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Canadian Francois Lavoie wins his first EBT title in Madrid


Francois Lavoie of Canada defeated two opponents in the stepladder finals of the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge on his way to his first title on the European Bowling Tour Sunday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Lavoie (right), PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year and the 2016 U.S. Open champion, defeated No. 1 seed, Markus Jansson (left) of Sweden in the title match, 236-216, to earn the 6.000 Euro top prize.

He is the first Canadian to win on the European Bowling Tour. Jansson got 3.000 Euro for second place.

In the opening match of the three-player shoot out, second seeded Lavoie ousted Francois Louw (right) of South Africa, 226-214. Louw, who won his first World Bowling Tour title in the 9th Kingdom International Open at the end of 2015, received 2.000 Euro for third place.

Pictured above, from left to right: Markus Jansson (2nd), champion Francois Lavoie, Francois Louw (3rd) and Jo Allsebrook (6th; best woman).

Jansson, the son of Swedish standout Raymond Jansson, who won his first European Bowling Tour in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015, finished the fourth round of the finals with 279 and 267 to secure the top spot with 2014 eight-game total or an average of 251.75.

Lavoie closed with 290 and 269 to secure the No. 2 seed with 1963, three pins ahead of Louw, who took the last spot with 1960.

Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. (left) of Venezuela, who posted his second 300 game and the eighth of the tournament in Round Two, remained atop the leaderboard until the last game when he finished with a low game of 181 to slip all the way out of the top 3 and had to settle for fourth place with 1945.

Four-time European Bowling Tour and two-time PBA champion Thomas Larsen (right) was fifth with 1904. Jo Allsebrook (left) of England was the best of 31 women in the field in sixth place with 1877, including 8 pins handicap per game.

Carsten Warming Hansen (right) of Denmark, who led the first round of the finals, slipped to seventh place with 1868, but widened his lead in the 2017 European Bowling Tour men’s ranking as the 2017 season nears the halfway point.

2016 EBT point ranking leader Richard Teece (left) of England, brother of defending champion Ray Teece, was eighth with 1866 and was followed by Clement Dubus (1858) of Belgium and Raul Jimenez (1774) from the host country Spain.

The V Brunswick Madrid Challenge was the 5th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour season and the second out of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season. The tournament was held from July 1-9 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Players will 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, July 1, and ran through Saturday, July 8, and concluded with the Desperado Squad. As the qualifying winner, Osku Palermaa of Finland earned a 750 Euro bonus.

Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top two women in qualifying (before Desperado Squad), Jo Allsebrook of England and Britt Brøndsted of Denmark, earned 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

Total 50 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, July 9 including 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, which trimmed the field 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 went against the No. 1 seed for the title and 6.000 Euro first prize.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

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 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The next event, the 13th Storm San Marino Open, got already underway yesterday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. The finals of the European Bowling Tour “gold” tournament will be held next Sunday, July 16.

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L-R Markus Jansson (2nd), champion Francois Lavoie and Francois Louw (3rd).

V Brunswick Madrid Challenge 2017 – Stepladder Finals

Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain (July 1-9, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 462 (2 games), 6.000 Euro
2. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 216 (1 game), 3.000 Euro
3. Francois Louw, South Africa, 214 (1 game), 2.000 Euro

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Lavoie def. No. 3 Louw, 226-214
Championship: Lavoie def. No. 1 Jansson, 236-216.

2017 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round Four Results

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

2017 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Other Cashers (places 11-50)

11. Hadley Morgan, England, 750 Euro
12. Dominic Barrett, England, 750 Euro
13. Stuart Williams, England, 750 Euro
14. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 750 Euro
15. Mohammed Al Merekhi, Qatar, 750 Euro
16. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 600 Euro
17. Paul Moor, England, 600 Euro
18. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 600 Euro
19. Eliisa Hiltunen, Finland, 600 Euro
20. Erwin Pascual, Spain, 600 Euro
21. Eoghain Lebioda, Ireland, 500 Euro
22. Ferico Tatil, Spain, 500 Euro
23. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 500 Euro
24. Vassilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 500 Euro
25. Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar, 500 Euro
26. Jassim Al Muraikhi, Qatar, 500 Euro
27. Javier Moreno, Spain, 500 Euro
28. Rob Thurlby, England, 500 Euro
29. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 500 Euro
30. Robin Skans, Sweden, 500 Euro
31. Pablo Barriopedro, Spain, 400 Euro
32. Alvar Cardona Jr. Spain, 400 Euro
33. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 400 Euro
34. Lee Cocker, England, 400 Euro
35. Inigo Garcia, Spain, 400 Euro
36. Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 400 Euro
37. Jesus Briceño, Spain, 400 Euro
38. Luis Briceno, Spain, 400 Euro
39. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 400 Euro
40. Colm Cloake, Ireland, 400 Euro
41. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 300 Euro
42. Ali Al Jahani, Qatar, 300 Euro
43. Ruben Orche, Spain, 300 Euro
44. Jari Ratia, Finland, 300 Euro
45. JuanPablo Alonso, Spain, 300 Euro
46. Yousef Al Jabir, Qatar, 300 Euro
47. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 300 Euro
48. Mauro Anastasi, Malta, 300 Euro
49. Oscar Serrano, Spain, 300 Euro
50. Maxim Okorokov, Russia, 300 Euro

2017 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.

2017 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Round Two Results

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

300 games (1) – Ildemaro Ruiz Jr.

2017 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.

Herbert Bickel

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