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This year’s Brunswick Euro Challenge (BEC), once again hosted by Dream-Bowl Palace in suburban Munich, saw an impressive 382 players from 34 countries compete for a prize purse of more than €113,200 (around $127,000). The week-long 2019 BEC was the only ‘platinum’ tournament of this year’s European Bowling Tour, which is celebrating its 20th year.
Martin Larsen of Sweden won the tournament, his ninth European Bowling Tour (EBT) title, with Niko Oksanan of Finland placing second and Maria Jose Rodrigues of Columbia placing third. The 16th annual BEC saw an impressive 1,145 entries from 34 countries.
“Bowlers liked the more difficult pattern this year, which yielded three perfect games,” said Martin Knöbl, center manager of Dream-Bowl Palace. Dream-Bowl Palace has hosted the event since 2013, with a contract to continue hosting through 2021. Dream-Bowl’s size (more than 59,000 sq ft featuring 52 lanes) and centralized location in suburban Munich make it the ideal setting for the tournament. “Hosting the event is a lot of work for our center, but the feedback we get from bowlers and coaches after the tournament makes it all worthwhile,” said Knöbl.
"Dream-Bowl Palace is one of the best venues in Europe, and we’re so pleased with our partnership with them,” said Brunswick CEO Corey Dykstra. “The Euro Challenge is a fantastic event that lets us celebrate talented bowlers and the innovations we’re seeing in this industry. It reminds us of why we’re in this business—to support the passion of bowlers around the world.”
Last updated by David Garber Apr 5.