Danielle McEwan from the United States led the third qualifying squad of the 13th Brunswick Euro Challenge Monday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany with 1386 total to leap into second place in the overall standings.
As a result of finishing in the top five in the first three squads, the Team USA member (pictured above) will earn automatic berth in the finals in case she doesn’t finish in the top 50 at the end of the qualifying.
If any of the top 5 of squads 1-3 finish in the top 50 in qualifying, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order. For comparison, the score for 50th place in the 2015 BEC was 1382.
McEwan, who won her first World Bowling Tour title in the 2016 season opening H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar and won the women’s ranking in the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship had games of 289, 197, 217, 199, 215 and 221 for 1338 scratch (223 average) and added eight pins each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Her compatriot Anthony Simonsen (left), who has won two Professional Bowlers Association title in 2016, including his first “major” title in the 2016 USBC Masters, continued to lead qualifying with 1412 and an average of 235.33.
Another two players of squad 3, Dirk Völkel (right) of Germany and Francois Louw of South Africa, moved into the top 5. Völkel used high games of 256 and 279 to leap from sixth into third place with 1377.
Louw (below left), runner-up in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and winner of the 9th Kingdom International Open at the end of the 2015 season, improved his previous high series of 1297 by 59 pins to remain in fifth place with 1356.
Anggie Ramirez (right) of Colombia was the second woman to earn the automatic spot for the finals in fourth place with 1363, including handicap.
With three of 17 squads completed, Harald Laub of Germany holds the 50th and last place to advance with 1042 and an average of 173.67.
Qualifying continues on Tuesday, March 15, with squads 4 & 5 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET).
The 13th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fifth stop on the 2016 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 13-20 at Europe’s premier bowling center, Dream-Bowl Palace, a 52-laner in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.
Players will compete for total prize fund of 103.000 Euro with 11.700 Euro going to the winner, 8.500 Euro to the runner-up and 5.500 Euro to the third place finisher.
Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top three women after qualifying receive 1.200, 700 and 500 Euro bonuses, respectively.
The BEC is also the third event of the 2016 World Bowling Tour. Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA title to the winner if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.
Qualifying kicks off Sunday, March 13, and runs through Saturday, March 19, 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.
Total 64 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 20, including the top 50 in the standings, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-16, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 13-14, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.
The top 12 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 52 players 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 11.300 Euro top prize.
The 2016 World Bowling Tour currently consists of 8 tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand. A ninth event and the only WBT “major” so far is planned for December 2016 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the USA.
Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).
After the conclusion of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, the World Bowling Tour will take a five-month break returning to competition with the World Bowling Tour Thailand event, which will be held from August 6-12 at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok.
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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Top 50 qualifiers, top 5 from March 15-16 squads, top 5 from March 13-14 squads, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 20.
300 games (1) – Anthony Simonsen.