Four-time European Bowling Tour titlist Tore Torgersen
of Norway averaged 251 in Friday’s squad 11 en route to rocket from 83rd to second place in the qualifying standings of the Brunswick Euro Challenge.
The former World and European champion (pictured above) started his six-game block with a high game of 289 and added 245, 232, 257, 269 and 214 for 1506 to become the first bowler to crack the 1500-pinfall mark.
Singapore’s Jasmine Yeong Nathan (pictured left) leads the 281-player field from 33 countries into the final qualifying day with 1539 total, including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Trailing Torgersen by 40 to 49 pins in squad 11 were Joline Persson Planefors (right; 8th, 1466) of Sweden and Singapore’s New Hui Fen (9th, 1465), Tracy See (10th, 1465) and Bernice Lim (12th, 1457), who brought the number of women in the top 12 (will earn one bye for Sunday’s finals) to eight.
Joey Yeo (left), one of 12 Singaporean women in the field, led squad 12 with 1427 scratch and 1475 total to leap into fourth place.
Danielle McEwan (right), United States, who won her first World Bowling Tour title in the 2016 season opening H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar, won her second squad this year with 1486 improving her 1386 series in squad 3 by 100 pins. The Team USA member leaped into seventh place in the standings.
Sean Rash, United States and Curtis Hooper of England slipped to third and fifth place with 1495 and 1474. Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson (below left) of Sweden is the fourth male bowler in the top 12 in sixth place with 1471.
The two-handed lefty, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions earlier this year for his third PBA title and first ‘major’, fired his second 300 game in this tournament and one of three on Friday in squad 12 but failed to improve his high series finishing with 1436.
Sweden’s Joline Persson Planefors (8th, 1466), England’s PBA champions Dom Barrett (right; 24th, 1403) and Stuart Williams (43rd, 1373) brought the number of 300 games to seven.
While a score of 1457 and more is necessary to earn a first-round bye, the score to make the top 50 to advance from the overall standings went up to 1361, an average of 226.83 scratch, set by Singapore’s Jazreel Tan. In 2015 the 50th place bowler had 1382.
Qualifying continues on Saturday, March 19, with squads 14-17 starting at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.
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 (8) – Jesper Svensson (2), Anthony Simonsen, Julien Sermand, Tommy Jones, Joline Persson Planefors, Dom Barrett, Stuart Williams