Martin Paulsson leads Squad 12 to move into 22nd place in Vienna Open qualifying


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    Another three players, Richard Teece (ENG), Mika Koivuniemi (FIN) and Benjamin Kubalek AUS) were above the cut line (1314; 219 average)

    2013EBT15 MatthiasOlssonMartinPaulsson.jpgMartin Paulsson (right) of Sweden led the last Squad on Thursday (No. 12) with 1409 en route to move into 22nd place in the overall qualifying standings of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    The World Champion in Doubles in 2010 (with Mathias Årup) averaged 234.83 for the six-game block including games of 201, 246, 268, 221, 228 and 245. His team mate Matthias Olsson (left) added 1297 (58th place) for 2706 total, an average of 225.50, good for 22nd place but six pins below the cut line.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaaPasiUotila.jpgOsku Palermaa of Finland leads the qualifying with European Bowling Tour record 1614 (269 average) and also in Doubles with Pasi Uotila (pictured right, l-r) with tournament record 3006 (250.50).

    2013EBT15RichardTeeceChristopherSloan.jpgAnother three players cracked the top 51, who will directly qualify for the finals. Richard Teece of England (pictured left with Christopher Sloan of Ireland, right) chalked up 1378 (229.67) including high games 259 and 244.

    2013EBT15MikaKoivuniemiBenjaminKubalek.jpgTwo-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Benjamin Kubalek (right, l-r), who were team mates in this squad, finished with 1342 and 1327, good for 42nd and 46th place, respectively.

    With 225 players from 21 countries having completed at least one six-game block, Robin Menacher of Germany holds the 51st and last place to advance with 1314 or an average of 219.00.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 4 with Squads 13-16 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 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 - Doubles Standings after Squad 12/20

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    Doubles Squad 11 Results
    Doubles Squad 12 Results

    2013 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/20

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    Singles Squad 11 Results
    Singles Squad 12 Results