2008 EBT

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

Ong wins "Midnight Squad" but fails to make the top 52 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05RemyOng_small.jpg 2008EBT05MartinLarsen_small.jpg Two-time World Champion and 3-time Asian Games Champion Remy Ong (l.) led the "Midnight Squad" in the Brunswick Euro Challenge Friday night at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. The lefty from Singapore improved his six-game total to 1240, an average of 206.67, but missed the top 52, who will qualify for the finals by five pins. Martin Larsen (r.), Sweden, leads the field of 371 players from 37 countries into the final day of qualifying with 1448 pinfall total and an average of 241.33.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

No changes among the top 87 in squad #17 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

EBT2008Logo_small.jpg Bowlingdigital has covered the European Bowling Tour since the very first tournament, the 2000 Ballmaster Open in Finland, but we cannot remember any qualifying squad - at least not on the final weekend - in which no player managed a 200 average. That happened tonight in the 8 p.m. squad of the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Squad 17 leader Helene Fischbach from Sweden averaged 194.17 to land in 88th place in the overall qualifying standings.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

Brunswick Euro Challenge Video 2 - Players in Action

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05Video02_small.jpg The 5th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fifth stop on the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The BEC offered total prize fund of 90,000 Euro. 405 players from 36 countries battled it out for the 16.000 Euro top prize. The 2008 Brunswick Euro Challenge sponsored by Brunswick Bowling was organized by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling. To watch some of the players from 38 countries from all over the world in Bowlingdigital's latest video

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

USBC Masters champion Rash leads squad #16 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05BrittBrondsted_small.jpg 2008EBT05SeanRash2_small.jpg For the third consecutive squad today the squad leader moved into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Brunswick Euro Challenge.  4-time PBA champion Sean Rash (l.) followed in the foot prints of Missy Bellinder, both United States, and Pasi Uotila, Finland after leading squad #16 with 1383 six-game total and an average of 230.50. Former World Ranking Masters champion and 3-time European ranking champion Britt Brøndsted (r.), Denmark, missed the top 16 by two pins to land in 17th place with 1313.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

Brunswick Euro Challenge Video 1 - Impressions from Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05Video01_small.jpg The 5th Brunswick Euro Challenge was the fifth stop on the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The BEC offered total prize fund of 90,000 Euro. 405 players from 36 countries battled it out for the 16.000 Euro top prize. The 2008 Brunswick Euro Challenge sponsored by Brunswick Bowling was organized by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling. To watch Bowlingdigital's latest video with Impressions from Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/15/08

Three players move into top 16 in 15th qualifying squad at Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05Mika Koivuniemi_small.jpg 2008EBT05PasiUotila2_small.jpg Pasi Uotila (l.), Finland, led the 15th qualifying squad en route to move into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Saint Maximin, France.  The long-time Finnish international used high games of 268 and 259 for 1382 pinfall total, an average of 230.33 for six games.His compatriot, 8-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi leapfrogged 103 spots from 119th to 16th place behind a 1308 series. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/08

Bellinder on course for top 16; women set the tone in squad #14

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008BEC05MissyBellinder_small.jpg Missy Bellinder, United States, led the first of five squads on the penultimate qualifying day in the Brunswick Euro Challenge early Friday morning at Plaza Bowling (pictured above) in Saint Maximin, France. Bellinder, the sole women, who owns two PBA regional titles posted a 1300 series scratch including a high game of 256 and added 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Her 1348 pinfall total propelled her into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings. Martin Larsen, Sweden (1448), Australia's Jason Belmonte (1398) and Mike Fagan, United States, (1390) remained atop the leaderboard.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/08

Blasé, Asbaty add their names to the leaderboard in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05DiandraAsbaty_small.jpg 2008EBT05OliverBlase_small.jpg Oliver Blasé (l.), Germany, started his six-game qualifying series Thursday night at 10 p.m. with a 166 game but rebounded with five games between 206 and 247 to lead squad #13 with 1301 pinfall total (216.83). Blasé moved into 13th place in the overall standings. Martin Larsen, Sweden, continued to lead the field of 298 players with 1448 (241.33). Diandra Asbaty (r.), United States, improved her total to 1296 to sit in 15th place.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/08

Larsen cracks 1400-bar; Scandinavian bowler rule squad #12 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05MartinLarsen_small.jpg Multiple World Champion Martin Larsen became the first player in this year's Brunswick Euro Challenge, who cracked the 1400-bar. The Swede came out of the gates quickly Thursday evening at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, a spacious 28-lane center, and registered the first 500-series of the tournament for the first two games (267, 238). The righthander added games of 230, 255, 212 and 246 for the field-best 1448 series, an average of 241.33 for six games. Qualifying ends with squad #22 and the ultimate Desperado Squad on Saturday night, March 15.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/08

Belmonte leads Brunswick Euro Challenge when qualifying reaches halfway point

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the two-hander from Down Under, rolled games of 202, 226, 222, 232, the tournament high 279 and 237 to take the lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge when the tournament has reaches the halfway point of its qualifying. Belmonte led the 11th of 22 squads Thursday afternoon at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France, with 1398 six-game total and an average of 233.00. He improved on a 1373 total to leap one spot and to overtake previous leader Mike Fagan, United States, by 8 pins. Qualifying continues on Thursday with squads 12 and 13 a 6 and 10 p.m.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/14/08

Loschetter leads Squad #10 to move up 83 spots in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2006ChrisLoschetter_small.jpg PBA exempt bowler Chris Loschetter (l.), United States, improved his pervious six-game total by 210 pins on Thursday morning to leap 83 spots into 10th place in the overall qualifying standings in the 2008 Brunswick Euro Challenge. Loschetter led the 10th qualifying squad with 1290 pinfall total including a high game of 234 and a low game of 199. PBA champion Mike Fagan, United States and Jason Belmonte (r-l), Australia, remained unchallenged atop the leaderboard with 1390 and 1373 pinfall total, resp.  Qualifying will continue Thursday with three more squads at 2, 6 and 10 p.m.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/08

