Ryan Ciminelli moves into fifth place on Day 3 Qualifying at Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Two-time PBA champion rolls 1375 series in Squad 6/18; fellow PBAer Tim Mack leads field of 82 players with 1488; Germany's Christiane Kühn is the lone woman above the cut line; cut for 52nd place is currently 1116 (186 average)

    2014EBT04RyanCiminelli.jpg2014EBT04TimMack.jpgTwo-time PBA champion Ryan Ciminelli (pictured left), United States, posted the highest six-game series on the third day of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings with 1375.

    Ciminelli, who finished seventh in the 11th Kuwait International Open 2014 last week missing the cut to the stepladder finals by mere 19 pins, averaged 229.17 in Squad 6 including games of 227, 248, 213, 222, 227 and 238.

    Fellow PBAers Tim Mack (right) and Tom Hess, United States, continued to lead the field of 82 players with 1488 and 1413, respectively. Thomas Gross of Austria, who remained in third place with 1391, is the only non-PBA member in the top 8.

    2014EBT04ThomasGross.jpg2014EBT04JakePeters.jpgEngland's Stuart Williams stayed fourth with 1382, while Jason Sterner, United States, slipped one spot to sixth place with 1361.

    Jake Peters (right), United States, who won his first PBA title in the Badger Open last season, was second in Squad 6 to leap into seventh place with 1344 including back-to-back 278 & 279 games.

    Rounding out the top 8 is defending champion Ronnie Russell, United States, with 1319.

    Swede Markus Jansson was next to Peters with 1287, good for 11th place overall. The top German player, Berny Stöckl, currently holds the 12th and last place to earn one bye for the finals with 1285 (214.17 average).

    2014EBT04AnzeGrabrijan.jpg2013ISBT06ChristianeKuhn.jpgOne-time European Bowling Tour titlist Anže Grabrijan (left) of Slovenia, who led Squad 5 on Tuesday afternoon with 1275, missed the top 12 by ten pins to sit in 14th place. Former German national team member Christiane Kühn (right) is the lone woman above the cut line in 30th place with 1207 including 48 pins handicap.

    Klaus Zils, Germany, mans the 52nd and last place to qualify directly for Sunday's finals with 1116 or an average of 186. Qualifying continues on Wednesday, March 19, with Squads 7 & 8 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. CET.

    2014BECLogo_small.jpg The Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fourth tournament on the 2014 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of only two "Platinum" events this season, the EBT's highest tournament category. The BEC is also the 10th stop of the World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA International title, if won by a PBA member.

    The 11th issue of Europe's richest tournament will be held from March 15-23 at Europe's biggest bowling center, 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

    The Tournament offers an increased total prize fund of 111.111 Euro with 11.111 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 Euro to the runner-up and 7.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital.com will provide Live Coverage and Live Streaming of the last day of qualifying and the whole finals. The stepladder final will be broadcast live on Bowlingdigital TV Sunday, March 23, from 17:00 to 18:00 Central European Time (starts at noon Eastern Daylight Time or Monday, March 24, at 0.00 a.m. Hong Kong Time).

    Qualifying will kick off Saturday, March 15, with two squads and runs through Saturday, March. 22, with the final Squad 18 slated for 8 p.m. CET. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 23, including the top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-19 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers will receive one bye. The other 52 players will 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 (30 pins bonus 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 11.111 Euro top prize.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million 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 compete in the eighth EBT Masters in Asti, Italy, on July 6, 2015.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2012 and all points from the 2013 and 2014 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point in Las Vegas.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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    2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 6/18

    The top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-19 (Places 53-60) and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 23. The finals will be live streamed on Bowlingdigital.com.