Vienna Open

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/28/08

Video Interview with Formula One driver Robert Kubica

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

2008EBT14RobertKubicaInterview.jpg Formula One driver Robert Kubica, Poland, came to Austria to compete in the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Kubica, who won the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal and has two second-place finishes and three third-place finishes this year, advanced to the finals eventually finishing in 63rd place. In an interview on Friday morning, the 23-year-old told Bowlingdigital editor Herbert Bickel how he started with bowling, why he prefers to bowl without using his thumb, about comparisons between Formula One and bowling, and why he has little doubt that bowling is a sport.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/06/08

Patricia Luoto becomes first women to win Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

 Former World Games champion and long-time German national team member Patricia Luoto (left) defeated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 224-201, to win the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The wife of former World Champoion Mika Luoto, Finland, became the 10th women to win an European Bowling Tour event and the first who won the title in the Vienna Open. Luoto Pocketed 6.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat and earned 100 points for the European rankings as the Vienna Open is one of the Tour's "majors".

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/06/08

Video from Title Match between Patricia Luoto, Germany and Martin Paulsson, Sweden

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

2008EBT14TitleMatch.jpg The Vienna Open was the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major". The VO was held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, and drew 278 players from 26 countries. 228 men and 50 women competed for total prize money of 65.630 Euro or about 90,000 dollars. The singles champion received the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners split 1.600 €. Enjoy our video of the title match between Patricia Luoto, Germany and Martin Paulsson, Sweden.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Gabel leads top 24 into the Single-Elimination finals in Vienna

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

2008EBT14JaninaGabel2_small.jpg Janine Gabel from Germany had games between 194 and 266 Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna en route to lead the top 24 players from Final Round One into the single-elimination match play portion of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. As the top 8 qualifiers were seeded 1-8 into the Round of 32, Gabel took the No. 9 seed with 1425 six-game total including 48 pins women's handicap. She will meet No. 24 Lars Tangermann, Germany, in best-of-three games format. Adam Scott, England, took the 24th and final qualifying post with 1243 pinfall total and an average of 207.17. Seeded 32nd Scott will bowl qualifying leader Jason Belmonte from Australia.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Manico, Petty wait until the final squad to win the Doubles in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Formula One star Robert Kubica shoots 218 to qualify for the finals through Desperado Squad

2008EBT14TanyaPettyBigiManico_small.jpg Bigi Manico (right) and Tanya Petty (left) saved the best for the 17th and last qualifying squad in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Petty had high games of 279, 259, and 247 and low games of 213, 215, and 216 to rocket into third place in the Singles qualifying standings with 1477 six-game total including 48 pins handicap, an average of 238.20 scratch. Manico added 1301 to qualify for the main event on Sunday and to secure the first place in the Doubles competition with 2778 total (223.50 scratch). Jason Belmonte, Australia, won the Singles qualifying with 1517 (252.83). F1 BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica took the sixth and final spot for tomorrow's final (8am) with a 218 game in the Desperado squad.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Video: Players recorded in Super Slow Motion

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

2008EBT14LyndaBarnesAction_small.jpg 2008EBT14RobertKubicaAction_small.jpg During the qualifying of the 6th Columbia Vienna Open we have recorded numerous players at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. It is always interesting to watch the many different styles and the ball reaction the players have. For this video, Swiss camera man Falvio Cuva has used a special camera to record the players in super slow motion. Among those who can be studied are USBC Queens champion Lynda Barnes (left), United States, 3-time World Champion Martin Larsen, Sweden, USBC Silver level coach Thomas Tybl, Austria, and Formula One driver Robert Kubica from Poland.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Williams moves into top 8 in penultimate qualifying squad in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14StuartWilliams3_small.jpg Stuart Williams (left) from England rolled a 1418 series in the 16th squad to move into the top 8 in the qualifying of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The 2006 World Ranking Masters champion, who had two perfect games in last year's event and won the Doubles competition, had games of 279 and 260 on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Another eight players reached the 1300-plateau and brought the cutoff number for 52nd place to 1283 or an average of 213.83 for six games. Qualifying concludes with Squad 17 at 8pm and the ultimate Desperado Squad. The cut to the tp 52 is currently 1283 (213.83).

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Five players crack the 1300-bar in Squad 15 in Vienna

Four add their names to the leaderboard

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte_small.jpgNo changes atop the leaderboard in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 15th qualifying squad on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Jason Belmonte (left) from Australia held on to the lead in Singles with 1517 six-game total and an average of 252.83. Defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, remained in second place with 1485 and Chris Vandamme, Belgium, is third with 1427. Mikael Larsson started the 15th out of 17 squads with a 777 3-game series (278, 255 and 244) and closed out the series with 214, 201 and 203, to jump into 8th place with 1395 six-game total and an average of 232.50.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Video Interview with Team USA's Lynda Barnes

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

2008EBT14LyndaBarnesInterview_small.jpg The Columbia 300 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. Among the nearly 300 players from 28 countries is long-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes. Lynda, a former PWBA champion, AMF World Cup champion and U.S. national Amateur champion, has won two major tournaments in the U.S. this year when she captured the USBC Queens title and triumphed in "Bowling's Clash of Champions" winning 80,000 dollars in just two weeks. Lynda took her time to give us an interview before she will bowl in Squad 15.

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.

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