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Yannaphon Larp-apharat shoots into lead at Brunswick Euro Challenge


Thailand’s Yannaphon Larp-apharat averaged 243.33 for six games to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Yannaphon (pictured above) started squad 3 with an 823 three-game set, including games of 279, 289 and 255, an average of 274.33, but was unable to match his vigorous pace in the second three games. He closed with 234, 189 and 214 to lead the 85-player field from nine countries after four squads with 1460 total.

Asian bowlers continued to dominate the leaderboard in Munich for the second consecutive day. Day one leader Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore slipped to second place with 1416, including the tournament’s lone 300 game so far.

His fellow countryman and Squad 1 winner, Cheah Ray Han, also paced the fourth squad and improved his 1395 total by 19 pins to leap into third place with 1414.

Annop Arromsaranon (left) of Thailand was second to Yannaphon in squad 3 with 1411, good enough for fourth place.

Rounding out the top 5 after four squads, who earned automatic berths into Sunday’s finals, was Timothy Tham (right) of Singapore with 1406. If any of the above finish in the top 50, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

Sixth place belonged to Joel Tan (left) of Singapore with 1399. André Michow of Germany was the best non-Asian bowler in seventh place with 1392, including six games between 205 and 267.

German women’s national team member Nadine Geissler (right), who received 8 handicap pins per game as a woman participant, was the best of 13 women in the tournament so far in 12th place with 1375 total.

The top 12 at end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye for the finals. With four out of 18 squads in the books, Matthias Kabel, Germany, holds the 50th and last place to advance with 1163 or an average of 193.83.

Qualifying takes a short break and continues on Tuesday, March 21, with squads 5 and 6 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

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 kicks off Saturday, March 18, and runs through Saturday, March 25, 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 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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