Dutch Jeroen van Geel finishes 2nd, 1st in Squads 7 & 8 to move into second place in qualifying


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    As one of the leaders of the first nine squads will earn automatic berth in the finals if he doesn't finish in the top 51; score to make the qualifying cut is currently 1154 (192.33 average)

    2013EBT18JeroenvanGeel.jpg2013EBT18TannerSpacey.jpgJeroen van Geel (pictured left) of the Netherlands had a second and first-place finish in the first two squads on Wednesday en route to move into second place in the overall qualifying standings of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    The Dutch finished Squad 7 two pins behind leader Tanner Spacey (right), United States, who toppled 1283 pins, an average of 213.83 for six games. Another re-entry for Van Geel in Squad 8 paid off as he rolled games of 183, 255, 209, 225, 256 and 230 for 1358 (226.33).

    As one of the leaders of the first nine squads will earn automatic berth in the finals if he doesn't finish in the top 51.

    2014NMOpenCraigNidiffer2.jpg2014EBT15BrianVoss.jpgCraig Nidiffer (left), United States, remained unchallenged and continued to lead the field of 152 players from 20 countries, 132 men and 19 women, with 1467 and an average of 244.50.

    Steven Novak, United States, slipped to third place with 1335 and was followed by day one leaders Daniel Vezis of Latvia (1330), tournament director Thomas Gross of Austria (1324) and Americans Brian Voss (right; 1307) and JR Raymond (1302).

    Rounding out the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying is Spacey with 1283. For the records, last year's score to make the top 8 was 1468 or an average of 244.67.

    Former Austrian national team member Manfred Panzenböck holds the 51st and last place to make the qualifying cut with 1154 (192.33).

    Americans Craig Nidiffer & JR Raymond and Steven Novak & Brian Voss remained atop the Doubles leaderboard with 2769 and 2642, respectively. Van Geel teamed with Dave Wodka in Squad 8 to move into third place with 2613 and teamed with Spacey in Squad 7 to sit in fourth place with 2564.

    Qualifying continues with Squad 9 at 8 p.m. and commences on Thursday, October 2, with Squads 10-12 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2014ViennaOpenLogo2.jpg The 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the last of six "gold" tournaments this season, the second-highest of four EBT categories. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro or approx. $100,000 - 62.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will walk away with the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500, respectively. The winners of the doubles event will split 1.600 €.

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    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 12th consecutive Bowlingdigital will cover the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna commencing Thursday, Oct. 2 all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5.

    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 partner or with different partners - are possible, but each player can only cash once with the same partner.

    Due to a partnership agreement between the organizers of the Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, and the Brunswick Etna Open in Catania, Italy, every squad winner in the Vienna Open (the player with the highest six-game total including handicap) receives a free re-entry into the 2015 Track Open. The best Austrian player in qualifying earns a free entry and a free re-entry into the Etna Open 2015, while the second-best Austrian bowlers gets a free re-entry.

    Qualifying runs from Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4 with the final Squad 20 scheduled to start 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, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 5:
    • the top 51 players from the overall qualifying standings (Squads 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 receive a first-round bye. 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 and 150 EBT ranking points.

    2013Columbia300Logo.jpg Columbia 300, which sponsors the Vienna Open for the 10th consecutive year, offers the Columbia Perfect Game Award and the Columbia Early Bird Award. 300 U.S. Dollar will be awarded for the first 300 game in the tournament, which will be bowled with a ball manufactured by Columbia 300. The winners of Squad 1-6 (Sept. 29-30), will receive a $200 bonus by Columbia 300 if they were wearing a C300 shirt and used a C300 bowling ball.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    2014 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 8/20

    Singles Squad 7 Results
    Singles Squad 8 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 8/20

    Doubles Squad 7 Results
    Doubles Squad 8 Results