Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela finished his six-game block in squad 9 with twelve consecutive strikes to miss the top spot in the qualifying of the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge by just one pin Monday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
The long-time national team member and PBA touring pro (pictured above) started his series with games of 238, 244, 224, 225 and 247 before he rolled the second 300 game on Monday to jump into second place with 1478 total or an average of 246.33.
Pablo Barriopedro (left) of Spain remained atop the 71-player field from eight countries with 1479 (246.50). Lucas Legnani (above right) of Argentina and Luis Briceño (below) of Spain were close behind Ruiz in squad 9 and moved into third and fourth place in the standings.
Legnani, who won the Catalonia Open for his lone European Bowling Tour title in 2009, had a high game of 299 in game three and added five games between 202 and 247 to help grab third place with 1463.
Briceño posted the first 300 game of the tournament in game three and sandwiched games of 245, 226, 237 and 226 around the perfecto, but had to settle for fourth place with 1432 after closing with 198.
Fifth place belonged to Raul Jimenez (above left) of Spain, who had a 1386 series in squad 9 but improved by five pins to lead squad 10 with 1391 and an average of 231.83. Jimenez rolled games of 198, 217, 237, 286, 248 and 205.
The top 5 from the standings of Monday and Tuesday (squads 9-12) will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the five will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.
Rounding out the top 10 after the third day of qualifying were Spanish bowlers. Ruben Orche (left) of Spain slipped from second to sixth place with 1386 and was followed by Javier Moreno (right), who was second in squad 10 with 1378.
Squad 1 leader Inigo Garcia (left) sits in eighth place with 1375, Ion Acin is ninth with 1369 and Alejandro Arjonilla mans 10th place with 1358. Sara Del Olmo (right), Spain, is the best of 10 women in the field in 14th place with 1302 total, including eight pins bonus each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
With 10 of 26 qualifying squads in the books, Alejandro Garcia of Spain holds the 38th and last place to qualify directly to Sunday’s finals with 1150 and an average of 191.67. Qualifying continues on Tuesday, July 5, with squads 11 & 12 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.
Live streaming will start on Thursday, July 7, on YouTube.
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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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 (2) – Luis Briceño, Ildemaro Ruiz Jr.