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Jenny Wegner wins her first EBT title in 15th Brunswick Euro Challenge

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Jenny Wegner of Sweden defeated two opponents in the stepladder finals of the 15th Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany, on her way to her first European Bowling Tour title.

The two-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader (2015 and 2017) finished the match play portion of the finals in second place to earn the no. 2 seed in the three-player stepladder finals.

In the opening match Wegner (above right), who received eight pins handicap per game, eliminated last year’s runner-up, Yannaphon Larp-apharat (left) of Thailand, 233-214, for the right to bowl top-seeded Anthony Simonsen for the title.

After winning his first EBT title in the 30th Irish Open Championships, Simonsen was looking for back-to-back EBT titles and his fourth Professional Bowlers Association title.

The 21-year-old two-handed right-hander, who started match play with his second 300 game of the tournament and the record 24th overall, followed by 287 and 278 – an 865 series – fell behind early when Wegner, the 2016 QubicaAMF World Cup women’s champion, started the title match with five strikes.

Despite three open frames in the last four frames by Wegner, Simonsen (right) managed only a 213-211 scratch win, but Wegner added eight pins handicap to hold off Simonsen for the title, 219-213.

Wegner received 11.500 Euro for her first victory on the European Bowling Tour. She is the 26th woman in the 19-year history of the EBT to win an EBT title and the third in four events this season.

The only male winner in 2018 is Simonsen, who pocketed 8.500 Euro for second place. Yannaphon walked away with 5.500 Euro for third place.

The 15th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fourth stop on the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the first of two EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

The BEC, which was also the curtain-raiser to the World Bowling Tour 2018, was held from March 10-18 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany, the biggest bowling center in Europe with 52 lanes.

383 players from 36 countries competed for total prize fund of 105.000 Euro with 11.500 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 (Cajsa Wegner, Siti Safiyah and Mai Ginge Jensen) received 1.200, 700 and 500 Euro bonuses, respectively.

Qualifying ran through Saturday, March 17 and concluded with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad.

Total 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 18, including the top 50 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 5 each from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 13-14 and 10-11, 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 11.500 Euro top prize.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 13 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, three “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which will offer total prize fund of more than 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

The EBT 2018 takes a one-month break before returning to Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands, for the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018, a “silver” tournament which will be held from April 15-22.

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 award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

The World Bowling Tour 2018 consists of ten stops in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United States of America (5).

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).

The WBt 2018 commences with the United States Bowling Congress Masters April 8-15 in Syracuse, NY, USA.

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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From left: Simonsen (2nd), Wegner (1st) and Yannaphon (3rd).

2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Stepladder Finals

Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 10-18, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 452 (2 games), 11.500 Euro
2. Anthony Simonsen, USA, 213 (1 game), 8.500 Euro
3. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 214 (1 game), 5.500 Euro

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Wegner def. No. 3 Yannaphon, 233-214
Championship: Wegner def. No. 1 Simonsen, 219-213.
Wegner’s scores include eight pins handicap per game.

2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Cashers

4. Stuart Williams, England, 3.400 Euro
5. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 3.000 Euro
6. Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2.800 Euro
7. David Simard, Canada, 2.500 Euro
8. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2.200 Euro
9. Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1.900 Euro
10. Kyle Troup, United States, 1.900 Euro
11. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1.900 Euro
12. Ghislaine Stigter-Van Der Tol, Netherlands, 1.900 Euro
13. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1.600 Euro
14. Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1.600 Euro
15. Danielle McEwan, United States, 1.600 Euro
16. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1.600 Euro
17. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1.400 Euro
18. Andrew Anderson, United States, 1.400 Euro
19. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1.400 Euro
20. Anggie Ramirez Perea, Colombia, 1.400 Euro
21. Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1.300 Euro
22. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1.300 Euro
23. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 1.300 Euro
24. Emil Ågren, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
25. Shawn Maldonado, United States, 1.200 Euro
26. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1.200 Euro
27. Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1.200 Euro
28. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
29. Darren Tang, United States, 1.100 Euro
30. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1.100 Euro
31. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1.100 Euro
32. Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1.100 Euro
33. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1.100 Euro
34. Patrick Weichert, Germany, 1.100 Euro
35. Sean Rash, United States, 1.000 Euro
36. Francois Louw, South Africa, 1.000 Euro
37. Jason Sterner, United States, 1.000 Euro
38. John Wells, England, 1.000 Euro
39. Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1.000 Euro
40. Dom Barrett, England, 1.000 Euro
41. Oliver Morig, Germany, 1.000 Euro
42. Jamie McDermott, Germany, 1.000 Euro
43. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1.000 Euro
44. Richard Teece, England, 1.000 Euro
45. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 900 Euro
46. Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 900 Euro
47. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 900 Euro
48. New Hui Fen, Singapore, 900 Euro
49. Raymond Teece, England, 900 Euro
50. Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 900 Euro
51. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 900 Euro
52. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 900 Euro
53. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 900 Euro
54. Tobias Börding, Germany, 900 Euro
55. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 800 Euro
56. Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 800 Euro
57. Lau Kwun Ho, Hong Kong, 800 Euro
58. Christoph Schurian, Germany, 800 Euro
59. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 800 Euro
60. Timo Schroeder, Germany, 800 Euro
61. Andres Juliusson, Iceland, 800 Euro
62. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 800 Euro
63. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 800 Euro
64. Moued Saad Alqahtani, Saudi Arabia, 800 Euro

2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round Robin Match Play

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

300 games (1 this round; 24 overall) – Anthony Simonsen.

2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round of 28

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

300 games (2 this round; 23 overall) – Syafiq Ridhwan, Shawn Maldonado, Cherie Tan.

2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Round of 64

Top 16 advance to the second round.

300 games (3 this round; 21 overall) – Syafiq Ridhwan, Shawn Maldonado, Cherie Tan.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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