Celie, Persson Planefors set the pace as finals got underway at 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #14

    Top 22 players of Round One join the top 8 qualifiers in the second round

    2015EBT14LaurianeCelie.jpg2015EBT14JolinePerssonPLanefors.jpgLauriane Celie (pictured left) of France and Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors (right) paced a field of 56 players as the finals of the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open got underway on early Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Celie's 1341 scratch series, an average of 223.50 for six games, was powered by a 288 in game five. She received eight pins handicap per game, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events, to finish the round atop the leaderboard with 1389 total.

    2015EBT14SamiLampo.jpg2015EBT14MagnusJohnson.jpgPersson Planefors, a two-time EBT women's point ranking leader (2010, 2013) was just five pins behind in second place with 1383 including high games of 255 and 254.

    Third place belonged to Sami Lampo (left) of Finland with 1355 and the field-best 225.83 average.

    11-time EBT champion Dominic Barrett of England and Swedish youth international Magnus Johnson (right) made the second cut in fourth and fifth place with 1345.

    2015EBT14BenjaminJonsson.jpg2015EBT14JoshBlanchard2.jpgTwo of the four bowlers, who survived the Desperado Squad last night, Benjamin Jonsson (left) and two-time PBA champion Josh Blanchard (right), United States, advanced to the second round. Jonsson landed in 10th place with 1324 while Blanchard struck on his last four shots to leap into 17th place with 1279.

    Two of the European Bowling Tour's most successful players, three-time women's ranking and Masters champion, Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark, and four-time men's ranking champion and 13-time titlist, Osku Palermaa of Finland, took the two last spots.

    2015EBT14KamillaKjeldsen.jpg2015EBT14OskuPalermaa.jpgKjeldsen (left) totaled 1272 pins to land in 21st place while Palermaa (right) beat out former European Masters gold medalist Jesper Agerbo of Denmark for the 22nd and last spot to advance by one pin, 1263 to 1262.

    The top 22 players will join the top eight qualifiers in the second six-game round, while places 23 to 56 finish the tournament in 31st to 64th place, worth 500 Euro apiece.

    The top 18 players of Round two will carry their carry their pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total 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 European Bowling Tour ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

    2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 14th tournament on the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the last of just three EBT "gold" events this season, the second-highest of the four EBT tournament categories.

    The VO 2015 will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 at Plus Bowling, a 32-laner in Vienna, Austria. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro - 62.900 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 13th consecutive year, Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open commencing Thursday, Oct. 1, all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4. All qualifying squads on Oct. 2 & 3 and Sunday's finals are being broadcast live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel.

    The singles champion will take home the 7.000 € top prize, the first runner-up earns 5.000 € and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 € and 2.500 €, respectively. 64 players will cash in Singles, which has a last-to-cash payout of €. The Doubles tournament will pay a 1.600 € first prize and a 20-place prize list (300 € last-to-cash).

    The complete tournament information can be found in the Vienna Open Preview.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 12 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. All 16 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 850.000 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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.


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    13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open 2015 - Round 1 Results

    Top 22 advance to the second round. Players 23-56 finish 31st to 64th, earn 500 Euro.