2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge: No changes atop the leaderboard in Squad 14


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Squad leader Anthony Pepe (USA) and three other players surpass the 1400-bar as the field reaches the 300-mark; Joonas Jähi (FIN) remains in the lead with 1545; cut for 12th place is still 1454 (242.33) and cut for 52nd place is 1396 (232.67)

    2014EBT04JoonasJahi.jpg2014PBAChrisLoschetter.jpgThere were no changes atop the leaderboard in the 14th qualifying squad of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge Friday night at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany as the number of participating players reached the 300-mark.

    Joonas Jähi (pictured left) of Finland, who posted a 1545 series in Squad 10, an average of 257.50 for six games, continued to lead the field of 303 players, 246 men and 57 women, from 30 countries.

    Squad 13 and 12 leaders, Chris Loschetter (right) and Chris Barnes, United States, remained in second and third place with 1535 and 1508, respectively.

    2013EBT15AnthonyPepe.jpg2014EBT04AndreySuslov.jpgTheir compatriot and fellow PBA member, Anthony Pepe (left), toppled 1449 pins to lead Squad 14 and to leap into 14th place. The lefty improved every game, posting scores of 203, 227, 235, 247, 258 and 279.

    Another three players in that squad surpassed the 1400-mark to move into the top 52, who will directly qualify for Sunday's finals.

    Andrey Suslov (right), Ukraine, who set the pace in the BEC by winning the opening squad two (#1 has been cancelled) with 1308, improved by 120 pins to jump into 30th place with 1428 (238 average).

    2013EBT04AchimGrabowski.jpg2014EBT04SaschaWedel.jpgLong-time German national team member Achim Grabowski (left) is the best player from the host country and the lone German in the top 52 in 45th place after finishing with 1411 (235.17). Danish national team member Sascha Wedel (right) hit 1400 on the nose (including 48 pins handicap). She took 48th place and became the 11th woman in the top 52.

    Raymond Teece, England, slipped to 52nd place and is the man "on the bubble" with 1396 and an average of 232.67).

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, March 22, with Squads 15-18 starting at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. CET and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

    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 14/18

    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.

    300 games (2) - Daniel Fransson, Chris Barnes.