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Luis Briceño sets the tone Wednesday at Brunswick Madrid Challenge


2016EBT08PabloBarriopedro3.jpg2016EBT08IldemaroRuiz2.jpgLuis Briceño of Spain led the 26 players of Wednesday’s squad 14 (#13 has been canceled) with 1439, improving his previous high series by seven pins, but didn’t climb the ladder in the overall qualifying standing of the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

Briceño (pictured above), who has toppled 1432 pins in squad 9, including the tournament’s first 300 game, rolled games of 235, 258, 227, 214, 258 and 247, an average of 239.83 for six games.

His compatriot Pablo Barriopedro (left) continued to lead the field of 95 players from 13 countries with 1479 and an average of 246.50. Venezuelan pro bowler Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. sits in second place with 1449, including the only other 300 game, and is followed by Lucas Legnani of Argentina, in third place with 1463.

Tournament organizer Paco Rodriguez of Spain is just one pin ahead of Briceño in fourth place with 1440.

2016EBT08KevinZampin2.jpg2016EBT08LarryVontobel.jpgKévin Zampin (left) of France posted the eighth series over 1400 to take over eighth place on 1402, including games of 256, 226, 191, 270, 246 and 213. Larry Vontobel (right) of Switzerland had the third-highest 1362 series, including high games of 279 and 258, to leap into 17th place overall.

Birgit Pöppler (below right) of Germany remains in contention for a 750 Euro bonus as she still is the best woman in the field in 22nd place with 1312 total, including eight pins bonus each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

With 14 of 26 qualifying squads completed, Carlos Calva of Spain holds the 38th and last place to advance directly to Sunday’s finals with 1234 and an average of 205.67. Qualifying continues on Thursday, July 7, with squads 17 & 18 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time. Squads 15 & 16 have been canceled.

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2016BrunswickMadridChallengeLogo_small.jpgThe IV Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 8th stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour season and the third out of four EBT “Silver” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from July 2-10 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 got underway on Saturday, July 2, and runs through Saturday, July 9, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying wraps up 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 10 – 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.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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2016 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Standings after Qualifying Squad 14/26

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.

300 games (2) – Luis Briceño, Ildemaro Ruiz Jr.

Herbert Bickel

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