Mike Fagan averages 258.67 to pace Round of 64 at 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    PBA champion leads the top 16 players into a second-round clash with the top 12 qualifiers; Joonas Jehkinen rolls the tournament's 9th 300 game; cut for 16th place is 1385 (230.83 average)

    2014EBT04MikeFagan3.jpg2014EBT04SeanRash2.jpgPBA champion Mike Fagan (pictured left), United States, posted the highest six-game series of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge so far to pace the Round of 64 Sunday morning at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    Fagan, who targets to win his fifth career PBA title and his sixth title on the European Bowling Tour, had games of 246, 289, 279, 243, 237 and 258 for 1552 total and an average of 258.67.

    2012-13 PBA Player of the Year, Sean Rash (right), who survived the qualifying thanks to a win in roll-off for fourth place in the Desperado Squad, was second with 1516 including back-to-back 277 opening games.

    2014EBT04JoonasJehkinen.jpg2014EBT04KamillaKjeldsen.jpgJoonas Jehkinen (left) of Finland rolled a 1504 series including the tournament's ninth 300 game. Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark, who qualified for the finals in the last squad on Saturday night, toppled 1493 pins to land in fourth place.

    Rounding out the top 5 was Malaysian star Zulmazran Zulkifli, who chalked up 1467. Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) of Denmark, who won her first EBT title in the 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer last month, was the best of three women, who survived the second cut.

    2014EBT04LizJohnson2.jpg2014EBT04IdaAnderssonJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgKjeldsen was sixth with 1462, Liz Johnson, United States, eighth on 1443, and Ida Andersson, Sweden (pictured with Joline Persson Planefors, right) 13th with 1390; all including 48 pins handicap (eight pins per game).

    Daniel Fransson (below left) of Sweden, who recorded two 300 games in qualifying, beat out his fellow countrywoman, 2013 EBT point leader Joline Persson Planefors for 16th and last place to advance by six pins, 1385 (230.85) to 1379.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014EBT04DanielFransson.jpgThe second round is slated for 11 a.m. CET with the match play Round Three to follow at 2 p.m. All rounds of the finals will be covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel.

    The stepladder final broadcast is scheduled for 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).

    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.

    Qualifying ran from March 15-22. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players qualified 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 received a first-round 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 - Round of 64

    The top 16 advance to the second round. Players 17-52 were eliminated, finish 29th thru 64th, earn 1.000 Euro apiece.


    300 games (9): Joonas Jehkinen (Round of 64); Daniel Fransson (2), Chris Barnes, Andreas Gripp, Marshall Kent, John Wells, New Hui Fen, Tobias Gäbler (Qualifying).