Alejandro Cruz paces Squad 4, moves into top 6 in Tilburg, Netherlands

    02/11/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #3

    Mexican rolls 1383 series to sit in fifth place in the overall qualifying standings; compatriot Humberto Vazquez continues to lead the 91-player field with 1460; No. 36 score to beat to advance is 1238, or a 206.33 average

    2015EBT03AlejandroCruz.jpg2015EBT03HumbertoVazquez2.jpgMexican national team member Alejandro Cruz (pictured left) paced the fourth of 14 qualifying squads Tuesday evening at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, with 1383 six-game total, an average of 230.50, to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015.

    Cruz, one of six Mexican bowlers in the field, started came out of the gates with 248, then suffered his lone sub-200 game (188) before he closed out with 239, 222, 220 and his high game of 266.

    2015EBT03JordvanWeeren.jpg2014MWCGeryVerbruggen.jpgHis compatriot Humberto Vazquez (above right) continued to lead the 91-player field from seven countries with 1460 and an average of 243.33 for six games. Dutch bowlers, Jeffrey van de Wakker and Jord van Weeren remained in second and third place with 1429 and 1410, respectively.

    Squad 1 leader Gery Verbruggen (right) of Belgium stayed in fourth place with 1396. Rounding out the top 6 was another Mexican national team member, Mario Quintero, who has toppled 1380 pins.

    The top 6 players of the first five squads will earn automatic berths into the finals. The top 6 at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye.

    2014EBT03MarawanAernoudt.jpg2015EBT03AseretZetter.jpgFive more players surpassed the 1300-mark on Tuesday evening. Dutchman Maikel van den Born trailed Cruz by 23 pins with 1360 to leap into ninth place. Former German international Michael Krämer was further five pins behind with 1355, good for 11th place.

    Next was Christian Kweens, Netherlands, who took over 13th place behind a 1342 series. Boosted a 278 game Marawan Aernoudt (left) of Belgium moved into 16th place with 1331.

    Mexico's Aseret Zetter (right) toppled 1277 pins, an average of 212.83, and added 48 pins handicap, to finish the third day of qualifying in 18th place with 1325 total. Kelly Plummen, Netherlands, is still the best of 14 women in 15th place with 1340 total.

    Ellen Jansen of Netherlands currently holds the 36th and last spot to qualify directly for the finals with 1228 total or an overall average of 206.33. Qualifying continues on Wednesday, February 11 with Squad 5 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time (CET).

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    The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 is the third event of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first of three "EBT Silver" events this season, the third highest of the four EBT categories.

    The HBST will be held from Sunday, February 8 through Sunday, February 15 at 20-lane Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 44.400 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 to the runner-up and 3.000 and 2.000 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 46th place (400 Euro). The qualifying leader gets a 1.000 Euro bonus.

    Qualifying runs through Saturday, February 14 with the final qualifying Squad 14 scheduled for 6 p.m. CET followed by the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    A total of 46 players including the top 36 qualifiers, the top 4 from the Desperado Squad and the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 conducted Feb. 8-11 will advance to the finals. The top 6 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

    Players ranked 7 to 46 will bowl four games with the top 18 players joining the top six qualifiers (seeded 1-6) in the eliminator finals. Those 24 players will be divided into six groups of four players each for the first of four eliminator rounds.

    All four players of each group will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advance to the next round. In the first round four "lucky losers" (four highest third-place finishers) also advance.

    The field will be cut to 16, 8 and then four players, who determine the top 4 spots in the last eliminator round.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. All 18 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.024 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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    Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 - Qualifying Standings after Squad 4/14


    The top 36 qualifiers plus the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals. The top 6 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

     


    300 games (1) - Jord van Weeren, Netherlands.

    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."