Patricia Ciotti takes first pole in III Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #10

    Native Venezuelan totals 1263 in the lone squad on the opening day to lead a field of 36 players


    Patricia Ciotti (pictured left) of Italy averaged 202.50 in the first squad of the 3rd Brunswick Madrid Challenge to take the first pole position in the European Bowling Tour "Silver" tournament with 1263 total including women's handicap.

    The native Venezuelan and former national team member had games of 204, 203, 199, 204, 231 and 174 for 1215 scratch and got eight pins handicap per game to pace the field of 36 players from Italy, France and Spain after the first day of qualifying (squads 2, 3 and 4 have been canceled).

    2015EBT10PabloBarriopedro.jpgPablo Barriopedro (right) of Spain was mere two pins behind Ciotti in second place with 1261 and the field-best 210.67 average. Barriopedro sandwiched high games of 234, 213, 215 and 214 between low games of 192 and 193.

    Rounding out the top 3 was his fellow countryman Ion Acin with 1244 (207.33). Acin came out of the gates quickly with 203, 236, 237 and 212 but closed out with two sub-par games, 174 and 182.

    The top 3 from the standings of Saturday and Sunday will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the three will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

    Qualifying continues on Sunday, June 28, with Squad 5 scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. Central European Summer Time. Squads 6, 7 and 8 have been canceled.

    2015BrunswickMadridChallengeLogo_small.jpg The III Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 10th stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour season and the third and last EBT "Silver" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from June 27 - July 5 at 20-lane Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain.

    Players will compete for total prize money of 40.250 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 to the runner-up and 2.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (50th place) is 300 Euro.

    Qualifying got underway on Saturday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 4, with the final qualifying Squad 26 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated to start 30 minutes past 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 (before Desperado Squad) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    Total 50 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 5 - the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and the top 5 of squads 9-12 who are 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 No. 2 and 3 seeds open the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner goes against the No. 1 seed for the title and 6.000 Euro first prize.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 17 tournaments in 13 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. All 17 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or 966.250 U.S. Dollar.

    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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.


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    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Standings after Qualifying Squad 4/26

    Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and top 5 of squads 9-12 who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday's finals.

    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."