Strong finish propels Sweden's Ida Andersson to the top in Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2014 European Bowling Tour #9

    Squad 13 and 14 bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Madrid; Andersson, Gill, Llamas and Wegner bring the number of 1400-series to five; score to make the cut in 38th place is currently 1189 (198.17 average)

    2014EBT09IdaAndersson.jpg2014EBT09CarlosLeeLlamas.jpgIda Andersson (pictured left) started slowly into the 13th qualifying squad of the II Brunswick Madrid Challenge Wednesday afternoon at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, but a strong finish propelled the Swede to the top of the leaderboard.

    Andersson had games of 193, 198, 244, 290, 253 and 257 for 1435 pinfall, an average of 239.17, and added 48 bonus pins, an equality handicap provided to women in EBT events, to lead the field of 84 players with 1483.

    Another two players of Squad 13, Carlos Lee Llamas of Mexico and Andersson's compatriot Jenny Wegner surpassed the 1400-mark to move into the top 5 in the overall qualifying standings.

    2014EBT09JennyWegner.jpg2014EBT09StevenGill.jpg Llamas (above right) rolled a 1451 series (241.83 average) including a 298, the highest game of the tournament so far, to leap into third place.

    Wegner (left), who won gold in Trios at the Women's European Championships in Germany earlier this month, used high games of 264 and 247 for 1413 total including handicap, good for fifth place.

    Steven Gill (right) of Scotland made a run at the lead in Squad 14 before settling into second place with a 1477 and the field-best 246.17 average. Gill had games of 298, 241, 183, 238, 289 and 228.

    2014EBT09SammyCastillo2.jpg2014EBT09PabloBarriopedro.jpgSammy Castillo (left) of Spain closed out his set with games of 245, 246 and 247 for 1390 to rise to sixth place. Previous leader Pablo Barriopedro (right) is the best Spanish bowler in fourth place with 1417. Squad 1 leader Javier Moreno fell from second to seventh place with 1381.

    The score to make the top 10, who will receive two byes, is currently 1353 (225.50) and the score to make the top 20 is 1298 (216.33). Amin Tayara of Spain holds the 38th and last place to advance directly to the finals with 1189 or an average of 198.17.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, June 26, with Squads 15-18 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.



    Related Articles

    Pablo Barriopedro becomes first player to crack the 1400-bar in II Brunswick Madrid Challenge
    Ruben Orche moves into second place in qualifying at II Brunswick Madrid Challenge
    Iñigo García, Raul Jimenez surpass the 1300-mark in Madrid
    Javier Moreno sets the pace in II Brunswick Madrid Challenge
    2014 European Bowling Tour - Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown
    2014 EBT Point Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Men and Women



    2nd Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Qualifying Standings after Squad 14/26

    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.