Dominic Barrett, Mik Stampe use 300 games to move to the top of the leaderboard in Vienna

    10/02/13

    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Dane Stampe paces Squad 4 with 1527; Englishman Barrett leads Squad 5 and 6 with 1587 and 1484; Sean Rash, Mike Fagan, Steven Novak (USA) and Dennis Eklund (SWE) crack top 9; cut for 51st place is 1254 (209 avg.); Eklund and AnĹľe Grabrijan (SLO) lead in Doubles with 2847 (237.25)

    2013EBT04DominicBarrett.jpg2013EBT15MikStampe.jpgDominic Barrett (pictured left) of England and Dane Mik Stampe (right) set the tone Tuesday Squads 4-6 en route to move to the top of the qualifying leaderboard in the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Stampe, who won gold in Doubles and Trios in the Men's European Championships at Plus bowling last year, started the day with the second 300 game of the tournament and added 195, 269, 258, 259 and 246 to become the first player, who cracked the 1500-mark (250 average) with 1527 and an average of 254.50.

    Barrett, a seven-time European Bowling Tour champion who also owns one Professional Bowlers Association title, topped Stampe by another 60 pins, when he toppled 1587 pins in Squad 5.

    201213PBA12SeanRash.jpg2013EBT15LeoGrundschober2.jpgThe Englishman came out of the gates with 258 and then rolled the tournament's third perfecto. He slowed down in games three and four (222, 231) before he closed out with 280 and 296 to shoot into the lead. Barrett also led the evening squad 6 with 1484, which would have been good enough for third place.

    Third place belongs to last year's VO runner-up Sean Rash (left), United States. The reigning PBA Player of the Year was second to Barrett in Squad 6 with 1470 (245 average) including high games of 266, 256 and 255.

    Day one leader Leo Grundschober (above right) of Austria slipped to fourth place with 1466. Four-time PBA champion Mike Fagan (below left), United States, who also own five EBT titles, was 10 pins behind Rash to overtake to move into fifth place with 1460.

    2013EBT14MikeFagan.jpg2013WCDennisEklund.jpgFagan's fellow countryman Steven Novak was next to Stampe in Squad 4 with 1457, good for sixth place overall. Three-time EBT champion and 2007 Vienna Open winner Dennis Eklund (right) of Sweden was second to Barrett in Squad 5 with 1450 to leap into seventh place.

    Tobias Börding of Germany and Austria's Roman Fürbacher slipped from second and third to eighth and ninth place with 1448 and 1431, respectively.

    One player from each of the first nine squads, who will not finish in the top 51 at the end of the qualifying, is automatically qualified for the finals. The top 8 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

    2012EBT18CheskaTomas.jpg2013EBT04AnzeGrabrijan.jpgCheska Tomas (left) of the Netherlands is the best of 27 women in the field in 18th place with 1359 including 8 pins handicap each game, an average of 218.50 (scratch).

    With 166 players from 19 countries in the books, Finnish standout Kimmo Lehtonen holds the 51st and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1254 or an average of 209.

    Dennis Eklund teamed with AnĹľe Grabrijan (right - 15th; 1397) of Slovenia to overtake the lead in the Doubles competition with 2847 total and an average of 237.25.

    Qualifying continues Wednesday, Oct. 2 with Squads 7-9 scheduled for noon, 4 and 8 p.m. CEST. Bowlingdigital will cover the Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6.

    2013ViennaOpenLogo.jpg The 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 15th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT "Gold" tournaments (the second-highest category) this season. Players will compete for total prize fund of 75.130 Euro or approx. $100,000 - 64.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will receive the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 apiece. The doubles champions will split 1.600 €.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will also award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    This year, the Vienna Open offers twenty qualifying squads - three each from Monday, Sept. 30 through Thursday, Oct. 3 and four each on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 & 5 - with 60 spots (or 30 doubles spots) available in each squad.

    Qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament with separate prize money. Each duo must roll at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries - with the same or with different partners - are possible but each player can only cash once with the same partner.

    Qualifying runs from Monday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 5 with the final Squad 20 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. 6:
    • the top 51 players from the overall qualifying standings (Squad 1-20)
    • the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who is not among the top 51 (total 9 players)
    • and the top 4 players 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. The top 22 will join the top 8 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.

    The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner takes on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 7.000 Euro top prize, 150 EBT ranking points and 50 WBT ranking points.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is also the 13th event of the 2013 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway at the end of 2012.

    The 2013 WBT consists of 14 tournaments in America, Arabia, Asia and Europe - six in the United States and one each in Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Qatar and Thailand.

    Players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2011 and all events from 2012 in addition to the 2013 events.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling V from Friday, October 25 thru Sunday, November 3, 2013 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 110 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.

     


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