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Dom Barrett wins WBT season-opening Brunswick Euro Challenge

Dom Barrett of England celebrated a last-minute victory in the title match of the 14th Brunswick Euro Challenge to win the season-opening event of the 2017 World Bowling Tour Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

Barrett (right), who earned the No. 1 seed for the three-player stepladder finals in the last game of round robin match play, defeated No. 2 seed, Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand, 237-221, to claim his 13th European Bowling Tour title as well as his fifth PBA title.

Barrett started the championship match with two strikes and two single-pin spares for a 13-pin lead after four frames as Yannaphon (left) opened in his third frame. The Thai rebounded with five consecutive strikes to lead by five pins heading into the last frame.

Finishing first Yannaphon left a split which he was unable to convert to leave the door open for Barrett. The winner of the 2013 PBA World Championship struck on his first ball in the 10th frame to seal the victory.

In the semi-final match, Yannaphon survived a close encounter against England’s first PBA champion, Stuart Williams (right), who was looking for his seventh EBT title and the second PBA title. After a 204-204 tie, Yannaphon struck on his first shot, while Williams left a 10-pin standing for a 10-9 win in the tie-breaker.

Barrett walked away with the 11.400 Euro top prize. Yannaphon took home 8.500 Euro for second place and Williams received 5.500 Euro for third place.

The 14th edition of the Brunswick Euro Challenge drew 380 players, 308 men and 72 women, from 37 countries. 64 players, including 11 women, survived the qualifying cut which required a 1415 six-game series or an average of 235.83 to make the top 50.

While the top 12 qualifiers missed the first round, the remaining 52 players bowled six game to cut to the top 16. Anders Lousdal of Denmark led the round with 1458 (243 avg.). Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark, Jan Macek, Czech Republic, and former PBA Player of the Year and Team USA member, Sean Rash, brought the number of 300 game to 17.

Yannaphon paced the second round with 1471 (245.17) and led the top 8 into round robin match play while Barrett made the third cut in seventh place.

With the pinfall of Round 2 carried forward, Barrett won five of his even matches (30 pins bonus per win) to beat out Yannaphon for the top-seed by three pins. Williams was 80 pins behind Yannaphon but comfortable 73 pins ahead of fourth-placed Lousdal to secure the No. 3 seed.

Rash ended up in fifth place, while the only woman in match play, Birgit Pöppler (left) of Germany finished in sixth place to win the women’s ranking in Munich. Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark and last year’s runner-up Martin Larsen of Sweden finished in seventh and eighth place.

The 14th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the third stop on the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the second and last EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

The BEC, which also kicked off the World Bowling Tour 2017, was held from March 18-26 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany, the biggest bowling center in Europe with 52 lanes.

Players competed for total prize fund of 104.000 Euro with 11.400 Euro going to the winner, 8.500 Euro to the first runner-up and 5.500 Euro to the third place finisher. Low to cash was 64th place, worth 800 Euro.

Women received 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top three women after qualifying received 1.200, 700 and 500 Euro bonuses, respectively.

The top 3 women after qualifying from left to right: Birgit Pöppler (2nd), Shayna Ng (1st) and Diana Zavjalova (3rd).

Qualifying kicked off Saturday, March 18, and ran through Saturday, March 25.

Total 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 26, including the top 50 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 5 each from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 21-22 and 18-19, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

The top 12 qualifiers received a first-round bye. The other 52 players bowled six games scratch 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 for match play.

Round Two pinfall was carried forward. During the seven games of match play, players received 30 bonus pins for winning a match and 15 pins each in the event of a tie.

The top 3 players with the highest 13-game total, including bonus pins, 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 11.400 Euro top prize.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

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 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

The World Bowling Tour 2017 consists of nine stops in Bahrain, Germany, Kuwait (2), Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and USA (2).

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (date and venue tba).

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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2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Stepladder Finals

Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 18-26, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Dom Barrett, England, 237 (1 game), 11.400 Euro
2. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 425 (2 games), 8.500 Euro
3. Stuart Williams, England, 204 (1 game), 5.500 Euro

The picture shows World Bowling president, Sheikh Talal from Kuwait, during the award ceremonies.

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Yannaphon def. No. 3 Williams, 10-9 in roll-off after a 204-204 tie
Championship: No. 1 Barrett def. Yannaphon, 237-221.

2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Cashers

4. Anders Lousdal, Denmark, 3.000 Euro
5. Sean Rash, United States, 2.800 Euro
6. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 2.600 Euro
7. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 2.400 Euro
8. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2.200 Euro
9. Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1.900 Euro
10. Marshall Kent, United States, 1.900 Euro
11. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1.900 Euro
12. Francois Louw, South Africa, 1.900 Euro
13. Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1.600 Euro
14. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1.600 Euro
15. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1.600 Euro
16. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1.600 Euro
17. Jan Macek, Czech Republic, 1.400 Euro
18. Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1.400 Euro
19. Antonino Fiorentino, Italy, 1.400 Euro
20. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1.400 Euro
21. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1.300 Euro
22. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
23. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1.300 Euro
24. Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1.300 Euro
25. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1.200 Euro
26. Anton Ahlgren, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
27. Mike Harles, Germany, 1.200 Euro
28. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 1.200 Euro
29. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1.100 Euro
30. Paul Moor, England, 1.100 Euro
31. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1.100 Euro
32. Joonas Jähi, Finland, 1.100 Euro
33. Muhd Jaris Goh, Singapore, 1.100 Euro
34. Anton Persson, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
35. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1.000 Euro
36. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1.000 Euro
37. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1.000 Euro
38. Timothy Tham, Singapore, 1.000 Euro
39. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1.000 Euro
40. Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 1.000 Euro
41. Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1.000 Euro
42. Vanessa Timter, Germany, 1.000 Euro
43. André Michow, Germany, 1.000 Euro
44. Cameron Weier, United States, 1.000 Euro
45. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 900 Euro
46. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 900 Euro
47. Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, 900 Euro
48. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 900 Euro
49. Kim Andersson, Sweden, 900 Euro
50. Jonathan Van Hees, United States, 900 Euro
51. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 900 Euro
52. Adel Albarqi, Saudi Arabia, 900 Euro
53. Joel Tan, Singapore, 900 Euro
54. Abdullah Dulijan, Saudi Arabia, 900 Euro
55. Anggie Ramirez Perea, Colombia, 800 Euro
56. Cheah Ray Han, Singapore, 800 Euro
57. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 800 Euro
58. Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 800 Euro
59. Danielle McEwan, United States, 800 Euro
60. Christopher Lüttke, Sweden, 800 Euro
61. Raymond Teece, England, 800 Euro
62. Andreas Bösiger, Switzerland, 800 Euro
63. Alex Liew, Malaysia, 800 Euro
64. Andres Juliusson, Iceland, 800 Euro

Top 8 from left to right: Carsten Warming Hansen, Dom Barrett, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Birgit Pöppler, Sean Rash and Anders Lousdal.

2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round Robin Match Play

30 pins bonus per win, 15 for a tie. Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round of 28

Top 8 advance to the round robin match play. Pins carry over.

2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round of 64

Top 16 advance to the second round.

300 games (3) – Jimmy Mortensen, Jan Macek, Sean Rash.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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