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Eight players advance to the finals from last qualifying squad

The qualifying of the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open culminated in an unusually high-scoring last squad Friday night at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Eight players, four men and four women, advanced from the 20th squad to Sunday’s finals.

Alvar Cardona (pictured above with Martin Larsen, left) of Catalonia led the squad with 1437, including games of 221, 237, 245, 268, 225 and 241 to jump into ninth place missing the top 8 and a first-round bye by just six pins.

2016EBT01PeterHellstrom2016EBT13DomBarrettPeter Hellström of Sweden led the 256-player field from 24 countries, 208 men and 48 women, with 1482 and an average of 247. Dom Barrett (right) of England was second with 1463 and was followed by Oliver Morig of Germany and Ida Andersson of Sweden in third and fourth place with 1460.

Fifth place belonged to Chris Sloan from Ireland with 1457, including the tournament’s second 300 game. Dennis Eklund of Sweden was in sixth place with 1444, closely followed by Danes Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark with 1443. Those eight will bypass the first round of the finals.

2016EBT13VictoriaJohanssonMultiple world and European champion Martin Larsen of Sweden, who bowled three out of four squads on Saturday. He rebounded from a 196 opening game with five games between 258 and 223 to finally make the cut in 11th place with 1425.

2016EBT13MichaelLoosVictoria Johansson (right) of Sweden averaged 241 for the first five games but had to settle for 12th place with 1424, including handicap, behind a 170 final game.

Local bowler Michael Loos (left) was nine under after three games (591), had the front ten in a 287 fourth game, added 248 in the fifth and closed with 278 for 813 for the last three games and 1404 total to rocket into 18th place.

2016EBT13TanyaCuvaSwitzerland’s Tanya Cuva (right; 722 for the first three games) and Tamara Adler of Austria (769 for the last three games) tied a 1383, including handicap, to land in 25th and 26th place, respectively.

2016EBT01LauraBeuthnerMattias Olsson of Sweden finished with his high game of 255 for 1364, good for 34th place overall. Current European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader Laura Beuthner (left) was the last player to move into the top 44 in 41st place with 1357, including handicap.

2016EBT13JanMacekJan Macek (right) of the Czech Republic hit the cutoff number for 44th place with 1347, including the tournament’s first 300 game in squad 3. The top 44 will be joined in the finals by eight players, one each from squads 1-8 (seeded 45th to 52nd), and four players from the Desperado Squad (seeded 53rd to 56th).

Players in positions 9 through 56 return on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) for the first round of the finals.

2016EBT13ChrisSloanJennyWegnerSliderTraditionally, qualifying was contested as a doubles tournament offering extra prize money to the top 20 duos.

Irish two-handed player Chris Sloan and Jenny Wegner (pictured) of Sweden won the competition and the 1.600 Euro top prize with combined pinfall total of 2881. Dane Jesper Agerbo finished in second and third place with his compatriots Carsten Warming Hansen (2816) and Thomas Larsen (2806). Scroll down for the complete standings.

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 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).

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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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 (places 45-52), and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 53-56) advance to the finals.

Doubles – Overall Standings
Singles Squad 19
Doubles Squad 19

300 games (2) – Jan Macek, Chris Sloan.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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