Jeroen van Geel
of the Netherlands averaged 252.67 in the 17th qualifying squad Thursday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to shoot into the lead in the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge.
Van Geel (pictured above), who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International last year, started his first squad with the tournament’s third 300 game followed by 279, 180, 279, 221 and 257 for 1516 to become the first player who surpassed the magic 1500-mark (a 250 average). The qualifying winner will receive a 750 Euro bonus.
Sitting in third place heading into the last game, Van Geel (1259) was trailing his compatriot Michell Stinissen (left; 1280) and Ray Teece (right; 1263) of England by 21 and four pins, respectively.
Teece, who had a 299 effort in game 4 finished with 226 and 1489 (248.17) to leap into second place in the standings, while Stinissen, who started his set with 238, 247, 279, 246 and 270 had to settle for third place with 1484 (247.33) behind a 204 last game.
Pablo Barriopedro of Spain, who led the field of 141 players from 22 countries since squad 5, slipped to fourth place with 1479. He is followed by South Americans Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela and Lucas Legnani of Argentina in fifth and sixth place with 1478 and 1463, respectively.
Three Englishmen moved into the top 10 in squad 18, the last squad on Thursday evening. All-time European Bowling Tour title leader Paul Moor (left), who has won 17 titles from 2004 through 2016, used high games of 277, 257 and 256 to lead the squad and to take seventh place overall with 1448 (241.33).
Rob Thurlby (right), a two-time winner on the EBT, was just four pins behind in eighth place with 1444, including high games of 279 and 267. Dominic Barrett (below left), an 11-time EBT and four-time PBA champion, was further three pins back in ninth place on 1441, including high games of 279 and 259.
With two more qualifying days to come, rounding out the top 10 was tournament organizer Paco Rodriguez of Spain with 1440. 17 players including Van Geel have surpassed the 1400-mark.
2015 EBT point ranking leader Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, who won gold in All-Events and the Team event at the Women’s European Championships in Vienna, Austria, last month, posted a 1354 series scratch, including the tournament’s fourth 300 game and the first by a woman in the second game of squad 17, to become the highest positioned woman in 19th place with 1394 total including eight pins handicap (maximum is 300).
Her teammate on the national squad and runner-up in the 2015 ranking, Ida Andersson, totaled 1386 in squad 18 to sit in 21st place. The Swedes are the only women in the top 38, who will advance from the qualifying leaderboard.
Ray’s brother, Richard Teece, currently holds 38th place with 1329 or an average of 221.50. Qualifying continues on Friday, July 8, with squads 20-22 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Squad 19 has been canceled.
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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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2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Standings after Qualifying Squad 18/26
Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 (places 39-41) and top 5 of squads 9-12 (places 42-46) who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) will advance to Sunday’s finals.
300 games (4) – Luis Briceño, Ildemaro Ruiz Jr., Jeroen van Geel, Jenny Wegner