Stuart Williams shoots the fourth 1500-series of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

    10/04/13

    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Englishman moves into fourth place in qualifying with 1511; Osku Palermaa (FIN) continues to lead with EBT record 1614 (269 average); Finns Koivuniemi, Ahokas crack the top 8 in Squad 14; cut for 51st place is 1338 (223 average)

    2013EBT15KellyKulickStuartWilliams.jpgStuart Williams (pictured with Kelly Kulick, left) of England became the fourth player in the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open who surpassed the 1500-mark when the Englishman posted a 1511 series in Squad 14 Friday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The former World Ranking Masters champion, who owns six European Bowling Tour titles and one Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, averaged 251.83 for the round including games of 246, 238, 268, 245 and back-to-back 257.

    2013EBT14OskuPalermaa.jpg2013EBT15MikStampe.jpgWilliams, who finished fourth in last year's Vienna Open, moved into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Osku Palermaa (left) of Finland continued to lead the 249-player field from 22 countries with European Bowling Tour record 1614 pins or an average of 269. Dominic Barrett of England is second with 1587 followed by Mik Stampe (right) of Denmark, who is third with 1527.

    Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash (below left with Dominic Barrett, right) slipped one spot to fifth place with 1470. Two-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (below right with Jesper Agerbo, right), a native Finn who lives in the U.S., and fellow Finn Jarmo Ahokas cracked the top 8 in Squad 14 moving into sixth and eighth place with 1466 and 1460, respectively.

    2013EBT15DominicBarrettSeanRash.jpg2013EBT15MikaKoivuniemiJesperAgerbo.jpgThe best Austrian bowler, Leo Grundschober, sits in seventh place with 1466 including one of three perfect games in the tournament so far (Barrett and Stampe had the others).

    The top eight players at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye.

    Missy Parkin, United States, slipped to 11th place but the Team USA member is still the best of 43 women in the field with 1453 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    2013EBT15PerttuJussilaTonyRanta.jpg2013EBT15SandraAnderssonJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgTeam World Champion Tony Ranta (pictured left with Perttu Jussila, left) of Finland, who won the EBT Masters last Monday, leaped into 14th place after closing out his series with 263, 278 and 260 for 1448.

    Two-time European Champion and 2011 EBT women's point ranking leader Joline Persson-Planefors (pictured right with Sandra Andersson, left) averaged 231.83 to jump into 16th place with 1439 including handicap.

    2013EBT15ChrisBarnesMikeFagan.jpg2013EBT15TommyJonesDinoCastillo.jpg15-time PBA champion Chris Barnes (pictured left with MIke Fagan, right), United States, who won the 2012 Vienna Open for his 14th PBA title, started the mission "title defense" with 1422, good for 22nd place.

    Barnes' fellow Team USA member, 14-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (pictured right with Dino Castillo, right) was 25 pins behind to sit in 29th place with 1397.

    2013EBT15ToreTorgersenPaulMoor.jpg2013EBT15JeroenvanGeelBiancaWiekeraad.jpgAnother six players, Jesper Larsen, Sweden (1395, 31st), Mikko Hirvonen, Finland (1395, 32nd), Tore Torgersen, Norway (1377, 37th - pictured left with Paul Moor, right), Matthias Olsson, Sweden (1377, 38th), Paul Moor, England (1370, 40th) and Martin Oager Pedersen, Denmark (1352, 47th), cracked the top 51 in Squad 14.

    Dutchman Jeroen van Geel (pictured right with Bianca Wiekeraad, right) slipped to the 51st and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1338 or an average of 223.00.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaaPasiUotila.jpgOsku Palermaa and fellow Finn Pasi Uotila continued to lead the Doubles competition with tournament record 3006 (250.50). Palermaa and Williams sit in second place with 2891.

    Jarmo Ahokas (1460) teamed with Mikko Hirvonen (1395), Finland, in Squad 14 to rocket into third place with 2855 (237.92 average).

    Another five teams moved into the top 20, who will cash at the end of the qualifying. Jones and fellow PBAer Dino Castillo took over 10th place with 2810 and were followed by Koivuniemi and Dane Jesper Agerbo (2789; 12th), Barnes and fellow PBA champion Mike Fagan (2786; 13th), Williams and Team USA's Kelly Kulick (2751; 19th) and Rash and Barrett, who currently hold the 20th and last place to cash with 2750 and an average of 229.18.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 4 with Squads 15 and 16 scheduled for 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 WorldTenpinBowling.com.

     


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