Martin Larsen rolls 1520 series to take over fourth place in 11th Columbia 300


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Swede finishes with back-to-back 268 games to lead Qualifying Squad 15; Finn Osku Palermaa holds on to lead a field of 258 players from 23 countries with EBT record 1614 and an average of 269; the cut for 51st place (1355) surpasses the 225 average mark

    2013EBTMastersMartinLarsen.jpg2013EBT14OskuPalermaa.jpgMartin Larsen (pictured left) of Sweden rolled games of 237, 253, 258, 236 and back-to-back 268 to lead the 15th squad of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open en route to overtake the fourth place in the qualifying with 1520 or an average 253.33.

    The multiple world champion lost his European Bowling Tour record for six games (1403) to Finland's Osku Palermaa (right) yesterday, when the two-hander fired a 1614 series (269 average), which included three 279 games.

    Palermaa continued to lead the field of 258 bowlers from 23 countries with Dominic Barrett of England in second place with 1587 and Mik Stampe of Denmark in third place with 1527.

    2013EBT15MissyParkin.jpg2013EBT15RichardTeece.jpgThe best Austrian bowler, Leo Grundschober currently holds the eighth and last place to earn a first-round bye for the finals with 1466. Missy Parkin, United States, is the best of 46 women in the field in 16th place with 1447 including 42 pins handicap (Parkin receives only two pins handicap for her 298 games. Maximum is 300).

    Six more players in Squad 15 averaged over 225 to position themselves in the top 51, who will survive the first cut. Richard Teece (right) of England and Yahav Rabin of Israel became the 29th and 30th players in the event, who surpassed the 1400-mark with 1415 and 1406 to sit in 25th and 30th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2013EBT15TimoAlhoJoonasJehkinen.jpg2013EBT15AlexanderPitesserDavidDudek.jpgAlvar Burgues Cardona of Catalonia and Nicklas Christensen of Denmark each checked in with 1377, good for 40th and 42nd place (ties will be broken by the higher last game).

    Dennis GrĂĽnheid of Germany and Timo Alho (pictured left with Joonas Jehkinen, right) of Finland moved into 46th and 47th place with 1364 and 1360, respectively.

    Alex Pittesser (pictured right with David Dudek, right) of Austria is the man "on the bubble" in 51st place with 1355 or an average of 225.83.

    2013EBT15ChrisBarnesMartinLarsen.jpgLarsen and defending Vienna Open champion and 15-time PBA champion Chris Barnes (pictured right, l-r), United States, were the only duo in Squad 15 which moved into the top 20 in the Doubles competition.

    Barnes, who made the championship match in the past three years of the tournament finishing first, second and first, contributed 1276 pins for 2796 total, good for 12th place.

    Qualifying continues Friday with Squad 16 scheduled for 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 15/20

    Doubles Standings after Squad 15
    Doubles Squad 13 Results
    Doubles Squad 14 Results
    Doubles Squad 15 Results


    2013 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 15/20

    Singles Squad 13 Results
    Singles Squad 14 Results
    Singles Squad 15 Results

    Note: Missy Parkin receives only two pins handicap for her 298 games (maximum 300).