Osku Palermaa, Stuart Williams average over 240 to take over lead in Doubles


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Finn, Englishman lead Squad 10 with 1449 and 1442 to move into 8th and 11th place in the qualifying of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open; Dominic Barrett (ENG) continues to lead 195-player field with 1587; Kelly Kulick (USA) is the best woman in 20th place with 1398; cut for 51st place is 1278 (213 avg.)

    2013EBT15StuartWilliamsOskuPalermaa.jpgMultiple European Bowling Tour champions Osku Palermaa of Finland and Stuart Williams of England (pictured, r-l) averaged 240.92 Thursday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to overtake the lead in the Doubles competition with 2891 as the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open has reached the halfway mark.

    2013EBT10DominicBarrett.jpgPalermaa, who owns record 13 EBT titles and three PBA Tour titles, toppled 1449 pins (241.50 average) including a 299 in game #5 and Williams, who has six EBT and one PBA title, contributed 1442 (240.33).

    Palermaa moved into 8th place in the overall qualifying standings with Williams in 11th place. Dominic Barrett (right) of England leads the 195-player field from 19 countries since Squad 5 with 1587 (264.50).

    2013EBT15DanielFranssonDinoCastillo.jpgDaniel Fransson of Sweden and former Team USA member and Trios World Champion Dino Castillo, United States, also cracked the 1400-mark. Fransson closed out his set with 279 for 1433 (238.83) and Castillo had a 279 in game #5 and 1414 (235.67).

    Their 2847 combined pinfall, an average of 237.25, tied previous Doubles leaders Dennis Eklund of Sweden and AnĹľe Grabrijan of Slovenia. Fransson/Castillo overtook second place, while Eklund/Grabrijan slipped to third due to the higher last game, 526 to 453.

    2013EBT15KellyKulickThomasGross.jpg Tanner Spacey, United States and Perttu Jussila (2720) and Olli Pakonen and Mikko Hirvonen (2712) of Finland moved into 15th and 19th place, respectively.

    Kelly Kulick (pictured right with tournament director Thomas Gross), United States, who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title, averaged 225 for 1350 and added 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, to become the top woman in the field in 20th place with 1398.

    2013EBT15SandraAndersson.jpgKulick teamed with Austria's No. 1 bowler, former European champion and European Champions Cup winner Thomas Gross (1236) for 2634, good for 28th place. The top 20 duos at the end of the qualifying will cash.

    Swedish national team member Sandra Andersson (pictured left) holds the 51st and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1278 or an average of 213 including handicap.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, Oct. 3 with Squads 11 & 12 scheduled for 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 WorldTenpinBowling.com.


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    2013 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 10/20

    Doubles Standings after Squad 10
    Doubles Squad 10 Results

    2013 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 10/20

    Singles Squad 10 Results