Clara Juliana Guerrero triumphs in 2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge

    03/14/11

    2011 European Bowling Tour #4 / World Bowling Tour #4

    Defeats Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in the title match to pocket 15.000 Euro

    2011EBT04WinnerClaraGuerrero.jpgTwo-time World Champion and World Ranking Masters champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (pictured) won yet another big title when the Colombian defeated Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia and top seeded Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, en route to win the 2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday evening at Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France.

    Guerrero, who received the 15.000 Euro top prize, ousted Ridhwan in the semifinal, 235-224, and went on to beat Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time PWBA champion in the title match, 229-204. Dorin-Ballard earned 7.500 Euro for second place and Ridhwan got 5.000 Euro for third.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital has provided live streaming broadcast during qualifying and the first two rounds of the finals (without commentary) and the stepladder finals (with commentary). The recordings of the stepladder finals were archived on UStream.

    The championship round was also be taped for delayed telecast on Eurosport 2 on Thursday, April 14 at 11.30 p.m. CEST (10.30 p.m. in the UK).



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    The 2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fourth tournament on the 2011 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of just two "Platinum" events, the EBT's highest category.

    The BEC was held from March 4-13, 2011 at 28-laner Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin near Paris, France and offered total prize money of 106.000 Euro (approx. US $143,000) with 15.000 Euro going to the winner, 7.500 to the runner-up and 5.000 to the third place finishers.

    Since the Viborg International in Viborg, Denmark originally scheduled for July 30-Aug. 7, 2011 has been cancelled, the 2011 European Bowling Tour consists of 21 tour stops in 17 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, seven Silver and six Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament such as the Brunswick Euro Challenge receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2011 season qualify for the fifth EBT Masters to be held at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany on April 30 and May 1, 2012. The event will become the first EBT Masters to be contested on single lane condition.

    ValckeBowling.jpg BowlingdigitalBanner.gif The 2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge was organized and conducted by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling. Bowlingdigital.com covered the event live from Le Plaza Bowling with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos.


    The first edition of the Brunswick Euro Challenge in the year 2004 was won by three-time EBT women's ranking winner Britt Br√łndsted of Denmark. The Dane was followed by Jens Nickel, Germany (2005), Jason Belmonte, Australia (2006); Osku Palermaa, Finland (2007); Peter Ljung, Sweden (2008); Mike Fagan, United States (2009); and Rob Thurlby, England (2010). Reigning women's ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, has won the BEC women's ranking last year.

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 8th Brunswick Euro Challenge was also the fourth event of the new World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association. The WBT is a new concept developed by the WTBA to showcase the best bowlers from around the world.

    Players who compete in the selected international events and finish among the top three men and top three women in the final points standings will be eligible to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals, a special televised event during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas with a prize fund of $40,000.

    Qualifying began on Friday March 3 and ran through Saturday, March. 12. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 13, the top 52 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 4-8, plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad. The top 12 qualifiers received one bye.

    The remaining 52 finalists bowled six games scratch on Sunday morning to cut to the top 16 who joined the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 bowled another six games scratch after which the field was trimmed to the top 8 players who carried their pinfall total forward into the match play round.

    The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play plus one game position round including bonus pins (30 for each win; 15 for each tie) determined the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowled the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match took on the No. 1 seed for the title, and the 15.00 Euro top prize.

     


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    2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge


    Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 4-13, 2011)

    2011EBT04Top3.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 664 ( 2games), 15.000 Euro
    2. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, 204 (1 game), 7.500 Euro
    3. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 224 ( 1 game), 5.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: No. 3 Guerrero def. No. 2 Ridhwan, 235-224
    Championship: Guerrero def. No. 1 Dorin-Ballard, 229-204.

     



    Final Standings - Places 4-64 (cashers)


    4. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2.000 Euro
    5. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2.000 Euro
    6. Dominic Barrett, England, 2.000 Euro
    7. Marco Baade, Germany, 2.000 Euro
    8. Oliver Blase, Germany, 2.000 Euro
    9. Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia, 1.500 Euro
    10. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 1.500 Euro
    11. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    12. Eike Kabowski, Germany, 1.500 Euro
    13. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    14. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1.500 Euro
    15. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    16. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    17. Vincent Cayez, France, 1.500 Euro
    18. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    19. Marilyn Planchard, France, 1.500 Euro
    20. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1.500 Euro
    21. Melvin Ocando, Spain, 1.500 Euro
    22. Hee Kar Yen, Malaysia, 1.500 Euro
    23. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1.500 Euro
    24. Adam Cairns, England, 1.500 Euro
    25. Jari Ratia, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    26. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 1.500 Euro
    27. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    28. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    29. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    30. Sophie Herbin, France, 1.000 Euro
    31. Artur Levikin, Latvia, 1.000 Euro
    32. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 1.000 Euro
    33. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1.000 Euro
    34. Ron van den Bogaard, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
    35. Ioannis Stathatos, Greece, 1.000 Euro
    36. Victor Krasavkin, Russia, 1.000 Euro
    37. Nina Flack, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    38. Tony Ranta, Finland, 1.000 Euro
    39. Stephan Unger, Germany, 1.000 Euro
    40. Wendy Kok, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
    41. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
    42. Nadine Geissler, Germany, 1.000 Euro
    43. Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    44. Kirsten Penny, England, 1.000 Euro
    45. Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 1.000 Euro
    46. Isabelle Sacco, France, 1.000 Euro
    47. Jean Marc Lebon, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    48. Alexandre Vahidi, Iran, 1.000 Euro
    49. Darren Cundy, England, 1.000 Euro
    50. Frederic Salmon, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    51. Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    52. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    53. Mickel Rives, France, 1.000 Euro
    54. Yoan Alix, France, 1.000 Euro
    55. Emmanuel Michaud, France, 1.000 Euro
    56. Anthony Fabre, France, 1.000 Euro
    57. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    58. Dan Sear, England, 1.000 Euro
    59. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    60. Olivier Braine, Belgium, 1.000 Euro
    61. Louis Hendriks, Netherlands, 1.000 Euro
    62. Mohamed Sultan, Saudi Arabia, 1.000 Euro
    63. Julien Sermand, France, 1.000 Euro
    64. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 1.000 Euro

     


    Final Round Three - Round Robin Match Play


    The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals Sunday at 6.30 p.m. CET. Places 4-8 eliminated, earn 2.000 Euro each.


    * including 8 pins handicap each game