Three players crack the top 10 in Monday's Squads 9 & 10 at III Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #10

    Top 5 players of the Monday & Tuesday squads will earn automatic berths into the finals; score to make the qualifying cut in 38th place is currently 1112 (185.33 average)

    2015EBT10TannerSpacey.jpgTanner Spacey of the United States, Spain's Ruben Orche, and Noe Gamazo of Venezuela led Squads 9 & 10 Monday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to position themselves in the top 10 in the qualifying of the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

    2015EBT10RubenOrche2.jpgSpacey (pictured left) averaged 225.50 to lead Squad 9 with 1335 total and to leap into third place in the overall standings. The American came out the gates quickly averaging 247 for the first three games (266, 232 and 243) and closed with 203, 170 and 221.

    Orche (right), one of the organizers of the event, was third in this squad with 1241 and improved by 91 pins in the next squad to jump into fourth place with 1332 (222.00), including high games of 266 and 246.

    2015EBT10CajsaWegner.jpg2015EBT10NoeGamazo.jpgCajsa Wegner (left) of Sweden and Pablo Barriopedro of Spain remained atop the 75-player leaderboard with 1347 and 1343, respectively.

    Gamazo (right) had the second-highest in Squad 9 to help grab 10th place after three day of qualifying with series (207.67).

    The top 5 from the standings of Monday and Tuesday will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings.

    Joining Spacey, Orche and Gamazo in the top 5 after two of four squads were Heidi Thorstensen (1217) of Norway and Pablo Hidalgo (1207) of Spain. If any of the five will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

    Mario Perez Consuegra of Spain, who had 1112 (185.33) in Squad 1 on Saturday, currently holds the 38th and last place to qualify directly for Sunday's finals.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, June 30, with Squads 11 & 12 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

    2015BrunswickMadridChallengeLogo_small.jpg The III Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 10th stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour season and the third and last EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from June 27 - July 5 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 40.250 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 to the runner-up and 2.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (50th place) is 300 Euro.

    Qualifying got underway on Saturday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 4, with the final qualifying Squad 26 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated to start 30 minutes past Midnight. The qualifying winner receives a 750 Euro bonus.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top 2 women in qualifying (before Desperado Squad) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    Total 50 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 5 - the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and the top 5 of squads 9-12 who are not among the top 38, and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers will receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 will get a first-round bye.

    The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch. The field will be trimmed to 30, 20 and then 10 players who will advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.

    The top 3 with the highest eight-game total will advance to the stepladder finals. The No. 2 and 3 seeds open the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner goes against the No. 1 seed for the title and 6.000 Euro first prize.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 17 tournaments in 13 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. All 17 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or 966.250 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 12th San Marino Open.


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    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Standings after Qualifying Squad 10/26

    Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 (places 39-41) and top 5 of squads 9-12 (places 42-46) who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) will advance to Sunday's finals.

    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."