Josh Blanchard leads 64-player field into Sunday's finals at 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #6

    American averages 251 in the penultimate Squad 16 to win qualifying with 1506; Squad 17 and 15 leaders Joonas Jehkinen (FIN) and Richard Teece (ENG) crack the top 12; score to make the cut in 52nd place is 1379 (229.83 average)

    2014PBAJoshBlanchard2.jpg2014MWCJoonasJehkinen.jpgJosh Blanchard (pictured left) of the United States won the qualifying of the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge, which concluded Saturday night with Squad 17 and the ultimate Desperado Squad at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

    The PBA Rookie of the Year 2011-12 was the lone player who surpassed the magic 1500-mark (250 average) after finishing the penultimate Squad 16 with 1506 pinfall total and an average of 251. Blanchard rolled games of 249, 240, 268, 247, 235 and 267 to overtake previous leader Sean Rash, United States, by 30 pins.

    The former PBA Player of the Year was second with 1476 and was followed by Finnish national team members Petteri Salonen and Joonas Jehkinen, both on 1471. Jehkinen (above right), who was the only player to qualify through the last Squad 17, behind games of 270, 224, 264, 278, 223 and 212.

    2015EBT05RichardTeece.jpg2014EBT04JazreelTan.jpgRichard Teece (left) of England led a fully booked Squad 15 in the 52-lane house featuring 104 players with 1459, an average of 243.17, including games of 231, 227, 279, 256, 237 and 229. Teece cracked the top 12, who earned a first-round bye for the finals, and finished qualifying in ninth place.

    Kelly Kulick, United States, and Singapore's Jazreel Tan (right) were the best of 62 women in the 316-player field from 33 countries in 10th and 12th place with 1455 and 1440, respectively, including 48 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    2014MWCAdrianAng.jpg2015EBT04MattiasMoller.jpgAdrian Ang (left), who rolled the lone 300 game in qualifying, made the first cut in 19th place with 1428 total. 38 players have scored series of 1400 and higher.

    Mattias Möller (right) was the lone player of Squad 14, who surpassed the 1400-mark. The Swede had games of 237, 223, 245, 227, 255 and 225 for 1412, an average of 235.33, to improve his previous high series by 174 and to rocket from 140th to 29th place.

    Former European Masters champion Jesper Agerbo of Denmark had a remarkable start into Squad 15 with 279 and 275 (554) en route to finish in 41st place with 1395 (232.50).

    2014EBT09StevenGill.jpgSteven Gill (right) of Scotland took the 52nd and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1379 or an average of 229.83 including handicap.

    The top 52 qualifiers will be joined in Sunday's finals by the top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad, who were seeded 53rd to 60th and 61st to 64th, respectively.

    2015BECLogo_small.jpg The 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the 10th tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and also the sixth stop on the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT "Platinum" events this season, the highest of the four EBT tournament categories.

    The BEC will be held from March 14-22 at Europe's biggest bowling center, 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 112.000 Euro with 12.000 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 Euro to the runner-up and 6.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

    According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Brunswick Euro Challenge will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

    Qualifying ran from March 14-21 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 22, including the top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 52 players bowl six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who join the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 bowl another six games scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

    Round Two pinfall carries over into round robin match play. The top 3 players after seven games including bonus pins (30 for a win; 15 for a tie) will determine the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowls the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match takes on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 12.000 Euro top prize.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, currently consists of 19 tournaments in the Middle East (8), United States (7), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including seven "majors" and 12 regular tournaments.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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    2015 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    Top 52 qualifiers, top 8 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 14-18 (places 53-60) plus top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 22.


    300 games (1) - Adrian Ang.

    Tie Rules (Qualifying)
    In case of a tie in the qualifying, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games, etc."