The BFO is the second EBT tournament hosted by Valcke Bowling after the EBT "Platinum" Brunswick Euro Challenge. Players will compete for total prize fund of 58.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, while the second and third place finishers receive 4.000 and 3.000 Euro, respectively.
As of Saturday, Sept. 15th, 128 players - 99 men and 29 women - from 18 countries, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Guernsey, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Sweden, United States, and the host country France, have registered for the event. There are still spots available in all 20 qualifying squads.
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Bowlingdigital will cover the Brunswick French Open live from Plaza Grand Quevilly with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos.
Live coverage commences on Thursday, Oct. 25. Live streaming will go online Saturday morning, Oct. 27, during qualifying squad 21 and will continue for the rest of the qualifying and all three rounds of the finals.
Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the round robin match play finals live on Bowlingdigital TV starting on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. CET (Daylight Saving Time is not in effect on this date in France) or at 11.00 a.m. EDT and 11.00 p.m. Hong Kong Time. The award ceremonies are scheduled for 6.30 p.m. CET.
The live streaming coverage is a partnership between Valcke Bowling, Brunswick and Bowlingdigital.com.
Brunswick French Open qualifying (six games; unlimited reentries allowed) runs from Saturday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 27 with the final Squad 20 scheduled for 8 p.m. local time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the single-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour
A total of 40 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 28:the top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings the top four players from a separate leaderboard of squads contested Oct 20-22 (Squads 1-7), who are not among the top 40 and the top four players of the Desperado Squad.
The top 8 players after qualifying receive a first-round bye. The remaining 40 players will bowl six games scratch with half of the field joining the top 8 in Round Two. Those 28 will bowl another six-game block scratch with the top 8 advancing to the final round with the total pinfall being carried forward.
The BFO champion will be determined in seven games round robin match play. Players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won and 15 for a tie. The player with the highest total (13 games plus bonus pins) will win the title 100 ranking points and the 5. Euro top prize.
The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 21 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.
The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament such as the Brunswick French Open earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.
Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.