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3/22/15

Josh Blanchard wins Brunswick Euro Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Blanchard Wins First PBA Tour Title in 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bill Vint March 22, 2015 05:48

MUNICH, Germany – Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., won his first PBA Tour title Sunday, defeating Malaysia’s Li Jane Sin, 248-211, in the title match of the 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace.

Blanchard, a 27-year-old fourth year PBA player and PBA’s 2011-12 Rookie of the Year, was the top qualifier following the six-game Step 2 qualifying round and a seven-game Step 3 match play round. Sin, one three women to advance to the Step 3 round, defeated Sweden’s young two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 225-214, in the semifinal match.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge was a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. Competition points were earned by men and women in the event, leading toward three berths in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will be contested during PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this fall. 

The PBA Tour returns to action March 28-29 with the PBA League Elias Cup playoffs at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, followed by the Xtra Frame Maine Shootout March 30-31, also at Bayside Bowl. The Elias Cup playoffs will air on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays, beginning March 29 at 5 p.m. ET, and the Maine Shootout will air live, from start to finish, on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

 

12TH BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE  
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, March 22

Championship: Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($12,000) def. f-Li Jane Sin, Malaysia ($9,000), 248-211.  
Semifinal Match: Sin def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden ($6,000), 225-214.

Step 3 final match play standings (after 13 games, includes match play bonus pins; top 3 advanced to stepladder finals)  
1, Blanchard, 5-2, 3,135.  
2, Svensson, 2-5, 3,104.  
3, f-Sin, 4-3, 3,084.  
4, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2-5, 3,045, $3,000.  
5, Magnus Johnson, Sweden, 4-3, 2,983, $2,800.  
6, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 4-3, 2,955, $2,600.  
7, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 4-3, 2,930, $2,400.  
8, James Gruffman, Sweden, 2-5, 2,918, $2,200.

Step 2 (failed to advance after 6 games; top 8 advanced to Step 3 match play)  
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,310, $2,000.  
10, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,306., $2,000.  
11, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,297, $2,000.  
12, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 1,297, $2,000.  
13, Petteri Salonen, Finland, 1,294, $1,800.  
14, f-Safiyah Amirah Siti, Malaysia, 1,281, $1,800.  
15, Dom Barrett, England, 1,276, $1,800.  
16, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,800.  
17, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,272, $1,700.  
18, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,267, $1,700.  
19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,260, $1,700.  
20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,256, $1,700.  
21, f-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1,252, $1,600.  
22, Dirk Dreyer, Germany, 1,250, $1,600.  
23, Patrick Backe, Sweden, 1,237, $1,600.  
24, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1,223, $1,600.  
25, Richard Teece, England, 1,207, $1,500.  
26, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,180, $1,500.  
27, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,156, $1,500.  
28, Stephan Unger, Germany, 1,104, $1,500.

Step 1 (failed to advance after 6 games; top 16 advanced to Step 2)  
29, Olsson, Mattias, SWE, M, 1,301, $1,200.  
30, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,295,$1,200.  
31, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,294, $1,200.  
32, f-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,289, $1,200.  
33, f-Ida Andersson, Sweden, 1,285, $1,200.  
34, f-Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 1,284, $1,200.  
35, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,283, $1,200.  
36, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,280, $1,200.  
37, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,200.  
38, Steven Gill, Scotland, 1,271, $1,000.  
39, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,263, $1,000.  
40, Mohd Nur Aiman, Malaysia, 1,260, $1,000.  
41, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,259, $1,000.  
42, Christopher Hachin, France, 1,255, $1,000.  
43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 1,251, $1,000.  
44 (tie), DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Yoan Alix, France, 1,249, $1,000.  
46, Tobias Börding, Germany, 1,248, $1,000.  
47, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 1,244, $900.  
48, f-Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 1,243, $900.  
49, f-Jelena Brandt, Latvia, 1,238, $900.  
50, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,237, $900.  
51, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,233, $900.  
52, Mattias Möller, Sweden, 1,225, $900.  
53, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,219, $900.  
54 (tie), Tim Friedrichs, Germany, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,217, $900.  
56, Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 1,198, $800.  
57, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,178, $800.  
58, f-Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 1,155, $800.  
50, f-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,124, $800.  
60, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,104, $800.  
61, f-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,094.  
62, Andreas Bösiger, Switzerland, 1,084, $800.  
63, f-Joey Yeo, Singapore, 1,051, $800.  
64, f-Sabrina Laub, Germany, 1,026, $800.

f-denotes female (women bowlers received 8 handicap pins per game