Dominic Barrett shoots 1514 to lead the top 18 into Round Three at Vienna Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Kelly Kulick (USA) wins the women's ranking in Vienna; Joline Persson-Planefors widens lead in 203 EBT Women's Point Ranking

    2013EBT15DominicBarrett3.jpg2013EBT15MikaKoivuniemi.jpgSeven-time European Bowling Tour champion Dominic Barrett (pictured left) of England rolled a 1514 series in the second round of the finals in the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to lead the top 18 players into the third round at Plus Bowling in Vienna.

    Barrett, who was second in qualifying with 1587 and bypassed the first round this morning, rolled games of 267, 235, 238, 248, 279 and 247, an average of 252.33 for six games, and has the advantage that the pins will carry over to the next round.

    Two-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (above right) of Finland came out of the gates commandingly with games of 289, 228 and back-to-back 278, but slipped to second place with 1487 behind final games of 208 and 206.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaa2.jpg2013EBT15ChristopherSloan.jpgQualifying leader Osku Palermaa, who owns record 13 PBA titles including two in the Vienna Open, had a slow start into the day with 224 and 214 but closed out with 257, back-to-back 247 and 276 to sit in third place with 1465.

    The two-hander from Finland was followed by Irish two-hander Christopher Sloan (right), who used a pair of 267 and a 257 for 1445. Fifth place belonged to another Finn, Pasi Uotila, with 1437 followed by PBA champions Sean Rash and Mike Fagan, who were in sixth and seventh place with 1426 and 1419, respectively.

    2013EBT15AnthonyPepe2.jpg2013EBT15MartinPaulsson.jpgThe third two-hander in the round, also surviving the third cut, was Round Two leader Markus Bergendorff of Denmark, who had four games in the 240s in his 1404 series. Defending champion Chris Barnes, United States, who made the championship in the Vienna Open match in each of the past three years, was the ninth player, who cracked the 1400-mark, with 1402 including six games between 222 and 248.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Anthony Pepe (left), United States with 1395. Martin Paulsson (right) of Sweden, who won the gold medal in Doubles with Mathias Årup at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany, took the 18th and last place to advance to the next round with 1323 and an average of 220.50.

    2013EBT15KellyKulick.jpg2013EBT15MartinaSchutz.jpgThe last two of total 47 women in the tournament were eliminated. Kelly Kulick of the United States finished in 28th place with 1226 including 48 pins handicap and won the women's ranking in Vienna.

    Martina Schütz (right) of Germany, who won the women's ranking at the BNC Open in Bratislava last week, finished in 30th place with 1206 including handicap.

    Sweden's Joline Persson-Planefors, who was the fourth-best woman in Vienna, widened her lead in the 2013 EBT Women's Point RankingWomen.

    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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    The top 18 advance with the pinfall carried forward into Round Three.