Live Coverage from the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge


    Coming This Week

    Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France (March 5-14, 2010)

    2010EBT05BECLogo.jpgThe Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held from March 5-14, 2010 at 28-laner Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin near Paris, France, is the fifth event of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Gold" tournaments.

    Since the Ankara Open has been cancelled, the 2010 EBT Tour features 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 8 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    Eurosport2Logo_mini.jpgThe stepladder finals will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2 Sunday, March 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CET. Additional to the live broadcast, Eurosport 2 will air at least two more re-broadcasts in the weeks following the live coverage (exact dates to be determined). Eurosport Asia-Pacific will also run the BEC 2010 final several times.

    200910PBA06CarolynDorinBallard.jpg2010EBT05ParkerBohn.jpgAs of today 471 players from 37 countries - Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Morocco, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, United States and Venezuela - have registered for the event.

    The list of participants will be spearheaded by 32-time PBA champion and 2-time PBA Player of the Year, Parker Bohn III (pictured left) and 20-time PWBA champion and PWBA Player of the Year, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right).

    ValckeBowling.jpgFor the third consecutive year, the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge sponsored by Brunswick Bowling will be organized by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling.

    In addition to sponsoring the event, Brunswick will be conducting seminar and training sessions for bowlers, coaches, center mechanics, center managers and proprietors. Click on the link to view the complete Seminar Schedule (pdf file).

    PlazaStMaxim_small.jpgLe Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin is a 28-lane Brunswick-equipped facility located 40 kilometers north of Paris. The bowling center features Brunswick lanes, scoring, pinsetters, pins and lane maintenance. This location was chosen in 2008 (previous BECs were held in Thessaloniki, Greece) to attract more bowlers from Western European.

    Saint Maximin's close proximity to Charles de Gaulle airport provides excellent connections to main European cities and major American and Asian airports. Many low-fare airlines serve this airport.

    200910PBA11MikeFagan4.jpg2009EBT04MaiGingeJensen5.jpgThe 2008 BEC drew 405 players, 311 men and EBT record 94 women, from 36 countries. The 2009 edition saw 314 players, 239 men and 75 women, from 28 countries. The 2010 edition will become the biggest BEC since the tournament's inaugural event in the year 2004.

    2-time PBA champion Mike Fagan (pictured left), United States, is the defending champion. The 29-year-old righthander will be targeting to make his third consecutive BEC title match. Last year, Fagan defeated  PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, 236-225, to win his second EBT title and 16.000 Euro. In 2008, Fagan, seeded first, fell to Peter Ljung, Sweden, 220-187, to settle for the 9.000 Euro runner-up check. Mai Ginge Jensen (right), Denmark, finished third last year to win the women ranking.




    2009 BEC Title Match


    2008 BEC Title Match

    The 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge will be contested on a 39 feet long sport pattern of medium difficulty (MS Excel file).

    Players will compete for total prize money of 90,000 Euro (currently about US$123,250), and includes special prizes "B Bowlers" and Women.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif BowlingdigitalFlavioCuvaBeatGrauwiler_small.jpg Once again Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin with results and updates after each round plus our much-anticipated high definition videos produced by Flavio Cuva and high quality photos by Beat Grauwiler (l-r).

    BowlindigitalonYouTube_small.jpgPlease scroll down this page for more information about the tournament format, schedule and prize money.

    Click here to review Bowlingdigital's Live Coverage from the 2009 Brunswick Euro Challenge or click here to go straight to the video section. You will find more videos here.


    2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Tournament Format

    6 games (entries and re-entries)

    Desperado Squad
    1 game

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the finals.
    The top 16 players will receive one bye into and will seeded 1-16 in Round 2.

    The following 48 players will qualify for Round 1:

    • Players positioned 17-52 in the qualifying
    • the top 6 from a separate standing for the squads conducted March 7-9, who are not among the top 52
    • the top six from the Desperado Squad.

    Round 1
    48 players will play six games starting from scratch.
    The top 16 will qualify for Round 2 and will be seeded 17-32
    The players, who are eliminated, will be ranked 33-64 according to their positions in Round 1.

    Match Play
    Best-of-three games. The highest seeded player vs. the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player vs. the second lowest seeded player etc.

    Round 2
    16 matches. Winners advance, losers finish 17-32 based on match play seeding.

    Round 3
    8 matches. Winners advance, losers finish 9-16 based on match play seeding.

    Round 4
    4 matches. Winners advance, losers finish 5-8 based on match play seeding.

    Stepladder Finals (one-game matches)
    Match 1: #No. 4 seed vs. No. 3 seed
    Match 2: Winner of Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed
    Title Match: Winner of Match 2 vs. No. 1 seed.



    2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Schedule




    2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Prize Fund