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Jasmine Yeong Nathan wins qualifying in Brunswick Euro Challenge


Singapore’s Jasmine Yeong Nathan remained unchallenged in Saturday’s squads 14-17 to win the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge and to lead a field of 64 players into the finals on Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

2016EBT05JoeyYeo.jpg2016EBT05DanielleMcEwan2.jpgYeong Nathan (pictured above), one of 12 Singaporean women in the 311-player field from 34 countries, posted a 1491 series in squad 4, including games of 222, 238, 269, 268, 246 and 248, an average of 248.50, and added 48 pins handicap for 1539 total.

By virtue of finishing qualifying as the best of 66 women, Yeong Nathan earned a 1.200 bonus. Fourth place Joey Yeo (left; 1475) of Singapore and seventh place Danielle McEwan (right; 1468) received 700 and 500 Euro bonuses for being the second and third best woman, respectively.

In addition Yeong Nathan and the next 11 qualifiers received a first-round bye for Sunday’s finals. As there were no changes in the top 12 on the final qualifying day, eight women and just four men received a bye.

2016EBT05ToreTorgersen.jpg2016EBT05SeanRash2.jpgTore Torgersen (left) of Norway, who had the field-best 251 average, was the only other bowler who surpassed the 1500-mark with 1506. Sean Rash (right) was the best of 25 U.S. bowlers in the field in third place with 1495.

Bernice Lim of Singapore took the 12th and last place to earn a bye with 1457 or an average of 242.83, including handicap.

PBA champions Stuart Williams (below left) of England and Anthony Simonsen, United States, who both achieved perfection this week, led squad 16 with 1455 and 1454, but fell two and three pins short off the top 12 to finish in 13th and 14th place, respectively.

2016EBT05StuartWilliams.jpg2016EBT05AnthonySimonsen4.jpgUSBC Masters champion Simonsen (right), who led the first and second squad, also led the last squad with 1443. Other squad winners on Saturday were New Hui Fen (1437) of Singapore and Annie Thorell (1421) of Sweden.

15th place Tannya Roumimper (below right; 1452) of Indonesia rolled the ninth 300 game of the tournament and the second by a woman in her 1373 effort in squad 15.

Martin Paulsson of Sweden, who won the gold medal in Doubles at the 2010 Men’s World Championships at Dream-Bowl Palace, took the 50th and last place to advance to the finals with 1385 or an average of 230.83.

2016EBT05TannyaRoumimper.jpgPlayers ranked 13 to 50 plus the top 5 each from March 15-16 squads and March 13-14 squads and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will bowl the first round of the finals Sunday starting at 8 a.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 kicked off Sunday, March 13, and ran through Saturday, March 19. Total 64 players qualified 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) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 20. Top 12 earn a first-round bye.

300 games (9) – Jesper Svensson (2), Anthony Simonsen, Julien Sermand, Tommy Jones, Joline Persson Planefors, Dom Barrett, Stuart Williams, Tannya Roumimper.

Herbert Bickel

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