Jan Macek of the Czech Republic rolled the first 300 game in the third squad of the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open en route to take the overall lead after the second day of qualifying at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.
Macek (above right) started his six-game series with 205 before making his run at perfection and closed with 204, 194, 253 and 191 to lead the field of sixty players from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Slovakia and Slovenia with
Bulgaria with 1347 total and an average of 224.50.
Macek and his compatriot Roman Erben (above left) teamed to take the lead in the doubles competition with 2463 (205.25 average), 13 pins ahead of Austrian mixed team, Ivonne Gross and Alexander Rauscher in second place at 2450.
Leo Grundschober (left) of Austria finished with 258 and 246 but fell two pins short of the lead to move into second place with 1345. Fellow Austrian national team member Tamara Adler was third with 1310, including eight pins handicap each games.
Opening squad leader Thomas Gross (right) slipped to second place with 1301 and was followed by Pat Nolan, United States, who posted 1274 in squad 4 on Sunday afternoon. Nolan had games of 205, 188, 226, 224, 221 and 210.
By virtue of leading one of the first eight squads, Macek and Nolan (left) will earn automatic berths in the finals in case they will not finish in the top 44 in the final qualifying standings. If they finish in the top 44, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order in the respective squad.
Alexander Rauscher (right) of Austria and Linas Sasnauskas of Lithuania leaped into sixth and seventh place with 1263 and 1253, respectively. Rounding out the top 8 was squad 2 leader Patrick Freudl of Austria with 1243.
With four out of 20 qualifying squads in the books, Benjamin Kubalek (left) of Austria holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1022 or an average of 170.33.
Qualifying commences on Monday, Sept. 26, with Squads 5 & 6 scheduled to start at 2 and 6 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.
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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, and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.
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300 games (1) – Jan Macek.