Javier Moreno sets the pace in II Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #9

    Spaniard averages over 230 to lead the opening squad in the EBT "silver" tournament at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain

    2014EBT09JavierMoreno.jpgJavier Moreno averaged over 230 in the first squad of the second Brunswick Madrid Challenge Sunday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to lead a field of 21 players from Spain with 1381 total.

    Moreno got off to a strong start with games of 218, 277 and 224 before he was informed that his grandmother just had passed away. Somehow he was able to finish the six-game series with three games between 212 and 226 to lead the European Bowling Tour "silver" event after the first qualifying day as Squads 2-4 have been cancelled.

    2012EBT04PacoRodriguez.jpgTournament manager and Spanish national team member, Paco Rodriguez (right), finished a distant second 90 pins behind with 1291 and an average of 215.17. Third place belonged to Txus Puente with 1275.

    The top three players of the squads conducted on June 21 & 22 will earn berths into the finals on Sunday, June 29. If Moreno or any other bowler finishes among the top 38, the automatic spot drops to the next player in the standings.

    Pablo Barriopedro was fourth with 1269 and was followed by Ruben Orche in fifth with 1228. Carolina Muñoz was the best of three women on the opening day in sixth place with 1183 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues Sunday, June 22, with Squads 5-8 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

    2014BrunswickMadridChallengeLogo_small.jpg The 2nd Brunswick Madrid Challenge will be held from Saturday, June 21, through Sunday, June 29, at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain. The tournament is the ninth stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour season and the third and last EBT "silver" tournament, the third-highest of four categories.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 40.250 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 Euro to the runner-up and 2.000 Euro to the third-place finisher. Low to cash is 50th place worth 300 Euro.

    Qualifying got underway on Saturday, June 21, and runs through Saturday, June 28, with the final qualifying Squad 26 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad 2 slated to start 30 minutes after Midnight. The qualifying winner receives a 750 Euro bonus.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top 2 women in qualifying earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    A total of 50 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, June 29 - the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players from the combined standings of June 21-22 squads and the top 5 of June 23-24 squads (not among the top 38), and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers will receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 will get a first-round bye.

    The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch. The field will be trimmed to 30, 20 and then 10 players who will advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.

    The top 3 with the highest eight-game total will advance to the stepladder finals. The finals will be decided in one-game matches. The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title.

    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 July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.



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    The top 38 qualifiers plus the top 3 of Squads 1-8, the top 5 of Squads 9-12 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to finals on Sunday, June 29.