Squad 5 leaders Iñigo García, Raul Jimenez surpass the 1300-mark in Madrid


    2014 European Bowling Tour #9

    Javier Moreno continues to lead qualifying with 1381; top 3 in the standings after two days earn automatic spots for the finals

    2014EBT09InigoGarcia.jpg2014EBT09RaulJimenez.jpgIñigo García and Raul Jimenez brought the number of 1300 series in the II Brunswick Madrid Challenge to three as the duo led the fifth qualifying squad Sunday morning at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, with 1322 and 1305, respectively.

    16-year-old García (pictured left) rolled a 279 in game three, the highest game of the tournament so far, and added five games between 192 and 224. Jimenez (right) had five games between 209 and 238 and a low game of 184.

    2014EBT09JavierMoreno2.jpgSquad 1 leader Javier Moreno (left) leads a field of 32 players with 1381 and an average of 230.17. The three Spaniards earned automatic spots for Sunday's finals by finishing 1-2-3 in the standings after two days (Squads 2-4 and 6-8 haven't been played). If any of the three bowlers finishes among the top 38 in qualifying, the automatic spot drops to the next player in the June 21-22 standings.

    Tournament manager Paco Rodriguez slipped to fourth place with 1291. Rounding out the top 5 is Txus Puente with 1275. Carolina Muñoz, all from Spain, is the best of three women in 10th place with 1183 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues Monday, June 23, with Squads 10 scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (squad 9 has been canceled).

    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.