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Francois Lavoie jumps into second place at Brunswick Madrid Challenge


Three-time PBA champion Francois Lavoie of Canada became the second player who surpassed the 1500-mark (250 average) to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings of the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

Lavoie (above), PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year and the 2016 U.S. Open champion, fired games of 238, 236, 257, 262, 230 and 279 for 1502 (250.33) in Wednesday evening’s squad 14 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain (squad 13 has been canceled)

Raul Jimenez (left) of Spain continued to lead the 99-player field from 17 countries with 1507 (251.17). His compatriot Javier Moreno slipped to third place with 1465.

Jassim Al Muraikhi (right), one of eight Qataris competing in Madrid, Ferico Tatil of
Spain and Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar, who rolled the first of two 300 game so far in Tuesday’s squad 11, each fell one spot to fourth through sixth place.

Francois Louw (left) of South Africa was second to Lavoie Wednesday averaging 237.67 on his way to a 1426 total. Louw, who won his first World Bowling Tour title in the 9th Kingdom International Open at the end of 2015, used five games between 267 and 225 and a low game of 198 to move into seventh place in the standings.

Cajsa Wegner (right) of Sweden is the best of 18 women in eighth place with 1418, including 48 pins handicap, and was followed by Pablo Barriopedro of Spain in ninth place with 1405.

Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. (left) of Venezuela, who was third in squad 14 with 1402, rounds out the top 10 after games of 257, 200, 279, 236, 214 and 216, an average of 233.67.

Carlos DeCarvajal of Spain currently holds the 38th and last place to advance to the finals from the overall standings with 1271 and an average of 211.83.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, July 6, with squads 15, 16, 17 and 18 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

The V Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 5th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour season and the second out of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from July 1-9 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 gets underway on Saturday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 8, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for half past Midnight. The qualifying winner earns a 750 Euro bonus.

Women receive 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) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

Total 50 players qualify 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 receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye.

The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch, which trim the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.

The top 3 with the highest eight-game total 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.

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.

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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.

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