Markus Bergendorff averages 244 in Final Round One at 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


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    Danish two-hander rolls 1464 series to lead the top 22 players into a second-round clash with the top eight qualifiers; Kelly Kulick (USA) and Martina Schütz (GER) will battle it out for the women's ranking title in Vienna

    2013EBT15MarkusBergendorff.jpg2013EBT15PaulMoor.jpgMarkus Bergendorff (pictured left) of Denmark averaged 244 Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to lead the first round of the finals in the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with 1464.

    The Danish two-hander, who had games of 244, 225, 225, 279, 237 and 254, leads the top 22 players into the second round, where they will meet the top eight qualifiers, who received a first-round bye.

    Trailing Bergendorff by 53 pins to finish in second place was three-time EBT point ranking leader and 12-time European Bowling Tour titlist Paul Moor (right) of England, who used six games between 224 and 245 for 1411, an average of 235.17.

    2013EBT15MikaKoivuniemi.jpg2013EBT15TommyJones.jpgPlaces three to five belonged to PBA champions Mika Koivuniemi (left, 1393), Tommy Jones (right, 1387) and Mike Fagan (1384).

    Leo Grundschober is the lone remaining Austrian bowler in the Round of 30 after finishing Round One in sixth place with 1381 including high games of 268 and 257. Seventh place belonged to Irish two-hander Christopher Sloan, who chalked up 1378.

    Two out of six women survived the second cut. Kelly Kulick, who was below the cut line heading into the last game, closed out with a big 266 game to jump into 12th place with 1363 including eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    2013EBT15MartinaSchutz.jpg2013EBT15ChrisBarnes.jpgMartina Schütz (left) of Germany, who won the women's ranking at the BNC Open in Bratislava last week, totaled 1331 pins to land in 18th place.

    The most successful player in the Vienna Open in the past three years, 15-time PBA champion and four-time WTBA World Champion, Chris Barnes (right), United States, was in 36th place heading into the last game.

    Barnes, who finished the tournament in first place in 2010 and 2012 and was second in 2011, used a seven-bagger from the second frame for a 259 game to rocket into 20th place with 1326, mere three pins above the cut line.

    2013EBT15AnzeGrabrijan.jpgAnže Grabrijan (right) of Slovenia, who won his first EBT title in the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer, took the 22nd and last place to advance to the second round with 1323 and an average of 220.l50.

    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 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.

    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.

    Qualifying (20 squads) ran from Monday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 5 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad Saturday night. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 6. The top 8 qualifying leaders received a first-round bye. The other 56 players bowled six games starting from scratch. The top 22 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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    11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Round One Results

    The top 22 advance to meet the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two