Defending champion Jesper Svensson
, a two-handed lefty from Sweden, averaged 251 over six games in Round 2 at the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to take a 39-pin lead into the last round before the cut to the top 4 for the stepladder finals.
Svensson (right), who at the age of 21 has already won six European Bowling Tour and five Professional Bowlers Association titles, started the six-game block from scratch with 257, 267, 240 and 219 before he posted the tournament’s third 300 game and closed with 223 for 1506.
From left, Josh Blanchard, United States (2nd); Jesper Svensson, Sweden (1st); and Martin Larsen, Sweden (3rd).
Josh Blanchard, United States, who won his first EBT and PBA title in the World Bowling Tour’s 2015 Brunswick Euro Challenge was on the same lanes with Svensson and finished in second place with 1467, including high games of 279 and 278 (when Svensson achieved perfection).
Eight-time European Bowling Tour champion Martin Larsen, Sweden, was further 57 pins behind Blanchard in third place with 1410, powered by 288 in game five.
Mik Stampe of Denmark started his set with 167, but closed with 805 for the last three games (279, 268 and 257) to move into fourth place with 1399.
Tanya Cuva of Switzerland was just 16 pins off the pace for the top 4 in fifth place with 1383 total, including eight pins handicap each game.
After bypassing the first round of the finals, qualifying leader Peter Hellström of Sweden took the 18th and last spot to advance with 1272 (212 average), 12 pins less than the cut in round one.
The remaining 18 bowlers roll another six-game block with the round two pinfall being carried forward. The top four will advance to the stepladder finals at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, scheduled for 6.30 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 was traditionally organized as a doubles tournament offering dedicated prize money and ran from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Women receive eight pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Total 56 players qualified for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 2. The top 8 qualifying leaders received 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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Top 18 advance to the third round.
300 games (1) – Jesper Svensson.