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Daniel Fransson leads top 22 into the second round in Vienna Open

Daniel Fransson of Sweden averaged 236.16 Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, to lead the top 22 bowlers into the second round of the finals in the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, a European Bowling Tour “gold” tournament.

Fransson, who won his first EBT title earlier this season in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016, bowled an 1417 six-game pinfall total with games of 237, 202, 224, 269, 258 and 227 in the first round which featured the 48 bowlers who finished qualifying in 9th to 56th place.

From left, Paul Moor, England (3rd); Daniel Fransson, Sweden (1st) and Francois Louw, South Africa (2nd).

Trailing Fransson by 28 pins to take second place was Francois Louw of South Africa. The winner of the 2015 Kingdom International Open, a World Bowling Tour event, closed with back-to-back 256 and 257 for 1389 total, an average of 231.50.

2014 Vienna Open winner Paul Moor of England was just eight pins behind Louw in third place with 1381. The European Bowling Tour all-time title leader, who has won 17 career titles, had high games of 259 and 258 in games three and four.

2016WBTThailandJesperSvenssonDefending champion Jesper Svensson (left) of Sweden rounded out the top 4 with 1356. At the age of 21, the two-handed lefty has won six European Bowling Tour and five Professional Bowlers Association titles.

2016WBTThailandOskuPalermaaOsku Palermaa (right) of Finland, one of two players who have won the Vienna Open twice (Chris Barnes, USA, is the other) made the second cut in 10th place with 1323.

Tanya Cuva of Switzerland and Victoria Johansson of Sweden will join Ida Andersson of Sweden as the only women in the second round.

2016EBT13TanyaCuvaCuva (left) and Johansson (below right), who made the qualifying cut in the last squad Saturday night, posted 1291 and 1290, including handicap, to make the second cut in 17th and 18th place, respectively. Andersson bypassed the first round by virtue finishing qualifying in the top 8.

2016EBT13VictoriaJohanssonMathieu Bergès of Switzerland beat out current European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader Laura Beuthner of Germany for the 22nd and last spot to advance by just one pin, 1284 to 1283.

All pinfall will be dropped when the those 22 meet the top 8 qualifiers in round two starting at 12.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2016ViennaOpenLogoThe 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, which will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2 at Plus Bowling, a 32-laner in Vienna, Austria, is the 13th tournament on the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last EBT “gold” event this season.

BowlingdigitalBannerFor the 14th consecutive year, Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the Vienna Open commencing Thursday, Sept. 29, all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.180 Euro – 62.950 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles. The singles champion will walk away with 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.

56 players will cash in Singles, which has a last-to-cash payout of 600 Euro. The doubles tournament will pay a 1.600 € first prize and a 20-place prize list (300 € last-to-cash).

Qualifying was traditionally organized as a doubles tournament offering dedicated prize money and ran from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Women receive eight pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 56 players qualified for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 2. The top 8 qualifying leaders received a first-round bye. The other 48 players bowl six games scratch. The top 22 join the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.

Those 30 players bowl another six games scratch after which the field is trimmed to the top 18, who carry the pinfall forward into the third round. 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).

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 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 be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Author: Herbert Bickel

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