Swede Jesper Svensson dominates III Brunswick Madrid Challenge from start to finish


    2015 European Bowling Tour #10



    2015EBT10JesperSvensson2.jpgCurrent men's European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Jesper Svensson (pictured left), a two-handed southpaw from Sweden, posted one last high game in the title match of the third edition of the Brunswick Madrid Challenge to win his fourth career EBT title and the 6.000 first prize.

    Pictured above, r-l: Jesper Svensson, Jenny Wegner, Joonas Jehkinen and women's qualifying leader Joline Persson Planefors.

    2015EBT10JennyWegner.jpgThe reigning World Youth Masters champion, seeded first in the three-player stepladder finals defeated fellow youth national team member Jenny Wegner (right) in an all-Swedish affair, 248-186.

    In the opening match, Wegner, who was the best of 53 women in the tournament, tied Finnish lefty Joonas Jehkinen (below left), world champion with the team and one-time EBT titlist, 204-204. Wegner advanced to the title match as she received eight pins handicap each game, 212-204.

    2015EBT10JoonasJehkinen.jpgWegner earned 3.000 Euro for second place and Jehkinen got 2.000 Euro for third place. Both players moved into second place in the women's and men's point rankings. Svensson and his compatriot Ida Andersson remained atop the leaderboard.

    Svensson was playing in his own league dominating the event from start to finish. In a high-scoring qualifying week, the 20-year-old rolled a 1490 six-game series, an average of 248.33, to win the qualifying and to earn a 750 Euro bonus.

    By virtue of finishing in the top 10, Svensson missed the first two rounds of the finals and was seeded into the third round. He came out of the gates with the second 300 game of the tournament (Finland's two-handed right-hander Osku Palermaa had the first) and added 237, 266 and 280, an average of 270.75, to lead the top 10 into the fourth round with his 1083 four-game total carried over.

    Svensson started the final four-game block before the cut to the top 3 with 290 and added 257, 211 and 194 to earn the No. 1 seed by 96 pins over Jehkinen averaging 254.38 for eight games (2035).

    2015EBT10JohnWells.jpg2015EBT10MartinLarsen.jpgJehkinen was second with 1939, while Wegner totaled 1868 to beat out John Wells (left), England (1839) and defending champion Martina Larsen (right), Sweden (1826) for the third and last spot in the finals.

    Jehkinen and Wegner had one open frame each in the semi-final match. At end the handicap made the difference.

    Svensson was down by 26 pins (18 pins plus handicap) after he failed to convert a split in his opening frame and Wegner started with a doubles and a spare. While Wegner got six consecutive 9-counts in frames four to nine, Svensson reeled off seven consecutive strikes to put the match away well before the final frame.

    The top 12 men and top 12 women in the point rankings of the 2014 season will return to Bowling Chamartín in Madrid on Monday morning for the 8th EBT Masters.

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

    Players competed 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) was 300 Euro.

    Qualifying got underway on Saturday, June 27, and concluded Saturday, July 4, with the Desperado Squad. The qualifying winner received a 750 Euro bonus.

    Women received 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) earned 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

    Total 50 players qualified 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 were not among the top 38, and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers received two byes while qualifiers 11-20 got a first-round bye.

    The first three rounds of the finals featured four games from scratch. The field was trimmed to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advanced to another four-game round with the Round 3 total carried forward.

    The top 3 with the highest eight-game total advanced to the stepladder finals. The No. 2 and 3 seeds opened the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner took on 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.

    The 2015 European Bowling Tour commences with the 11th Storm San Marino Open, an EBT "gold" tournament July 11-19.


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    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Stepladder Finals

    2015EBT10Top3.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 248 (1 game), 6.000 Euro
    2. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 398 (2 games), 3.000 Euro
    3. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 204 (1 game), 2.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: No. 3 Wegner def. No. 2 Jehkinen, 212-204
    Championship: No. 1 Svensson def. Wegner, 248-186.
    Wegner received 8 pins handicap each game.



    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Round Four Results

    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals. Places 4-10 show earnings.



    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Places 11 to 50 (cashers)

    11. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 750 Euro
    12. Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 750 Euro
    13. Tanner Spacey, United States, 750 Euro
    14. Dominic Barrett, England, 750 Euro
    15. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 750 Euro
    16. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 600 Euro
    17. Carlos Lee Llamas, Mexico, 600 Euro
    18. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 600 Euro
    19. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 600 Euro
    20. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 600 Euro
    21. Dan Østergaard-Poulsen, Denmark, 500 Euro
    22. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    23. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    24. Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 500 Euro
    25. Pablo Barriopedro, Spain, 500 Euro
    26. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 500 Euro
    27. Darren Cundy, England, 500 Euro
    28. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 500 Euro
    29. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    30. Paul Moor, England, 500 Euro
    31. Ruben Orche, Spain, 400 Euro
    32. Dave Wodka, United States, 400 Euro
    33. Curtis Hooper, England, 400 Euro
    34. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 400 Euro
    35. Laura Beuthner, Germany, 400 Euro
    36. Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 400 Euro
    37. Adam Purnell, England, 400 Euro
    38. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 400 Euro
    39. Sam Rose, England, 400 Euro
    40. Elliot Crosby, England, 400 Euro
    41. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 300 Euro
    42. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 300 Euro
    43. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 300 Euro
    44. Sabina Asplund, Sweden, 300 Euro
    45. Nina Flack, Sweden, 300 Euro
    46. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 300 Euro
    47. Paco Rodriguez, Spain, 300 Euro
    48. Ion Acin, Spain, 300 Euro
    49. Jesus Ballesteros, Spain, 300 Euro
    50. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 300 Euro



    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Round Three Results

    Top 10 advance to the fourth round. Places 11-15 earn 750 Euro; places 16-20 earn 600 Euro.

    Note: Brøndsted def. Persson Planefors in 9th and 10th frame roll-off for 10th place, 49-26.



    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Round Two Results

    Top 10 advance to the third round. Places 11-20 finish 21st to 30th, earn 500 Euro.



    III Brunswick Madrid Challenge - Round One Results

    Top 10 advance to the second round. Places 11-20 finish 31st to 40th, earn 400 Euro; places 21-30 finish 41st to 50th, earn 300 Euro.