No changes atop the leaderboard in Brunswick Euro Challenge after Tuesday's Squads 4 & 5


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    Germany's Tobias Börding leads 82-player field with 1425; Andreas Bösiger (SUI), Anže Grabrijan, (SLO), Missy Parkin (USA) move into top 10; score to make the cut in 52nd place is 1098 (183 average)

    2014BWCTobiasBording2.jpg2015EmirCupDanielleMcEwan.jpgThere were no changes atop the leaderboard after Tuesday's Squads 4 & 5 at the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge currently underway at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    Germany's Tobias Börding (pictured left) continued to lead the 82-player field from 10 countries with 1425 and an average of 237.50.

    Danielle McEwan (right), United States, was the best of 14 women in second place with 1400 including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    2011GPZAndreasBosiger.jpg2014EBT04AnzeGrabrijan.jpgStephan Unger and Dirk Dreyer of Germany stayed in third and fourth place with 1387 and 1378, respectively, with Latvia's Jelena Brandt in fifth place with 1356 including handicap.

    Three players of Squad 4 moved into the top 10. Andreas Bösiger (left) of Switzerland led the squad with 1345, an average of 224.17, to leap into sixth place. He had games of 195, 192, 268, 269, 233 and 188.

    Anže Grabrijan (right), a one-time European Bowling Tour champion from Slovenia, was next with 1322, including a high game of 278, to take over eighth place. Rounding out the top 10 was Team USA member Missy Parkin (below left) , who totaled 1314 including handicap.

    2015EBT04JaroslavLorenc2.jpg201213PBAMissyParkin.jpgJaroslav Lorenc (right), Czech Republic, who finished second to Kamilla Kjeldsen in the International Wroclaw Open by Hammer in 2014 and 2015, led Squad 5 with 1244, an average of 207.33, good for 19th place.

    With five of 17 qualifying squads in the books, Wolfgang Kossin of Germany holds the 52nd place with 1098 and an average of 183. For comparison, in last year's BEC the score to make the cut in 52nd place was 1413 or an average of 235.50.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday, March 18, with Squads 6 & 7 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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    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.