Venezuela's Ruiz, Marcano take over qualifying lead in III Brunswick Madrid Challenge


    2015 European Bowling Tour #10


    Long-time Venezuelan national team members Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. and Karen Marcano led qualifying squads 11 & 12 Tuesday at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, en route to take over the qualifying lead in the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

    Ruiz (pictured left), who bowls regularly on the PBA Tour, had games of 235, 218, 264, 236, 287 and 247 in Squad 12 Tuesday night to lead the 89 players from eight countries with 1487 pinfall total and an average of 247.83.

    Marcano (right), who held the lead for a couple of hours after posting 1419 in Squad 11, slipped to second place. The multiple American zone champion rebounded from a slow start (186) with games of 214, 223, 246, 268 and 234 for 1371 scratch and received eight pins women's handicap each game.

    2015EBT10PabloBarriopedro3.jpg2015EBT10RubenOrche.jpgPablo Barriopedro (left) of Spain was second to Ruiz in Squad 12 with 1409 but fell one spot to third place in the overall qualifying standings. Barriopedro improved his previous high score (1343) by 66 pins behind games of 181, 241, 218, 267, 247 and 255.

    Previous leader Cajsa Wegner of Sweden slipped to fourth place with 1347 and is followed by USA's Tanner Spacey and Ruben Orche (right) of Spain with 1335 and 1332, respectively.

    By virtue of finishing atop the leaderboard of the squads on Monday and Tuesday (9-12), Ruiz, Marcano, Barriopedro, Spacey and Orche will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don't finish among the top 38 at the end of the qualifying.

    2015EBT10HeidiThorstensen.jpg2015EBT10PacoRodriguez.jpgIf any of the five will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order. First in line is Norwegian champion Heidi Thorstensen (left), who was second to Marcano in Squad 11 as she hit 1300 on the nose, including handicap, good for seventh place overall.

    Tournament organizer Paco Rodriguez (right) of Spain closed Squad 12 with 232, 227 and 246 to jump into eighth place with 1291. Rounding out the top 10, who will receive two byes for the finals, were Spaniards Jesus Ballesteros and Ion Acin with 1288 and 1287, resp.

    Javier Moreno currently holds 20th and last place to earn one bye with 1239 (206.50). His fellow countrywoman Gabriela Urbistazu sits in 38th and last place to qualify directly to the finals with 1164, an average of 194 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday, July 1, with Squads 13 & 14 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 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 12/26

    Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 (places 39-41) and top 5 of squads 9-12 (places 42-46) who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) 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."