of Spain averaged nearly 230 in the opening squad of the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge to take the early qualifying lead at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
Garcia toppled 1375 pins in squad 1, including games of 254, 202, 267, 194, 235 and 223, to lead a field of 36 players from Spain, Bulgaria and Venezuela. The other squads on Saturday have been canceled.
Trailing Garcia by 34 pins to sit in second place was Javier Moreno (left), Spain, who used high games of 266 and 264 for 1341. Third place Ion Acin (right), Spain, rebounded from a slow start (187) with four games between 210 and 229 and closed out his six-game block with the highest game of the day (268) for 1333.
The top 3 from the standings of Saturday and Sunday will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the three will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.
Another four bowlers, all from Spain, cracked the 1300-bar. Pablo Barriopedro (right) was fourth with 1321 and was followed by Raul Jimenez in fifth place with 1307, Erwin Pascual in sixth place with 1306 and Jesus Ballesteros in seventh place with 1300.
Sara Del Olmo, Spain, was the best woman in 10th place with 1269, including eight pins handicap per game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. Qualifying continues on Sunday, July 3, with squad 5 scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time. Squads 6, 7 and 8 have been canceled.
The IV Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 8th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour season and the third out of four EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from July 2-10 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, July 2, and runs through Saturday, July 9, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying wraps up with the Desperado Squad slated for half past Midnight. The qualifying winner earns a 750 Euro bonus.
Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top two women in qualifying (before Desperado Squad) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.
Total 50 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 10 – 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 were not among the top 38, and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye.
The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch, which trim the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.
The top 3 with the highest eight-game total 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.
The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.
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