Number of players registered for the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge nears 400


    2012 European Bowling Tour #4

    391 players, 309 men and 82 woman, from 35 countries have registered for the March 16-25 event; 106.000 Euro (approx. US $150,000) at stake in the European Bowling Tour and World Bowling Tour event


    Valcke Bowling, organizer of the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge, has announced that the number of players registered for this tournament nears 400. The BEC is the fourth tournament on the 2012 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of just two "Platinum" events, the EBT's highest category.

    The BEC will be held from March 16-25 at 28-laner Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin near Paris, France and offers total prize money of 106.000 Euro (approx. US $150,000) with 15.000 Euro going to the winner, 7.500 to the runner-up and 5.000 to the third place finisher.

    With more than two months to go until the opening, 391 players, 309 men and 82 woman, from 35 countries - Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela and the host country France - have registered for the event.

    Four out of total 25 qualifying squads (No. 3, 6, 22 and 23) are already fully booked. With the exception of the Midnight squads there are just 23 spots available on the last two days of qualifying, 17 on Friday March 23 and six on Saturday, March 24. Please click here for the detailed schedule or use the left menu bar.

    To register for the BEC click here.

    ValckeBowling.jpg BowlingdigitalBanner.gif The 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge will be organized and conducted by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling. will cover the event live from Le Plaza Bowling with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos.

    Qualifying begins on Friday, March 16 with Squad 1 scheduled for 8.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and runs through Saturday, March. 24 with the final Squad 25 slated for 8 p.m. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m. Women will receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire event, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 25, the top 52 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 16-19 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad. The top 12 qualifiers will receive one bye.

    The remaining 52 finalists 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 players who will carry their pinfall total forward into the match play round.

    After seven games round robin match play (30 for each win; 15 for each tie) the top 3 players 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 15.00 Euro top prize.

    2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge Prize Fund: 106.000 Euro
    1st Place - 15.000 Euro
    2nd Place - 7.500 Euro
    3rd Place - 5.000 Euro
    4th to 8th Place - 2.000 Euro
    9th to 28th Place - 1.500 Euro
    29th to 64th Place - 1.000 Euro

    Women Extra Prizes (based on the qualifying standings BEFORE Desperado Squad) 1st Place - 1.250 Euro
    2nd Place - 750 Euro
    3rd Place - 500 Euro

    Note: As a consequence of the French tax regulations, there will be a tax of 15% for each prize higher than € 600. The tax will be deducted by the organizer.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 22 events in 17 countries including two Platinum, five Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. 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.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the 6th EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe ninth edition of the Brunswick Euro Challenge is also the seventh event of the 2012 World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association. The WBT was 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.


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