Jazreel Tan, John Wells become the 7th and 8th player to crack the 1500-bar in Munich

    03/22/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Englishman Wells brings the perfect game tally at the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge to 5; Joonas Jähi (FIN) continues to lead the 322-player field from 31 countries with 1545 (257.50 avg.); cut for 12th place is now 1480 (246.67) and cut for 52nd place is 1411 (235.17)

    2014EBT04JazreelTan.jpg2014EBT04JohnWells.jpgSingapore's Jazreel Tan (pictured right) and John Wells (right) of England became the 7th and 8th player who cracked the 1500-bar in the qualifying of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge in Squad 16 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    Tan became the second woman this year who won a squad (her compatriot Shayna Ng was the first in Squad 9) when she had games of 247, 221, 279, 203, 265 and 243 for 1458 scratch, an average of 243.00, and 1506 total including eight pins handicap per game.

    Tan leaped from 41st to fifth place and is currently the best of 67 women in the 322-player field from 31 countries.

    2014EBT04JoonasJahi.jpg2014PBAKellyKulick.jpgWells came out of the gates with games of 233, 215 and 248. The Englishman then connected for the tournament's fifth 300 game and closed things out with 259 and 247 for 1502 and the squad-best average of 250.33. Wells jumped from 162nd to eighth place.

    Joonas Jähi (left) of Finland held on to the pole position with 1545 and an average of 257.50. Places 2, 3 and 4 belonged to U.S. bowlers Chris Loschetter (1535), Marshall Kent (1522) and Chris Barnes (1508).

    Kelly Kulick (above right), United States, the lone woman in PBA history who has won a PBA national title (2010 Tournament of Champions), is the second woman in the top 12 in 10th place with 1488 including handicap. With two more squads to go, ten women are above the cut line.

    2014EBT04NadineGeissler.jpg2014EBT04MatsMaggi.jpgLars Tangermann, the best German bowler in the field, holds the 12th and last place to earn a bye with 1480 or an average of 246.67.

    The only other players in squad 16 who moved into the top 52 were Nadine Geissler (left) of Germany and Mats Maggi (right) of Belgium. Geissler is well above the cut line in 27th place with 143, while Maggi just squeezed into the top 52 sitting in 51st place with 1412.

    Anton Borg of Sweden holds the 52nd place with 1411 or an average of 235.17.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, March 22, with Squads 17 & 18 starting at 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 16/18


    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 (5) - Daniel Fransson, Chris Barnes, Andreas Gripp, Marshall Kent, John Wells.