In an all-English stepladder final, Ray Teece
(pictured left) defeated England’s PBA champions Dom Barrett
and Stu Williams
in two almost identical games to win the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge and the 6.000 Euro top prize Sunday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
By winning his first European Bowling Tour title, Ray followed in the footprints of his younger brother Richard, who owns two EBT titles, including the Odense International, the previous stop of the European Bowling Tour in Denmark last month.
Teece, who finished the qualifying of the high-scoring event second to winner Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, received two byes for the finals. He averaged 244.25 in Round 3 and 241.25 in Round 4 to earn the No. 3 seed for the stepladder finals.
Williams (right) fired games of 268, 257, 276 and 259 to secure the No. 1 seed. Barrett posted equally high games of 236, 267, 276 and 279 to earn the No. 2 seed.
In the opening match, Teece eliminated Barrett (left) , a four-time Professional Bowlers Association champion and 11-time EBT titlist, 257-238, for the right to bowl Williams for the title. Williams and Teece matched each other shot for shot through the first seven frames of the championship match, starting with strike, spare and a five-bagger.
When Williams, who owns a PBA title along with six titles on the EBT, left his second 10-pin in frame eight, Teece had the opportunity to shut out Williams. Finishing first and working on a six-bagger, Teece left a 10-pin in his 9th frame. Both players could strike out for a 259-259 tie.
Teece rebounded with a double, but left the door open for Williams when he left the 6-9-10 combination on his fill ball for 256. Needing a double and an eight-count in his 10th frame, Williams left a 7-pin on his first offering, which sealed his fate.
Williams received 3.000 for second place, while Barrett took home 2.000 Euro. Barrett is the two-time defending champion in the San Marino Open, the next EBT “gold” tournament”, which started already yesterday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, and runs through July 17.
Birgit Pöppler (right) of Germany, the only woman in the field who made the cut to the top 38, missed the stepladder finals by mere 28 pins, finishing in fourth place worth 1.500 Euro. She also earned a 750 Euro bonus as the top female qualifier.
The IV Brunswick Madrid Challenge was the 8th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour season and the third out of four EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament was held from July 2-10 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
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Players competed 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 ran from July 2-9 and concluded with the Desperado Squad. The qualifying winner earned 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) earned 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.
Total 50 players qualified 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 featured four games from scratch, which trimmed the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advanced to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.
The top 3 with the highest eight-game total advanced to the stepladder finals. The No. 2 and 3 seeds opened the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner went 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 – Stepladder Finals
Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain (July 2-10, 2016)
1. Ray Teece, England, 514 (2 games), 6.000 Euro
2. Stuart Williams, England, 239 (1 game), 3.000 Euro
3. Dominic Barrett, England, 238 (1 game), 2.000 Euro
L-R Birgit Pöppler (4th), Dominic Barrett (3rd), Stuart Williams (2nd) and champion Ray Teece.
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Teece def. No. 2 Barrett, 257-238
Championship: Teece def. No. 1 Williams, 256-239.
2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round Four Results
Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals. Places 4-10 show earnings.
2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Cashers (places 11-50)
11. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 750 Euro
12. Alvar Cardona Jr., Spain, 750 Euro
13. Gaëtan Mouveroux, France, 750 Euro
14. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 750 Euro
15. Pablo Barriopedro, Spain, 750 Euro
16. Michell Stinissen, Netherlands, 600 Euro
17. Steven Gill, Scotland, 600 Euro
18. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 600 Euro
19. Jari Ratia, Finland, 600 Euro
20. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 600 Euro
21. Ruben Orche, Spain, 500 Euro
22. Santtu Tahvanainen, Finland, 500 Euro
23. Patrick Meka, Netherlands, 500 Euro
24. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 500 Euro
25. Paul Moor, England, 500 Euro
26. Johnny Spil Jr., Netherlands, 500 Euro
27. Elliot Crosby, England, 500 Euro
28. Rob Thurlby, England, 500 Euro
29. Hadley Morgan, England, 500 Euro
30. Ion Acin, Spain, 500 Euro
31. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 400 Euro
32. Wesley Gorter, Netherlands, 400 Euro
33. Raul Jimenez, Spain, 400 Euro
34. Javier Moreno, Spain, 400 Euro
35. Alejandro Arjonilla, Spain, 400 Euro
36. Anton Elofsson, Sweden, 400 Euro
37. Lauri Sipilä, Finland, 400 Euro
38. Giannis Stathatos, Greece, 400 Euro
39. Paco Rodriguez, Spain, 400 Euro
40. Wendy Bartaire, France, 400 Euro
41. Luis Briceño, Spain, 300 Euro
42. Pedro García.P, Spain, 300 Euro
43. Marcial Ovide, Spain, 300 Euro
44. Gonzalo Garcia, Spain, 300 Euro
45. Inigo Garcia, Spain, 300 Euro
46. Kristoffer Persson, Sweden, 300 Euro
47. Julio Gonzalez, Spain, 300 Euro
48. Kévin Zampin, France, 300 Euro
49. Juan Marian, Spain, 300 Euro
50. Erwin Pascual, Spain, 300 Euro
2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round Three Results
Top 10 advance to the fourth round. Places 11-15 earn 750 Euro; places 16-20 earn 600 Euro.
2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round Two Results
Top 10 advance to the third round. Places 11-20 finish 21st to 30th, earn 500 Euro.
2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round One Results
Top 10 advance to the second round. Places 11-20 finish 31st to 40th, earn 400 Euro; places 21-30 finish 41st to 50th, earn 300 Euro.