Frederik Øhrgaard kicks off final qualifying day in Vienna with 1413 series

    10/05/13

    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Dane becomes the 32nd player in the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open who cracked the 1400-bar; Jeroen van Geel (NED) and Austria's Ivonne Gross move into the top 51; cutoff number is now 1360 (226.67 average)

    2013EBT15FrederickOhrgaardMaiGingeJensen.jpg2013EBT15StuartWilliamsOskuPalermaa.jpgDanish national team member Frederik Øhrgaard (pictured with Mai Ginge Jensen, right) kicked off the final qualifying day off the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with a 1413 series, an average of 235.50, to leap from 66th to 29th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Øhrgaard started the 8 o'clock squad 17 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with games of 232, 256, 225, 222 and 212 and closed out with 266 to become the 32nd player in this tournament, who cracked the 1400-bar.

    Finland's Osku Palermaa (pictured right with fifth-place Stuart Williams, left) remained unchallenged and continued to lead the field of 265 players from 24 countries with European Bowling Tour record 1614 pins and an average of 269.

    2013EBT15JeroenvanGeelBiancaWiekeraad2.jpg2013EBT15TamaraAdlerIvonneGross.jpgTrailing Øhrgaard by 29 pins this morning was Dutch national team member Jeroen van Geel (left with Bianca Wiekeraad, right), who slipped out of the top 51 to 63rd place yesterday. Van Geel improved on his 1338 series with 1384 including games of 259, 188, 226, 234, 265 and 212 to move into 40th place in the qualifying standings.

    Austria's Ivonne Gross (right with Tamara Adler, left) was close behind van Geel with 1381 including 48 pins handicap to overtake 41st place. Gross had six games between 256 and 197 and a 1333 scratch series, an average of 222.17.

    2013EBT15MissyParkin.jpg2013EBT14JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgGross is just the fourth out of 48 women in the tournament, who is above the cut line. The others are Missy Parkin (left), United States (1405; 17th), Joline Persson-Planefors (right), Sweden (1391; 18th) and Kelly Kulick, United States (1350; 33rd).

    Gross' feat came at the expense of Dutch Cheska Tomas, who fell out of the top 51 to 52nd place with 1359 including handicap. With three more squads to go, Timo Alho of Finland holds the 51st and last place to advance with 1360 or an average of 226.67.

    There were no changes in the top 20 in the Doubles competition. Øhrgaard and fellow Danish national team member Mai Ginge Jensen (1336) led the eight doubles on Saturday morning with 2749 to sit in 22nd place, mere two pins off the pace for the top 20, who will cash.

    2013EBT15SandraAnderssonChadRoberts.jpg2013EBT15AndreasPfeiferAndreasKocher.jpgVan Geel teamed with fellow Dutch international Bianca Wiekeraad for 2585 with Sandra Andersson of Sweden and Chad Roberts, USA (left, l-r), third at 2560. Austrians Gross and Tamara Adler were fourth at 2511 with Andreas Pfeifer and Andreas Kocher (right, l-r) in fifth place at 2496.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, Oct. 5 with Squads 18-20 scheduled for noon, 4 and 8 p.m. and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. (all times 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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