Finishing the last game of squad 14 on the same pair of lanes, Dom Barrett
of England topped Chris Sloan
, 222-212, to beat out the Irish two-handed player for the top spot in the qualifying standings by six pins, 1463 to 1457.
Barrett (pictured above), a 12-time European Bowling Tour and 4-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, came out of the gates commandingly with 289 and 269, and closed with 215, 244, 224 and 222, an average of 243.83 over six games.
Sloan (above right) improved every game, posting scores of 207, 235, 245 and 258 before he took the lead with a 300 game, the second perfecto of the tournament (Jan Macek, Czech Republic, had the first in squad 3).
Overnight leaders Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark fell two spots to third and fourth place with , who remained in first and second place with 1443.
Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden became the first women who cracked the 1400-mark. The 2015 women’s EBT point ranking winner had games of 236, 235, 201, 279, 202 and 223 for 1376 scratch, an average of 229.33, and added eight pins handicap per game to jump into fifth place with 1424 total.
Defending champion Jesper Svensson (left, with compatriot Martin Larsen, right) of Sweden was two pins back in sixth place with 1422, including high games of 266 and 265 and four games between 224 and 222. Seven-time European champion Jesper Agerbo (below right) of Denmark, who led the 13th squad this morning with 1414, slipped from third to seventh place.
Rounding out the top 8, who will earn a first-round bye for the finals, was Jaroslav Lorenc with 1412. John Wells of England missed the top 8 by just one pin to sit in ninth place with 1411.
With 208 bowlers, 178 men and 30 women, having completed at least one six-game block of qualifying, Christian Bartl of Germany leads a three-way tie at 1289 to currently hold the 44th and last place to advance.
Wegner and Sloan (above) took the lead in the doubles competition which offers extra prize money for the top 20 duos. Wegner (1424) and Sloan (1457) set the pace with 2881. Agerbo is second with Hansen at 2816 and third with compatriot Thomas Larsen at 2806. Players can cash multiple times with different partners.
Qualifying commences on Friday, Sept. 30, with Squads 15 and 16 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
The 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.
For 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 is traditionally organized as a doubles tournament offering dedicated prize money. Each duo must register to roll at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries – with the same partner or with different partners – are allowed. However, each player can cash only once with the same partner.
Qualifying will kick off Saturday, Sept. 24, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 1, with the final Squad 20 slated for 8 p.m. CEST. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad scheduled for 11.30 p.m.
Women receive eight pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Total 56 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 2: the top 44 players from the overall qualifying standings (squads 1-20), the highest-positioned player from each of the first eight squads, who is not among the top 44 (total 8 players), and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.
The top 8 qualifying leaders receive 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).
The 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.
Denmark’s Jesper Agerbo adds his name to the leaderboard in Vienna
Denmark’s Stampe, Hansen shoot 1443 to take the lead in Vienna
Michael Loos cracks top 8 as Vienna Open qualifying reaches halfway mark
Leo Grundschober moves into second place in Vienna
Jaroslav Lorenc cracks 1400-bar at Vienna Open
Jan Macek achieves perfection; rolls first 300 game at Vienna Open
14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is underway
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2016 Vienna Open Singles – Qualifying Standings after Squad 14/20
56 players, including the top 44 qualifiers, the highest-positioned player from each of the first 8 squads who was not among the top 44, and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.
Doubles – Overall Standings
Singles Squad 14
Doubles Squad 14
300 games (2) – Jan Macek, Chris Sloan.