2008 EBT

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Dutch women set the tone in Squad 14 on Saturday morning in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14LisanneBreeschoten_small.jpg 2008EBT14PriscillaMaaswinkel_small.jpg Dutch national team members Lisanne Breeschoten (left) and Priscilla Maaswinkel (right) set the tone in the 14th squad on Saturday morning to start the final day of qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Breeschoten led the squad with 1315 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap to move into 27th place in the overall qualifying standings. Qualifying ends on Saturday with Squads three more squads at noon, 4pm and 8pm and concludes with the ultimate Desperado Squad.  

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

German youth internationals end penultimate qualifying day in Vienna with a bang

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14WinterheimerTangermann_small.jpg Two members of the German youth national team, Pascal Winterheimer and Lars Tangermann (l-r), ended the penultimate qualifying day in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Friday night with a bang when the duo finished with 2744 pins en route to overtake the lead in the Double event.  Winterheimer, who started his six-game series with 252, 256 and 265, moved into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings. Jason Belmonte held on to the lead with 1517 (252.83) and is followed by defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, with 1485 and Chris Vandamme, Belgium, with 1427. Qualifying ends on Saturday with Squads four more squads and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Belmonte strikes back to regain lead after Squad 12 in 6th Columbia 300

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (pictured) doesn't like it at all if somebody overtakes him. The Australian lost the qualifying lead in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during Squad 11 but regained the lead just one squad later. The two-hander had three games over 260 including back-to-back 260s at the end of his six-game block to become the first player in this year's event, who cracked the 1500-bar.  "Belmo" leads the field of 249 players with 1517 pinfall total and an average of 252.83. Defendimg champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, who posted the first 300-game of the tournament in Squad 11, slipped to second place with 1485.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Eklund shoots tournament's first 300 en route to overtake the lead in qualifying in Vienna

Ohrgaaard/Paulson take the lead in Doubles in Squad 11

2008EBT14DennisEklund300_small.jpg Defending Singles champion Dennis Eklund (pictured left) from Sweden set the first high light in the qualifying for the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open when he rolled the first 300 game of this year's event Friday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Eklund started his six-game series with games of 225, 257, 218 and 278 before he achieved perfection in game 5. He closed out his set with 207 to shoot in the lead in Singles with 1485 and an average of 247.50. Jari Ratia from Finland had two 279 games in the fourth and sixth game to help grab the second place with 1425 (237.50). Previous leader Jason Belmonte, Australia, slipped to third with 1412.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Dennis Eklund rolls the first 300 game of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14DennisEklund300_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. On Friday, Oct. 3, during the 11th qualifying squad, defending Singles champion Dennis Eklund (pictured) from Sweden rolled the tournament's first 300 game on lanes 5 and 6.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Ussing shoots yet another 1313 to lead Squad 10 in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBTRasmusUssing_small.jpg For the third time in the last four qualifying squads in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the squad leader checked in with a 1313 six-game total, an average of 218,83. Rasmus Ussing (left) accomplished the feat Friday morning in the 10th qualifying squad at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The Dane had a high game of 258 and finished with 223 to move into 11th place in the overall qualifying standings. Australia's Jason Belmonte held on to the lead with 1412, the sole 1400 series in the tournament thus far. Mikael Kanold from Sweden is second with 1385, with Alexander Rauscher, Austria, in third place with 1367.

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10/03/08

Formula One driver takes on field in Vienna

By Lucas Wiseman

RobertKubica_small.gif As one of the top Formula One drivers, accuracy and precision is a crucial key to whether or not Robert Kubica has success in each race. In his short career as a bowler, he's finding many of the same factors apply in the sport of bowling. Kubica, who took up bowling for the first time five years ago, recently became more serious about competing in major events. This week, he's trying his luck at the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open, and there's little doubt in his mind bowling is a sport. A native of Krakow, Poland, Kubica, 23, currently sits in third in the Formula One driver standings, and in June, he won the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Belmonte powers his way into the lead in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte4_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the two-hander from down under, rolled the first 1400-plus series in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 9th qualifying squad Thursday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Belmonte fired games of 236, 225, 246, 209, 218 and finished with 278 to shoot into the lead with 1412 six-game total and an average of 235.33. Mikael Kanold from Sweden felled 1385 pins including a 279 game to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Previous leader Alexander Rauscher, Austria, fell to third place with 1367. Qualifying continues on Friday with four squads at 9am, 1pm, 5pm and 9pm.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Action shots from Squad 9 in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14Squad9_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. As every year, Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Vienna with results and updates after each round plus the much-anticipated high definition videos all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 5.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Video Impressions from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14Impressions_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. As every year, Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Vienna with results and updates after each round plus the much-anticipated high definition videos all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 5. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Grabowski leads Squad 8 in Singles and Doubles in Vienna Multiple

