Stuart Williams shoots 1450 in the second round of the Vienna Open finals


    2015 European Bowling Tour #14

    Leads the top 18 players into the third and final six-game round before the cut to the top 4 for the stepladder finals

    2015EBT14StuartWilliams2.jpg2015EBT14ThomasLarsen3.jpgSix-time European Bowling Tour champion Stuart Williams (pictured left) of England averaged 241.67 in the second round of the finals at the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to lead the top 18 players into the third and final six-game round before the cut to the stepladder finals at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Williams, who won his last EBT title in the 2010 Qatar Open, fired games of 216, 276, 206, 236, 252 and 264 and carries over 1450 pins. Williams holds a 23-pin buffer over fellow EBT and PBA champion Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark, who checked in with 1427 (237.83) including six games between 221 and 256.

    2015EBT14ThomasGross.jpg2015EBT14BirgitPoppler.jpgThird place belonged to local favorite Thomas Gross (left) with 1381. Gross, who won the Vienna Open in 2009, had five games between 211 and 226 and a high game of 279.

    Birgit Pöppler (right) of Germany is the best of three women, who survived the third cut. The 2012 EBT women's point ranking leader averaged 222 for six games, including a high game of 266, and added eight pins handicap per game to carry over 1380 pins.

    Other women in the third round are 13th place Kamilla Kjeldsen (1325) of Denmark and 16th place Joline Persson Planefors (1293) of Sweden.

    2015EBT14JoonasJahi.jpg2015EBT14OskuPalermaa.jpgQualifying leader Joonas Jähi (left) of Finland took the early lead in the round after back-to-back games in the 240s and finished in 9th place with 1347. Two-time Vienna Open champion Osku Palermaa (right; 2005, 2011), Finland, is still in the race for an unprecedented third title in 11th place with 1342.

    Qualifying runner-up Michael Loos (below right) of Austria rebounded from a 170 in game four with 221 and 234 to help grab the 18th and last spot to advance with 1270 and an average of 211.67.

    All pinfall carries over into the third round. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total advance to the stepladder finals.

    2015EBT14MichaelLoos.jpgThe 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, 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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    Top 18 advance to the third round, pinfall total carries over. Players ranked 19th to 30th earn from 800 to 550 Euro.