Live Coverage from the 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2011 European Bowling Tour #17

    325 players from 30 countries registered; three qualifying spots (doubles) available; still some other spots available for individual players in almost every squad

    2011VOLogo.jpg The 9th annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 17th stop of the 2011 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT "Gold" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from Tuesday Sep. 27 through Sunday Oct. 2, 2011 at 32-lane Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The Vienna Open offers total prize fund of 70.630 Euro - 60.400 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. As in the past year, the singles champion will receive the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third-place finisher gets 3.500 Euro. The doubles winners will split 1.600 €.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the ninth year in a row, Bowlingdigital will cover 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.

    The traditional 9-pin no-top tournament on Monday evening will kick off the five-day qualifying portion with free entries into the Vienna Open at stake. Players will be divided in four different average groups, but only players with less than a 200 average are eligible to enter the no-tap tournament.

    Once again more than 300 players from over 20 countries are expected to participate in one of the most popular tournaments in Europe.

    As of Sept. 26th, 325 players - 276 men and 49 women - from 30 countries, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Wales, and the host country Austria, have registered through

    All but three of the 17 qualifying squads are fully booked. Only one doubles spot each is available in Squad 10, 12 and 15, respectively. Please note: There are still individual spots available in almost every squad as several players still not have found a doubles partner yet.

    Players looking for a spot and players looking for a doubles partner must show up 90 minutes prior to a squad at the registration desk or contact tournament director Wolfgang Lohschmid at [email protected].

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament with separate prize money. Each duo rolls at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries with different partners are possible but each player can only cash once with the same partner.

    2010EBT15ToreTorgersenOskuPalermaa.jpg The team with the highest total pinfall including handicap will be declared the winner (no finals will be played). The top 20 doubles will cash. Pictured right (r-l): Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Tore Torgersen, Norway, won the Doubles competition in 2010.

    Qualifying runs from Tuesday through Saturday and concludes with Squad 17 Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. and ends with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad on Saturday night slated for 11.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    Click here to check the availability or better to reserve your qualifying spots before the tournament is fully booked.

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 2:
    • the top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • the first player each from Squad 1-6, who is not among the top 52 (total 6 players)
    • and the top 6 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifying leaders will bypass the first round of the finals.

    The other 56 players will bowl 6 games starting from scratch to cut to the top 22, who will join the top qualifiers in Round Two.

    Those 30 players will bowl another 6 games starting from scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 18, who will carry their pinfall forward into Round Three. After another 6-game block the top 4 with the highest 12-game total will 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, 150 ranking points and the 7.000 Euro top prize.

    Tournament Format
    Prize Fund


    The title match of the 8th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was a clash between two PBA super stars in which 12-time PBA champion Chris Barnes (center) defeated 35-time PBA champion Pete Weber (left), 219-187, to win his first title on the European Bowling Tour.

    In the opening match of the four-player stepladder final, Norwegian Tore Torgersen (right), ousted Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 191-184. Weber, seeded second, edged Torgersen in the semifinal, 215-183, to set up a championship match against top seeded Barnes.

    Kjeldsen (pictured right), who beat out Lynda Barnes, Chris' wife for the fourth and last place in the stepladder final by two pins, won the women's ranking in Vienna.

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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.


    Plus Bowling

    PlusBowlingViennaLogo_small.jpg Plus Bowling - Beheimgasse 5-7, 1170 Vienna, Austria
    Phone: +43-14056320

    Number of lanes: 32
    Approaches: Synthetic Active FA-010
    Surfaces: Synthetic Active FA-010
    Pin decks: Synthetic Duratec PBA
    Pin setters: Brunswick A2
    Pins: Twister
    Score system: Steltronic


    Lane Maintenance

    kegelLogoThumbnail.jpg The lane maintenance will be provided by Kegel, the official lane maintenance partner
    of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation.

    Oil machine: Kegel Custodian Ion C Sport
    Oil: Kegel Prodigy
    Cleaner: Kegel Fizzion
    Pattern prepared by: Kegel



    2009VOWolfgang Lohschmid_small.jpgTournament Director Wolfgang Lohschmid
    Soldanellenweg 55 / 11 / 7
    Vienna, Austria
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: +43-69913154856
    Fax: +43-1-405632023