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Pablo Barriopedro takes commanding lead at Brunswick Madrid Challenge


2016EBT08RubenOrche.jpg2016EBT08InigoGarcia2.jpgPablo Barriopedro of Spain averaged 246.50 in Sunday’s squad 5 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to take a commanding lead in the qualifying of the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge, a European Bowling Tour “silver” tournament.

Barriopedro, who had a 1321 series in squad 1 yesterday, started his second attempt with 245 and 182 before he averaged 282.66 for his next three games, including back-to-back 279 and 290 (848 for three games). He closed out with 204 to position himself atop the 49-player leaderboard with 1479 total.

Trailing Barriopedro by 93 pins was Ruben Orche (left), Spain, who stayed consistently close to his 231 average over his six games, scoring between 222-238 in five of his six games. Thanks to his high game of 255 in the second game, Orche leaped into second place with 1386.

Day one leader Inigo Garcia (above right) of Spain fell two spots but remained in third place with 1375 and an average of 229.17.

2016EBT08IonAcin2.jpg2016EBT08SaradelOlmo.jpgThe top 3 from the standings of Saturday and Sunday (squads 2-4 and 6-8 have been cancelled) will be automatically qualified for the finals if they don’t finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings. If any of the three will finish in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

Ion Acin (left), Spain, fell six pins short to land in fourth place with 1369 with Alejandro Arjonilla, Spain, further 11 pins behind in fifth place on 1358.

Sara Del Olmo (right), Spain, became the first woman in this year’s event who reached the 1300-plateau. Olmo toppled 1254 pins, an average of 209 and added 48 handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events, for 1302 total, good for 11th place.

Qualifying continues on Monday, July 4, with squads 9 & 10 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

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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Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and top 5 of squads 9-12 who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad will advance to Sunday’s finals.

Herbert Bickel

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