Danielle McEwan moves into second place in qualifying at Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #6

    Team USA member totals 1400 including handicap in Squad 3; Germany's Tobias Börding continues to lead the field of 52 players with 1425 (237.50 average)

    2015EmirCupDanielleMcEwan.jpgDanielle McEwan (pictured left), United States, totaled 1400 pins including handicap in Sunday's Squad 3 to move into second place in the overall qualifying standings of the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge which got underway Saturday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    The Team USA member, who bowled three tournaments in the Middle East in the past three weeks finishing third in the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar, 16th in the 13th Bahrain International Championship and 17th 12th Kuwait International Open, had games of 192, 238, 234, 235, 221 and 232 for 1352 scratch and an average of 225.33.

    2014BWCTobiasBording.jpgGerman national team member Tobias Börding (right), who posted 1425 in the opening squad, continued to lead a field of 52 players from Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia and the United States.

    That is exactly the number of players, who will advance to the finals by total pinfall. Those 52 will be joined by the top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 (Squads 1-7) and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    Mike Harles of Germany currently sits in eighth place with 1311 (218.50). Harles was second to McEwan in Squad 3 behind games of 190, 231, 234, 254, 212 and 190. All other players in the top 8 were Squad 1 bowlers.

    Maxime De Rooij of Germany, who led Squad 2 with 1256 pinfall (209.33) and 1304 total finished the day in ninth place. De Rooij had games of 187, 184, 227, 202, 223 and 233.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, March 17, with Squads 4 & 5 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. CET.

    2015BECLogo_small.jpg The 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the 10th tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and also the sixth stop on the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT "Platinum" events this season, the highest of the four EBT tournament categories.

    The BEC will be held from March 14-22 at Europe's biggest bowling center, 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 112.000 Euro with 12.000 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 Euro to the runner-up and 6.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

    According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Brunswick Euro Challenge will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

    Qualifying will kick off Saturday, March 14, and runs through Saturday, March 21, with the final Squad 17 slated for 8 p.m. CET. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 22, including the top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye. The other 52 players will bowl six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who will join the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 will bowl another six games scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

    Round Two pinfall will be carried forward. The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play including bonus pins (30 for a win; 15 for a tie) will determine the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowls the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match takes on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 12.000 Euro top prize.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, currently consists of 19 tournaments in the Middle East (8), United States (7), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including seven "majors" and 12 regular tournaments.

    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 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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    2015 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 3/17

    Top 52 qualifiers, top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 plus top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 22.