MUNICH, Germany – Storm Amateur Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., a member of Team USA and a collegiate all-American with the Robert Morris University-Illinois team, won the 11th annual Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace Sunday, striking on 10 of his first 11 shots in a near-perfect 277-258 victory over Sweden’s Daniel Fransson.
(Championship Match 3:40:00)
Kent used a Roto Grip Disturbed in the final, and also used an Asylum and Defiant Soul during the week. Fransson used a Storm Marvel-S.
Kent, who reached the television finals in the 2013 U.S. Open and the PBA Scorpion Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling V, where he bowled on a special invitation, earned 11,111 Euros (US$15,300), but doesn’t earn a PBA title because he is an amateur.
The win marked the second International victory in three events for Storm/Roto Grip. UAE's Shaker Al Hassan won the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open earlier in March with a Storm IQ Tour Edition.
The Brunswick Euro Challenge is a World Bowling Tour, PBA International Tour and European Bowling Tour event.
Fransson eliminated the PBA Tour’s last hope for the Brunswick Euro Challenge title when he defeated new Storm staffer Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 255-226, in the semifinal match.
The tournament drew a field of 343 players from 33 countries, including a strong contingent of PBA Tour players. Twenty-one PBA members advanced to Sunday’s 64-player final rounds.
The PBA Tour will resume competition in the U.S. May 18-25 with the Oklahoma’s Grand Hotel Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla.
WTBA/PBA INTERNATIONAL BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, German, Sunday
1, a-Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $15,300.
2, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, $12,400.
3, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, $9,600.
Semifinal Match: Fransson def. Loschetter, 255-226.
Championship: Kent def. Fransson, 277-258.
Other PBA Cashers:
4, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $4,100.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $4,100.
10, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., $2,050.
11, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $2,050.
16, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $2,050.
17, Paul Moor, England, $2,050.
18, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, $2,050.
20, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $2,050.
28, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., $2,050.
30, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $1,375.
31, Stuart Williams, England, $1,375.
34, Martin Larsen, Sweden, $1,375.
36, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,375.
37, Jake Peters, Las Vegas, $1,375.
42, Mik Stampe, Denmark, $1,375.
43, Dom Barrett, England, $1,375.
49, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland-Hartland, Mich., $1,375.
51, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, $1,375.
53, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., $1,375.
59, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, $1,375.