Osku Palermaa powers his way into the lead in Vienna with EBT record 1614 series


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Finnish two-hander averages 269 to break the six-year old record from Martin Larsen (SWE) by 11 pins; Palermaa and Pasi Uotila become the first team that cracks the 3000-bar in Doubles (3006; 250.5 avg.); Missy Parkin (USA) is the best woman in 8th place with 1453; cutoff number for 51st place surpasses the 1300-mark (1303; 217.17 avg.)

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaa1614.jpgOsku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland set a new record for six games on the European Bowling Tour when the two-hander fired a 1614 series, an average of 269 for six games, in the 11th qualifying squad of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Thursday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Palermaa, who owns record 13 titles on the European Bowling Tour and three titles on Professional Bowlers Association Tour, started the strike fest with 279 followed by his low games of 247 and 257 for 783 after three games (261 average).

    2013EBT15MartinLarsenOskuPalermaa.jpgHe closed out with 831 (277 average) including games of 273, 279 and 279. Palermaa, who won the gold medal in Singles at the World Games and the gold medal in the Team event at the World Championships earlier this year, threw total 59 strikes to break the six-year old EBT record from Martin Larsen (pictured right) by 11 pins.

    2013EBT04DominicBarrett.jpgThe Swede, who had a 1603 series in the 2008 Istanbul Open in Turkey including games of 242, 268, 280, 300, 234 and 279, was one the first players to congratulate Palermaa for accomplishing the feat.

    Palermaa, who led Squad 10 this afternoon with 1449, leaped from eighth to first place in the overall qualifying standings and leads a field of 210 players, 177 men and 33 women, from 19 countries.

    Previous leader Dominic Barrett (left) of England slipped to second place with 1587 (264.50 average).

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaaPasiUotila.jpgPalermaa, who took the lead in Doubles with Barrett's compatriot and fellow PBA champion Stuart Williams in Squad 10 with 2891 (240.92), teamed with Pasi Uotila (right) to become the first duo which cracked the 3000-bar in the 11-year history of the Vienna Open.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaa1614PasiUotila1392.jpgUotila, who was on the Finnish team that ended the winning streak from Team USA at World Championships last month, had games of 190, 269, 247, 263, 227 and 196 to contribute 1392 (232 average) to Palermaa's record series for 3006 total and a an average of 250.50.

    2013EBT15MissyParkin.jpgMissy Parkin (right), United States, finished her set with 298 to become the first woman in the tournament, who surpassed the 1400-mark. The Team USA member toppled 1405 pins, an average of 234.17, and added 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, to leap into eighth place with 1453.

    Joining Parkin in the illustrious 1400-club was Olli Pakonen of Finland, who used high games of 296 and 278 for 1430 (238.33), good for 15th place overall. Uotila was fourth in Squad 11 and sits in 24th place.

    The cutoff number for 51st place surpassed the 1300-mark. Marco Pilecky of Austria is "on the bubble" with 1303 or an average of 217.17.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, Oct. 3 with Squad 12 scheduled for 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 11/20

    Doubles Standings after Squad 11
    Doubles Squad 10 Results
    Doubles Squad 11 Results

    2013 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 11/20

    Singles Squad 10 Results
    Singles Squad 11 Results