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Osku Palermaa wins qualifying at Brunswick Madrid Challenge


Osku Palermaa of Finland won the qualifying at the Brunswick Madrid Challenge and leads a field of 48 players, 43 men and five women, into Sunday’s finals at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

The two-handed player (above), who owns five Professional Bowlers Association titles and ties Dom Barrett of England for second place on the all-time European Bowling Tour titles list with 13, fired games of 258, 266, 278, 257, 267 and 221 in squad 24 to earn a 750 Euro bonus with 1547 and an average of 257.83 for six games.

Christopher Sloan (left), a two-handed bowler from Ireland, was seven pins behind in second place.

Sloan was followed by Raul Jimenez of Spain (1507), Markus Jansson of Sweden (1504), reigning U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada (right; 1502) and Jo Allsebrook of England (1501), who all surpassed the 1500-mark.

Allsebrook (left), who received eight pins handicap each game, was the best 31 women in the 186-player field from 32 countries.

Other women, who made the first cut were Britt Brøndsted of Denmark (13th; 1457), Cajsa Wegner of Sweden (26th; 1418), Eliisa Hiltunen of Finland (29th; 1416) and reigning World Cup champion 1416Jenny Wegner of Sweden (32nd; 1407).

The top two women in qualifying, Allsebrook and Brøndsted (right), earned 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

Six-time EBT champion Stuart Williams (left), who also owns one PBA title, led squad 23 on Saturday morning to finish the eight-day qualifying portion in seventh place with 1494, just ahead of his compatriots Hadley Morgan (8th 1476), Paul Moor (9th; 1475) and Barrett (10th; 1469; 244.83 ave.), who rounded out the top 10 who received two byes for the finals.

Moor (right), the all-time EBT title leader with 17, posted the tournament’s sixth 300 game in squad 25.

Eoghain Lebioda (left) of Ireland finished the last squad 26 with the seventh perfecto to win the squad with 1452 to jump into 16th place. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela took the 20th and last spot to earn one bye with 1442 (240.33).

Alvar Cardona Jr. (right) of Spain rolled 1390 (231.67) in the last squad to finish in 38th place, the last place to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard. Joining the top 38 players were eight players from the early qualifying squads and the top four players of the one-game Desperado Squad.

Lee Cocker of England led the desperados with a huge 268 game and was followed by Ali Al Jahani of Qatar (259), Robin Skans of Sweden (258) and Marco Moretti of Costa Rica (256).

From left to right: Ali Al Jahani, Marco Moretti, Robin Skanks and Lee Cocker.

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 got underway on Saturday, July 1, and ran through Saturday, July 8, and concluded with the Desperado Squad. The qualifying winner earned 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) earned 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) advance to Sunday’s finals.

300 games (7) – Ghanim Aboujassoum, Ruben Orche, Carsten Warming Hansen, Tomas Käyhkö, Ildemaro Ruiz, Paul Moor and Eoghain Lebioda.

Herbert Bickel