Sweden's Cajsa Wegner overtakes qualifying lead in III Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #10

    Top 3 players of the first weekend earn automatic berths into the finals

    2015EBT10CajsaWegner.jpgDespite a slow start into her six-game qualifying block, Cajsa Wegner (pictured left) of Sweden led Squad 5 (squads 6, 7 and 8 have been canceled) with 1347 total Sunday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to overtake the lead in the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

    2015EBT10PabloBarriopedro2.jpgWegner rebounded from a 160 game with 217, 237, 238, 224 and 223 for 1299 scratch, an average of 216.50, and added 48 pins women's handicap to beat out Pablo Barriopedro (right) of Spain for the top spot by four pins.

    Barriopedro, who was second after Saturday's opening squad, closed out his series with 288 and 277 to improve by 82 pins yet to stay in second place with 1343 total and the field-best 223.83 average.

    2015EBT10JesusBallesteros.jpgSpaniards Jesus Ballesteros (left) and Ion Acin battled it out for third place. Trailing Acin by two pins heading into the last game, Ballesteros beat Acin in the last game, 213 to 210, to take third place by one pin over Acin, 1288 to 1287.

    The top 3 from the standings of Saturday and Sunday are 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.

    2015EBT10PatriciaCiotti.jpgSquad 1 leader Patricia Ciotti (right) of Italy slipped to fifth place with 1263 including handicap. Places 6-10 belonged to Spanish bowlers, all of Squad 5, including Ruben Orche (1259), William Medellin (1254), Francisco Javier Larragan (1250), Daniel Machon (1244) and Julio Gonzalez (1244).

    Qualifying continues on Monday, June 29, with Squads 9 & 10 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

    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 Chamartín 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 8/26

    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."