Carsten Warming Hansen sets the tone Wednesday at 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Dane rolls 1448 series in Squad 7 to leap into 8th place in overall qualifying standings; Dominic Barrett (ENG) leads 185-player field with 1587; Austria's Ivonne Gross is the best woman in 20th place with 1375; cut for 51st place is 1265 (210.83 avg.); Dennis Eklund (SWE) and AnĹľe Grabrijan (SLO) hold on to the lead in Doubles with 2847 (237.25)

    2013EBT10CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2013EBT04DominicBarrett.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen (pictured left) led Wednesday's squads 7-9 en route to move into the top 9 in the qualifying of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    The Danish national team member sandwiched four games between 208 and 237 between high games of 289 and 279 to leap into eighth place in the overall qualifying standings with 1448 or an average of 241.33.

    Dominic Barrett (above right) of England continued to lead the 185-player field from 19 countries with 1587 (264.50). Hansen's compatriot Mik Stampe is second with 1527.

    2013WCTommyJones.jpg2013EBT15LeoGrundschober2.jpgPBA champions Sean Rash, Mike Fagan and Tommy Jones (left) were next to Hansen in Squad 7 with 1428, 1400 and 1366, respectively. Rash remained in third place with 1470, while Fagan held on to fifth place with 1460. Jones leaped into 22nd place.

    Day one leader Leo Grundschober (right) is the top Austrian bowler in fourth place with 1466. Steven Novak of the United States sits in sixth place with 1457and is followed by Dennis Eklund of Sweden, who is seventh with 1450.

    Rounding out the top 9 is Tobias Börding of Germany with 1448. 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.

    2013WCStuartWilliams.jpg2013EBTMastersTonyRanta.jpgPBA champion and former World Ranking Masters winner Stuart Williams (left) of England paced the ninth squad Wednesday night with 1399 including a pair of 259 games to position himself in 16th place. Second-place Ivonne Gross of Austria is the best of 31 women in 21st place with 1375 including 48 pins handicap.

    Fresh off his victory in the European Bowling Tour Masters, Tony Ranta (right) of Finland posted a 1369 series to lead Squad 8 and to move into 21st place. Three-time EBT point ranking leader and former EBT Masters winner, Paul Moor of England was second in this squad with 1343, good for 31st place.

    2012BWCBenjaminKubalek.jpgWith nine of twenty qualifying squads completed, Benjamin Kubalek (right) of Austria holds the 51st and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1265 or an average of 210.83.

    Dennis Eklund and AnĹľe Grabrijan (17th; 1397) of Slovenia held on to the lead in the Doubles competition with 2847 total and an average of 237.25.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, Oct. 3 with Squads 10-12 scheduled for noon, 4 and 8 p.m. CEST.

    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


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    2013 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 9/20

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