Marek Talpa shoots the fourth 300 game of the Vienna Open in Squad 18

    10/05/13

    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Czech bowler overtakes 14th place with 1449; another four players surpass the 1400-mark; cut for 51st place is 1370 (228.33 average)

    2013EBT15MarekTalpa.jpg201213PBA12OskuPalermaa.jpgMarek Talpa (pictured left) of the Czech Republic closed out the 18th qualifying squad of the 11th Columbia Vienna Open with the tournament's fourth 300 game en route to leap into 14th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1449 and an average of 241.50.

    Talpa, who won his first European Bowling Tour in the Brunswick Italia Challenge in July, had games of 202, 234, 224, 266 and 223 before he achieved perfection.

    Finland's Osku Palermaa (right) continued to lead the field of 271 players from 24 countries with European Bowling Tour record 1614 pins and an average of 269.

    2013EBT15MartinLarsenDanielFransson.jpgAnother four players cracked the 1400-mark Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna. Thanks to the perfecto Talpa beat out Daniel Fransson (pictured left with compatriot Martin Larsen, left) for the top spot in Squad 18 by mere one pin. Fransson, however, leaped into 17th place with 1448 including a high game of 279.

    2013EBT15MartinPaulssonRobertAndersson.jpgHis compatriot Robert Andersson (right with fellow countryman Martin Paulsson, left) was further 14 pins behind with 1434 including a 275 game to jump from 72nd to 21st place. Despite a 169 opening game 14-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, United States, totaled 1419 pins after finishing with five games between 236 and 258.

    2013EBT15PerttuJussilaChadRoberts.jpgJones moved into 27th place just one spot behind defending Vienna Open champion Chris Barnes, United States, who sits in 26th place with 1422. Chad Roberts (left with Finn Perttu Jussila, left), United States, hit 1400 on the nose but sits in 30th place with his high series of 1414 of Squad 5.

    2013EBT15ChristofferJakobssonMatthiasOlsson.jpgFinn Markus Melanen moved into 45th place behind a 1378 series including a 267 final game. The next five players, Alexander Rauscher of Austria, Norway's Tore Torgersen, Alvar Burgues Cardona of Catalonia, Matthias Olsson (right with Christoffer Jakobsson, both of Sweden) and Denmark's Nicklas Christensen, are tied for 1377.

    2013EBT15ToreTorgersenPaulMoor.jpgThree-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Paul Moor (left with Tore Torgersen, left) of England holds the 51st and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1370 and an average of 228.33.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaaPasiUotila.jpgWith two more squads to go, Finns Palermaa and Pasi Uotila (right, l-r) hold on to the lead in the Doubles event with tournament record 3006 pins or an average of 250.50.

    2013EBT15ChrisBarnesTommyJones.jpgPBA champions Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones (left, l-r) were the only duo in Squad 18, who cracked the top 20, who will cash in the Doubles competition in Vienna. Barnes added 1337 to Jones' 1419 to help grab 19th place with 2756.

    Austria's Roman F√ľrbacher and Ivonne Gross currently hold the 20th and last place to cash with 2752.

    Qualifying continues Saturday, Oct. 5 with Squads 19 & 20 scheduled for 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 ‚ā¨ for Singles and 10.230 ‚ā¨ for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will receive the 7.000 ‚ā¨ 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 ‚ā¨.

    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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