2 Mattias Olsson Sweden 175 201 159 216 234 224 1209 0 1209
3 Brian Voss USA 200 212 197 234 176 189 1208 0 1208
4 Pierre Luc Sanchez France 172 176 161 268 225 201 1203 0 1203
5 Artur Colomer Soler Catalonia 235 211 180 150 191 223 1190 0 1190
6 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 147 173 223 213 190 186 1132 48 1180
7 Janin Ribguth Germany 193 192 208 163 197 156 1109 48 1157
8 Alvar Cardona Burgues Catalonia 180 206 192 191 195 189 1153 0 1153
9 Florian Mihailescu Romania 204 182 182 169 167 233 1137 0 1137
10 Rosa Mas Puiggros Catalonia 173 182 183 178 168 199 1083 48 1131
11 Raul Galvez Galisteo Catalonia 165 222 179 196 182 186 1130 0 1130
12 Phil Hulst Netherlands 125 199 221 235 189 158 1127 0 1127
13 Francisco J Suarez Ferrero Catalonia 168 187 234 209 170 146 1114 0 1114
14 Luz Adriana Leal Gonzalez Catalonia 191 192 169 172 164 170 1058 48 1106
15 Ilja Schneider Germany 163 194 164 171 185 224 1101 0 1101
16 Vincent Cayez France 187 187 195 148 190 166 1073 0 1073
17 Sergi Monta�a L�pez Catalonia 191 188 171 188 196 135 1069 0 1069
18 Hector Roca Roig Catalonia 138 177 198 192 166 183 1054 0 1054
19 Jordi Tubella Murgadas Catalonia 166 174 178 129 168 227 1042 0 1042
20 Moi Perez Iba�ez Catalonia 175 140 199 158 189 164 1025 0 1025
21 Mol Roel Netherlands 158 183 190 189 143 158 1021 0 1021
22 Ion Grecu Romania 137 162 200 157 160 173 989 0 989
23 Simon Antoine France 182 165 144 153 153 189 986 0 986
24 Ingrid Juli� Ingles Catalonia 176 134 152 165 151 155 933 48 981
25 Carlos Marti Pi-Figueras Catalonia 159 141 159 162 199 146 966 0 966
26 Francisco Hernandez Espinosa Catalonia 105 207 153 192 141 149 947 0 947
27 Gorter Wesley Netherlands 158 141 147 139 159 159 903 0 903
28 Agapito Carrasco Ventura Catalonia 191 143 115 145 140 160 894 0 894

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