U.S. College star Marshall Kent wins his second EBT title in 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge


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    2014EBT04MarshallKent3.jpg2014EBT04DanielFransson.jpgAmateur bowler Marshall Kent (pictured left) of Yakima, Wash., USA, defeated Daniel Fransson of Sweden in a high-scoring championship match, 277-258, to win his second European Bowling Tour title in the 11th 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge and the 11.111 Euro top prize.

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    The Team USA member and collegiate all-American with the Robert Morris University-Illinois team, averaged 243.31 and won five of his seven matches in match play to earn the No. 1 seed for the three-player stepladder finals.

    2014EBT04ChrisLoschetter.jpgIn the opening match, Fransson, seeded second, who shot three 300 games in this tournament, outlasted PBA champion Chris Loschetter (left), United States, 255-226, for the right to bowl Kent for the title.

    Both players struck on their first four shots before Fransson fell behind by 21 pins due to a spare in farme five. Kent, who had two championship round appearances in the 2013 U.S. Open and the PBA Scorpion Championship, struck on 10 of his first 11 shots to put the match away with the first ball in the 10th frame.

    Fransson earned 9.000 Euro for second place and Loschetter got 7.000 Euro for the third place. Kent doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is an amateur.

    2014EBT04KamillaKjeldsen.jpg The BEC drew 338 players, 270 men and 68 women from 31 countries. The top three women after qualifying received an extra bonus. Jazreel Tan from Singapore pocketed 1.400 Euro. Kelly Kulick, United States, got 900 € and Daphne Tan, Singapore, received 700 €.

    L-R Kulick, Fransson (2nd), Kent, J. Tan (1st), Loschetter, D. Tan (3rd). Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) of Denmark was the top-ranked woman in the field finishing in ninth place en route to win the women's ranking in Munich. I was her third consecutive ranking win this season.

    The last qualifying day and all rounds of the finals were covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel.

    2014BECLogo_small.jpgBowlingdigitalBanner.gif The Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fourth tournament on the 2014 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of only two "Platinum" events this season, the EBT's highest tournament category. The BEC was also the 10th stop of the World Bowling Tour.

    The 11th issue of Europe's richest tournament was held from March 15-23 at Europe's biggest bowling center, 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany. The Tournament offered an increased total prize fund of 111.111 Euro.

    Qualifying ran from March 15-22. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 23, including the top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-19 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers received a first-round bye. The other 52 players bowled six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who joined the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 bowled another six games scratch after which the field was trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

    Round Two pinfall was carried forward. The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play (30 pins bonus for a win; 15 for a tie) determined the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowled the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match took on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 11.111 Euro top prize.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds 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 in Asti, Italy, on July 6, 2015.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2012 and all points from the 2013 and 2014 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point in Las Vegas.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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    11th Brunswick Euro Challenge 2014 - Stepladder Finals

    Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 15-23, 2014)

    Playoff Results:
    1. Marshall Kent, United States, 277 (1 game), 11.111 Euro
    2. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 513 (2 games), 9.000 Euro
    3. Chris Loschetter, United States, 226 (1 game), 7.000 Euro

    Championship Round:
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Fransson def. No. 3 Loschetter, 255-226.
    Championship: No. 1 Kent def. Fransson, 277-258.


    2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Round Robin Match Play

    30 pins bonus per win, 15 for a tie. The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.


    300 games (10): Daniel Fransson (Round of 28); Joonas Jehkinen (Round of 64); Daniel Fransson (2), Chris Barnes, Andreas Gripp, Marshall Kent, John Wells, New Hui Fen, Tobias Gäbler (Qualifying).