A pair of PBA Tournament of Champions winners moved into second and third place in the qualifying standings of the Brunswick Euro Challenge Wednesday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.
Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson of Sweden who won the TOC earlier this year for his third PBA title, averaged 245.17 in squad 7 to leap into second place in the overall standing with 1471.
The 21-year-old two-handed lefty (pictured above) started his six-game series with 214 before he rolled the second perfecto of the tournament in game 2. Svensson followed a 249 in game three with a near-perfect 290 and closed out with 203 and 215 to overtake Kelly Kulick, United States, by eight pins.
Kulick who made sports history by winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event, led squad 6 with 1463, including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
The 39-year-old Team USA member had games of 228, 247, 187, 247, 280 and 226 for 1415 scratch, an average of 235.83, is one of eight woman in the top 12 (will earn a first-round bye at the end of qualifying).
Jasmine Yeong Nathan (left) of Singapore, who totaled 1539 Tuesday, remained atop the 129-player field from 22 countries. Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia was second to Svensson with 1452 total after finishing her set with 230, 255 and 268.
Jaroslav Lorenc (right) of Czech Republic dropped three spots to fifth place with 1415. By virtue of finishing in 1-5 in a separate standing of squads 4-7, Yeong Nathan, Svensson, Kulick, Roumimper and Lorenc will earn automatic berths in the finals in case they don’t finish in the top 50 overall.
If any of those 5 finish in the top 50 in qualifying, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order. For comparison, the score for 50th place in the 2015 BEC was 1382.
The cutoff number for 50th place went up by another 71 pins Wednesday. With seven of 17 squads completed, Hermann Wimmer of Germany is the man “on the bubble” with 1214 and an average of 202.33.
Qualifying continues on Thursday, March 17, with squads 8-10 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET).
The 13th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fifth stop on the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the four EBT tournament categories.
The BEC will be held from March 13-20 at Europe’s premier bowling center, Dream-Bowl Palace, a 52-laner in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.
Players will compete for total prize fund of 103.000 Euro with 11.700 Euro going to the winner, 8.500 Euro to the runner-up and 5.500 Euro to the third place finisher.
Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top three women after qualifying receive 1.200, 700 and 500 Euro bonuses, respectively.
The BEC is also the third event of the 2016 World Bowling Tour. Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA title to the winner if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.
Qualifying kicks off Sunday, March 13, and runs through Saturday, March 19, with the final Squad 17 slated for 8 p.m. CET. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m.
Total 64 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 20, including the top 50 in the standings, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-16, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 13-14, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.
The top 12 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 52 players bowl six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who will join the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 will bowl another six games scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 for match play.
Round Two pinfall will be carried forward. The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play including bonus pins (30 for a win; 15 for a tie) will determine the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowls the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match takes on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 11.300 Euro top prize.
The 2016 World Bowling Tour currently consists of 8 tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand. A ninth event and the only WBT “major” so far is planned for December 2016 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the USA.
Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).
After the conclusion of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, the World Bowling Tour will take a five-month break returning to competition with the World Bowling Tour Thailand event, which will be held from August 6-12 at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok.
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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Top 50 qualifiers, top 5 from March 15-16 squads (places 51-55), top 5 from March 13-14 squads (places 56-60), and top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 20.
300 games (2) – Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson.