Duke Joins the 1500 Club
ONCE AGAIN it was the 20:00 squad on Friday evening that harvested many good scores, but it was star American PBA player
Norm Duke that best demonstrated his prowess by hitting 1515 to take fifth place in the overall standings and book his place in the elite top 16 for Sunday's finale.
Duke was followed by five players exceedeing the 1400 target: Jari Ratia, Finland (1490); Mathias Arup, Sweden (1461); Jens Nickel, Germany (1419) on his first entry; Mikael Kanold, Sweden (1407) and Raymond Teece, England (1401).
The earlier 16:00 session featured just the one score over 1400, with Dennis Vrabac from Sweden including a 289 in his six-game series of 1424.
The same result on the midnight shift as a smaller squad of 42 burned the midnight oil. Hall of Famer Brian Voss showed that he still has the talent by being the sole participant to hit over 1400 by a single pin.
There were two perfect games on the earlier 16:00 squad, the first by Switzerland's Mathieu Berges and in the next game by Avgeniya Smirnova of Russia. Smirnova takes precedence as with her eight pins per game bonus she totals 308.
Now going into the last four qualifying squads, the statistics show the cut to 52nd place standing at 1389 and the elite top 16 ending at 1455. There won't be any empty places on the final squads.
Full standings, see www.brunswickeurochallenge.com.
|Qualified directly to final step 2 (Position 1 - 16)|