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Sweden’s Cajsa Wegner powers her way into the lead in Munich


Cajsa Wegner of Sweden averaged 253.80 over six games in Friday’s squad 12 to power her way into the qualifying lead in the 15th Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in the Greater Munich area in Germany.

Wegner (featured photo and right with her sister Jenny, left), the younger sister of 2016 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Jenny Wegner started her series with 255, 246, 216 and 258, then achieved perfection (like her sister, who accomplished the feat in squad 9) before she closed with 248 for 1523 scratch and added 40 pins handicap (eight pins per game except the 300) for 1563 total.

Previous leader Siti Safiyah (left) of Malaysia and her team mate Rafiq Ismail slipped to second and third place with 1535 and 1530, respectively.

Jesper Svensson (right) of Sweden, who at the age of 23 owns eight European Bowling Tour titles along with seven Professional Bowlers Association titles, and early leader Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand also fell one spot to fourth and fifth place with 1527 and 1525, resp.

Former world champion Mai Ginge Jensen (left) of Denamrk highlighted squad 13 by rolling two perfect games in game one and four on her way to 1521 total, including 32 pins handicap, an average of 248.16, to jump into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings.

Kimmo Lehtonen of Finland closed the squad with the 15th 300 game of the tournament so far, one more than in the qualifying last year and two short of the record 17 300 games in 2017.

PBA champion and USBC Team USA Trials winner b>Kyle Troup (right), United States, was second in squad 12 with 1504 (250.67) position himself in the 12th and last place to earn a first-round bye for the finals.

Jamie McDermott (left) of Germany led the last squad on Friday evening, 14th overall, with 1468 (244.67) to move into 23rd place, just three pins behind Lehtonen, who was 22nd with 1471.

with one more qualifying day to go, PWBA champion New Hui Fen (right) of Singapore holds the 50th and last spot to advance with 1430 and an average of 238.33, including handicap. Last year’s cut was 1415.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, March 17, with squads 15-18 starting at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

The 15th Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fourth stop on the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the first of two EBT “Platinum” events this season, the highest of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

The BEC, which is also the curtain-raiser to the World Bowling Tour 2018, will be held from March 10-18 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany, the biggest bowling center in Europe with 52 lanes.

Almost 400 players from 38 countries are expected to compete for total prize fund of 105.000 Euro with 11.500 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 10, and runs through Saturday, March 17, with the final Squad 18 slated for 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET). Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 11.30 p.m.

Total 64 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, March 18, including the top 50 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 5 each from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 13-14 and 10-11, 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 11.500 Euro top prize.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 13 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, three “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which will offer total prize fund of more than 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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 2018 consists of ten stops in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United States of America (5).

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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2018 Brunswick Euro Challenge – Qualifying Standings after Squad 14/18

Top 50 qualifiers, top 5 from March 13-14 squads (places 51-55), top 5 from March 10-11 squads (places 56-60) and top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 18.

300 games (15) – Adrian Ang, Christoph Schurian, Jenny Wegner, Christopher Sloan, Osku Palermaa, Anthony Simonsen, Kim Bolleby, Jason Sterner, Emil Ågren, Yanee Saebe, Krzysztof Olesinski, Cajsa Wegner, Mai Ginge Jensen (2), Kimmo Lehtonen,

Herbert Bickel

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