Four players crack top 10 in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2007EBT05ShaunNg_small.jpg 2007EBT05TimMack_small.jpg The international players took over Plaza bowling center in Saint Maximin, France, where the fifth stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour, the 90.000 Euro Brunswick Euro Challenge, is underway. Four players Shaun Ng (left), Singapore, Tim Mack (right), Ronnie Russell, both United States, and Dominic Barrett, England, moved into third through sixth place during the 9th qualifying squad on Wednesday night. Qualifying continues Thursday with four squads.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/13/08

Fagan, Belmonte shoot into the lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05JasonBelmonteMikeFagan_small.jpg Two of the favorites, Mike Fagan, United States and Jason Belmonte (r.l), Australia, took a dominating lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge after squad 8. Fagan, who won his first career PBA title this season posted a tournament-best 1390 series to lead the field of 144 players with an average of 231.67. Belmonte, had six games between 217 and 243 to overtake the second place with 1373 (228.83).  Dutch Wendy van der List became the first woman who cracked the 1300-bar with 1301, good for third place overall. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/12/08

Venezuelan Medina takes the pole in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05RafaelMedina_small.jpg 2008EBT05AndresGomez_small.jpg Rafael Medina (l.), Venezuela, had games of 227, 220, 214, 216, 236, 180 in squad #7 to take the pole position in the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. Medina totaled 1293 pins and averaged 215.50 for his six games to top previous leader Andres Gomez (r.), Colombia, by 11 pins. Gomez, who had 1261 in this squad, slipped to second with 1282.  no less than eight players cracked the top 16 including USBC Masters champ Sean Rash.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/11/08

Gomez, Forestier move to the top in Brunswick Euro Challenge

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05AndresGomez_small.jpg Former PBA exempt bowler Andres Gomez, Colombia, rolled games of 210, 244, 216, 204, 198 and 210 in Squad 6 at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France to overtake the qualifying lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge with 1282 six-game total and an average of 213.67. Nicolas Forestier, France, who led the squad after five games, finished with 194 and 1277 to move into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Previous leader Olivier Leroy, Belgium, slipped to third place with 1242.  Qualifying continues on Tuesday evening with Squad 7 of 22.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/10/08

Leroy leads Brunswick Euro Challenge after the first weekend

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05OlivierLeroy_small.jpg Olivier Leroy, Belgium, who led the fourth qualifying squad in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Plaza Bowling in St. Maximin, France, improved his 1239 six-game total by three pins in squad 5 to finish the first weekend atop the leaderboard with 1242 or an average of 207.00. That is worth much more than just bragging rights as the top 6 players from the combined standings of squads 1-5, who will not finish among the top 52 qualifiers in the overall qualifying standings, receive an automatic berth in the finals on Sunday, March 16.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/10/08

Leroy overtakes the lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge after Squad 4

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05AnneGales_small.jpg Olivier Leroy, Belgium, finished his six-game qualifying block Saturday afternoon with a 222 game to beat out Anne Lorraine Gales (pictured left), Denmark, for the top spot in qualifying after four squads by one pin. Leroy totaled 1239 pins, an average of 206.50. Gales added 48 pins handicap, a standard on the European Bowling Tour for women, to her her 1190 pinfall to sit in second place with 1238. The top 6 from a separate standing for the squads conducted March 7-9, who will not finish among the top 52 qualifiers, will earn a berth into the finals on Sunday, March 16.

2008 European Bowling Tour #5

03/09/08

Verbruggen leads in Brunswick Euro Challenge after Day One Qualifying

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

2008EBT05GeryVerbruggen_small.jpg Gery Verbruggen (left), Belgium, took the early lead in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Plaza Bowling St. Maximin in Saint Maximin.The 4-time European Ranking winner (2000-03) started with three sub-par games but rebounded with 253, 237 and 202 to lead the richest event on the 2008 European Bowling Tour after day one qualifying with 1228 six-game total and an average of 204.67.  The 5th annual Brunswick Euro Challenge runs through March 16 and offers total prize fund of 90,000 Euros. 

Starting Today

03/08/08

2008 Brunswick Euro Challenge attracts players from 38 countries including several PBA stars

Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 7-16, 2008)

BECLogo_small.gif The 5th Brunswick Euro Challenge, to be held from March 8 through 16, 2008 at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, is the richest event on the 2008 European Bowling Tour and certainly one of its real "major" tournaments. According to Brunswick's Martina Jakobi, 446 players - 348 men and 98 women - from 38 countries have registered and there are only a few qualifying spots available from March 8-12. The BEC will get underway today with two squads at 1 and 5 p.m. Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Paris commencing Thursday, March 13 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, March 16.

2008 European Bowling Tour #4

03/03/08

Ratia beats Uotila by one pin to win VI Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa

Planet Bowling in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 27 - March 2, 2008)

2007MOJariRatia_small.jpg 2007MOPasiUotila3_small.jpg In an all-Finnish affair, Jari Ratia (left) defeated Pasi Uotila (right) by the closest possible margin, 194-193, en route to win the 6th Catalonia Open - Trofeu Galasa at Planet Bowling in Barcelona, Spain and the 12.000 Euro top prize. The stepladder final in Barcelona was a low-scoring encounter with No. 2 seed Ratia ousting No. 3 seed, Remy Ong, Singapore, in the semi-final, 184-177, for the right to take on tournament leader Uotila for the title.

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