Ruben Orche moves into second place in qualifying at II Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #9

    Spanish bowlers dominate the leaderboard as qualifying nears the halfway point; score to make the cut in 38th place is 1091 (181.83 average)

    2014EBT09RubenOrche2.jpg2014EBT09JavierMoreno2.jpgSpanish bowlers continued to dominate the leaderboard in the II Brunswick Madrid Challenge after players of Squad 10 finished their six-game qualifying block Monday evening at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

    Ruben Orche (pictured left) led the squad with 1340 total and an average of 223.33 to jump into second place in the overall standings. Javier Moreno, who posted 1381 (230.17) in the first squad, continued to lead the field of 55 players, 47 men and eight women.

    Orche came out of the gates quickly averaging over 250 for the first three games as he sandwiched a 278 game between a pair of 237s. He closed out his day with scores of 200, 189 and 199.

    The top five players of an extra leaderboard of the squads conducted on Monday and Tuesday (No. 10 and 12; 9 and 11 have been canceled) will earn automatic spots in Sunday's finals. If any of the five bowlers finishes among the top 38 in qualifying, the automatic spot drops to the next player in the June 23-24 standings.

    2014EBT09PabloBarriopedro.jpg2014EBT09JavierLarragan.jpg Iñigo García slipped to third place in the overall qualifying standings with 1322. Trailing Orche by 22 and 31 pins, respectively, in Squad 10 were his compatriots Pablo Barriopedro and Javier Larragan.

    Barriopedro (left), who started with a high game of 256, finished his block with back-to-back 230s to overtake fourth place with 1318.

    Larragan (right) used a high game of 269 and a pair of 220s to round out the top 5 with 1309.

    2014EBT09VanessaGarcia.jpgVanessa Garcia (right) is the best women in 16th place with 1210. Garcia's score included eight handicap pins per game, an equality handicap provided to women in European Bowling Tour events.

    With 55 bowlers having completed at least one qualifying squad, the No. 38 score to beat to advance is Jose Almagro's 1091, an average of 181.83.

    Qualifying continues Tuesday, June 24, with Squad 12 scheduled to start at 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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    2nd Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 10/26

    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.