Finn Petteri Salonen misses top spot by five pins at Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #6

    USA's Sean Rash continues to lead the 199-player field with 1476; three players each of Squad 8 and 9 move into top 12; score to make the cut in 52nd place raises by 84 pins to 1331 (221.83 average)

    2014MWCMastersPetteriSalonen.jpg2014PBASeanRash2.jpgPetteri Salonen (pictured left) of Finland was the best bowler in Thursday's qualifying squads 8-10 posting a 1471 six-game series, an average of 245.17, to jump into second place in the overall standings in the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    The World and European champion, who is still looking for his first victory on the European Bowling Tour, had games of 267, 205, 268, 249, 255 and 227 to lead squad 9 and to miss the top spot by mere five pins.

    Sean Rash (above right), an eight-time PBA champion and former PBA Player of the Year (2011-12) of the United States, continued to lead the 199 players from 27 countries with 1476 and a 246 average.

    2014BWCSyafiqRidhwan.jpg2014PBAKellyKulick2.jpgSyafiq Ridhwan (left), one of 16 Malaysian national team members, men and women, in this tournament, slipped to third place with 1462. 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, Kelly Kulick (right), United States, was the best of 44 women in the field in fourth place with 1455 including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Another two players of Squad 8 and three players of Squad 9 move into top 12, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying.

    2015AsCNewHuiFen2.jpg2014EBT16DanielFransson.jpgNew Hui Fen (left) of Singapore, gold medalist in women's Masters at the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in January, led Squad 8 with 1389 scratch, 231.50 average, and 1437 total to leap into fifth place.

    Last year's runner-up Daniel Fransson (right) of Sweden was one pind behind in sixth place after finishing second to Salonen in Squad 8 with 1436. PBA champion Jason Sterner, United States, skipped from fourth to seventh place with 1435 and was followed by Mohd Nur Aiman of Malaysia who finished Squad 8 with 270, 245 and 254 for 1429.

    2014MWCAdrianAng.jpg2014EBT16GlennMortenPedersen.jpgAiman pushed back his compatriot Adrian Ang (left) to ninth place with 1428 including the lone 300 game of the tournament so far. Norwegian national team member Glenn Morten Pedersen (right) had six games between 253 and 219 to move into 10th place with 1426.

    Squad 1 leader Tobias Börding of Germany stayed in the top 12 in 11th place with 1425, while Kim Bolleby, who bowls for Thailand, took 12th place with 1422 or an average of 237.

    PBA Touring pro Martin Larsen (below right) of Sweden, a multiple world and European champion, led Squad 10 on Thursday evening with 1389, an average of 231.50, good for 25th place overall. Larsen started his series with five games between 223 and 233 and closed with a his high game of 255.

    2014PBAMartinLarsen.jpgThe score to make the cut in 52nd place raised by 84 pins on Wednesday (by 233 pins since Wednesday) to 1331, an average of 221.83, set by Danish international Anders Lousdal.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, March 20, with Squads 11, 12 and 13 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 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 10/17

    Top 52 qualifiers, top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 (places 53-60) plus top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) 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."