Osku Palermaa beats Chris Barnes for his second Columbia 300 Vienna Open title


    2011 European Bowling Tour #17

    Dominic Barrett finishes third, with Karl Wahlgren in fourth




    2011EBT17OskuPalermaa3.jpg2011EBT17ChrisBarnes5.jpgIn front of a large crowd at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, three-time EBT ranking champion, Osku Palermaa (pictured left), Finland, defeated PBA super star and defending Vienna Open champion, Chris Barnes (right), United States, 192-184, to win his second title in the Columbia 300 Vienna Open after 2005.

    The photo on top shows "Theras", a black pug, who has become the mascot of the tournament, and "Ottakringer", the official beer at Plus Bowling.

    Barnes, a 13-time PBA champion, averaged 237.92 over 12 games to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive years. Current men's European Bowling Tour ranking leader Palermaa was just 35 pins behind in second place with 234.75.

    2011EBT17DominicBarrett5.jpg2011EBT17KarlWahlgren2.jpgReigning European Bowling Tour ranking champion Dominic Barrett, England, was third with a 229.67 average. , Karl Wahlgren (right) averaged 220.08 to beat out fellow Swedish national team member and qualifying leader Martin Larsen (below left) for the fourth and last spot in the stepladder by 26 pins.

    In the opening match, Barrett rolled a seven-bagger to come back from a huge deficit to defeat Wahlgren, 246-226. In the semifinal match between Barrett and Palermaa, who dominated the EBT rankings in the past four years, Barrett made a critical mistake in the ninth frame which opened the door for Palermaa to win, 226-191.

    2011EBT17MartinLarsen3.jpgPalermaa, who was just back from his trip to the WTBA PTT Thailand tournament earlier this week, kept the title match against Barnes open despite some tough breaks in the first half of the match. Both players were looking for their second Vienna Open title.

    Barnes, who struggled on the right lane, but got a chance to shut out Palermaa with four strikes in frames 9 and 10. Finishing first, the 2010 Vienna Open winner left a 4-pin on lane 28 and when he left a pocket 7-10 split on lane 27 the match was over.

    Needing two pins to win, Palermaa fired the ball down the lane getting a split but more than enough to win the match and the tournament, 192-184.

    It was Palermaa's third victory on the European Bowling Tour this season and the 11th of his career.

    Photo Album (Photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler)


    2011VOLogo_small.jpg 2011EBT17JUssilaLarsenBarnes.jpg The 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was the 17th stop of the 2011 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. 324 players featuring 270 men and 54 women from 28 countries competed for total prize fund of 70.630 Euro (approx. $95,000) - 60.400 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion received the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earned 5.000 and the third-place finisher got 3.500 Euro. The doubles winners, Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Perttu Jussila (left), Finland, split 1.600 €. Larsen also teamed with Chris Barnes to land in second place, worth 1.200 Euro.

    The 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open featured a 41 feet Kegel lane conditioning pattern with 26.2ml volume oil total.

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open was traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament with separate prize money. Each duo rolled at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries with different partners were possible but each player could only cash once with the same partner. A total of 358 doubles participated in this year's qualifying.

    Qualifying ran from Tuesday through Saturday and concluded with Squad 17 Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. and ended with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad on Saturday night which drew record 70 players. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players survived the first cut of the 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The finals started Sunday morning a 8 a.m. CET with the first round in which all but the top 8 qualifiers face off. Those 56 players bowled 6 games scratch to cut to the top 22, who joined the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.

    The remaining 30 players bowled another 6 games scratch after which the field was trimmed to the top 18, who carried the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another 6-game block the top 4 with the highest 12-game total advanced to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed met the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, 150 ranking points and the 7.000 Euro top prize.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the ninth year in a row, Bowlingdigital covered the Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna with stories and results after each round commencing Monday Sept. 27 with the no-tap tournament all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday Oct. 2.

    Bowling fans around the world were able to watch the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. CET live on Bowlingdigital.com. The live streaming coverage was a partnership between the Austrian Bowling Federation, Plus Bowling, Columbia 300 and Bowlingdigital.com.

