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Jasmine Yeong Nathan takes huge lead in Brunswick Euro Challenge


Jasmine Yeong Nathan of Singapore averaged 248.50 Tuesday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, to take a 124-pin lead in the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a European Bowling Tour and World Bowling Tour event.

Yeong Nathan (pictured above) started squad 4 with low games of 222 and 238, but followed with back-to-back 260s and 240s (269, 268, 246, 248) for 1491, not needing her handicap allowance to overtake previous leader Anthony Simonsen, United States (1412).

Nevertheless, she received eight pins per game handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events, to lead the field of 102 players from 19 countries with 1539, to beat Denmark’s Tim Stampe (1522, Irish Open) for the highest six-game qualifying score on the European Bowling Tour this season by 17 pins.

2016EBT04JaroslavLorenc.jpg2016EBT05AnthonySimonsen.jpgJaroslav Lorenc (left) of Czech Republic was Yeong Nathan’s nearest competitor and leaped into second place with distant 1415, including five games between 253 and 234 and a low game of 191.

Simonsen (right), who has been added to the Team USA roster for 2016 according to an announcementmade by USBC yesterday, slipped to third place.

Yeong Nathan was one of five Singaporean women who crack the top 12 on Tuesday. The top 12 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye for the finals.

2015WWCShaynaNgCherieTan.jpg2014EBT04JazreelTan.jpgDespite a low game of 169 in game four, Cherie Tan (pictured left with team mate Shayna Ng, left) moved into fourth place with 1395, including high games of 261 and 258. Shayna Ng finished her series with a huge 289 game to take 9th place with 1354. Ng was followed by Bernice Lim in 10th place with 1349, while Jazreel Tan (right) rounded out the top 12 with 1344.

Fifth place Danielle McEwan (below right; 1386), United States, and seventh place Anggie Ramirez (1363) of Colombia bring the number of women in the top 12 to seven.

2016EBT05DanielleMcEwan.jpg2016EBT05SeanRash.jpgPBA Player of the Year (2011-12) Sean Rash (left), a regular competitor in the Brunswick Euro Challenge, led squad 5 on Tuesday evening with 1346, including games of 213, 199, 242, 247, 222 and 223, to position himself in11th place in the overall standings.

With five of 17 squads in the books, Dominic Buchmann of Germany holds the 50th and last place to advance with 1143 and an average of 190.50.

The top 5 bowlers in the standings of the squads on Tuesday and Wednesday will earn automatic berths in the finals. If any of the top 5 of squads 4-7 finish in the top 50, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order. Score for 50th place in the 2015 BEC was 1382.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, March 16, with squads 6 & 7 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

2016BECLogo_small.jpgThe 13th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fifth stop on the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the four EBT tournament categories.

The BEC will be held from March 13-20 at Europe’s premier bowling center, Dream-Bowl Palace, a 52-laner in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 103.000 Euro with 11.700 Euro going to the winner, 8.500 Euro to the runner-up and 5.500 Euro to the third place finisher.

Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top three women after qualifying receive 1.200, 700 and 500 Euro bonuses, respectively.

The BEC is also the third event of the 2016 World Bowling Tour. Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA title to the winner if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.

Qualifying kicks off Sunday, March 13, and runs through Saturday, March 19, with the final Squad 17 slated for 8 p.m. CET. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m.

Total 64 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 20, including the top 50 in the standings, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-16, the top 5 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 13-14, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

The top 12 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 52 players bowl six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who will join the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 will bowl another six games scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

Round Two pinfall will be carried forward. The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play including bonus pins (30 for a win; 15 for a tie) will determine the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowls the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match takes on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 11.300 Euro top prize.

2016WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 World Bowling Tour currently consists of 8 tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand. A ninth event and the only WBT “major” so far is planned for December 2016 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the USA.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).

After the conclusion of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, the World Bowling Tour will take a five-month break returning to competition with the World Bowling Tour Thailand event, which will be held from August 6-12 at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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Top 50 qualifiers, top 5 from March 15-16 squads (places 51-55), top 5 from March 13-14 squads (places 56-60), and top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 20.

300 games (1) – Anthony Simonsen.

Herbert Bickel

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