Joachim Karlsson shoots 1505 series; takes the overall lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Swede becomes the first player to surpass the 1500-mark; 14 players of Wednesday's Squads 7 & 8 move into the top 16; Daniel Fransson shoots the first 300 game; cut for 52nd place raises by 171 pins to 1287 (214.50 average)

    2014EBT14JoachimKarlsson.jpg2013EBT04TimMack2.jpgThe leaderboard of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge got a new look after Wednesday's squads 7 & 8 as 14 players moved into the top 16 in the qualifying currently underway at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    Joachim Karlsson (pictured left) of Sweden topped the high-scoring eighth squad and became the first player who surpassed the 1500-mark finishing his six games with 1505 and an average of 250.83. Karlsson had games of 230, 278, 255, 245, 218 and 279 to overtake previous leader Tim Mack (right), United States, by 17 pins.

    2012BWCMarshallKent4.jpg2014EBT04JesperSvensson.jpgMack slipped to second place with 1488 and is followed by three one-time European Bowling Tour titlists, who averaged over 240 in squad 8. Marshall Kent (left), United States, finished his series with a pair of 250s for 1457 to overtake third place overall.

    Jesper Svensson (right), a two-handed lefty from Sweden, was mere three pins behind with 1454 including a pair of 268 games. Rounding out the top 5 is Martin Paulsson, Sweden, who used 269, 268 and 268 in games 3-5 for 1442.

    Long-time Malaysian national team member Zulmazran Zulkifli (below left), who was temporarily in second place after leading squad 7 with 1429, slipped to sixth place. Zulkifli, who is the best of 13 Malaysian bowlers in the field, had games of 224, 236, 258, 246, 257 and 208.

    2014EBT04ZulmazranZulkifli.jpg2014PBAKellyKulick.jpgAnŇĺe Grabrijan, Slovenia, was just one pin behind Zulkifli in squad 7 with 1428, good for seventh place. World Bowling Tour point ranking leader Kelly Kulick (right), United States, is the best of 16 women in the 140-player field from 19 countries in 12th place with 1411 including 48 pins handicap (227.17 average).

    Tobias Börding is the best German bowler in 22nd place with 1358. Defending champion Ronnie Russell, United States, fell from eighth to 41st place with 1319. Daniel Fransson of Sweden, who started squad 8 with the tournament's first 300 game, sits in 46th place with 1307.

    2012EBT17MarkusJansson.jpgThe cut for 52nd place raised by 171 pins on Wednesday from 1116 to 1287 (214.50 average). Markus Jansson (right) of Sweden is the man "on the bubble".

    Qualifying continues on Thursday, March 20, with Squads 9-11 starting at 1, 5 and 9 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 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 8/18

    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