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2006EBT18AchimGrabowski_small.jpg 2008EBT14ThomasGross2_small.jpg Multiple German national champion Achim Grabowski (l.) lead Squad 8 in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with 1313 six-game pinfall and teamed with multiple Austria national champion Thomas Gross (r.) to lead the squad in Doubles with 2590. Gross added 1277 which helped the duo to leap into second place in the Doubles standings. The bowling center proprietor from Duisburg, who will host the European Champions Cup later this month, had high games of 259 and 245 to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings in Singles.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

Zuber cracks 1300-bar in Squad 7 to move into 5th place in Vienna Open Qualifying

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14MarcusZuber_small.jpg Marcus Zuber (l.) from Germany finished his six-game qualifying block with a 269 game en route to move into fifth place in the Singles qualifying of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Zuber led Squad 7 on Thursday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna with 1313 pinfall total to became just the fifth player in this year's event, who cracked the 1300-bar. Alexander Rauscher from Austria leads the field since Squad 3 with 1367 pinfall total and an average of 227.83. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

No changes among the top 6 during Squad 6 in Vienna

Six players secure a spot for the finals on Sunday

2008EBT14ThomasGross_small.jpg None of the players in Squad 6 on Wednesday evening made it among the top six after two days of qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open currently underway at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Austria's No. 1, Thomas Gross, led Squad 6 but missed the top six by three pins. The co-owner of the "The Bowling Store" pro-shop at Plus Bowling had to settle for 7th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1274 pinfall total. Uwe Tscharke, Germany and Michael Mayer, Austria remained in the lead in the Doubles event with 2658 six-game total and an average of 221.50.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

Øhrgaard squeezes into the top 6 in Squad 5 at 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14AlexanderRauscher_small.jpg 2008EBT14FrederikOhrgaard_small.jpg Frederik Øhrgaard (pictured) led the fifth qualifying squad Wednesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The Danish national team member used six games between 201 and 234 for 1277 pinfall total, an average of 212,83, and was the sole player in the squad who managed a 200-plus average. Austrian Alexander Rauscher (right) continued to lead the field of 118 players with 1367 (227.83).

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Tscharke, Mayer take the lead in Doubles and crack the top 5 in Singles in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14MichaelMayer_small.jpg 2008EBT14UweTscharke_small.jpg Uwe Tscharke (l.) from Germany and Austrian Michael Mayer (r.) teamed in the 4th qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Wednesday at noon en route to overtake the lead in Doubles and to crack the top 5 in Singles. The duo rolled the two highest individual series of Squad 4 to easily move to the top of the Doubles competition with 2658 six-game total and an average of 221.50. Tscharke led the duo with 1332 and Mayer added 1326, which propelled them into third and fourth place in the individual qualifying standings.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Rauscher takes the lead in Vienna after day one qualifying

Rauscher brothers set the tone in Doubles

2008EBT14AlexanderRauscher_small.jpg 2008EBT14MichaelLoos_small.jpg Austrian bowlers dominated day one qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Alexander Rauscher (l.) overtook the lead in the third of 17 qualifying squads Tuesday evening with 1367 six-game total and an average of 227.83.  Rauscher, who threw 1314 as a pacer in Squad 2, had games of 234, 278, 202, 247, 180 and 226 to beat out fellow countryman Michael Loos (right) by 21 pins.Next are Thomas Gross, Walter Rieger and Robert Skach, all from Austria. Qualifying continues on Wednesday with Squads 4-6.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Loos cracks the 1300-bar in Squad 2 in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14GyorgyBodis_small.jpg 2008EBT14MichaelLoos_small.jpg Michael Loos, Austria, became the first player, who cracked the 1300-bar in the second qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.  Loos (l.) started with a 253 game to shoot into the qualifying lead with 1346 six-game total and an average of 226.66. After a slow start (187, 177) György Bodis from Hungary used a high game of 258 and three more 200s to end up in second place with 1247. Bodis (r.) moved into third place in the overall qualifying standings, just seven pins behind Squad 1 leader Walter Rieger, Austria, who fell to second with 1254.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Austrians set the pace in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14WalterRieger_small.jpg 2008EBT14GeryFuchs_small.jpg Walter Rieger from Austria led the first qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with 1254 six-game total and an average of 209.00. Rieger (left) came out of the gates quickly with a 256 game, then suffered two-sub-par games before he closed out the series with 239, 201 and 222 to take the early lead. As the squad leader Rieger is automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday. Gery Fuchs (right) had games between 180 and 226 to land in second place with 1222.Qualifying continues totay with two more squads.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/30/08

6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets underway with 9-pin No-Tap Tournament

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008VONoTapWinners_small.jpg A 9-pin No-Top tournament kicked off the five-day qualifying portion of the sixth annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open Monday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Players were divided in four different average groups (all less than 200 average) and a total of 13 players received free entries into the main event. The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/29/08

Live Coverage from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Bowlingdigital to test Live Streaming

2008ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 6th annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The tournament will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Open offers a total prize fund of 65.630 Euro - 55.400 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. After the online registration was closed, 293 players - 242 men and 51 women from 28 countries were registered for the event. Bowlingdigital.com and Bowl.com will report live from Vienna.

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