The VI Brunswick Madrid Challenge
was the 6th stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour season and the first out of two EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season. The tournament was held from July 1-8 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
Players competed for total prize money of 40.300 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 (48th place) was 300 Euro.
Qualifying got underway on Sunday, July 1, and ran through Saturday, July 7. The qualifying winner earned a 750 Euro bonus. Qualifying concluded with the Desperado Squad.
Women received 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 48 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, July 8, including the top 36 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 3 from the combined standings of July 1 squads and the top 5 of the squads conducted July 2 & 3, who were not in the top 36, plus four players from the Desperado Squad. The top 16 qualifiers received a first-round bye and were seeded 1-16 in match play.
The remaining 32 finalists bowled six games from scratch with the top 16 advancing to match play, seeded 17-32.
In each round of match play, the highest seeded player bowled against the lowest seeded player, the second-highest against the second-lowest, and so on. Match play rounds of 32, 16 and 8 consisted of best-of-three games while semi-finals and finals were decided in one game.
The field will be cut to 16, 8, 4 and then two players who bowled for the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize.
The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 seventh stop of the 2018 Tour, the 14th Storm San Marino Open, an EBT “gold” tournament, already got underway on Saturday, July 7, at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, with the finals to be held on Sunday 15th.
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VI Brunswick Madrid Challenge 2018
Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain (July 1-8, 2018)
1. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6.000 Euro
2. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 3.000 Euro
3. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 2.000 Euro
4. Chris Klerk, United States, 1.500 Euro
Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Hansen def. No. 26 Klerk, 216-179
Semifinal Match 2: No. 8 Larsen def. No. 6 Rodriguez, 233-196
Championship: Larsen def. Hansen, 258-219.
Rodriguez received eight pins handicap.
From left: Chris Klerk, Carsten Warming Hansen, Jassim Al Muraikhi, Markus Jansson, Pontus Andersson, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Thomas Larsen and Nicola Pongolini.
2018 Brunswick Madrid Challenge – Match Play Round of 8
Best-of-three games; winners advance, losers eliminated. Women’s scores include eight pins handicap.