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Two players achieve perfection at Brunswick Madrid Challenge


Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar and Ruben Orche of Spain were the first players to achieve perfection at the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge Tuesday at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Aboujassoum (above), one of eight Qataris in the 78-player field from 12 countries, started squad 11 with games of 223, 257 and 259 before making his run at perfection. He closed with 202 and 195 for 1436 to move into fifth place in the overall standings.

Orche (right), whose previous high score was 1339, connected on 12 consecutive shots in the opening game of squad 12 on the way to a 1371 series, which included games of 300, 209, 263, 224, 193 and 182. He finished the fourth qualifying day in ninth place.

Spaniards Raul Jimenez (left) and Javier Moreno remained atop the qualifying leaderboard with 1507 and 1465, respectively.

Jassim Al Muraikhi (right) of Qatar was the best foreign bowler in third place as he led squad 11 to improve on a 1368 series with 1457, an average of 242.83. Al Muraikhi had games of 245, 258, 259, 235, 236 and 224.

Ferico Tatil (left) of Spain fell one spot and is sandwiched between Al Muraikhi and Aboujassoum in fourth place with 1456.

Cajsa Wegner (right) of Sweden beca,e the first woman who cracked the 1400-bar. The younger sister of World Cup champion Jenny Wegner used games of 218, 243, 236, 244, 225 and 204 for 1370, an average of 228.33 and added 48 pins handicap to jump into sixth place with 1418.

Jenny Wegner (left) was third in squad 11 with 1356 total to sit just outside the top 10 in 11th place.

The top five bowlers of a separate leaderboard of the squads on Monday and Tuesday (squads 9-12), Jimenez, Al Muraikhi, Tatil, Aboujassoum and Cajsa Wegner, earned automatic spots into Sunday’s finals.

If any of the above finish qualifying in the top 38, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

Qualifying will reach the halfway point on Wednesday. Ignacio Larracoechea of Spain holds the 38th and last place to advance to the finals from the overall qualifying standings with 1237 and an average of 206.17.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, July 5, with squads 13 and 14 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

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 gets underway on Saturday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 8, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes 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 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) will advance to Sunday’s finals.

Herbert Bickel

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