England's Stuart Williams shoots 1544 series to take a 144-pin lead at the Vienna Open


    2012 EBT #16 / 2012 WBT #11

    Williams and Sweden's Dennis Eklund take the pole position in Doubles with 2790; six players of qualifying Squad 8 move into the top 8; cut for 52nd place improved by 30 pins to 1232 (205.33 average)

    2012EBT16StuartWilliams2.jpgThe eighth qualifying squad was the highest scoring squad so far at the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with Stuart Williams (pictured left) of England taking the lead in Singles and Doubles Thursday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Williams, who became England's first PBA champion in the 2011-12 PBA World Series of Bowling, fired games of 228, 274, 228, 287, 259 and 268 for 1544 six game total, an average of 257.33, to overtake previous leader and fellow PBA bowler Dan MacLelland of Canada by 144 pins.

    2012EBT16StuartWilliamsDennisEklund.jpgThe six-time European Bowling Tour champion teamed with 2007 Vienna Open champion Dennis Eklund (right), who added 1246 pins, en route to move to the top of the leaderboard of 174 doubles with 2790 and an average of 232.50.

    Williams has won the Doubles event twice, both times with a woman. In 2007 he teamed with Tina Hulsch of Germany to win with 2904 and in 2009 he joined forces with Clara Guerrero of Colombia to win with 2795.

    2012EBT04TommyJones.jpg2012EBT09ThomasLarsen.jpgFive more players of Squad 8 moved into the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying. 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (left), silver medalist at the World Singles Championships last month, had 1388 to leap into third place with Denmark's Thomas Larsen (right) in fourth place at 1385 and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash in fifth place at 1382.

    England's Mike Quarry checked in with 1371 in sixth place. Liz Johnson, United States, led the seventh qualifying squad with 1365 fell from second to seventh place and is the best of 43 women in the 217-player field from 23 countries.

    2012EBT16MissyParkin2.jpg2012EBT13RomanFurbacher2.jpgHer compatriot, USBC Queens champion, Missy Parkin (left) was the best woman in Squad 8 with 1362 including 48 pins handicap to overtake eighth place. Roman F√ľrbacher (right) of Austria holds the 52nd and last place to advance with 1232 or an average of 205.33.

    Jones and fellow PBAer Dino Castillo moved into second place in Doubles with 2708 and were followed by Rash and Mika Koivuniemi of Finland with 2704. Previous leaders Johnson and Kelly Kulick slipped to fourth place with 2692.

    Qualifying continues on Thursday with Squad 9 scheduled for 8 p.m. CEST.

    2012VOLogo.jpg The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the last of four EBT "Gold" tournaments (the second-highest category) this season. Players will compete for an increased total prize fund of 75.130 Euro (approx. $100,000) - 64.900 ‚ā¨ for Singles and 10.230 ‚ā¨ for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will receive the 7.000 ‚ā¨ top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500 Euro, respectively. The doubles champions will split 1.600 ‚ā¨.

    The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will also award a PBA Tour title if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    The tournament will be contested on 39 ft. oil pattern with 27.1 ml volume oil total (Kegel LaneMap‚ĄĘ Guide Plus Bowling Vienna).

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournamentwhich runs from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 6 with the final Squad 17 starting at 8 p.m. local time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-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 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 7:
    • the top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • the first player each from Squad 1-6, who is not among the top 52 (total 6 players)
    • and the top 6 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifying leaders will bypass the first round of the finals. The other 56 players will bowl six games starting from scratch to cut to the top 22, who will join the top qualifiers in Round Two.

    Those 30 players will bowl another six games starting from scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 18, who will carry the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total will advance to the stepladder finals.


    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 10th year in a row, Bowlingdigital will cover the Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos.

    Live streaming of the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will go online Friday morning, Oct. 5, during qualifying squad 10 and will continue for the rest of the qualifying and all rounds of the finals.

    Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. CEST (11.00 a.m. EDT; 11.00 p.m. Hong Kong Time) live on Bowlingdigital TV. The award ceremonies are scheduled for 6.00 p.m. CET. The live streaming coverage is a partnership between Bowlingdigital.com, Austrian Bowling Federation, Plus Bowling, Columbia 300 and Ottakringer, the official beer of the Vienna Open.


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    2012 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/17

    Squad 8 Results



    2012 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 8/17

    Squad 8 Results