Sean Rash averages 246 to shoot into lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #6

    Squad 6 bowlers take control of the leaderboard; eight bowlers including Squad 7 leader Stuart Williams (ENG) crack the 1400-bar; Adrian Ang (MAS) rolls the first 300 game of the tournament; score to make the cut in 52nd place raises by 149 pins to 1247 (207.83 average)

    2014PBASeanRash2.jpg2014BWCSyafiqRidhwan.jpgThe bowlers of Squad 6 took control of the leaderboard in the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge Wednesday afternoon at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany as seven players cracked the 1400-bar to move into the top 8 in the overall standings.

    Eight-time PBA champion and former PBA Player of the Year (2011-12) Sean Rash (pictured left), United States, fired games of 254, 216, 267, 233, 248 and 258 to lead the 132-player field from 17 countries with 1476 and an average of 246.

    Syafiq Ridhwan (above right), a member of the Malaysian national squad which brought 16 players to Munich, was just 14 pins behind Rash to take second place with 1462. Ridhwan posted six games between 266 and 224.

    2014PBAKellyKulick2.jpg2014PBAJasonSterner.jpgKelly Kulick (left), United States, who became the first woman to win a PBA Tour event by winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, was the best of 24 women in the field in third place with 1455 including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    The spokesperson of the new Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, toppled 1407 pins, an average of 234.50, including a high game of 277. Jason Sterner (right), United States, who won his lone PBA title in the Don Carter Classic two years ago, rolled five games between 268 and 238 and a low game of 195 to take fourth place with 1435.

    2014MWCMastersAdrianAng.jpg2014PBAWSOBStuartWilliams.jpgMalaysian Adrian Ang (left) rolled the first 300 game of the tournament in the opening game and added 268, 189, 228, 199 and 244 for 1428, good for fifth place.

    Previous leader Tobias B├Ârding of Germany, who led since the first squad with 1425 slipped to sixth place and was followed by Yoan Alix of France in seventh place with 1411 and Siti Safiyah Amirah of Malaysia in eighth place with 1404.

    Stuart Williams (right) of England, who owns six European Bowling Tour titles and one PBA title, was the lone player in Squad 7 who surpassed the 1400-mark to sit in ninth place with 1404. The former World Ranking Masters winner stayed consistently close to his 234 average over his six games, scoring 236, 236, 225, 224, 237 and 246.

    2015EmirCupDanielleMcEwan.jpg2013EBT18UngerStephan.jpgDanielle McEwan (left), United States, fell from second to 10th place with 1400 including handicap. Rounding out the top 12, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying were Germans Stephan Unger (right) and Dirk Dreyer with 1387 and 1378, respectively.

    The score to make the cut in 52nd place raised by 149 pins on Wednesday to 1247 (207.83 average) set by Alexander Tarsoly of Hungary.

    Qualifying continues on Thursday, March 19, with Squads 8, 9 and 10 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (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 Unterf├Âhring 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 7/17

    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.

    300 games (1) - Adrian Ang.

    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."