Pablo Barriopedro becomes first player to crack the 1400-bar in II Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #9

    Spaniard shoots 1417 series in Squad 12 to pace field of 69 players; Stéphanie Dubourg of France is the best foreign player and best woman in 12th place; score to make the cut in 38th place raised by 70 pins to 1161 (193.50 average)

    2014EBT09PabloBarriopedro2.jpg2014EBT09JavierMoreno2.jpgPablo Barriopedro (pictured left) of Spain became the first player in the second annual Brunswick Madrid Challenge, who cracked the 1400-bar en route to take over the lead in qualifying Tuesday evening at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

    Barriopedro, who was fourth after a 1318 series in Squad 10, rolled 256, 277 and 255 games (788 series) out of the starting block and finished with 193, 211 and 225 for 1417, an average of 237.17.

    2014EBT09PacoRodriguez.jpg2014EBT09RubenOrche.jpgBarriopedro and the next four players in the separate standings of Squads 10 & 12 earned automatic spots for 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.

    Previous leader Javier Moreno (above right), who posted 1381 (230.17) in the very first qualifying squad, slipped to second place with Ruben Orche (left) in third with 1340.

    Tournament manager Paco Rodriguez (right) was next to Barriopedro Tuesday with 1338 to leap five spots to fourth place.

    2014EBT09InigoGarcia2.jpg2014EBT09StephanieDubourg.jpgIñigo Garcia (left) was five pins behind Rodriguez with 1333, good for fifth place in the overall standings.

    Stéphanie Dubourg (right) of France had 1240 scratch and added 48 pins women's handicap to become the best foreign player and the best woman in the field in 12th place.

    With 69 bowlers having completed at least one qualifying squad, Guillermo Berganza, Spain, is the "man on the bubble" in 38th place with 1161 or an average of 193.50

    Qualifying continues Wednesday, June 25, with Squads 13 & 14 scheduled to start at 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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    2nd Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/26

    The top 38 qualifiers plus the top 3 of Squads 1-8 (places 39-41), the top 5 of Squads 9-12 (places 42-46) and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) will advance to finals on Sunday, June 29.