>Closing games of 254, 259 and 253 propelled Peter Hellström
of Sweden into qualifying lead in the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, Saturday night.
The three-time European Bowling Tour champion (right), who won the Aalborg International this season, started his six-game series with 236, 258 and 222 and finished with 1482 total, an average of 247, to overtake previous leader Dom Barrett of England by 19 pins.
Barrett (left) slipped to second place with 1463 and was followed by Ida Andersson of Sweden, who is the best of 44 women in the 245-player field from 24 countries in third place with 1460, including handicap.
Irish Two-handed player Chris Sloan (left) was further three pins behind in fourth place with 1457 followed by Danes Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen in fifth and sixth place with 1443, respectively.
Aleksei Parshukov (right) of Russia was second to Hellström in squad 16 with 1429 to move into seventh place in the overall standings. Parshukov had games of 252, 224, 256, 235, 245 and 217, an average of 238.17 for six games.
Rounding out the top 8, who will earn a first-round bye for the finals, was Jenny Wegner (left) of Sweden with 1424, including handicap, while her compatriot and defending champion Jesper Svensson fell out of the top 8 to ninth place with 1422. At the age of 21 Svensson has won six European Bowling Tour and five PBA titles.
Heading into the final qualifying day, Tamara Adler of Austria holds the 44th and last place to advance to Sunday’s finals with 1310 or an average of 218.33 including handicap.
There were no changes atop the doubles leaderboard in squad 16. Wegner and Sloan continued to lead competition with 2881. Jesper Agerbo remained in second place with Hansen at 2816 and in third place with Thomas Larsen, all of Denmark, at 2806.
Qualifying commences on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Squad 17-20 scheduled to start at 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.
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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