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    Since the English Open has lost its EBT status, the 2011 European Bowling Tour consists of 20 tour stops in 16 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, six Silver and six Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the Vienna Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2011 season qualify for the fifth EBT Masters to be held at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany on April 30 and May 1, 2012. The event will become the first EBT Masters to be contested on single lane condition.


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    9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Stepladder Finals

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 27 - Oct. 2, 2011)

    Championship Round:
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7.000 Euro
    2. Chris Barnes, United States, 5.000 Euro
    3. Dominic Barrett, England, 3.500 Euro
    4. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 2.200 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Barrett def. No. 4 Wahlgren, 246-226
    Second Match: No. 2 Palermaa def. Barrett, 226-191
    Championship: Palermaa def. No. 1 Barnes, 192-184.

    2011 EBT Men's Ranking
    2011 EBT Women's Ranking



    9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - Places 5-64 (Cashers)

    5. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.700 Euro
    6. Matthias Olsson, Sweden, 1.600 Euro
    7. Stuart Williams, England, 1.500 Euro
    8. Thomas Gross, Austria, 1.400 Euro
    9. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 1.300 Euro
    10. Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    11. Paul Moor, England, 1.100 Euro
    12. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 1.100 Euro
    13. Toni Ranta, Finland, 1.000 Euro
    14. Adam Ishman, United States, 1.000 Euro
    15. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    16. Tim Friedrichs, Germany, 900 Euro
    17. Chris Klerk, United States, 900 Euro
    18. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 900 Euro
    19. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 800 Euro
    20. Kai Günther, Germany, 800 Euro
    21. Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 800 Euro
    22. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 700 Euro
    23. Benjamin Kubalek, Austria, 700 Euro
    24. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 700 Euro
    25. Erik Andersin, Sweden, 650 Euro
    26. Samu Valaranta, Finland, 650 Euro
    27. Rasmus Ussing, Denmark, 650 Euro
    28. Jean Marc Samain, Belgium, 600 Euro
    29. Arttu Sadeharju, Finland, 600 Euro
    30. Steve Miller, England, 600 Euro
    31. Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 550 Euro
    32. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 550 Euro
    33. Darren Cundy, England, 550 Euro
    34. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 550 Euro
    35. Nadine Geissler, Germany, 550 Euro
    36. Alexander Rauscher, Austria, 550 Euro
    37. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 550 Euro
    38. Stephan Unger, Germany, 550 Euro
    39. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 550 Euro
    40. Sascha Wedel, Denmark, 550 Euro
    41. Sandro Ancarani, Switzerland, 550 Euro
    42. Luminita Farkas, Romania, 550 Euro
    43. Stefan Yngström, Sweden, 550 Euro
    44. Tobias Börding, Germany, 550 Euro
    45. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands, 550 Euro
    46. Lynda Barnes, United States, 550 Euro
    47. Andreas Gripp, Germany, 550 Euro
    48. Yavor Milanov, Bulgaria, 500 Euro
    49. Uwe Blank, Germany, 500 Euro
    50. Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 500 Euro
    51. Rene Landl, Austria, 500 Euro
    52. Kim Ojala, Sweden, 500 Euro
    53. Mark Clark, United States, 500 Euro
    54. Anton Stiel, Austria, 500 Euro
    55. Michell Stinissen, Netherlands, 500 Euro
    56. Tina Stickney, United States, 500 Euro
    57. Yossi Volpert, Israel, 500 Euro
    58. Vanessa Timter, Germany, 500 Euro
    59. Jesse Kallio, Finland, 500 Euro
    60. Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 500 Euro
    61. Lasse Scherlund, Denmark, 500 Euro
    62. Jean-Marc Lebon, Belgium, 500 Euro
    63. Thomas Tybl, Austria, 500 Euro
    64. Benjamin Pachonik, Germany, 500 Euro


    9th Columbia Vienna Open - Final Round Three

    The top 18 advance to the stepladder finals.

    Final Round Three (pdf file)