Martin Larsen becomes fourth player in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to surpass 1400-mark


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Swede rolls 1433 series in the Squad 17 on Saturday morning to leap into fourth place; Craig Nidiffer (USA) leads the field of 277 players from 28 countries with 1467 (244.50 ave.); score to make the top 8 is 1368 (228.00) and score to make cut in 51st place is 1294 (215.67)

    2014EBT16MartinLarsen2.jpg2014EBT16CraigNidiffer.jpgThree Swedish bowlers set the pace in Squad 14 in the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Saturday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Martin Larsen (pictured left) became fourth player who surpassed the 1400-mark and made a considerable move toward the top of the standings averaging 238.83 through the six-game round to boost himself from 44th to fourth place.

    The 8-time European Bowling Tour titlist had games of 222, 235, 226, 255, 258 and 237 and a 1433 series.

    2014EBT16RobertAndersson.jpg2014EBT16AlexanderJohansson.jpgCraig Nidiffer (above right), United States, leads the field of 277 players from 28 countries since Squad 5 with 1467, an average of 244.50. Diana Zavjalova of Latvia is the best of 41 women in second place with 1454 including handicap. Tommy Jones, USA, is third with 1434.

    Robert Andersson (left), who won the gold medal in Doubles with Martin Larsen at the 2006 Men's World Championship in Busan, Korea, was second in Squad 17 with distant 1364 (227.33) including a 280 game to rocket from 89th to 10th place.

    Alexander Johansson (right) was just three pins behind to land 12th place with 1361. Sascha Wedel of Denmark started her series with 258, 234 and 240 and finished with 1359 including handicap, good for 13th place overall.

    2014EBT16MarcoBaade.jpg2014EBT11ChrisSloan.jpgGerman national team member Marco Baade (left) closed out his series with 244, 263 and 210 to take 16th place with 1356.

    With only three squads remaining before the first cut, Tore Torgersen of Norway and Irish two-hander Chris Sloan (right) are tied for 50th place at 1294 (215.67). As all ties are broken by the higher last game, 216 to 190 in Torgersen's favor, Sloan is the man "on the bubble" in 51st place.

    Qualifying continues with Squads 18-20 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 11.30 p.m.

    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 €.

    The VO14 will be contested on a 38 feet lane conditioning pattern with 24.605 mL volume oil total. Download the LaneMap™ Guide to get all information on Plus Bowling.

    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 17/20

    Singles Squad 17 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 17/20

    Doubles Squad 17 Results