Daniel Fransson shoots his third 300 game and the 10th overall in Round of 28


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Swede leads the top 8 (all men) into the round robin match play portion; cut for 8th place is 1420 (236.67 average); 9th place Kamilla Kjeldsen wins the women's ranking for the third consecutive tournament

    2014EBT04DanielFransson.jpg2014EBT04ThomasLarsen.jpgDaniel Fransson (pictured left) of Sweden did not expect to roll any 300 game in the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge as he did not pay the entry fee for the 300 Game Jackpot. When Fransson struck on 12 consecutive shots in the game in the Round of 28, he recorded his third perfecto and the 10th overall in this tournament.

    Fransson, who started with games of 201 and 224 and closed out with 267, 248 and 243, led the round with 1483, an average of 247.17, to lead the top 8 into the round robin match play portion. All pins carry over.

    Second place belonged to Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark, who won his second PBA title in the 11th Kuwait International Open two weeks ago. Larsen was mere one pin behind Fransson with 1482 including a 299 in game four.

    2014EBT04JohnWells.jpg2014EBT04ChrisLoschetter.jpgThird place belonged to John Wells (left), England, with 1457. Joonas Jehkinen of Finland was two pins back in fourth place with 1455. PBA champions Chris Loschetter (right) and Chris Barnes, United States, made the third cut in fifth and sixth place with 1445 and 1438, respectively.

    Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia took seventh place with 1422 and rounding out the top 8 was collegiate star and one-time European Bowling Tour titlist, Marshall Kent with 1420 and an average of 236.67.

    2014EBT04KamillaKjeldsen.jpg2014EBT04KellyKulick.jpgPlaces 9 thru 12 belonged to women bowlers. Kamilla Kjeldsen (left) of Denmark, who won her first EBT title in the 8th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer in Poland last month, dropped out of the top 8 due to a final 199 game.

    She finished with 1409 including eight pins handicap each game, just eleven pins short off the cut to land in ninth place and to win the women's ranking in Munich. This is the third consecutive EBT tournament where Kjeldsen finished as the top ranked woman.

    World Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader Kelly Kulick (right) was mere three pins behind in 10th place with 1406 and was followed by fellow Team USA member Liz Johnson (below left), who was in 11th place with 1394 total.

    2014EBT04LizJohnson2.jpg2014EBT04JazreelTan2.jpgJazreel Tan (right) of Singapore started and closed her series with a 258 game to end up in 14th place with 1385.

    Players ranked 9th thru 28th earned 1.500 Euro apiece.

    All rounds of the finals will be covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel. Round Three featuring seven games of round robin match play starts at 2 p.m. CET.

    The three-player stepladder final 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 28

    The top 8 advance to the round robin match play. Pins carry over.

    300 games (10): Daniel Fransson (Round of 28); Joonas Jehkinen (Round of 64); Daniel Fransson (2), Chris Barnes, Andreas Gripp, Marshall Kent, John Wells, New Hui Fen, Tobias Gäbler (Qualifying).