Jesper Svensson wins his fifth career EBT title in 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #14

    20-year-old Swede defeats fellow two-handed player Osku Palermaa in the title match, 223-209, to become the first multiple champion this season



    2015EBT14TJesperSvensson3.jpg2015EBT14OskuPalermaa.jpgIn a championship match between two of the best two-handed players in the world, Jesper Svensson (left) of Sweden waited until the last frame to celebrate a 223-209 victory over Finland's Osku Palermaa (right) to win the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Pictured above from left to right: Tournament director Thomas Gross, Thomas Larsen, Stuart Williams, Osku Palermaa, champion Jesper Svensson and Mike Quitter, representing tournament sponsor Columbia 300.

    It was the fifth career European Bowling Tour title for Svensson, who became the first multiple champion on the 2015 Tour after his victory in the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge in July.

    Palermaa, who was targeting to win an unprecedented third title in Vienna after 2005 and 2011, earned his spot in the stepladder finals with two clutch strikes and a seven-count on the fill-ball in the last game of Round Three by just one pin over women's ranking winner Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden.

    2015EBT14StuartWilliams2.jpg2015EBT14ThomasLarsen.jpgThe 13-time EBT and five-time PBA champion, ousted third-seeded Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark, 234-191, and second-seeded Stuart Williams (left) of England, 228-214, for the right to bowl tournament leader Svensson for the title.

    After seven frames, including two triples and a spare in frame 4, Palermaa failed to convert a 10-pin in frame 8 to open the door for Svensson. Finishing first, the Swedish lefty needed three strikes and a 9-count to shut out his opponent. Svensson got the first two strikes but left the 4-6-10 combination on his third shot to give the advantage back to Palermaa.

    The Finn needed nine-spare-strike for a one-pin victory. Instead left a 2-8-10 split which sealed his fate and handed the victory to Svensson.

    Besides the title and the 150 ranking points (triple points are awarded in EBT gold tournaments), Svensson received the 7.000 Euro top prize. Palermaa earned 5.000 Euro for second place; Williams got 3.500 Euro for third place; and Larsen pocketed 2.500 Euro for fourth place.

    2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was 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 was held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 at Plus Bowling, a 32-laner in Vienna, Austria. Players will competed for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro - 62.900 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 13th consecutive year, provided onsite coverage of the event all the way through to the stepladder finals. Part of the qualifying squads and all rounds of the finals were broadcasted live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube and UStream channels.

    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.

     The 2015 Tour commences with the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick, an EBT "satellite" tournament which already got underway on Friday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, and runs through Oct. 11. will provide onsite coverage from Oslo commencing Thursday, Oct. 8th.


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    13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Stepladder Finals

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015)

    2015EBT14GrossSvenssonQuitter.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 223 (1 game), 7.000 Euro
    2. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 671 (3 games) 5.000 Euro
    3. Stuart Williams, England, 214 (1 game), 3.500 Euro
    4. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 191 (1 game), 2.500 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Palermaa def. No. 3 Larsen, 234-191
    Second Match: Palermaa def. No. 2 Williams, 228-214
    Championship: No. 1 Svensson def. Palermaa, 223-209.

    Click on the matches to view frame-by-frame results.



    13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Places 5-64 (Cashers)

    Players with position, country and earnings

    5. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 2.000 Euro
    6. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 1.900 Euro
    7. Francois Louw, South Africa, 1.800 Euro
    8. Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1.700 Euro
    9. Tommy Jones, United States, 1.600 Euro
    10. Thomas Gross, Austria, 1.500 Euro
    11. Dominic Barrett, England, 1.400 Euro
    12. Joonas Jähi, Finland, 1.300 Euro
    13. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    14. Tobias Börding, Germany, 1.200 Euro
    15. Sami Lampo, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    16. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.100 Euro
    17. Michael Loos, Austria, 1.000 Euro
    18. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    19. Laura Beuthner, Germany, 800 Euro
    20. Lauriane Celie, France, 800 Euro
    21. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 750 Euro
    22. Magnus Johnson, Sweden, 750 Euro
    23. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 700 Euro
    24. Elliot Crosby, England, 700 Euro
    25. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 650 Euro
    26. Petri Keituri, Finland, 650 Euro
    27. Josh Blanchard, United States, 600 Euro
    28. Roman Fürbacher, Austria, 600 Euro
    29. Mathieu Bergès, Switzerland, 550 Euro
    30. Benjamin Jonsson, Sweden, 550 Euro
    31. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 500 Euro
    32. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 500 Euro
    33. Dino Castillo, United States, 500 Euro
    34. Richard Teece, England, 500 Euro
    35. Alexander Rauscher, Austria, 500 Euro
    36. Marcus Bergendorff, Denmark, 500 Euro
    37. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 500 Euro
    38. Dan Ostergaard, Denmark, 500 Euro
    39. Benjamin Kubalek, Austria, 500 Euro
    40. Or Aviram, Israel, 500 Euro
    41. Walter Gonaus, Austria, 500 Euro
    42. Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, 500 Euro
    43. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, 500 Euro
    44. Alexandra Lopes, France, 500 Euro
    45. Ivonne Gross, Austria, 500 Euro
    46. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    47. David Canady, Germany, 500 Euro
    48. Jiri Hindrak, Czech Republic, 500 Euro
    49. Katherina Bestova, Czech Republic, 500 Euro
    50. Maxime DeRooij, Germany, 500 Euro
    51. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 500 Euro
    52. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 500 Euro
    53. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 500 Euro
    54. Olli Pakonen, Finland, 500 Euro
    55. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 500 Euro
    56. Philippe Huber, Switzerland, 500 Euro
    57. Gwen Hugon, France, 500 Euro
    58. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 500 Euro
    59. Heidi Manninen, Finland, 500 Euro
    60. Christine Hansen, Denmark, 500 Euro
    61. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 500 Euro
    62. Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 500 Euro
    63. Karel Kutina, Czech Republic, 500 Euro
    64. Jiveshkar Sewchuran, South Africa, 500 Euro



    13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Round 3 Results

    Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals