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Shayna Ng wins qualifying at BEC, leads 64 players into Sunday’s finals


For the second consecutive year, a women’s national team member from Singapore won the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in suburban Munich, Germany.

Shayna Ng (pictured above) led the 380-player field from 37 countries, 308 men and 72 women, with 1539 total to match the score of her team mate Jasmine Yeong Nathan, who won the 2016 BEC qualifying.

Ng toppled 1499 pins, an average of 249.83 for six games, and received eight pins handicap for each game but the 300 in the opening game (max is 300). Ng’s perfecto was the second of record 14 300 games in this tournament, 12 recorded by men and two by women. Last year’s event featured 10 perfect games, nine in qualifying and one in Final Round 1.

The PBA record for the most 300s in one tournament by all players was set Dec. 8-13, 2009, in the Red, White and Blue Open presented by USBC when 31 300 games were posted at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

The top 9 qualifiers remained unchanged in Saturday’s squads 15-18. Only two players of squad 17 cracked the top 12, who received a first-round bye for Sunday’s finals.

Ahmad Muaz (left) of Malaysia was second with 1533 and the field-best 255.50 average and was followed by South Africa’s Francois Louw in third place with 1524, Pontus Andersson of Sweden in fourth place with 1522 and Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia in fifth place with 1500.

Tomas Käyhkö of Finland remained in sixth place with 1489 and Carsten Warming Hansen (right) of Denmark was in seventh place with 1483. Hansen led the second squad on Saturday, 16th overall, with 1452.

Stuart Williams of England was eighth with 1478 and Daniel Fransson of Sweden ninth with 1469.

Eight-time European Bowling Tour champion Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden finished squad 17 with a 238 triplicate to jump into 10th place with 1465. Italian Antonino Fiorentino was just one pin behind to move into 11th place with 1464.

Squad 3 leader Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand took the 12th and last place to earn a bye with 1460 and an average of 243.33. Andres Juliusson of Iceland, who was third in squad 17 with 1457, finished qualifying in 13th place.

Squad 15 leader Ray Teece (right) of England made the first cut in 24th place, while Martin Paulsson (below left) of Sweden, who hit the cutoff number last year with 1385, led the last squad 18 with 1423, finished in 43rd place.

Anders Lousdal of Denmark (squad 15), Adrian Ang of Malaysia and Dan Balsom of England (both squad 16) and Santtu Tahvanainen of Finland (squad 17) brought the number of 300 games to 14.

Jonathan Van Hees (right), United States, took the 50th and last place to advance with 1415 total and an average of 235.83. The top 50 in the overall qualifying standings will be joined in the finals by the top 5 each from a separate leaderboard of squads 5-8 and squads 1-4, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 268; Abdullah Dulijan, Saudi Arabia, 267; Jan Macek, Czech Republic, 266; and Paul Moor, England, 246).

All players but the top 12 will return to the lanes on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The Round of 28 is slated for 11.30 a.m. and round robin match play swill start a 2 p.m. The Stepladder finals are set for 5 to 6 p.m. with the award ceremony to follow immediately after the title match.

The top 4 of the Desperado Squad from left to right: Abdullah Dulijan, Paul Moor, Wu Siu Hong and Jan Macek.

The 14th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the third stop on the 2017 European Bowling Tour and the second and last EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

The BEC, which also kicks off the World Bowling Tour 2017, will be held from March 18-26 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany, the biggest bowling center in Europe with 52 lanes.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 104.000 Euro with 11.400 Euro going to the winner, 8.500 Euro to the first runner-up and 5.500 Euro to the third place finisher. Low to cash is 64th place, worth 800 Euro.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), 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.

Qualifying kicked off Saturday, March 18, and ran through Saturday, March 25.

Total 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 26, including the top 50 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 5 each from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 21-22 and 18-19, 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 bowl another six games scratch after which the field is trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

Round Two pinfall will be carried forward. During the seven games of match play, players receive 30 bonus pins for winning a match and 15 pins each in the event of a tie.

The top 3 players with the highest 13-game total, including bonus pins, 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.

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.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

The World Bowling Tour 2017 consists of nine stops in Bahrain, Germany, Kuwait (2), Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and USA (2).

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (date and venue tba).

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 21-22 squads (places 51-55), top 5 from March 18-19 squads (places 56-60), and top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 26.

300 games (14) – Muhd Jaris Goh, Shayna Ng, Jazreel Tan, Kuek Qi En, Ahmad Muaz, Carsten Warming Hansen, Joonas Jähi, Tomas Käyhkö, Chris Sloan, Markus Jansson, Anders Lousdal, Adrian Ang, Dan Balsom, Santtu Tahvanainen.

Herbert Bickel

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